HUNDREDS of adrenaline junkies are set to take on an obstacle course race when it is held for the third time - with organisers promising the event will be the toughest yet.
The latest Endurer Dash will be held at Barlow on Saturday, April 13, and aims to raise money for Help for Heroes, which supports wounded servicemen and women.
Organiser Pete Pollard, a former Royal Marine, first developed the course after checking out obstacles used to train current holders of the green beret in Plymouth.
The course includes high walls, a lake and monkey bars as well as bogs and a ravine to scramble up.
Pete, aged 34, who missed the last race in March because he was in hospital after suffering a stroke, said: “There are a couple more obstacles which we didn’t set up at the last race which we’re planning to include this time, so it will be tougher than before and not for the faint-hearted.”
The race is over five miles and the first two events held last spring and autumn were won by Sheffield University geography lecturer Dr Adam Dunajko.
He completed the course in 42 minutes and 16 seconds.
Many of the participants opted for fancy dress, which included outfits such as all-in-one morph suits, plus face paint and wigs.
Pete said that the autumn race raised ‘several thousands’ of pounds for Help for Heroes - with money being donated to the charity from entry fees plus sponsorship collected from participants.
He said: “We had 500 people participating, which was a record number.
“For the last race, we recruited a Royal Marine to take part as a pace-setter and we are hoping to recruit another member of the forces to do the job this time.”
Pete added: “Most of us over-indulged over the festive period so completing the Endurer Dash is the ultimate fitness goal. People have got three-and-a-half months to get in good shape for the event.”
An early bird admission price for single entrants of £30 is available until January 31 - team entries are £28 per person.
A log dash team event held last September the following day will not happen in April, Pete added.
Log onto www.endurerevents.co.uk for more details and to sign up for the race.