#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 4°C Thursday 21 January 2021
Advertisement

Would you run through fire and carry a cross? That's what it takes to finish the world's toughest race

One-third of the starters fail to finish in a typical year.

Image: AP/Press Association Images

IT’S THAT TIME of year where everyone is feeling super healthy after their “dry January” and thinks they can take on the world – well, a race or marathon at least.

Over on this side of the pond, many people sign up to do Tough Mudder or Hell and Back – both equally difficult races.

Back in 1987, a bunch of friends in the UK decided to set up a hardcore obstacle course to find out who was the toughest among them.

Tough Guy 

Almost 30 years later, the Tough Guy race is an annual meeting that takes place close to Wolverhampton and is thought of as the toughest race in the world.

Rather than just a race, Tough Guy is a marathon journey of physical obstacles akin to a marine boot camp.

So, while you think you may be tough, have you ever been smoke-bombed while you run or have you ever had to carry a 40 kilogram cross that makes you look like you’ve come straight out of a scene from the Life of Brian?

No, well, take a look at these brave souls:

Britain Tough Guy Source: AP/Press Association Images

Britain Tough Guy Source: AP/Press Association Images

Parts of the race involve running through a field on fire. Real fire. The race consists of about 15 km of running and a similar length of obstacles.

Britain Tough Guy Endurance Race Source: AP/Press Association Images

Crawling is a favourite Tough Guy activity: Here is the barbed-wire version.

Britain Tough Guy Endurance Race Source: AP/Press Association Images

One section involves swimming through freezing muddy water. All pretty standard, but then…

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

Britain Tough Guy Source: AP/Press Association Images

… Crosses like these weigh 40 kilograms and must be carried. Easy, you might say.

Britain Tough Guy Endurance Race Source: AP/Press Association Images

Then fireworks and smoke bombs are thrown at competitors. Okay, enough is enough.

Tough Guy 2009 endurance competition Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Of the 5,000 who started, almost 1,500 racers retire before the finish line. So, who’s signing up for next year?

Additional reporting Christina Finn 

Read: Ireland’s economy should soon be back where it started – except for all that debt>

Read: Enda: Templemore will never close again>

Published with permission from:

Business Insider
Business Insider is a business site with strong financial, media and tech focus.

Read next:

COMMENTS (18)