fun runs, serious races and everything in between, it’s our monthly roundup of the best outdoor events in the next few months. get outside!
ST Gemma’s Hospice
Sat 25 & Sun 26 June
Rowers and non-rowers will once again be soaking in the beautiful views offered up by the Lake District, before joining in on the Windermere Row. Celebrating it’s 35th anniversary, this event is challenging yet thoroughly rewarding, inviting fans back year after year to hit the water while its warm (ish).
Set amongst the glorious fells of Windermere, the Row will see those taking part tackle either the ten or 21-mile route. Starting at Ambleside, rowers will make their way to Bowness or Fellfoot before returning the way they came, using only their best sense of direction and strong determination. This event is also the perfect opportunity to rope in your mates to take part, with two, four, six, seven and eight-man boats available to reserve for the day. To make sure everyone stays safe – and dry – full health and safety briefings will be given at the event, along with life jackets and all the encouragement you’ll need to complete the route.
Due to the sheer popularity of this event, Saturday 25 is already fully booked, but there ate plenty of spaces still available for the Sunday. Each group taking part will be timed, starting the second you push off to when you return – the clock won’t stop for checkpoint breaks, so be quick! The event will be in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice, which offers top notch, free services to help over 2,500 people each year in Leeds.
Rowers will be welcomed back to the finish line with medals and treats, not to mention the pub sitting right on the waters edge – a real Row finisher for those determined enough to take part.
for more information and to reserve a boat visit: www.st-gemma.co.uk/windermere
Looking for a tough challenge and the best after-party in obstacle course racing? The Airfield Anarchy Mud Fest combines all the high energy fun of a weekend festival with the determination and challenge offered by an obstacle course race. The result? A premier obstacle course racing festival, and a whole lot of fun.
The event offers three different courses; the 5km course sets out over 50 obstacles, including the legendary TakeOff slide and Runway Zone. This one is achievable yet tough, and great for newbies. The best-selling 10km course is made up of over 60 devious obstacles, from tunnels and crawls to balance beams and net climbs – the Boom obstacles in particular will no doubt cause havoc for anarchists. The final and most hardcore route available, will take place on Sunday. As an extended course, it sets out ten exclusive ten-mile only obstacles to challenge even the hardiest of OCR racers. Accept the challenge for this one with careful consideration!
Not just an obstacle race, the Mudfest’s Epic Weekend challenge will also reward its anarchists with plenty of fun when they’re not tackling the routes. On Saturday evening – after completing the 5km in the morning and the 10km in the afternoon – take a shower, jump in the hot tubs and then hit the after party, complete with three live music stages featuring Scouting for Girls. Retreat back to bed then to rest up for Sunday’s ten miler – you’ll need your strength, courage and resolve to finish it and receive your Epic Weekend Triple Medal.
Amongst the fun, there will also be free technical t-shirts, glamping facilities, a pasta party on the Friday night to fuel up for the following days, and Earthbound Misfits Circus acts happening all weekend. Sounds like a great time – good luck to all!
for more information visit: www.airfieldanarchy.com/mudfest
Thrill-seekers and fitness junkies will flock to Birmingham on the June 4 to take on the immense challenge offered up by Adrenaline Rush, one of the best-loved obstacle course events in the UK. Raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, this event will be set up in the beautiful green space of Senneleys Park in Birmingham – a great spot for a great course.
Following typical Adrenaline Rush standards, there will be two distances on offer to participants; 5km and 10km. Both will feature a unique combination of Rush obstacles, including the water pits of Water Torture, the muddy trenches of Trench Town Rock and the ultimate pillow fight at Run the Gauntlet. ‘Rushers’ may also have to tackle Everest, attempt to carry Dead Weight and possibly even take the Leap of Faith – if you can muster the courage. This event requires a good sense of humour, strong determination and plenty of teamwork – you wont be able to complete the course without the help of fellow racers.
After the course has been tackled, celebrations can be had in the large event village set up, complete with good music, great food and refreshing drink. Spectators are also more than welcome – the more encouragement, the better! Those looking to accept this challenge can do so individually or by entering as a group; either way, you’ll receive a technical finishers’ t-shirt and a medal once you’ve crossed that finish line. A great way to spend a Saturday!
for more information visit: www.theadrenalinerush.com/venues/Birmingham
An obstacle race that may just be as brutal as it sounds. Set amongst the beautiful surroundings of Rockingham Castle in Leicestershire, The Suffering promises total disruption and mayhem in this calm, serene setting. Expect a tough race with legendary obstacles, but a whole load of fun.
With three races over two days, there’s a course for everyone and anyone looking to throw themselves a challenge. ‘The Suffering V’ is the shortest at 5km, and includes 15 obstacles and plenty of water and mud. Open to those 15 years plus, it’s perfect for aspiring OCR runners and those looking for a laugh. ‘The Suffering’ is the next race on offer, and stretches across 10km with over 25 obstacles to tackle, including Monkey Bars, The Water Crawl and Killer Hills.
The final and most challenging race of the weekend is the ‘Pain and Suffering’ on Sunday 26. Inspired by fell running, cross country and obstacle racing, this course stretches a whopping ten miles and includes no less that 35 obstacles, possibly more. So tough, the race itself is part of the UK OCR League and is therefore Qualifier for the World OCR Championships. Do you dare attempt it?
Anyone looking for the ultimate OCR challenge can enter all three races to become a ‘Suffering Legend’, having completed a total of 19 miles, 75 obstacles and countless ‘Reaper’ beastings. Nonetheless, all participants regardless of the race they choose, will receive a Suffering t-shirt, medal, snacks and water. Challenge accepted?
The Shindig in the Shire
Get out your spring diaries! Saturday 21 May will host The Shin Dig in the Shire, a unique event for anyone looking to stretch their legs and attempt either the half or full marathon amongst the stunning countryside of Shropshire. And with free camping on offer, you can make a full weekend of it in beautiful surroundings.
With the Clee Hills in the background, runners will set off from the Sun Brewery in the sleepy village of Corfton, situated in the Shropshire Hills, an area of natural beauty. Competitors will climb upwards along off-road grassy tracks and open farmland to Pinstones. The route will then drop down through ancient surrounding woodland and head towards Westhope. Once there, competitors will then pick up a single track lane and old bridle way, crossing a ford before tackling the climb up on to Wenlock Edge.
This is something quite unique for runners to enjoy. Having once been a coral reef, the 18-mile stretch of ancient woodland that is Wenlock Edge will no doubt be covered in bluebells and wild garlic at the time of the race. Fortunately for participants, the route will cover a section of the Edge before dropping down to Flounder’s Folly to join a network of bridle ways and farmland.
This will bring runners to the final descent before ending up back at the brewery, whilst those looking to do the full 26.2 miles will get to complete this route all over again in the second lap. We’ve got no doubt it’ll be worth it!
for more information visit: www.codrc.co.uk/the-shin-dig-in-the-shire