Extreme Running

Extreme Running

I suppose that in the truest definition of  “extreme” the sort of events we are talking about do not really fit into this category; we are not running up Everest or crossing the hot deserts but believe me as far as we are concerned the events here are what we would call “Extreme”

I quote here from the website of one of the countries most popular series of Challenges – The Grim Challenge:

“This land is used to test Army vehicles so expect it to be interesting! You will reach a long hill shortly after the start before descending again eventually reaching a water filled ravine. You will run on over puddle-strewn paths before having to crawl under camouflage netting. You’ll eventually reach some man-made mounds before arriving at and running through some rather large puddles. Expect to get very wet! You’ll run on to the fast vehicle driving circuit where it is rocky underfoot. This brings you to some more large areas of water and the finish area.”


If you feel that this event and the others that Grim promote are not tough enough for you, then the ultimate Challenge has to be the Tough Guy and this is their description:

“Tough Guy is the nightmare of being chased by a herd of stallions. Your only escape route is a mighty and revered obstacle course. Built from trees, 15 metres high with Tarzan ropes swinging.

No hats and no hook ups. Just pure, organic grip strength from your cold and wet hands.

Belly flop beneath razor wire, the stallions still snorting at your heels, matching your every step. Look deep into the flames before diving through them straight into shoe sucking mud. Then something wakes you, or does it? Were the stallions just a nightmare?

No time to look back, the narrow tunnels beckon. You bravely enter to discover they’re filled with murky water. You can’t see. You can’t breathe. What chance of survival? Grope around and grab that rope. Pull yourself lungs bursting, into the light! You see the sun, or is it just another cruel mirage?

You are faced with a wall climb, as high as a mountain. No visiblity again. Is that smoke, mist or cloud? How do you get down? Take the netting or dive into the freezing lake. You suddenly realise that the sound of stallions behind is fading. You must go on. The only route is through the Arctic water.

A monkey rope, a barbed wire crawl, a rubber snake, a skin ripping snake, you can smell the finish. It’s familiar…..you recognise…..it smells like…..cocoa! You know you’ve earned it!

You wake. You are alive. Bloodied, battered but never beaten.

You are a Tough Guy!”


If that is not enough for you then I don’t know what is!

There are many of these types of events (Not the Tough Guy!) springing up around the UK and we will keep you informed of what is happening – just in case you may be tempted!

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