Tuff Enuff is an organisation that provides obstacle-based endurance races. The races are for people who want to push themselves to find out what they can achieve. You don’t have to be a triathlete or a commando, you could be a total couch potato; but if you’ve made that decision to improve yourself physically and mentally then sign up. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you start with, you’ll astonish yourself with what you can achieve.
About Tuff Enuff
WE PUSH YOU TO THE EDGE
TWO DISTANCE OPTIONS
ADULTS AND KID’S RACES
TUFF ENUFF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- SO WHAT IS TUFF ENUFF ABOUT?
Tuff Enuff is a challenge that is designed to push you past your limits and take you out of your comfort zone. Basically, if there’s a fun way to risk your neck whilst picking up a few useful skills, we have probably put it in front of you (in a good way obviously).
- WHAT KIND OF LUNATIC SIGNS UP FOR THAT SORT OF THING?
Generally, people who want to push themselves to find out what they can achieve. You don’t have to be a triathlete or a commando, you could be a total couch potato; but once you’ve made that decision to improve yourself physically and mentally we’ll help you do that. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you start with, we’ll try to ensure that you astonish yourself with what you can achieve.
- WHAT FORM DOES THE FITNESS TRAINING TAKE?
Our instructors tend to come from a military background. They’ll take you through ways to improve your conditioning, cardio and functional strength utilising a series of techniques. You won’t be seeing much in the way of cross training machines or treadmills; instead we rely on tried and trusted ways of making your body work as a whole to improve your fitness levels and performance. It will be hard but you’ll enjoy it.
- ER, THIS WON’T INVOLVE FORCED MARCHES AND JUGGLING TELEGRAPH POLES WILL IT?
Like we say, you’ll enjoy it
- TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE OBSTACLE RACES.
We have a permanent assault course that’s available for use all year round as part of our activity packages; several times a year though we organise races where anyone can enter. Sometimes these are accompanied with a day festival with activities for all the spectators and an evening do as well, for those who still have the strength to party. There’ll usually always be a least a beer tent and some really good food available.
- WHAT FORM DO THE RACES TAKE?
They vary. We might have you going round our permanent course any number of times. We may extend the course to take you all over the local countryside. You can see our website or Facebook page for details of upcoming events. There may be other challenges as well. See how many times a team can get an object round the course (the object will vary but the common factor is, it will be a nightmare to transport). We may ask you to go around the course as many times as you can and see who’s the last man or woman standing (or at least, crawling). The options are endless and we’re always thinking up new ways to amuse/torture you.
- IS IT DANGEROUS?
We’re not out to kill or maim you but our ethos is to be “Tuff”. Our course is designed to be challenging rather than look pretty. We build ‘obstacles’ not ‘rides’ (well, ok, the waterslide is pretty fun); they take physical effort, but we’re also testing nerve and courage. So you won’t find any mats under the rope climb for instance. Without the risk it would just be a test of upper body strength; and in that case we might as well just get you to do chin ups. That’s not what we’re about. You’ll be pushed to your limits physically, mentally and psychologically. There will be moments when you wonder why you ever signed up for such a thing, but trust us, once you’ve survived the ordeal you’ll feel amazing. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”.
- I HEARD PEOPLE GET SHOT, BLOWN UP AND BEATEN ON THE RACES?
They’re only paintballs, we just crank up the power a bit is all. There are also a few flash bangs. It’s good conditioning if you’re ever in a hostage rescue situation. The sticks were a rumour, and anyway they were padded.
- SO THE STORIES ABOUT RUBBER BULLETS ARE JUST A RUMOUR AS WELL?
Hey, do you want to do this thing or not?
- THERE ARE OTHER PROVIDERS OF OBSTACLE RACES, WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT, APART FROM YOUR SEEMING DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE?
A number of factors. Firstly we choose sites that in themselves feature challenging terrain. You’ll face hills, swamps, rivers, ponds, rocks, undergrowth etc. that will be difficult enough to traverse, then we add obstacles.
- YOU ALSO SOMETIMES HAVE OBSTACLES IN THE OCEAN I HEAR?
Sea is a type of terrain.
- NO, IT ISN’T. TERRAIN COMES FROM ‘TERRA’, THE LATIN FOR ‘LAND’.
Well, anyway, it’s a challenging environment. It is spectacularly beautiful though. We also have a policy that we’re not just for elite athletes (although we endeavour to make sure this will be the hardest thing such people will ever get to face). Our philosophy is that anyone can push themselves further than they thought possible, and we’ll help you achieve that.
- WHAT’S THIS ‘COMPETE OR COMPLETE’ THING ABOUT?
We want to make our races accessible and enjoyable for everyone. If you really want to push yourself you can enter to compete. You’ll be timed and you must complete all obstacles and tasks. If you just want to experience the course though you can enter to complete, you don’t have to be timed if you don’t want, and you can skip obstacles that don’t take your fancy.
- HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ENTER?
Our junior event 5 years or older at the date of the race and senior race 14 years and older at the date of the race.
- 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.
- CAN I ENTER AS A TEAM ON MY OWN?
No, not since we spotted that loophole as a way of getting a cheaper ticket you can’t.
- SO HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE IN A TEAM THEN?
We have two categories. Compete or complete, your choice entirely. We don’t have a championship as such but you can request to be timed and we will time you. If you choose to complete you put yourself against the course and nobody else.
- CAN I CHANGE WHICH WAVE I’M IN SO I CAN BE WITH MY MATES?
Indeed you can. It is a bit of a hassle admin-wise for us though and makes our MD cry, so we’d be really really grateful if you try to all enter as a team in the first place.
- CAN I CHANGE WHICH WAVE I’M IN SO I DON’T HAVE TO BE WITH MY MATES?
Yeah, we’ve got friends like that too.
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER?
It varies for the different races. Check the individual race information for details. Generally, though, the earlier you book the cheaper it is. There’s usually also a discount for entering as a team. Remember, a team can consist of as few as two members, so why not get a mate to sign up as well?
- WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY?
The chance to enter one of our fantastic races in a spectacular location, and a T-shirt. You’ll also get a medal if you complete the course. We may also give you the medal if you fail to complete the course but put in enough of an effort that we feel you deserve one anyway. Be warned though, just quitting because it’s hard won’t cut it. We expect at least a couple of hundred yards dragging yourself on bleeding stumps, that sort of thing.
- WHAT FACILITIES ARE THERE ON RACE DAYS?
There’s always somewhere to park and a camping area. We can usually muster at least a beer tent and some food stalls as well.
- WILL THERE BE SHOWERS?
There will be showers but we can’t guarantee they’ll be anything more than rudimentary. Think less ‘Five Star Spa Hotel’ and more ‘emergency decontamination after chemical attack’.
- DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THESE?
- HOW DO I FIND OUT THE DATES OF THE UPCOMING RACES?
- YOU SAY YOU ALSO DO EVENTS PACKAGES, HOW DO THEY WORK?
Packages vary from a few hours to a week. You might want to come along for a birthday or a hen/stag do, for instance, and then go on somewhere else afterwards. Your company may want to spend a weekend team building (if you can work together to get round the course, you can certainly work together to meet your targets). Or you could spend a whole week and learn a wide variety of skills. We offer both fixed and bespoke packages. Drop us an email and we will sort a price that suits you.
AMAZING WEEKEND. JUST FABULOUS,
EVERYONE HELPED EACH OTHER.
Barry Evans, Portsmouth.
ONE WHO GAINS STRENGTH BY OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
POSSESSES THE ONLY STRENGTH WHICH CAN OVERCOME ADVERSITY
We want you to overcome your fears and phobias, and rise to a challenge that will change your life
We want to bring out the best in you by putting you through a course that will test you mentally as well as physically
After Tuff Enuff, you will experience a great sense of achievement and wellbeing