The Rough Runner Obstacle Course Run

The Rough Runner Obstacle Course Run

Anyone who has read my blog for a while will know that I like to take part in obstacle course runs. I am by no means the fittest person, and in fact, I am not really that fit at all, but I like pushing myself to do things which I will find tough. Obstacle course runs are a challenge because not only do you have to run a particular distance but you have to use your whole body to get through obstacles around the course.

Last year I did three different 5km courses (One True Grit, Gauntlet Games and Mucky Races) all of which had varying degrees of difficulty in obstacles but this time I decided to throw myself and my friend into the deep end and do a 10km race. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea as the first one of the year but I’m not always one to think of practicality.

Rough Runner is a culmination of obstacles inspired by TV shows such as Total Wipeout (including their sweeping arms obstacle where you have to jump between stands over water and not be hit by the sweeping arms), Ninja Warrior and Gladiators (Yes this includes the travelator).

As an overall course this run has by far the most obstacles of any race I have done (even looking at what you got on the 5km course) and there was less running time between obstacles (great news for me!) But the downside was the Hampshire event we went to wasย that it was very hilly so we had a lot of up and down running (or fast walking in my case).

Rough Runner Obstacles

Looking at the event itself we began at 930am and the first few obstacles were fine (climbing over some wooden stands, down rope climbs, through some tight muddy tyres) then we hit big balls. This is essentially a giant cage filled with exercise balls where you had to crawl through an opening, through the full cage and out the other side pretty much crawling battling your way through the balls. I don’t generally have claustrophobia but I did feel breathless a few times.

Queuing up for the next obstacle I noticed blood running down my leg, of course I had to injure myself. It hurt a little as I went round but the bleeding stopped and when I checked it after finishing it really wasn’t that bad. The rope slide didn’t go well for me as I lack upper body strength and balance, the same reason I failed the monkey bars and rings. There were loads more obstacles which you can see in more detail on their website.

With queuing for obstacles it’s really hard to get a good time so this did take about 2.5 hours to complete until we hit the final obstacle the travelator. Now if I wasn’t tired I think I might have managed the medium speed one as I can be pretty fast when I want to be but I was knackered so went splat down and had to go up the slow one (gutted!) but I was super proud of my friend who managed to get up the fastest one first time.

I am writing this two days after the event and my body still aches (especially the tops of my arms) and I have so many bruises but I did it and I’m so happy I did.

Have you ever done anything like this? Have you ever been tempted?


  1. April 14, 2016 / 6:11 am

    No I haven’t and I don’t think I will ever be tempted to. Just not my flavour. I like the easy life, lol. Good job though x

  2. sarah Lea
    April 18, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Obstacle runs sound like great fun. This would be a great challenge to set myself when I’m feeling better! Well done on taking part! I can imagine how you ache. xx

  3. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    April 18, 2016 / 10:17 am

    I really wanted to do a tough mudder or something this year, but sadly I have had to cancel all races. Maybe next year!

  4. April 18, 2016 / 11:03 am

    I think I’d be much in the same boat as you. I know I don’t have upper body strength anymore, so some of those would be really tough!

  5. April 18, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Friends of mine take part in tough mudder I just have no upper body strength and would not be able to do most of the obstacles x

  6. April 18, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Congratulations! That’s such a great achievement, especially since it’s 10km! I’ve never even done a 5k, let alone a 10k with obstacles! ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. Beth
    April 18, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Well done!
    I have never tried anything like this before, I am not quite sure I could either haha

  8. April 18, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Once upon a time I would have loved to have done something like this. Sounds so much fun. x

  9. Jessica Dearnley
    April 18, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    This sounds like so much fun, I wish I was fit enough to do something like this.

  10. April 18, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    There’s a lot of obstacle courses these days! I am wanting to do one one day especially tough mudder

  11. GlamourGlitterGloss
    April 18, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    This looks AMAZING! I already have this open in another window and I’m looking at the next one in London ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m running the Race For Life 5k at the end of July but I might just sign up for this as well. Well done on your achievement xx

  12. April 18, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Aw you poor thing but on a more positive note well done on getting the obstacle course done even if you are having alot of soreness. You should be proud of what you achieved and well done to your friend as well!

  13. Kira L Curtis
    April 18, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    It’s great to hear about your 10K! Can’t wait for my 5K later on this year! This has got me so much more excited for it! Any tips? Hopefully I shall be taking part in more 5Ks and some 10Ks within the next year! Well Done for completing it!!!

  14. Beautyqueenuk
    April 18, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    It sounds like you had such amazing fun, even if you didn’t manage to make up the fast travelator, that said, you did far better than I would ever do x

  15. Shannon Ritchie
    April 18, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Well done! Obstacle courses always so fun! I remember doing one a few years ago with the Army! It was a good experience! X

  16. April 19, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Well done you! I’ve always wanted to do one of these but I am just too scared!

  17. April 19, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    I’ve never done one of these,but they look like so much fun! I’d love to give it a go. Well done you though x

  18. Melanie Edjourian
    April 19, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Wow I’m shattered just reading the post, well done for giving it a go.

  19. April 19, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Wow well done you – I have such admiration for people who get out and run. I bet obstacle courses are so hard but amusing too!

  20. Laura
    April 20, 2016 / 12:38 am

    This sounds so amazing, well done you! I’m not a good runner at all, can’t even walk up hill but I’m in the process of changing that so who knows I might be doing this in years to come! xxx

  21. April 20, 2016 / 9:42 am

    This sounds great! I can’t run to be honest, but would love to give something like this a go. Maybe a goal for next year! x

  22. Ickle Pickle
    April 20, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Oh wow – well done to you! I am no good at running, or anything like this as I have dodgy weak ankles! I admire you though. Kaz x

  23. MyLifeAsAMummy
    April 20, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Well done for completing it! I would love to do something like this, it sounds like so much fun!

    Laura x x x

  24. Charli Louise Bruce
    April 21, 2016 / 10:02 am

    My friend actually showed me this the other day and said we should take part as we are running a 5K in July already but wanted something a little more fun to do. Well done for completing it, although it sounds tough it sounds so fun! X

  25. April 21, 2016 / 10:44 am

    It’s a shame that you have to queue for all the obstacles so you can’t get a real feel of your time but still sounds like an incredible experience!

  26. globetrotterjen
    April 21, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I could never do one of these- i too lack upper body strength; i could never do monkey bars as a kid!

  27. April 24, 2016 / 6:11 am

    Awww well done you for completing it and I am sure will time will be better as you now have the experience for a 10k obstacle course

  28. April 25, 2016 / 9:34 am

    This sounds like great fun! I’m far too unfit to do something like this!

  29. Rosana McPhee
    April 26, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I am not fit at all, you are very courageous to take part on such cruelling tasks. I am sure the satisfaction at the end is all worth it. R

  30. April 28, 2016 / 11:40 am

    I’ve always wanted to try something like this as I love all of these tv game shows! My fitness would definitely let me down though ๐Ÿ™

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