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Sunday 30th July 2017

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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 urban attack logo 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…

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5K course

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Obstacles

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Unique horseshoe medal

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Stunning & unique location

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Free action photos

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Event village

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Instant charity support

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Families & supporters welcome

Are you ready to race?

The Event

Ready to walk (or trot, canter, gallop if you prefer) the course? The beautiful city centre location in one of the West Midland’s finest cities makes this event really special. With easy access via road and rail (2 miles and a five-minute cab ride from the main station) we’re expecting obstacle race enthusiasts as well as newbies from across the region. What does the race involve? We’ve got a lot of the course under wraps at the moment, but it will involve two laps of the racecourse making it a 24 furlong (5km) route and a set of brilliant obstacles to challenge you in every way, for the competitive or the fun runner including:
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Low Walls

5ft high walls to slow you down and make the 8ft walls even harder
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High Walls

8ft high walls to really test your upper body
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Cargo Nets

Military style cargo net climb, test your technique and grip strength.
And crawl on your knees to the end
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Ninja Wall

You’ve seen the TV show, now try it for real
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Monkey Bars

Don’t be a monkey be a gorilla and smash through this
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Flying Monkeys

Super wide monkey bars which require a flying jump – testing technique as well as brute strength
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Tsunami

Giant black wave wall, can you make it to the top without help?
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Tyre Carries

Be a hardcore tyre fitter in the tyre zone, you’ll never look at a car tyre the same way again
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Sand Bag Carries

Super sand bag slalom, have you got the guts to see it through?
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Mud Baths

And yes you will get muddy – very muddy!
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Ice Bath

Teeth gritted take the plunge
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Hurdles

Hurdles obstacle style, jumping or climbing

Know someone who deserves a Furlong FREEBIE?

We have 20 complimentary places to give away. If you’d like to nominate someone please email enquiries@furlongfury.co.uk telling us why the person you are nominating deserves a free place at this year’s event.

Ready to Race

Great. You are brave and bold enough to go the distance

Option One

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!

Option Two

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

Team Up

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 enquiries@furlongfury.co.uk

Got a Question?

Check out our FAQs

Is there an age restriction?

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).

What’s the course like and what type of obstacles are there?

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!

How hard is the race?

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.

Do I need to be able to swim?

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.

Can I enter with friends and race as a team?

Within the online registration you can create or join a team by following the simple instructions.

Can we all race in the same wave?

Yes, as long as there are spaces left you can choose which wave you compete in.

Do I get a refund if I can’t take part?

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.

What do I win?

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.

How is team time calculated?

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.

When do I get my race wristband and timing chip?

Collect this on the day from the competitors village.

If I enter as part of a team, do I also get an individual time?

Yes, you always get an individual time recorded.

How do I prepare?

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

Already a Halo member?

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.

How will I be kept up to date about the event?

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.

What do I need to wear?

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.

What’s the event address?

The event is taking place at Hereford Racecourse. Parking is accessed through Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, HR4 9UD.

Where can I stay in Hereford?

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.

What do I need to bring to Race Check-in on the day?

You MUST bring photo ID.
No ID no race.

Once checked in you will receive your timing chip and you’re good to go.

What time can I arrive?

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.

What time will I be racing?

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.

What happens to my kit while I’m running?

There will be a bag drop at the event village where all your kit will be stored.

What about parking?

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.

Stewards will guide you into the car parks as you approach.

Are there showers or washing facilities?

There will be limited shower/changing facilities available at Hereford Leisure Centre.

How can I recover?

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.

Are spectators allowed?

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.

Is there disabled access?

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.

Can I bring my dog?

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.

Who’s behind Furlong Fury?

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.

Friends of Furlong Fury

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