12 last minute challenges to take on in August in the UK

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12 last minute challenges to take on in August in the UK

With the recent hot weather in full force here in the UK, it’s the perfect time to look for a new challenge to take on next month.


Round The Rock Ultra

Date: 5th August 2017
Distance: 48 mile
Price: From £60
Location: Jersey, Channel Islands

The Channel Island’s original Ultra Marathon will be taking place at 6am on 5th August 2017 around the Island of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK.  At approximately 48 miles (77Km) and 1000 metres of ascent, this race will circle around the island following the stunning granite cliffs of the North Coast to the golden sands of St. Ouen’s Bay and the South Coast.

If you think you’re up to the challenge, get your tickets here.

The Maverick Original Lancashire

Date: 19th August 2017
Distance: 11, 15, 23km options
Price: From £17.50
Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire

For 2017 we head north to Lancashire and on to the edge of the Forest of Bowland. Once again we find ourselves in an AONB – you have to join us to believe the beauty that is Bowland. It was once described as the ‘Switzerland of England’ with its incredible forest, deep valleys and peaty moorland – it really is an event not to be missed. If you are a nature lover you will appreciate that Bowland is a hot spot for the Hen Harries a stunning bird of prey that’s been hunted to near extinction, so keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of this bird.

We once again have 3 routes to choose from all of which will be pretty challenging as the terrain here makes for some great trail running.

Interested? Get your tickets today here.

The Trail Events Glencoe Trail Running Challenge

Date: 26th August 2017
Distance: 10k, half, marathon & ultra
Price: From £25
Location: Glencoe, Argyll

Set at the wonderful Glencoe Mountain Centre, we are in the perfect place for trail running and our challenge will not let you down. Offering distances from 10K to the 65k Ultra there is a distance for everyone.

This is going to be our hardest and most scenic trail running challenge in the series, depending on your distance you will be running high in the mountains with breathtaking views all around.

If you are going to run a trail race this year then the Glencoe/Argyll trail running challenge has to be the event to choose. This is the first year of the new annual event, so enter now and join us from the beginning of our adventures in Scotland.

If you want to take on one of the most beautiful trails around, get you tickets here.


Spartan Race Agoge

Date: 18-20th August 2017
Distance: Just survive
Price: £250
Location: Isle of Skye

Clip from Agoge in Vermont USA

Undertaking the Spartan Agoge you will be offered an arena giving a culmination of your very physical and mental strength driven from your learnings through life. Finishers become innovative thinkers, prudent risk-takers, and expert decision-makers.

The Spartan Agoge is the culmination of every physical and mental strength as well as everything a person has learned in life. Finishers become innovative thinkers, prudent risk-takers, and expert decision-makers. They will embody the Spartan Code, a code of honor and respect that breeds trust and inspires action. Most importantly, they become masters of themselves.

Think you’re ready? Get your tickets here.

Gung-Ho! Dorset

Date: 26th August 2017
Distance: 5km
Price: From £41
Location: Poole, Dorset

You may have seen things like this on TV, online, or even dreamed up obstacles like this with your friends. Well, we have made your dreams reality with our Gung-Ho! 5K. You can take part in the most unique inflatable 5k fun run or fun walk, the country has ever seen. Taking on ten of the greatest inflatable obstacles we could design. Our finale is one of the world’s most unique slides and Europe’s biggest ever inflatable slide!

Gung-Ho! is open to all people no matter if you’re a seasoned marathon runner or if you just fancy joining in the fun, everyone that wants to take part can!

Want to give it a try? Get your ticket today before the price rises.

The Mudnificent Seven

Date: 12th August 2017
Distance: 5km
Price: From £50
Location: Meriden, Warwickshire

We are hosting the UK’s only Obstacle Race Expo in association with Obstacle Race Magazine. As a one-day event only, it will showcase the best obstacle races in the UK along with industry professionals and a whole variety of exhibitors in one place. Whether you are running the Mudnificent 7 or coming along to support your family and friends, the Obstacle Race Expo is one not to be missed.

The Expo will be host to the top industry manufacturers and retailers along with a multitude of other exhibitors, and the best obstacle racing companies in the UK. If you are starting out as a beginner, an obstacle racing veteran, or interested in what the sports all about – there is something for everybody.



Thames Turbo Triathlon

Date: 28th August 2017
Distance: Sprint
Price: From £40
Location: Hampton, Middlesex

“I’ve competed in all of the sprint series this year, culminating in today, and it’s been absolutely fantastic – the most well organised and friendly races I’ve ever been a part of. Thank you, and all the Marshals, and every one else that makes it possible. If I lived a little nearer I’d be joining the club in a shot! Thanks once again – it’s been a fantastic series. Looking forward to next year”

Get your tickets here.

Cotswolds Lake 62 Standard Tri

Date: 5/6th August 2017
Distance: 1500m swim, 41km cycle, 9km run
Price: From £47
Location: Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire

The swim will take place in the beautiful lakes of the Cotswolds. The event will be a deep-water start with swimmers taking part in the same wave. Once completing the swim, you will prepare for the cycle stage for a two lap course around the Cotswolds taking in some fantastic scenery. The cycle course is fairly flat with a couple of gentle sloping inclines. Once completed you will drop your bike off for a spectator friendly run course around the lake.

Interested in taking part? Get your tickets quick!

Cowman & Calfman

Date: 6th August 2017
Distance: Cowman: 1.9k swim, 92k bike, 21k run. Calfman: 950m swim, 46k bike, 10.5k run
Price: From £50
Location: Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire

2017 sees the return of The Cowman middle distance race to the Emberton Sailing Club in Emberton Country Park. The for 2017 have now been confirmed which features a new bike course which extends our old course out towards Great Houghton and back. This is 1 loop for the Calfman and 2 loops for Cowman at 46km per loop.

The Cowman is the flagship middle distance event held annually since 2003. We introduced a sprint distance in 2014 so everyone would be able to take part in this iconic event. For 2017 this becomes our Calfman race which will be half the distance of the Cowman, slightly longer overall than a standard distance triathlon.

Set in the Emberton Country Park, the race kicks off at the Emberton Sailing clubs with a swim in the lake before heading out from Olney visiting Yardley Hastings, Denton, Horton, Stoke Goldington and Newport Pagnell. The run course is around the lake featuring both on and off-road sections.

Get involved quickly whilst tickets still last.


Hampshire Hills Beach Cruiser

Date: 12th August 2017
Distance: 62 or 93km
Price: From £18
Location: Petersfield, Hampshire

A new twist on the classic sportive, the Hampshire Hills Beach Cruiser is a sportive with the atmosphere of a summer club run to the beach. Starting from Petersfield in the shadow of Butser Hill, the route winds you up over the mighty South Downs, then sweeps through the pick of the twisting country lanes to the south coast, delivering you to the sea front at Hayling Island.

Once you hit the beach, you can relax, enjoy the sea breeze, and grab a bite and cuppa at the beach-side checkpoint.

If you’re riding the Full Route, after your beach stop you’ll get back on the bike to make your way back up country to finish at the event base at Petersfield (where you started). In the spirit of the chilled theme of the day, we’re being nice to you though. The route back is a little shorter and more direct than the ride out; nobody wants to have the bulk of their ride in front of them after a cake stop or lunch at the beach!

Interested in taking part? Get your tickets here.

Tour De Mon

Date: 20th August 2017
Distance: 40, 75 or 103m
Price: From £35
Location: Anglesey, North Wales

Welcome to the awesome Tour de Mon – the cycle sportive which takes you around the beautiful island of Anglesey.

In 2016 we welcomed over 1400 cyclists to the shores of Newry Beach in Holyhead who all enjoyed a memorable day exploring the roads and scenery of this amazing unspoilt island and 2017 is set to be even bigger and better.

The Tour de Mon will take you to the most beautiful and iconic locations on this wonderful island of Anglesey.  Boasting possibly the most beautiful coastline in the whole of the UK, Anglesey is one of Britains best kept secrets and we want to share it with you.

Get your tickets today.

The Helping Rhinos Hertfordshire 100

Date: 27th August 2017
Distance: 32, 64 or 100m
Price: From £20
Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire

The 3 stunning routes take advantage of the great rural roads and allow riders to choose their challenge of either 100 miles/100km (62 miles) or 33 miles.

The route heads out from Brookmans Park through Brickendon with rolling countryside roads that allow you to get warmed up before hitting some undulating hills that really will get you warmed up! At Dane End the long route splits east towards Bishops Stortford to take in more rolling countryside roads around Much Hadam and then heads north and back west to rejoin the medium route after a 40 mile loop.

The route continues west towards Welwyn Garden City through little picturesque villages such as Ardeley and Weston before heading south back towards Tewin. All routes finish through the short sharp hills of ‘Little Switzerland’ with 6 miles left to ride, which is the sting in the tail of this unforgettable ride.

Book your tickets here.