Harrogate assualt course attracts thousands

Pictured from left on part of the Yorkshire Warrior course are Katie Forster, Rebecca Forster and Ian Bush.
Pictured from left on part of the Yorkshire Warrior course are Katie Forster, Rebecca Forster and Ian Bush.

The course is ready, the volunteers are ready, and we can reveal over 1,200 brave mud-pluggers have signed up to take on the first Yorkshire Warrior assault course this weekend.

The ‘tough mudder’-style event is the first of its kind in the town.

It will see participants submerged in water, plunged into a dark tunnel and overcome stacked hay bales.

Organisers Danielle Brown and Ian Bush are set to welcome the fundraising thrillseekers and spectators to the Rudding Park Estate event on Saturday.

Adding the finishing touches this week, Danielle spoke to the Harrogate Advertiser.

She said: “We are praying for good weather between now and Saturday, but to be honest it will be just as good wet.

“1,200 people have signed up, I can’t believe it, we are really excited for the event.

“The course is all up and ready to go.”

There will be six waves of 250 participants, with the first setting out at 9.30am.

Danielle continued: “Family and friends will be volunteering.

“We have created an event village at the start and finish, hopefully it will be buzzing as there will be a lot happening there.

“There will be an announcer and refreshments.

“Supporters can go where they like on the course, as long as they are not restricting those taking part.”

Ian said: “We want it to be a personal challenge for those who take part, and people could do it in fancy dress, or take it really seriously. It is more about the taking part - it isn’t a race.”

Other obstacles at the purpose-built Home Farm course include a 200m walk up a stream in the River Crimple,.

Further on, participants must carry a log around a challenging circuit, navigating through a maze of poles and a ‘war zone’ of high powered water cannons.

Those taking part are urged to arrive 90 minutes before their start time to allow for parking, which will cost £3, and registration.

Registration opens at 8am.

Starting times are available on the Yorkshire Warrior website www.yorkshirewarrior.com

Harrogate energy food company Naked Ape will be at the event.

Anyone wishing to take part who has not already signed up can pay £50 before 9am on the day, but everyone taking part must be over 18.

Are you taking on the challenge? Contact the newsdesk ackrill.news@ypn.co.uk or tweet @HarrogateHound to let us know how you get on and how much you raise.