9 Toughest Endurance Events To Tackle In 2019 [UPDATED]

22nd February 2019

Do you love pushing yourself to the limits? Are you always looking for the next challenge to undertake? Why not tackle one of this year’s toughest UK endurance events and challenges?

The UK is blessed with a range of mountainous terrain, beautiful sites, and changeable weather –  the very stuff dreams are made of for ultra runners, hillwalkers and trail runners alike.

With endurance events increasing in popularity across the country, here at Nevisport we have selected our top nine endurance events that you could face this year – if you’re up for it?!

The Wild Mud Run

Endurance: Wild Mud Run

Date: 6th April 2019
Where: Midlands

Located at Osmaston Manor in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, Wild Mud Run brings thousands of people to the village for one day only as they turn up to tackle the mud.

With swampy terrain, undulating hills and wooded areas in your way, you are faced with arguably ‘the muddiest race in the world’ and if that wasn’t enough the lakes within the grounds of the Manor are ideal for their signature obstacles – the water slides.

Rat Race Dirty Weekend

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Date: 11th May 2019
Where: Peterborough

Just nip through a quick 200 obstacles to complete the worlds LARGEST assault course!

Yep, 200 obstacles including tyre climbs, the “stink trench”, and the worlds longest monkey bars across 20 miles of mud, mates, and madness.

And once that’s done – head to their phenomenal afterparty headlined by Seb Fontaine.

This is an endurance event for those who like to work hard – and party hard!

Endurancelife Classic Quarter

Endurance: Portland Bill Jurassic Quarter

Date: 8th June 2019
Where: Cornwall

The Endurancelife Classic Quarter is a relentless Ultra Marathon along the south Cornish coast in the UK from Lizard Point to Lands End.

A simple task in theory, a brutal one in practice – run non-stop from the southernmost point of England (Lizard Point), to the western most tip (Lands End), along the legendary South West Coast Path.

It gets its name from this running of 90 degrees along the compass.

Undertake this ultra marathon as a solo, relay team of two, or relay of four. 

With steep climbs and descents, challenging terrain, and unpredictable weather this is the ultimate trail runners rush.

Tough Mudder Scotland

Endurance: Tough Mudder Scotland

Date: 15th & 16th June 2019
Where: Dumfries & Galloway

With two million participants, over 150 events held, and a completion rate of 78%, everyone by now should have heard of Tough Mudder.

This year’s event in Scotland is being held at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries & Galloway, with participants faced with a 10-mile course with over 25 obstacles as you take on gut-busting hills, run through dark wooded trails and crawl or drag yourself through some of the best mud Scotland has to offer.

Are you tough enough?

National 3 Peaks Challenge

Endurance: National 3 Peaks Challenge

Date: 18th May – 28th September 2019

If the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge doesn’t do it for you, why not tackle the national as you climb the highest mountain in England, Scotland and Wales.

You can choose to complete the trilogy of mountains in 24 hours or over a long weekend. There are no set rules – other than you need to be fit, prepared and organised.

The highest of the three mountains is Ben Nevis in Scotland (1344m), the second is Scafell Pike in the Lake District (978m) – the lowest summit of the three but arguably the hardest due to its steep ascent – and the third on the list is Snowdon in Wales (1085m)

Inexperienced mountain climbers and walkers are advised to book a mountain leader to assist them.

The Mighty Deerstalker

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Date: 16th March 2019
Where: Innerleithen

Legend speaks of a cult running event deep in the Scottish Borders in the dark of a chilly March night.

Cross rivers, trail through forests, and clamber over mountains with possibly the best after-party and on site camping.

Keeping you on your toes even before the event, the Mighty Deerstalker doesn’t let you know just exactly how long you have to run – but you’re looking at around 15km – and once it’s done, a post-race beer on them.

Dragons Back Race

Endurance: Dragons Back Race

Date: 20-24th May 2019
Where: Wales

Already a legendary endurance event, the Berghaus Dragons Back Race follows the mountainous spine from the north of Wales to the south over a five day period, with participants travelling approximately 200 miles in five days with 8 ½ miles of ascent across wild, remote and mountainous terrain.

Not for the faint hearted, the Dragons Back Race is dubbed the toughest five-day mountain running race in the world, crossing the length of Wales, from Conwy Castle in the north to Carreg Cennen Castle in the south.

The Royal Marines Commando Challenge

Endurance: Royal Marine Commando Challenge

Date: 12th – 13th October 2019
Where: Devon

Let’s finish with an easy one – or not as the case may be! The Royal Marines Commando Challenge sees participants tackle a course that is used by the Royal Marine recruits as they look to achieve the much coveted Green Beret.

The 5k challenge named ‘Cheerfulness’ has less running than the 10k but you face all of the obstacles and just about the same amount of mud. While the 10k, named ‘Courageous’ as this is the closest challenge to the one that is undertaken by Royal Marine recruits at the end of their 32 weeks of training, adds a run to and from the course.

This challenge, unlike some of the others on our list, is all about team work. So get your pals together and find out who has what it takes?

Have you faced any of the challenges we have listed above?  Let us know in the comments

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