If you think you’re ready to take your fitness challenge to the next level and want to enjoy the intensity of the burn and some fantastic sights, sounds and company, then signing up for an obstacle course is one way of pushing yourself to the limit.
There are courses all over the UK and world challenging entrants to see what they’re made of and in many instances get covered in mud, put themselves in risky situations and feel the huge hit of euphoria when crossing the finish line.
Here we’ve found five of the toughest, most hardcore obstacle and endurance events to consider for your next challenge:
Spartan Races take place in many locations around the world, with 60 races held every year. The races come in a huge range of lengths and sizes, with the Sprint which offers 15 obstacles over 5km the Beast, which we’ve picked out here, which is a tough 20km with 26 obstacles.
Spartan Beast is a thing of legend and only around 50-60% of people actually manage to complete and you’ve not chance of skipping a section, unless you want the painful penalty of 10-30 burpees. Expect dives into mud, barbed wire crawls and some serious heavy lifting. This video shows the Carolina Spartan Best in action:
Set against the backdrop of some of the finest scenery New Zealand has to offer, Godzone is a team endurance feat which pushes you to attempt things you would never have imagined. Not only will you be forcing yourself up some of New Zealand’s South Island’s highest peaks, you’ll also experience the dramatic and striking coastline. The fastest teams complete the course in around 4 days, allowing themselves just an hour or two of sleep and it involves expert navigation, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing amongst some truly testing terrain. That’s before we even mention the weather conditions which are more than a bit changeable! This video shows one team’s introduction to the course:
The chance to challenge yourself in treacherous, hostile and downright dangerous environments doesn’t come along very often but with Expedition African it does. The race is set in different African regions each year and many former competitors have admitted it is one of the most gruelling experiences of their racing career. Expedition Africa 2015 is set in the Kingdom of Swaziland and includes everything from cycling to flat water rafting and miles and miles of on foot treks and springs. Expect few transitions due to the remote nature of the course. This video gives a taste of what’s on offer:
If swimming’s your thing and you really want to take it to the next level then Otillo should be on your hardcore endurance bucket list. The word translates from Swedish to English as ‘island to island’ but there are no boats allowed. Swimming from island to island is the name of the game and once you’re on land? It’s time to run to the next one, with 24 islands in total and a massive 46.2 miles to cover. It’s an event designed for teams of two so you have to be sure you’ve got that perfect partner on side. This video shows just how much of a challenge Otillo can be:
One which shouldn’t involve too much travel because it’s based right here in the UK at Henfold Lakes in Surrey. Slippery slime is what stands this event out from the other muddy challenges across the UK as the more people wade their way through the murky depths of this course. Obstacles include the ominous sounding Hamburger Hill, Hell Rive, Tunnel Rats and The Bunker and chances are you’ll finish the course looking more like a swamp monster than a human being! This video gives the lowdown on exactly what’s in store:
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