Rough Runner Bristol (Saturday)

Bristol, we’re back!

2018 will see Rough Runner return to the South West after our first outing in 2017, when 2500 Roughians crossed our Travelator finish line in style.

Our mission is to make obstacle events accessible to all, from seasoned runners to first timers and everyone in between, and give every single person an experience they’ll actually enjoy! So join us for our game show-inspired obstacle revolution, and help us make our South West event a regular feature on our event calendar.

Even better, grab some mates, colleagues and family members and take it on together.

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!

We’re returning to the South West after a great event in 2017, with over 2,500 Roughians taking on the Rough Runner Challenge. The grounds of Charlton Park will be hosting our full-scale, epic obstacle event, with a beautifully flat run throughout, all while overlooking the valley nearby. And of course, some seriously awesome obstacles along the way!

Best of all, 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 many cities, such as Oxford, London, Birmingham, Bath and Bristol.


  • 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 grab a mate or two and road trip it!

Things you’ll need to bring:

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

2. Cash for food and drinks on site – there will not be card machines. 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, stay in touch via our Facebook page, or feel free to drop us a line here.

Entry Fee Includes:
  • Bag drop service
  • An awesome medal for participating!
  • Free spectator access

Organiser Updates (1)


sent by Rough Runner on 05/10/2018 at 16:35
Hi Roughians,

We have great news for those of you that booked the 2.5KM course - due to a low turn out we decided to upgrade all the runners to the 5KM course. This means you'll take on 10 obstacles instead of 5! 

Below is our final checklist of where to go and what to bring, to make sure you get the best out of Rough Runner next weekend.


First of all - your wave time will be 2:15 PM! It's a busy event, so turn up at the right time to help us avoid crowding on the course. No-one likes queues!

See other useful info you'll need about the day:

For the Roughian Rascals, please have a look at for wave times and info specific to the kids' event. The rascals wave is at 12 midday, this is for ages 7-12 participants. 

DIRECTIONS! The course is held at Charlton Park, there will be AA street signs closer to the venue for directions. The full address is: 

Charlton Park,
SN16 9RU

  • Photo ID
  • A print out of your ticket
  • 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 and hard tracks.
  • Cash - we do take card payments where possible, but most of the catering, coffees and other village stuff will be cash only.
  • Upgrades - if you booked the 5km but fancy the 10km, it's £10 for an upgrade at the help desk.
FUN STUFF (though also very important!):

We'll have loads of stuff to do in the Runners' village, 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...
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! We also drop the prices at the bar for anyone watching, so you have yet another reason to stay on and enjoy the show!
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

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