Toughest UK Races

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11/10/2010 at 00:52
The Spartan Race is bringing out a UK race called the Super Spartan Half marathon with 50 obstacles http://www.spartanrace.com also if you win one you get a FREE expenses paid trip to the USA for the death race which is the world championships. http://www.youmaydie.com
Dubai Dave    pirate
11/10/2010 at 12:50

GUCR, South downs way, Ridgeway, Thames ring or if you want pain do the Jogle April 2011 should keep you busy

http://www.ultrarace.co.uk/events/details/?eventid=94

31/10/2010 at 19:19
Try The Terminator - 11.5 miles in Pewsey, Wiltshire.  Although it is a relatively short distance they run you up to the top of the hill and back down again x4, plus mud & rivers.  Fantastic run. 
31/10/2010 at 22:23
try spen 20 in West yorkshire and Holmfirth 15 these both are tough but great races
12/05/2012 at 09:43

Hmm, I think you should really mix your events up. Tough Guy, Hellrunner, Brutal 10, then mix some dualathlons in like Richmond Parks Classic, Arundel sprint tri and er....well that's my list so far for next year.

12/05/2012 at 12:41

Lots of races claim to be the toughest in the U.K, but for the most part these claims should be treated with skepticism. 

If an event is a serious contender  to be regarded as the toughest race in the U.K, it will have either very tough qualifying criteria, or a dropout of well over 50%, or more likely than not both.  If it does not have the above, then it is probably not even in the running (no pun intended). 

I tend to think that events like tough guy talk a better fight than they put up.  You could pretty much pick a runner off the street at random, and they would have a shot at completing most of these events.  If I ever do one, I might change my tune. 

The serious contenders would be found among the hardest ultras, triathlons and adventure races.  Among the single stage events, I am inclined to agree with WIB that the Bob Graham Round is the hardest to achieve. 

Among scheduled events, I think that the Viking Way Ultra would have a pretty credible claim.  Minimum qualifying standard this year was completion of a 100 mile event (check).  Less than 25% of the field finished (check).  Another event that I would consider a very credible claimant for the same reasons is the Hardmoors 110. 

Edited: 12/05/2012 at 12:42
12/05/2012 at 15:27
Agree with The Viking Way Ultra - distance and time limit made it very tough.

The Spine has to right up there - Pennine Way , January, 7 days. The first 43 mile section took 15 hrs, the next 63 miles took 27 hrs - totally brutal. 3 finishers out of 17 starters.
06/06/2012 at 18:19

Haven't seen Hardmoors110 in anyones list. It's second only to lakeland 100 in my book. 

06/06/2012 at 22:38

I think the Hardmoors 110 is definitely in the argument. 

06/06/2012 at 22:46

I'm biased as it's my favourite race and i help out on it tbh but as hill Ultra's go Hardmoors 110 is one of the best. And unlike some Ultra's  you can actually enter all four races (30 on new years day , the 55 which is the first half, the 110 and the 60 which is the 2nd half ) for £110-00  -thats last years prices mind but still amazing value.

I think Lakeland is UK's toughest Hil Ultra race ( i don't really do the flat ones like GUCR but appreciate there toughness )

06/06/2012 at 22:48

sorry if that sounded like a sales pitch btw, it wasn't - it's just that i'm finding the cost of some of the new races out of my reach. Lakeland is good value mind.

07/06/2012 at 21:11

I will make another observation. 

With the races that have the more credible claims, e.g Viking Way, Lakeland 100, Hardmoors 110, the organisers generally don't say that their event is the toughest single stage race in the U.K. 

They are more likely to let the DNF rate do the talking. 

10/06/2012 at 09:58
I did man v horse yesterday and it was the toughest race I've ever done. Over 3000 ft of assent with mud, river beds, shale and slurry with horses snorting past was mentally and physically knackering..... Even the downhills are hard as they are generally lethal!
10/06/2012 at 10:00
Oops just realised this thread was started in 2010 so Richard has probably done all of his races now and could tell us himself......
10/06/2012 at 13:57
10/06/2012 at 15:06

Marsden 10 mile challange  this is all uphill for the first 6 miles a bit on flat  then 3 miles back down

18/06/2012 at 14:19

Cheddar Gorge Marathon?! Crazy ascents and descents galore, but the views are worth it!!

http://www.relishrunningraces.com/cheddar-gorge-challenge.php


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