Rough Runner Oxfordshire (Sunday)

Rough Runner at the Great Tew Estate has been a favourite event in the running calendar for 3 years, with the most picturesque backdrop, varied terrain and atmospheric runners’ village you can come by.

The venue makes for an awesome running route, and as always, we cater to every level of fitness, so we’ll have a 5km route with around 10 obstacles, a 10km route with 15, and all 20 obstacles on our 15km route if you’re up for the toughest challenge. We never do laps at Rough Runner, but everyone who joins us for the game show-inspired journey will cross the Travelator at the finish line. So you can consider that particular childhood dream fulfilled!

The venue is readily accessible from London, Oxford, Birmingham, and most of the Midlands!

The Rough Runner Challenge….. is mainly lots of FUN but also:

Rough Runner is an obstacle course challenge, combining distance running with a variety of obstacles along the way, each inspired by game shows such as Total Wipeout, Takeshi’s Castle, Gladiators, and Fun House. Expect sweeper arms, giant pigeon battles, big balls and yes, The Travelator!

If you want to see the array of obstacles that you and the rest of your team will be up against, have a gander here:


  • Please arrive on site around 1 hour prior to your start time, to get yourself registered, set up and ready to run!
  • For most, driving will be the best means of getting there, so get on the phone to your team mates and road trip it!

Things you’ll need to bring:

1. A print out of your ticket, a signed waiver (here), and photo ID. You can’t race without!

2. Cash for food and drinks on site – there will not be cash machines nearby. Car parking is £5 cash on the day.

3. Suitable clothing. This is up to you, but we’d suggest a warm change of clothes for after the event and gloves to use during (for all those nets and ropes). You will get muddy, and so will your trainers, so don’t wear anything you are particularly precious about!

Otherwise just check back here in the run up to the event, or feel free to drop us a line here.


The Great Tew Park

New Road

Chipping Norton


  • 1hr 15mins – London
  • 30 mins – Oxford
  • 1 hour – Birmingham
  • 1hr 30mins – Bristol

Entry Fee Includes

Free spectator access to the event village for your friends & Family (parking is £5 if driving separately).
Bag drop service.
An awesome medal for participating!

Want our high quality, sexy, technical T-shirt? It’s available for a mere £17.50 during checkout (or a bit extra on the day).

Food stalls – don’t forget to bring some cash as ATMs aren’t close by!


Organiser Updates (4)

Launch tickets for Oxfordshire 2019 are live!

sent by Rough Runner on 27/07/2018 at 14:07

Thanks so much for making our Oxfordshire event in May such a success!

We've been running the event at the Great Tew estate for 4 years now, and with all the feedback we've had over the years, and the awesome reception we get each time, we're pleased to announce we're heading back once more in 2019!

So, if you're one of the many people who were asking if we're coming back, all you need to do is take a look through your inbox for another email you'll have received yesterday (26th July). It asks for your feedback, and in return we're offering you exclusive access to launch tickets, and up to 20% off the price.

If you're not fussed about that, and just want to see the info for next year, then have a look here:

We'd love to continue to make the event a regular feature in the area for years to come, so we're hoping to see loads of you back for 2019 along with anyone you know who missed the action back in May.

Finally, if you didn't get to see your event video, you'll find it here:

Thanks again, and see you next year!

Jonathan & Thorfinn (RR Founders)

Course photos now available!

sent by Rough Runner on 24/05/2018 at 15:48
Rough Runner official course photos are up!

All the photos from The Travelator (and some other places too) are now available to view, buy and download.

Our photography partners RandR Photos caught just about every Roughian at numerous points on the course, capturing the falls and epic fails, and the guts and the glory, as you pitted yourselves against the relentless, epic obstacles.

And excitingly they've added FACIAL RECOGNITION to as many photos as possible. It's in Beta but definitely worth a go! If it doesn't work for you, then you can still find them the old fashioned way.

The photos are in timed galleries to help you easily find yourselves if facial recognition isn't doing it for you. Click on the day you ran, then the obstacle and the time frame you'd have completed it. Or just search using your race number, assuming you kept it on!

Remember, if you had several goes, there will be several sets of photos of you!

After payment you can download the photos immediately so there is no waiting before you can share them with your friends and family!

You can see all the photos right here -

Final checklist for the event this weekend!'

sent by Rough Runner on 18/05/2018 at 09:23


This is it - our final checklist of what to bring to make sure you get the best out of Rough Runner this weekend.

First of all - CHECK YOUR WAVE TIME! Even if you think you know it, it's worth a double check! See yours here, along with all the other info you'll need about the day:

If you booked in the last week and do not have a wave time, rock up BEFORE 11:30am and we'll fit you in. If you are coming with someone who does have a wave time, show up with them and you'll be able to run together.

For the Roughian Rascals, please have a look at for wave times and info specific to the kids' event.


  • Photo ID
  • A print out of your ticket 
  • £5 cash for parking
  • A print out of a signed waiver form (which you can download here)


  • Wear clothes that are OK in the wet - you'll end up in pools throughout the course so come prepared.
  • Gloves - you will really need them! There are a lot of ropes & nets on the course, and gloves will help a lot in protecting your hands. We will have these on sale for £10 on the day so no Roughian needs to ruin their mitts!
  • Shoes - NON-SPIKED (our inflatable obstacles really don't like them!), but suitable for rough terrain including uneven ground, forest trails and muddy slopes.
  • Cash - we do take card payments where possible, but most of the catering, the showers, coffees and other village stuff will be cash only.
  • Make sure you know where you're going. It's easy enough - just head to OX7 4AL and follow the yellow AA signs pointing our way when you get near.
We'll have a load more stuff in the village this year, including a Gladiator Duel arena with Powerbar, who are also fuelling all our Roughians before and after the race with free energy gels and bars, so do say hi to them as you're attempting to knock each other over with pugil sticks!

The mighty Wainwright wall will also be there, with prizes for the fastest to the top, so be sure to have a go at that while you're on site - maybe before you crack into a Golden Beer at the bar... 

It's a beautiful venue and the forecast is awesome, so bring along your friends and supporters to watch! We don't charge a spectator fee, and we'll also try to get the footie on screen in the briefing tent for anyone who's keen.

Finally, stick around for the Travelator knock out contest at the end of the day. It's the toughest challenge of the whole event, where you get to take on the fast lane at ever increasing speeds, with a cash prize (and a whole lot of glory) for the winner!

That's it. See you very soon for the best game show-inspired obstacle event you'll ever do (till you come back again!).

The Rough Runner Team

Important info about the event this weekend!

sent by Rough Runner on 14/05/2018 at 18:32

The event is nearly upon us!

Before we talk about what you need to do/bring, we need to highlight the new ticketing system for anyone who's missed anything. Excuse the long email but there's some extra stuff to cover!

We have moved from Eventbrite to Race Space!

It's a great ticketing platform that's been built specifically for outdoor events like ours. You'll have received a ticket and your wave time via email, so look out for one sent from Race Space on Friday 11th May with the subject 'Wave confirmation: Rough Runner Oxfordshire (Sunday)'.

You'll also be able to sign up to Race Space via, using the email address you used when buying your ticket - just create a password and your ticket and wave time will be waiting for you under the 'My Entries' tab! Please bring a print out with you when you arrive.

Still can't find your tickets?
If you haven't received your tickets, can't find the email, and can't log in to Race Space, then you'll still be able to use your Eventbrite ticket at registration.

With that all said, here's what you need to know about the event itself!

Wave times and event essentials
We've uploaded your wave times on the link below. Just hit the link, read the essential info about the event day, and click through to find your time.

PLEASE DO READ THIS. We've had lots of people in the past who've turned up at the wrong times because they've clearly not read everything they should have! DON'T BE ONE OF THEM!

You're as near as possible to the time that was requested and we have kept you with the rest of your team. These times override any other time displayed on a ticket, email or anything else, so be sure to make a note of yours.

If you didn't book on with the rest of your team, or have been put in a different slot, DON'T WORRY! Turn up with the team and we will let you run with them.

If you bought your ticket to the event very recently, you may not appear on the list. If you have a team member who is on the list then come with them, otherwise turn up between 8.30am and 11:30am to register and we'll allocate you a wave on the day.

Be sure to read through the essentials that are on the link above at the same time. Remember to bring £5 cash for car parking, along with your ID, ticket and waiver at the very least.

The Travelator Knockout!

Finally, last year saw the introduction of the Travelator Knockout contest! It was so much fun that we'll be doing it again this year. It's your chance to take on the Travelator at ever increasing speeds, till there's just one Roughian standing who will win a cash prize and be crowned The Travelator Champion! Stick around till the end of the day (around 4pm normally) and get involved.

That's about it - We'll send you a final reminder of the essentials in a few days, so enjoy the sunshine till then!

The Rough Runner Team

Discussion Board

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Elin Paul

Elin Paul

17/05/2018 09:11:28

How do I get my ticket please? I've booked onto the Sunday Oxford event as part of a team (You can't Thame Us!.) When I logged in on the Race Space website, my details are not showing. Thanks, Sujoya Paul Bullock ([email protected])

Rough Runner

Rough Runner Organiser

15/05/2018 17:16:13

Thanks Chris - very helpful!

Chris Allgrove

Chris Allgrove

14/05/2018 11:49:51

Photo ID, Waiver (signed), ticket, cash for parking (£5) and cash for food and/or drink afterwards. warm clothes for post run

Daniela Willis

Daniela Willis

13/05/2018 13:17:19

What do I need to bring with me on the day?