Fancy a challenge of mud, sweat and beers?  This is a race for everyone, with as much fun as you can have in a 10k, served up with iconic sights and gritty obstacles.


It’s the Mens Health Survival of the Fittest  -  the world’s largest urban adventure race. The running route is 10km, with 10 challenging military-style obstacle ‘zones’ scattered throughout stunning city centre locations in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and Australia.


Obstacles include jumps, muddy slopes, river runs, metal railing climbing frames, monkey bars, 8ft walls, inflatables, giant waterslides and icy water baths.

Apparently you will need “stamina, grit, speed and guts” – oh, and plenty of upper body strength!

Being set along city vantage points, the race is ideal for spectators to watch your exertions as they relax (smugly) in a bar on the sidelines.

Once completed you can enjoy a well-deserved drink yourself in the huge beer tent or outside beer gardens. Soak up the atmosphere of the city centre and relax with music and food and plenty more.


Now in its 9th year, over 165,000 people have ‘survived’ and crossed the finished line.  Many people enter in teams, and this definitely makes certain things – like the Wall of Fame – easier to tackle. Teams also get discounted entry, so find some friends to drag along.

Entry fees vary between £65 and £77 depending on how early you register and whether you enter solo or as a team. Entry includes a medal, race t-shirt, rat rag, finisher-line photo, survival headband, goody bag, water and chip timing.

Have we convinced you yet? If you’re up for it, it’s time to prepare:


Wear a pair of lightweight but firm trainers, which have a grippy sole and waterproof upper. Those who want to be sure of their grip should invest in a pair of quick-drying fingerless gloves to help them hang, climb and swing with confidence.


Running 10k might not sound too exhausting, but believe us, combined with those obstacles this is a tough race. So fuel up sensibly on slow-release carbs before.


Squats and lunges - preferably explosive - will be good training for all those jumps. You will also need lots of upper body strength so get working on those pull ups, or even master your first one!

Good luck to all Survivors!

The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.


Clare R.
20 July 2016

Clare R.

I also thought 'is it men only?' (I disapprove of single gender public events). But apparently not. I will get training for future events!

Emma C.
20 July 2016

Emma C.

I thought this was just for men at first and was about to complain! Anything like this is good for my motivation and I don't hear of all events so glad you mentioned this one.

craig t.
19 July 2016

craig t.

Why haven't I heard of this before? This is just my sort of thing. Hope it cools down slightly for those doing it in London on Saturday though....!

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