North East – July 2019

“The most fun you can have in a group…with your clothes on.”

Rough Runner is the brain child of a group of us who always wanted to go on Gladiators. Turns out we didn’t do enough steroids, so we built our own course instead!

Take on our sweeper arms and you’ll see just how quick your reflexes are.

Try in vain to join the 1% who succeed on our big red balls.

Triumph on the Travelator and fulfill your childhood dreams (if you’re anything like us).

Our event will be the closest thing you’ll find to doing Wipeout, Ninja Warrior, Gladiators and Takeshi’s Castle rolled into one.

100,000 Roughians to date have had the pleasure. Find out why HERE.

What’s in store for 2019

First, we’re delighted to head back to the stunning Lambton Estate, with it’s awesome forest trails, river running and varied terrain.

Secondly, we’ve some epic new obstacles & challenges planned for you! As ever, we keep everyone’s favourite obstacles from over the years and we’ll also introduce some new and novel ways of wiping you out!

Thirdly, due to lots of requests, we’re adding a TIMED ELITE WAVE! These will be the first waves of the day, where 4 people race against each other every few minutes – meaning no queues, a leader board AND prizes for the best 3 times!

Get better rates the earlier you book. Ticket prices rise in:



Booking 3 or more tickets? Use code TEAM and SAVE 10%

Grab your tickets via the buttons below, and look out for the discount code box when you’re filling out your information. Add the code TEAM to apply savings.

If you’re joining an existing team, get your ticket(s) first and follow the instructions in the confirmation email.






By buying tickets you confirm you’re 16+ years and automatically agree to the Participant Agreement.


On the day prices are up to £95 – Don’t hang about!!



Rough Runner returns to the North East for the second time after a hugely successful event in 2018, with overwhelming feedback and requests to return! We're back at the stunnning Lambton Estate, so you’ll be treated to a beautiful run while our obstacles complete the Rough Runner experience!

Inspired by TV game shows like Total Wipeout, Gladiators, Takeshi’s Castle and Ninja Warrior, this is the only event that will give you the chance to take on a load of epic obstacles that you’ve only ever seen on screen and always wanted to try.

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!

Do it now. Regret it never.

If you want to see the rest of the obstacles you and the rest of your team will be up against, have a gander:

Did we mention we have The Travelator?


  • There is free access to the event for all spectators (except for parking costs if driving separately).
  • We want to encourage our Roughians to bring their friends and families to see them take on The Travelator at the finish line, and don't feel the need to charge for a ticket just to enjoy the spectacle!
  • Free bag drop service.
  • You'll also get a free medal.
  • We won't be throwing in a cheap cotton T-shirt - we dropped our ticket prices instead. (We do, however, have a much higher quality, sexy, technical T-shirt available which you can get at the checkout when you buy your ticket. For those that miss the boat you can also get them on the day of the event, but expect to pay a little extra!)


We have a fully managed car park on site, and we have a traffic management system in operation with AA road signs in place showing where to go.

Car parking is just £8 per car, cash on the gate that covers the cost of operating all this.


  • If you want to find out what's included in the price, just click on the "What's Included" tab.
  • Start times will be from 9am through to approx 2pm, and we will advise you of your start time about 7 - 10 days prior to the event date.
  • Please arrive on site around 1 hour prior to your start time, to get yourself registered, set up and ready to run!
  • For most, driving will be the best means of getting there, so get some buddies together and road trip it!
Things you'll need to bring:

1. A print out of your ticket, a signed waiver (here), and photo ID. You can’t race without!

2. Cash for food and drinks on site - card payment machines out in the countryside can be temperamental. Car parking is £8 cash on the day.

3. Suitable clothing. This is up to you, but we'd suggest a warm change of clothes for after the event and gloves to use during (for all those nets and ropes). You will get muddy, and so will your trainers, so don't wear anything you are particularly precious about!

Otherwise just check back here in the run up to the event, or feel free to drop us a line here.

Best thing - check out on Google maps where the event is.

Their maps are great, and provide awesome directions and even tell you how long it'll take you to get there from where you are! So you don't need to be late! But still give yourself time in case there's an accident or something you or Google is not in control of!

  • Newcastle – 30 mins
  • Sunderland – 22 mins
  • Durham - 19 mins
  • Middlesborough - 42 mins


A choice of distance and difficulty to suit YOU

5km course

  • 10 unique obstacles
  • 500m or so between each
  • Fun focused
  • 5km total distance
  • 16+ years only
  • No training required!
  • Find out more

10km course

  • 15 unique obstacles
  • 500-1000m or so between each
  • Blend of fun & challenge
  • 10km total distance
  • 16+ years only
  • Find out more

15km course

  • 20 unique obstacles
  • 500-1000m or so between each
  • Toughest challenge
  • 15km total distance
  • 16+ years only
  • Find out more

Bring the kids to Roughian Rascals!

Roughian Rascals is also back, but bigger and better, with wet obstacles for the kids! This is a 1 mile course designed specifically for adventure-seeking kids from 7 to 12 years old.

The course will give kids the chance to get wet, possibly a little muddy (weather dependent!), and experience some unique, cool and fun obstacles – in a safe and managed environment.

There’s only one wave for the kids, usually being the last wave in the afternoon – meaning you can enjoy the catering and Travelator face plants before the kids head off; or the adults can run first in the earlier waves and be back in time to run with your kids (most do this!).

If you’re interested in entering kids into Roughian Rascals, either just add their tickets when you’re booking yours, or have a look at our info page here.


Where is it?


Lambton Estate,
Chester Le Street,
County Durham,
NE38 9HA

20 mins from Newcastle.
20 mins from Sunderland.
15 mins from Durham.
40 mins from Middlesborough.



Watch the Rough Runner experience for yourself…