There are no barriers to success this weekend (1-2 April) although a number off-road events will put that theory to the test.
Mud runs and obstacle course races (OCRs) take centre stage on both days. Saturday sees the Xrunner Wild Mud Run 10K and 5K at Osmaston Manor in Derbyshire where runners face obstacles, swampy terrain, woods and water slides.
There is set to be another mucky struggle at the Rough Events Obstacle Mud Run at Ancaster Leisure Enterprises in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Choose from the Rough Renegade 5K, Rough 6 Miles, and Rough 10 Miles or for those who can’t decide, do them all and become the Roughest (and toughest!). There is a Rough Rascals 1.5K run for children.
It’s time to unleash the inner fighter with another obstacle course race in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The Forest Ninja takes place on Saturday with the Forest Warrior on Sunday and both events consist of streams, swamps, ditches and yes, obstacles.
Crawling into Sunday and the Scott Sports Dirty Dozen 12K Adventure Trail Run at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. Organised by Run and Ride Events, entrants can expect the same course consisting of muddy trails and no obstacles although the infamous ‘Ditch of Doom’ remains. The organisers may have a couple of surprises planned en route.
There is the option to enter as a solo or a team of four (male/female/mixed) runners with shorter distance races for children. These are U12, 12 to 14 years and 14 to 16 years with prizes awarded to all finishers.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.