Toughest UK Races

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28/04/2010 at 07:02

Hey all,

 I'm trying to track down the UK 10 toughest races. I'm looking for anything reguardless of how bizare it is ranging from tough guy, ultramarathons to bog snorkling!

Any ideas?


28/04/2010 at 10:24

Hi Gareth,

I guess it would depend on what you define as tough.

Last year I did both Tough Guy events, the winter one actually being quite tough and the summer one just being enjoyable. I would put that in the top 10, probably about 10, providing that it is cold enough

At the top i would put the BG Round (or Paddy Buckley round - do you count these as similar events or seperate events? if seperate then put these as 1&2 in which ever order you fancy!)

The 3 peaks challenge would fit in there somewhere, providing you go for a fast time.

Then you can fill in the rest by throwing in some of the fell races in the lakes, the ultras (i.e London to Brighton, Brecon, South Downs Way etc)

That is my personal opinions, based on foot races, I'm not too up to date on bog snorkling and the like so may have missed a few that belong in there and probably missed a few other toughies!

28/04/2010 at 21:06

what no gucr ?... trumped now by thames ring i guess.

and then there's race for life... man all that pink !

28/04/2010 at 21:40

I hear Fellsman is tough, I'll tell you in ten day time Only 60 or so miles but mostly unpathed, some huge peat hag sections, frequent hand on knees climb.

What about these? I'll be doing Wasdale this year - 21m and 9000ft up and down, climbing amongst amongst many others Scaffel Pike.

Edited: 28/04/2010 at 21:40
29/04/2010 at 08:44
tough is really quite hard to define isnt it ?
29/04/2010 at 10:25
if you're a 25stone munter who hasn't done any exercise in the last 20 years bar getting up for some fags and to smack the kids then I guess the Race for Life would be tough

it's all relative according to ability and type of event

29/04/2010 at 16:27
howsabout a 120k duathlon ?
29/04/2010 at 17:30

I reckon the Thunderrun 24 hour solo is pretty tough - laps of 10k, very muddy, hilly, cross country, continuously for 24 hours - not only physically but mentally hard to not quit and having to pass your nice warm tent as you head off up that hill for another lap.  But then im a girl

The 12 hour Lightning run is obviously a piece of piss


29/04/2010 at 17:30

What i wanted to say was - tough is hard to define.  For me performing well at an indoor arena event would be a nightmare, but show me some mud and a hill and ill have a good time

Edited: 29/04/2010 at 17:31
30/04/2010 at 10:28

Stainland 7 in Halifax

A seven mile road race that tricks the runners

First mile is steep fast down hill, then followed by 6 miles of uphill

An on road fell race - nice run though

5th September 

30/04/2010 at 14:13
Winning most well-established big city 10ks would probably be much tougher than any of the above.
30/04/2010 at 14:14
sorry, "winning one of the well-established...".  winning all of them (or most of them) would be very tough indeed, to the point of impossiblity, assuming some of them are held on the same days
01/05/2010 at 17:09

Hey guys,

Thanks for all the replys basically what I'm doing is looking for the 10 toughest races because I do a lot of running for charity (about to do a mile on the hour every hour for 100 hours then a 10k) and was hoping to find 10 hard races and do them all next year! So the suggestions have given me lots to look into and think about!


02/05/2010 at 14:47

Hmmm. I agree that tough is in the eye of the beholder. I think your after either very long "events", very tough conditions (e.g. underfoot, weather, hill climb) but probably aspects of both.

My personal idea of very tough..... nay hell, would be a 24hr track race. At least something like Fellsman, UTLD100 or UTMB won't bore you to death with repetition. If I do something that tough due to the hills, etc,... I do it for the challenge but also for a payback in seeing some great rural landscape.

for loads of ideas also see

Edited: 02/05/2010 at 14:48
04/05/2010 at 21:03

What about the Trionium wife-carrying race - linky thing to this year's event in March.

How tough it is will depend on whose wife you carry, I suppose.

04/05/2010 at 23:55
Jurassic Coast Challenge "Oner"?  78.6 miles.  13 000'.   24-hour cut-off.  Toughest thing I've done to date, anyway.
meface    pirate
06/05/2010 at 22:05

The Picnic. It's only a marathon - but one will more than your normal number of upflats. (See Trionium link)


08/05/2010 at 18:45
Eyam and Buxton half mararthons
12/05/2010 at 20:23
Cheviot2000 fell race in June is the toughest race ive ever completed... 22miles of treacherous hills running through heather fields/bogs in Northumbria
08/10/2010 at 08:40
Man v horse in wales is tough 22 miles in june normally hot and loads of hills all off road.
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