Europe’s Toughest Mudder – Midlands
18 May 2019
Toughest Mudder is pushing it to the max in 2019 with a full 12 hours of extreme teamwork, stamina, and mental grit testing action from 8pm Saturday to 8am Sunday. Bust through as many 5 mile laps as you can, crushing 20 of the most incredible obstacles ever seen, all in pursuit of our all new awards and prizes. Toughest Mudder is guaranteed to push you past anything youve ever experienced before, and this year you can share the glory, if you choose, in one of our all new 2, 4-person or Open Team Relay formats. Assemble your crew and see if they really are as tough as nails.Wanna take it one step further? Hit the dedicated miles attached to Male, Female and Team Relay to qualify for Contender status at Worlds Toughest Mudder (which includes eligibility for prizing).
We'll be taking the thick mud, freezing water, and wild terrain that Mudders tackle every year and upping the ante. Expect 5 miles of Tough Mudder gone wild, in the dark, pushing your body and mind to the absolute limit. How many laps can you complete?
Course distance, route, number or type of obstacles and ticket inclusions are subject to change and may differ from those advertised.
Travel TimeFrom Nottingham: 40 mins.From London: 140 mins.
1. 2 Headlamps with Extra BatteriesA working headlamp is required on the Toughest course at all times. Make sure the headlamp is waterproof, as there are water obstacles that require your head to submerge underwater. Bring an extra with you just incase you happen to lose one on the plunge into Hang Time. The brighter the headlamp, the better, and Black Diamond, Princeton Tec, and Petzl all offer water high-powered, waterproof headlamps.2. Strobe LightAnother required accessory, a strobe light must be worn on the Toughest Mudder course, whether it’s on your apparel, arms, legs or clipped onto your hydration pack. A strobe light is a bright LED light that stays light for a long amount of time. Nathan Sports makes various strobe lights, and they offer one that’s rechargeable via USB.3. WindbreakerA waterproof jacket that shields rain and strong winds may be needed depending on weather conditions. The Merrell Torrent Windbreaker is a great pick for a polyester, ripstop transition pit jacket.4. FoodThere’s food you’ll bring with on the course, then there’s food you’ll keep in the Drop Zone. Bring Vega Energy Gels with you on the course for 22 grams of carbohydrates and natural sugar from dates to keep you full. Potassium and sodium are just two of the electrolytes in these gluten-free packs. You’ll also want to carry a Vega Protein Snack Bar or two on the course, for 11 grams of plant-based protein, filling grains like quinoa sprouts, and a plethora of fruits and vegetables including broccoli and beets.In your pit gear bag, section off a compartment just for larger edible snacks such as meat jerky, almond butter packets, trail mix, and more protein bars. A ready to drink protein shake, such as the Vega Protein Shake, will be the most efficient way to intake a bunch of nutrients quickly.5. WetsuitWetsuits are recommended but not required at a Toughest course. You’re either going to bring zero or one wetsuit, as the likelihood of a wetsuit getting destroyed or too wet in eight hours is low. If you’re going to wear the wetsuit, start with it on since it’ll be night-time, then, remove the suit if you feel that you’re overheating.6. Change of Race Clothes, including ShoesWhether or not you start with a wetsuit, you’ll want to pack one change of “just in case” race clothes. Bring Tough Mudder-ready compression pants/shorts, running shorts, moisture-wicking socks, a polyester long sleeve/short sleeve shirt, and an extra pair of Merrell Dexterity or Avalaunch Tough Mudder shoes if something goes wrong gear-wise on the course. Try not to overthink this step in the packing process, as overthinking apparel packing can waste precious training time. There’s always a merchandise booth to purchase the latest Tough Mudder gear and bunch of helping hands in Mudder Village if you need apparel help.7. Change of Clothes for Post RaceKeep a change of clothes that you won’t use for racing, unless absolutely necessary, in your pit area. All you really need is a pair of sweatpants, underwear, and flip flops, since you’ll be receiving a brand new Toughest Mudder Finisher Shirt.8. Hat and GlovesWearing gloves on the course is a matter of personal preference and a pair with good grip and padding is DGearOG. Obstacles like Kong, Funky Monkey: The Revolution, and Augustus Gloop require great grip strength but more importantly, can leave sensitive skin torn up, so gloves are really for protecting against ripped hands.Any beanie or hat worn on the course will likely fall off but a polyester/spandex face shield or balaclava can be a vital assets if temperatures drop. Pack some type of wearable face guard to protect against wind and keep you warm if necessary.9. A Garbage BagAfter snapping post-race photos, showering off and changing (in that order), toss your muddy clothes into a garbage bag so you don’t get your entire gear bag muddy. Carry this either in that gear bag or in your hands as you hang out in Mudder Village.10. A TowelA regular bath or beach towel will do for changing and drying off from the showers but the Orange Mud Wrap is a towel with a belt buckle that won’t come off as you’re changing into your post-race clothes. It also doubles as a seat cover so you’re car seat stays mud-free on the ride home.
Grab a Toughest Mudder Support Crew ticket for exclusive access to the Overnight Mudder Village along with the hospitality tent for assisting runners on Saturday and Sunday. Maximum of two support crew members per participant and maximum of 5 per team. Support crew must be over the age of 12. If support crew is between the ages of 12 - 17 they must be accompanied by a chaperone, 18+ years old.
HOW TO CREATE/JOIN A TEAMTo be eligible for a team category, each team must create a team in the Active.com registration platform and have added all members 3-weeks prior to the event.http://activesupport.force.com/usersupport/articles/en_US/Article/Create-or-Join-a-Team-after-RegisteringCAN I SKIP OBSTACLES?Tough Mudder is not a race, nor is it about getting a better time than other competitors, so it's fine by us if you want to skip an obstacle. The way we see it, you are there to have fun and challenge yourself. If you think a particular obstacle really isn't going to do this for you, just go around it - without a penalty or shame.Anyone who is at risk of our electric-related obstacles (due to medical concerns) or cannot swim (and would have a difficult time in water) is strongly advised to skip these obstacles, as safety is held at a premium at Tough Mudder. Please speak with a doctor before coming to Tough Mudder, as they can evaluate your specific circumstances.