The popularity of assault courses and obstacle course races has exploded over the past decade, with everyone you know testing their skills and stamina and posting a muddy selfie on Facebook. Why are they so popular? Perhaps it’s because most of us have day jobs that require us to sit behind a desk and not move much, or maybe it’s just human nature to want to get outdoors and get grubby!
Whatever the reason, you’re spoilt for choice for assault courses in the UK. Whether you’re looking for a boot camp experience or something you can do with the kids in the Summer holidays, check out our pick of courses from around the UK.
The Playground, Suffolk
Set in 5 acres of rolling East Anglian countryside, the assault course at The Playground takes you round a 1km course with 25 obstacles, including walls and ditches. Test your upper body strength on the incline/decline monkey bars and climb a notoriously tricky cargo net. The course is suitable for ages 7 and up, and they also host Boot Camp sessions as well as catering for hen and stag dos.
Taff Valley Assault Course, near Cardiff
The ‘ultimate woodland assault course’ can be found just a few miles outside of Cardiff at Taff Valley Assault Course, and will really put your fitness and endurance to the test as you transport vital supplies along the 2km course. So not only will you and your team be faced with crossing streams, swinging over mud pits and keeping your balance on various poles and beams, you’ll have to make sure the supplies get across too!
Warrior Assault, Northern Ireland
Warrior Assault races are held several times a year in the stunning parklands of the Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex and have a range of events to suit different levels of ability. You can choose between 3, 5 and 10km courses that will challenge your crawling, footwork, upper body strength and climbing ability. With over 30 obstacles and 8 different kinds of wall to climb, it will challenge even the most veteran obstacle racer. The obstacle race isn’t the only draw, as the organisers also put on live music and stalls in the ‘event village’ so it’s a whole day out.
X Runner Wild Warrior, Derbyshire
X Runner put on a variety of obstacle events on all around the UK, with a focus on ‘more obstacles, less running’! So if you’re more into going up, over and under the obstacles rather than perfecting your 5km PB, then these are the events for you. The Wild Warrior event in Derbyshire is on in September and promises ‘extreme muddy fun run’. Like Warrior Assault, you can choose between different lengths of courses – either 5 or 10km with up to 70 obstacles!
Totally Wiped Out, Sheffield
We couldn’t do an article on obstacle courses without featuring at least one homage to Total Wipe Out! Billing itself as the ‘funniest team event in South Yorkshire’, Totally Wiped Out aims to make you laugh as well as test your fitness, with a charismatic compere to get you and your team in the party mood. This would be the perfect option for a birthday party or stag/hen, with silly inflatable challenges and comedy moments running pretty much every Saturday from spring to autumn.
Time to get out from behind that desk, book your obstacle course day out and put your skills to the test!
The Let's Go Out Team
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