Sun’s out, the racecourse is ready, and Furlong Fury is just round the corner. But for those who’ve been living in a cave (or simply haven’t run into the phenomenon that is obstacle races or mud runs) our fact list will bring you up to speed before you sign up at www.furlongfury.co.uk
- This is one of the fastest growing sports. Check Twitter and Facebook during the summer and you’ll see a myriad of photos showing mud-splattered happy runners. Just a few of the millions who’ve enjoyed mud runs in recent years.
- Furlong Fury launched last summer and was an enormous success, with runners loving the 5k course and the fabulous atmosphere (we have an events village full of fun, games and food and drink, all there to welcome you to the race and to refresh you at the end).
- Races around the UK involve competitors facing challenges from mud baths or mountains. We are lucky enough to be able to take over Hereford’s beautiful racecourses on 24th June, and working with our partners Urban Attack our 24 furlong 5k course involves specially designed obstacles including everything from mud baths to ice baths, flying monkeys to the ninja wall, cargo nets to tyre carries….
- These races are rooted in military exercises, training that saw the forces navigating natural environments to get in peak condition. No drill sergeant here, though. Halo’s Furlong Fury is for those who want to compete (testing their courage and stamina against others), or simply complete, cantering or trotting round to reach their own personal goals (and missing any obstacles they don’t want to face on their first run). It’s open to juniors (12 - 15 years who can run with their family in the Family Fury Wave of runners, or on their own in the Teen Wave laps). And this year our Small Fry Furlong Fury for 4 - 11 year olds, a 1km course for the adventurous kids in your clan who want to swing, jump, run, get muddy and join in!
- This is a great chance to get fit, thanks to the preparation in the run up to the big day, as well as the race itself. This is about exercise that strengthens the heart as well as the limbs, but is in equal parts about mental toughness as well as physical endurance. But most of all it’s enormous fun. The sense of camaraderie on the day is greater than any sense of competition.
- And these races raise so much money for charity, which makes them the finest hours of summer fun. Our main beneficiary is the Halo Sport Foundation which provides essential support for talented local athletes who can access free training facilities and benefit from financial help with the costs of competitions.
To sign up visit www.furlongfury.co.uk