What is Bootneck Challenge?
Bootneck Challenge is a traditional assault course designed for all levels of ability and for all the family. Stretching over 5km or a 10km loop, the course uses natural terrain together with some great obstacles to create an awesome OCR. So with a mixture of good humour and encouragement, peppered with directions from Royal Marines, you will experience an awesome day with a difference.
For the OCR veteran to those that are new to the sport, there is an element of challenge for you all. If you’re new, team work is key. If this is not your first OCR run we have a few sneaky surprises for the lone wolves among you!! And new for September we are proud to offer our exciting and fun filled Junior Bootneck course for 7-12 year olds.
Who should enter Bootneck Challenge?
At Bootneck Challenge the key for us is your enjoyment and fun. We have a quality location with some great obstacles. Our objective is a day out for all the family that will leave you laughing, give you a sense of achievement and come Monday morning be aching…..but happy!! So if you want to run round with your mates at your own pace you can do that. But...if you want take it seriously and beast yourself until your eyes bleed – go for it !!
At Bootneck Challenge we believe keeping fit and giving your body a good work out is important but it is compulsory at our events that you have a bloody good laugh doing it!
Tell me more about the obstacles.
Our course is 5km although you can complete a 10km run by going around twice. The obstacles will be a mixture of natural terrain and man-made obstacles. The course has been designed to ensure that every part of your body will get a thorough work out. There will be obstacles to climb, carry, crawl through, pull up, jump over and slide down, but you will be supported and encouraged all the way by Royal Marines and our fantastic marshals. For more details about the obstacles please go to ‘The Course’ part of the website.
Do I have to complete every obstacle?
It is not compulsory to complete all obstacles, however we do encourage you to at least try, unless you want to look like a bimbling spleen!
How fit do I have to be to take part in Bootneck Challenge?
Look, use your common sense. It is a 5km/10km muddy obstacle race. The more you train, the easier it will be. Your training should include general runs and other suitable strength / cardio / flexibility training. If you decide to do no training before the event you’ll get through it, but expect to be hanging out your hoop at the end. For tips on how to train for this event, please go to the Bootneck Bootcamp section of the website. If you would like, you can book in with Bootneck Bootcamp for some pre-course training.
What happens if the weather is bad?
You get wet!!....Skin is waterproof. Unless there is a serious risk to your safety, Bootneck Challenge will wait for Noah’s Ark to go by before we call it off!
How old do I have to be to enter?
Our Adult race is for those over 18 years old. However, if a 16 year old fancies it then a waiver has to be completed by a responsible adult before they can run. Our Junior Bootneck Challenge is geared towards 7-12 year olds and waivers need to be signed by a responsible adult before they can take part.
How much does it cost to enter?
To avoid any confusion we have set prices, but there is a discount for entering as a team. A team can consist of as little as four people, so get your mates to sign up as well.
What do I get for my money?
- A great Bootneck Challenge medal ...everybody needs bling!
- An original Bootneck Challenge cloth badge to sew on to your gear to show you are awesome!
- A photo to show how nails you are for your Facebook page!!
Do I get a confirmation email once I have registered?
Yes you will receive a confirmation email confirming your entry. All event information is sent via email so it is essential you give the correct email address and keep an eye on your junk inbox in case things end up in there. You will also be sent an email one week prior to the event to confirm all of your details and provide all housekeeping information you may need.
When do entries close?
Once we are full. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Is the race timed?
The race is not timed but you can of course time your own run.
Can I get my money back after I have paid?
Nope, but if we can transfer the booking to another event we will.
Can I swap my entry to a friend?
No we do not offer name changes.
Can I change which wave I’m in so I can be with my mates?
Yes you can if the wave you wish to move into has space. Simply email your request and if we can move you, we will. Or even better get organised and book as a team, that way it will be cheaper and you automatically go in the same wave.
Can I enter as part of a team?
Of course. There are many reasons to do so: building a spirit of cooperation and community, sharing the experience with friends, making new acquaintances and getting to know people better, but primarily because it works out a bit cheaper.
So how many people can be in a team then?
We have a minmum of 4 people or more.
Do I have to sign a waiver to participate?
What do you think ….er yes. You will be required to sign a waiver upon registration for all of our events, in which you acknowledge that you will be taking part in a potentially dangerous event with a risk to personal injury.
What time should I arrive on the day?
No later than 45 minutes before your allotted running time.
What do I do when I arrive?
1. Register at the registration tent
2. Pick up your running number
3. Leave your bag in the bag drop tent
4. Proceed to the start area
5. Wait for your wave time to be announced
6. Have second, third and fourth thoughts about why you did this – too late now lofty!
7. Receive a safety briefing and warm up before your race
What should I bring to the race with me?
Apart from nerves of steel and a sense of humour, you should bring a towel, some warm clothes, a change of foot wear and a spare bag for your muddy clothes for after the event.
What ‘Rig’ should I wear to Bootneck Challenge?
We recommend base layers, gloves, hat, a windproof top and waterproof socks.
T-shirts and running bottoms made of sports fabrics. Please bear in mind that if you choose to wear shorts that it may result in grazed and cut knees. Similarly if you wear short sleeved t-shirts expect your arms to get grazed and cut too.
Trainers (Please make sure your laces are tied tightly as they will get sucked off in the mud).
NO SPIKES OR STUDDED SHOES! IF YOU WEAR THESE YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN.
Can I bring my family and friends to watch me race?
Yes of course you can and they can have full access to the Base Camp Village. There will be spectator areas where they can go to cheer you on but there will be some parts of the course that they will not have access to for their own safety and that of the runners.
What facilities are there on site?
In the Base Camp Village there will be plenty of different types of food and drink stalls to choose from. For the ankle biters there will be our Junior Bootneck Challenge course, an inflatable castle and some Ice cream sellers!. We do not provide child minding facilities though, so they will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. There will also be male and female toilets, changing facilities and a secure bag drop (£2 cost per item) and parking (£4 per car)
What medical help will be provided?
Medical help will be on the site all day. Some of the race marshals are medically trained too. Don’t worry you are in good hands.
Will there be water stations on the course?
There will be one water station at the half way point and we will have a station for Orange segments and haribo....(or MORALibo as w know it in the Marines)
Will there be shower facilities?
There will be very basic shower points (cold water) available.
What happens at the end of the race?
You-will-feel ...Awesome! You’ll then collect your medal, get your original cloth patch, watch everyone else having a go at the final wall and start to tell your war stories !! Make sure you take a hoofing fot of you looking like a muddy warrior and see you at the next event.