IMAGINE A Running event that’s actually fun to watch!

Not aware Rough Runner is a spectator sport?

Well now you are!

We have the most epic finale of any sports event we’ve been to. The legendary Travelator takes centre stage in our Runners Village, so you can kick back with a drink and a bite to eat while watching thousands of runners take on the ultimate challenge! Faceplants and hilarious comperes included… 

And not just that – in 2020 you can now drop your kids off at The Rascals Retreat Zone, where they can be entertained for hours, giving you some well-deserved time to yourself.

Spectators can roam the course, watch the obstacles in action, and do all of the above, ALL FOR FREE!




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Rough Runner South Good fun day. Good balance between obstacles and running. Changing facilities could have been bigger though as you need to get...

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Rough Runner Steyning Despite the chilly weather the event was great fun and extremely well organised. Every ability was catered for and the...

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True Roughian Was looking forward for this event for months. Had a great team of people with me and the staff and organisation of the event made it...

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Rough Runner South Wow, what a great event. Set under the South Downs on the Wiston Estate it was a brilliant challenge. We took on the 15km...

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Great event. Loved it. Earlier start times preferable. Had an absolute blast and already booked up for next year. Would have been nice to have an...

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amazing experience friends bought me a ticket for my birthday and we all went along for a bit of fun. my expectations were high but it still...

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Rough Runner 2019 South Cold day and cold wind which didn't help when you get wet! But it was so much fun! The only complaint I would have is that...

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Great fun I’ll definitely be there next year


Really Fun Run @ Rough Runner Had a great time running, jumping, climbing and getting wet !! Great setting and the event was really well organised...

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Highly recommend! We had so much fun taking on the challenging obstacles between the 15km cross country run! The mechanical arms and big bouncy...

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Wet fun in the Park Great fun, made me realize i need to up my game with my stamina and fitness!

Amazing. I never thought I could do an obstacle event. I just proved to myself that I can.


Best thing I've ever done. It was such a positive vibe - everyone was in it together and the feeling of group support was amazing


Awesome bonding. Laughing at strangers isn't supposed to be OK, but when they laugh back at you it makes a weird, awesome sort of bond!


Simply the best. This was literally the best thing I've ever done. And I got to laugh at the rest of my team A LOT 🙂


Chuffed. The obstacles are so much fun, but they're not easy! Actually feel pretty chuffed with myself right now.


Nostalgic. I've been watching Gladiators and Wipeout for AGES. So this was a bit of a dream come true!


Recommend to anyone. I did this with my son and a friend and his son in aid of Cancer Research. I cannot say how much fun we had. We enjoyed...

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Brill. Brilliant day out, well run, well marshalled and sign posted.

Great event. Was looking forward for this event for months. Had a great team of people with me and the staff and organisation of the event made it...

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April 17th – 19th 2020

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London North

Sept 3rd – 5th 2020

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London West

Oct 2nd – 4th 2020


Here are our top 3 tips for spectators!


As you enter Rough Runner Village, you’ll see a number of giant maps, please take a photo of this.

These will help you find your way around the course, and know where each of the obstacles are, so you can simply choose your route.

We stopped giving out the paper and laminated maps as they simply get thrown away and litter the venues. Not great for the environment.


The village area has ample tables and chairs, all facing the epic and legendary Travelator. The final obstacle on the course.

The atmosphere is electric with comperes playing their favorite music tracks and entertaining the audience watching, whilst spurring on those about to run up the Travelator.

2020 also sees a variety of stands and stalls, and not forgetting the Rascals Retreat Zone, new for 2020 which is a zone for kids with a heap of activities, all managed by qualified people.



Rough Runner is an outdoor event. We run the events in all conditions – sun, rain, snow or hail! To make your trip more enjoyable, take notice of the weather and dress accordingly. 

Bringing umbrellas (yes we don’t mind!), comfortable shoes or even wellies if you prefer.

Rough Runner is not a fashion parade! We want everyone to be and feel as comfortable as possible and to enjoy themselves.



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