ROUGH EVENTS - Stuart Neail is roughing it

So I decided to go and try out Rough Events in Ancaster near Grantham, an under the radar event that I had seen advertised recently but not really looked into or knew much about.

This was its 3rd event in its 2nd year but was on an established permanent site of Ancaster Leisure and run by the RD that also owns the go-kart course onsite.

With 3 distances to choose from, a 1.5km junior “Rascals” course, and a 5km & 10km Adult event.

Arriving onsite to FREE Parking, the event village was alive with activity, there was a registration tent, coffee hut, food stalls including stone baked pizzas, a double decker bar bus and merch stalls, with music coming over the PA from the warm up area and MC David “Titch” Marshall. A quick and easy registration, T-shirt collected, we were then called into the starting pen for a fun and energetic warm up with “Titch” providing good humour to set us on our way!

Having seen some of the obstacles it had advertised I was interested to try some innovative obstacles. Along with a hamster wheel monkey bars, a finishers warped wall, a couple of water slides, an awesome zip line over a lake, an attachment style rig and incline monkey bars to name a few!

It’s USP is an awesome Steve Austin “Broken Skull Challenge” Arena area on the 10km course. You traverse down a rope into the “PIT” and take on numerous obstacles back to back such as rings, monkey bars, traverse walls, cargo climbs, rope climb, balance beams, high walls etc until you’re then sent back out onto the course into woodland areas, this is a great arena and so much fun!

Add into the race, mud mounds, woodland trails, mud slides, a couple of carries and further obstacles, you certainly get your monies worth! After making it over the finish line you certainly know you’ve had a good all over body workout!

Finishers medal and finishers photo complete, I then headed off to the FREE hot showers, it was then polished off nicely with a superb stone fired pizza and a beer from the beer bus, all reasonably priced. I stayed around to then watch the Rascals junior race go off, kids and parents running together over some fun obstacles with more mud thrown in for good measure, and some awesome smiles on the mud slide once you could see their faces!!

The RD has certainly created a superb family friendly fun and challenging course that’s achievable by all and also challenging for those that want to push themselves. Great price and with free parking, free showers, T-shirt, medal, drink and snack at the finish you get great value for money.

With next year’s events dates already released of 13th & 14th April 2019, get it booked in your diary.

I’ll certainly be doing this one again!.. Stuart Neail


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