Manchester Salford – Saturday 6th JULY 2019

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

For the first time ever, Rough Runner is going Urban! The awesome backdrop of Salford Quays, the media hub of the North West of England, will provide an entirely new obstacle experience. Taking place around the waters of the Media City area, we will be hosting a shorter, obstacle-packed course, so you don’t need to be a fitness nut to take on the challenge. And you don’t even need to leave Manchester’s city centre!

The Rough Runner event 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-inspired obstacle, Buoy Zone.
    • 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. HERE’s what they have to say about Rough Runner, the event in general and our obstacles. 


What’s in store?

This event will be a totally new experience, whether you’ve run our course before or not.

10-12 obstacles will feature on a 2.5km lap around the Quays, while a second lap would take you up to 5km and give you a another chance to make it through each challenge! Both routes will finish in style with an attempt at our Legendary Travelator, with its four different speeds – Fast, Medium, Slow, and even Reverse for anyone who needs a lift to the top!

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


Booking 3 or more tickets? You’ll SAVE 10% for your team!

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 £65 – Don’t hang about!!



Rough Runner comes to the centre of Salford for our first ever Urban Challenge

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 2.5km route with 10-12 obstacles, and a 5km route made up of 2 laps of the 2.5km, so you get a second attempt at each! 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 some of 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.
  • 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, but only on the day. So don't miss the only chance you'll get to pick one up!


There are great public transport links which means no-one needs to worry about who the designated driver is, and instead you can hang out at the Quays with a well-deserved post-run drink and watch the other runners face planting on the Travelator!

If you'd rather drive, you'll find plenty of space in the multi-storey car parks nearby.


  • 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 9-9.30am 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!
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 at events can be temperamental.

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 wet, 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!


A choice of distance and difficulty to suit YOU

2.5km course

  • 10-12 unique obstacles
  • 100-300m or so between each
  • Fun focused
  • 2.5km total distance
  • 16+ years only

5km course

  • 2 laps of the 2.5km route
  • Up to 24 obstacles!
  • 100-300m or so between each
  • 5km total distance
  • 16+ years only

Where is it?


Media City
Salford Quays
M50 2EQ



Watch the Rough Runner experience for yourself…

Seen enough?