Sunday 30th July 2017
Hereford Race Course
Furlong Fury is a fantastic, fun challenge that is launching into Herefordshire’s sporting calendar and the UK’s Obstacle Course Race scene for the first time in 2017.
We are Halo Leisure Trust, a registered charity and ‘not for profit’ organisation, a social enterprise in our own right, running 20 sport and leisure centres throughout the country. A trusted name with the mission of ‘Creating Healthier Communities’ supporting people to be more active more often.
Working with our friends from we’re transforming Hereford’s stunning racecourse into the ultimate obstacle course race. But on this unique day there will be no horses involved with all runners being of the two-legged kind!
This is more than just a race. The challenge will take runners around two laps of the racecourse with a 24 furlong route (5k) and over (or under) 20+ major obstacles – from cargo net crawls to mud baths, flying monkey bars to high walls, and YES you will get very muddy!
This is for INDIVIDUAL RUNNERS who want to test their courage and for TEAMS who want to test their camaraderie to the limit.
It’s designed for those who want to COMPETE (galloping the course to test their courage and determination against others), and those who want to simply COMPLETE (anything from a trot to a canter, challenging themselves to reach their own personal goals).
It’s for everyone who wants to be part of this summer’s finest hour and to raise money for charity – including our main beneficiary the Halo Sport Foundation which provides support for talented local athletes.
You’ll be chomping at the bit over…
Unique horseshoe medal
Stunning & unique location
Free action photos
Instant charity support
Families & supporters welcome
Are you ready to race?
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Ready to Race
Great. You are brave and bold enough to go the distance
Join the thoroughbred front runners
Price £35 for first 100
As a thoroughbred front runner you’ll be the bravest, boldest and the first out of the starting gate. You’ll also enjoy:
- The honour of being the first to take on the challenge
- Eligible along with wave #2 for podium places & prizes
- A gallop on the fresh untrodden course with no nags to get in your way!
- The chance to be first down the final stretch!
Early Bird Prices
£25 Adult (16+ yrs)
£15 Teen Wave (12-15 yrs)
£40 Family Fury (1 adult & 1 teen aged 12-15 yrs)
Standard Prices (after 31st May 2017)
£30 Adult (16+ yrs)
£25 Teen Wave (12-15 yrs)
£55 Family Fury (1 adult & 1 teen aged 12-15 yrs)
On the day entries
£40 Adult (16+ yrs)
£25 Teen Wave (12-15 yrs)
£65 Family Fury (1 adult & 1 teen aged 12-15 yrs)
Are you willing to bet on yourself being ready for this?
Book your place and then start to prepare for:
- A challenging course with 20+ sensational obstacles from cargo net crawls to mud baths, flying monkey bars to high walls!
- A trot or canter around this great location with a great atmosphere
- A timed event – with prizes for the front runners
- Unique mega medal for all finishers
Have more fun as a team – the ultimate team challenge / building.
Get 4 or more together and you get 10% discount off the already rock bottom pricing, making it exceptional value for money. Book your place and create your team to ensure you all run together and watch each other rise (or fall) to the occasion.
There are no limits on the number of people in your team – in fact we have a prize for the biggest team of the day!
See you at the starting gate
Run for a good cause
Halo Sport Foundation is a brilliant charity which delivers thousands of pounds worth of funding and free training opportunities to local athletes who are on the road to national and international competitions.
The Foundation was set up in response to the huge number of aspiring athletes who have little funding (to cover travel, training and competition entry) to support their ambitions but who – when given the chance – go on to make their communities proud, and become role models for the next generation of sporting super stars. You can find out more at the Halo Sport Foundation.
Want to support your favourite cause on the day?
We are also inviting individuals and teams to support their own favourite cause via sponsorship. This promises to be a day that makes a lot of people – including the runners – feel good about life.
Want to volunteer on the day?
Do you fancy joining our race day ground staff or grooming teams (looking after our racers)?
If you want to get experience of a large scale event to support your studies or future career, or maybe you just want to be involved with this exciting charity event, this is for you.
We have something for everyone who wants to volunteer, from setting up the event site, being the first to greet the competitors and their spectators, cheering them on as they are challenged through a series of obstacles, or presenting the riders (oops we mean runners!) with those well deserved finishing medals.
We want to hear from you? If you’d like to volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org
Got a Question?
Check out our FAQs
Due to the nature of the event all racers in the main waves have to be 16 years and over to race.
Under 16 don’t panic, you can take part too. You have two options:
Teen Wave (unaccompanied 12-15 years) and Family Fury (12-15 years accompanied by an adult).
The event is set in undulating race course grounds. There will be around 20 different major obstacles of varying shapes and sizes; failure to complete an obstacle or cheating will result in a physical forfeit – you have been warned!
Well it’s not designed to be a walk in the park, but it’s not designed just for elite obstacle aficionados either. We’ve devised a course that anyone 16 years and over should be able to have a crack at.
Honestly! So gallop, canter or trot your way round – the choice is yours.
No, one of our obstacles will require you to go underwater very briefly however you can choose to take a forfeit instead if you wish.
Within the online registration you can create or join a team by following the simple instructions.
Yes, as long as there are spaces left you can choose which wave you compete in.
Once you have entered Furlong Fury we cannot provide any refund, transfer or credit either in full or in part whatever the circumstances of the entrants’ non-attendance however you will be able to transfer your ticket to another person for free up to 1 week before the event.
All participants will get a very special Horse Shoe Medal, the first 5 waves are competitive and the top 3 males and 3 females course times are up for podium prizes.
There are other special prizes too, such as for the fastest and largest teams on the day.
The fastest 4 in your team will have their times added together and as long as everyone else in your team completes the course your team is eligible for bragging rights and prizes with the team times being displayed on our leaderboard.
Collect this on the day from the competitors village.
Yes, you always get an individual time recorded.
Although the event is open to all abilities we recommend you work on your fitness so that you will be in fine fettle and the best form on the start line.
Why not try an activity at your local leisure centre?
At Halo Leisure you could prepare for the event with a bit of cross training and mix it up abit with gym workouts, practice laps on the athletics track, group exercise classes, even swimming, a round of golf, or racket sport sessions will help if it means getting yourself more active before the big day.
Work out or wind down with us for free, claim your free 7 days pass now
You’re on to winner – our fitness team are your trainers in waiting and are happy to write you a personalised fitness activity plan to help you get Furlong Fury fit.
Once registered you will receive email updates leading up to the event. On the race day you will pick up your ID number and timing chip.
Our Facebook page is normally the quickest way to keep up to date with the Furlong Fury.
Dress appropriately for getting cold, wet, dirty and tired. You must wear appropriate shoes, best is if you wear trail running shoes with a good grip. Bring a towel and change of clothes.
The event is taking place at Hereford Racecourse. Parking is accessed through Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, HR4 9UD.
There are a wide range of hotels and B&Bs in the city and across the county.
The nearest accommodation to the racecourse is the Premier Inn just off the A49 and within easy walking distance of the venue.
You MUST bring photo ID.
No ID no race.
Once checked in you will receive your timing chip and you’re good to go.
The first wave of racing kicks off at 10.00am but the event village will be open from 8am.
Registration opens at 8am with collection of race wristbands and timing chips from then on. Aim to be at check in an hour before your particular wave time.
So why not arrive in plenty of time for some refreshments and to check out the course.
The first race will start at 10.00am.
‘Waves’ of runners will then be set off every 30 minutes. When you pay for your entry online you can book onto your preferred ‘wave’ time but be quick if you want to get on an early wave.
There will be a bag drop at the event village where all your kit will be stored.
There is plenty of onsite parking both at the Racecourse and Hereford Leisure Centre.
There is a pay and display car park at Hereford Leisure Centre which is adjacent to the race course.
The current pay and display prices are:
- Up to 4 hours: £1
- Up to 24 hours: £5
Parking in the field by the racecourse.
- All day parking for £1 which will be donated to the chosen charity The Halo Sport Foundation
Stewards will guide you into the car parks as you approach.
There will be limited shower/changing facilities available at Hereford Leisure Centre.
It will be all happening in the Furlong Fury Finishers Village where you can enjoy a wide range of relaxation and refreshments for supporters and racers alike.
The onsite cafe at Hereford Leisure Centre is also open for hot drinks, sandwiches, ice cream, protein shakes and slushes (and it’s licensed too so go on treat yourself to an ice cold cider – you are in apple country after all!).
Or there’s plenty of room to picnic if you want to bring your own food and drink.
No alcohol please.
Post race rub downs will be available from local massage students and experienced sports therapists.
Yes, they are very welcome and we encourage them to come (there is no charge).
Spectators will no doubt want to get as close to the action as possible which is no problem, there will be plenty of places to cheer on your Furlong Fury runner around the race course. But its worth bearing in mind that this means walking across grass and uneven surface to get to the best vantage point which may be challenging for wheelchair users or people with mobility difficulties.
The racecourse caters for visitors with disabilities and their carers and there is priority parking for Blue Badge holders and suitable access around the site for wheelchair users.
Spectators will no doubt want to get as close to the action as possible, which means walking across grass and uneven surface to get to the best vantage point which may be challenging for wheelchair users or people with mobility difficulties.
With the exception of assistance dogs, dogs are not permitted to enter the racecourse.
In the interests of animal welfare, no dogs are permitted to be left in cars and Hereford Racecourse politely request that all dogs are left at home.
The event is being organised by Halo Leisure, a social enterprise and charity with a mission of ‘Creating Healthier Communities’. Halo manage 20 leisure facilities across Herefordshire, Bridgend County, Shropshire and Swindon. The event itself is being managed by established OCR specialists Urban Attack.
Urban Attack has a wealth of experience, years of expertise, outstanding obstacles and a great team that delivers. Urban Attack is led by ex-SAS celebrity TV Trainer Rob Edmond, so as you would expect most things Urban Attack touches are quite special.