Obstacle and Running Events Calendar

Our events are like no other. We combine physical challenge, teamwork and fun across all of our events, with obstacles that you’ll only ever have seen on TV.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, there’s an event and a venue for you.

Each has a range of difficulty levels, with the 5km firmly focused on fun, the 10km upping the ante and the 15km bad-asses taking it to the toughest level.

So, whatever your fitness level, whatever you’re into, there’s an event rough enough and near enough for you.

Upcoming Obstacle Races and Running Events

10th and 11th March 2018, Chiswick House

      • 0mins – London!
      • 20mins – Slough
      • 1hr 9mins – Watford
      • 1hr 15mins – Brighton


Yes it’s true, Rough Runner is returning to its roots! Before moving on to obstacle events, the Rough Runner founders had organised 10km and half marathon runs, and in March 2018 will be returning to the beautiful Chiswick House to do it all again!

Both the half and the 10km take place on a stunning route hugging the Thames the whole way through. Which means less road-running, and more eye-catching scenery and a feeling of escaping the city. This isn’t an obstacle run (we have a London one in Sept), so be ready to get into your running groove!

It’s also the perfect time to run if you’re training for the London marathon, or even Brighton, Manchester or Boston marathons! It’s the perfect 10-12 week half marathon that will be on any standard training plans.

And if you have supporters or kids in tow, all the better. We’ll have a festival village on site with games and activities to keep everyone entertained, as well as a bar to treat yourself to a well-earned drink at the end of the run!

So grab yourself a ticket while they’re at the lowest price – they rise every month in the run-up to the event which means you don’t want to hang about! And tickets are limited.


April 2017 date

      • 1hr 15mins – London
      • 30 mins – Portsmouth
      • 30 mins – Winchester
      • 45 mins – Southampton



Our first event of the season is at the awesome Bereleigh Estate in Hampshire. Stunning vistas over the South Downs, scenic paths through woodland and open plains, and the best hill training on the market are all there for your running pleasure.

Our full range of epic obstacles will complete the picture, challenging thousands of Roughians to swing, crawl, climb, dodge and jump their way to the finish line. That’s where the Travelator will laugh at your exhausted attempts to get up the fast lane! It’s a huge event each year so get it in your diary to kick off the season in style!

The venue is readily accessible from London, Portsmouth, Winchester, Southampton, and most of the south coast!


      • 1hr 15mins – London
      • 30 mins – Oxford
      • 1 hour – Birmingham
      • 1hr 30mins – Bristol



Rough Runner at the Great Tew Estate has been a favourite event in the running calendar for 3 years, with the most picturesque backdrop, varied terrain and atmospheric runners’ village you can come by.

The venue makes for an awesome running route, and as always, we cater to every level of fitness, so we’ll have a 5km route with around 10 obstacles, a 10km route with 15, and all 20 obstacles on our 15km route if you’re up for the toughest challenge. We never do laps at Rough Runner, but everyone who joins us for the game show-inspired journey will cross the Travelator at the finish line. So you can consider that particular childhood dream fulfilled!

The venue is readily accessible from London, Oxford, Birmingham, and most of the Midlands!


June 2018 date

      • 40 mins – Manchester Centre
      • 45 mins – Liverpool
      • 45 mins – Macclesfield
      • 1hr 15 mins mins – Leeds
      • 1hr 20 mins mins – Sheffield



Having had over 12,000 Roughians in 3 years take on our obstacles at the Manchester event each October, it’s time to give you a new venue and better weather to enjoy it in! So say hello to Arley Hall in June 2018.

With a 5km, 10km and 15km route available in a stunning new estate, with rolling meadows and forest paths and lakes throughout, you’ll have a host of natural obstacles along with up to 20 of our epic, game-show inspired challenges.

And situated just west of Manchester, not far from Liverpool, there’s no excuse for not making the trip to this awesome, easily-accessible venue. See you there!

Our full range of epic obstacles will complete the picture, challenging thousands of Roughians to swing, crawl, climb, dodge and jump their way to the finish line. That’s where the Travelator will laugh at your exhausted attempts to get up the fast lane! It’s a huge event each year so get it in your diary to kick off the season in style!


      • 15 mins – Durham
      • 20 mins – Newcastle
      • 20 mins – Sunderland
      • 40mins – Middlesborough



2018 will see Rough Runner arrive in the North East for the very first time! We will be coming to Lambton Estate, between Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Middlesborough, and bringing with us our host of epic, game show-inspired obstacles.

With a 5km, 10km and 15km route available across the most ridiculously beautiful place, featuring loads of forest paths, plenty of riverside running and some stunning meadows, you’ll have a host of natural obstacles along with up to 20 of our immense challenges.

We’ve had the most enormous number of requests to bring our event to the area, so will expect to see at least 4000 of you join us for what will be the best event you’re likely to do in 2018!

The venue is readily accessible from Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesborough, Durham and most of the North East!


      • 30mins – Edinburgh
      • 45mins – Glasgow
      • 45mins – Perth
      • 1 hour – Dundee
      • 2 hours – Aberdeen



Are you ready Scotland?

That’s right, Rough Runner is coming back for a 3rd year running! Our inaugural event in 2016 was a great success, soon superceded by our 2017 that saw over double the numbers and amazing feedback, so we have to come back!

So we’re bringing back our awesome, TV game show-inspired obstacles north of the border, to the stunning Hopetoun House, a venue that’s right in the middle of a bunch of major Scottish cities. It’s an amazing place and it makes for an incredible course.

For those who’ve been before, come back, take on a longer distance and see what new obstacles and fun things we have in store for you!

So go create a team, grab some friends and colleagues and help us to make an absolutely amazing event happen!


8th and 9th September 2018, Finsbury Park

      • 0mins – London!
      • 1hr – Watford
      • 1hr 15mins – Brighton


We are excited to announce that our 2018 London event will be moving to a brand new venue!

Say goodbye to Clapham (and the bloody football pitches), and say hello to Finsbury Park! It’s a much more interesting place for a run, and yes, it has a hill so we’ll have our Fearless Fall slide back in action!

September 2018 will see us back in London for our 4th year in a row for a 5km and 10km run with all your favourite obstacles and a few new inventions too, so sign up quickly to be sure of a spot, and at the best possible price.

We are the only event in the industry that can offer a challenge of this scale within a 5 minute walk of the Underground, so get involved early and prepare to join the fun!

A few minutes from Finsbury Park and Manor House underground stations, or Haringey train station – our most accessible location by far for public transport!


      • 15mins – Bristol centre
      • 30mins – Bath
      • 35mins – Newport
      • 45mins – Cardiff
      • 45mins – Cheltenham/Gloucester



Bristol, we’re back!

2018 will see Rough Runner return to Bristol after our first outing in 2017, when 2500 Roughians crossed our Travelator finish line in style.

Our mission is to make obstacle events accessible to all, from seasoned runners to first timers and everyone in between, and give every single person an experience they’ll actually enjoy! So join us for our game show-inspired obstacle revolution, and help us make our South West event a regular feature on our event calendar.

You’ll have the option of a 5km, 10km or 15km run with up to 20 obstacles along the way, with the difficulty level increasing as you up the distance, so pick the degree of challenge that suits you best and get involved.

Even better, grab some mates, colleagues and family members and take it on together.



Register your details below & we’ll keep you posted about your preferred event.

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