Giveaway: Down and Dirty – The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs

As some of you will know, last year I took part in the Nuts Challenge. I absolutely loved it and spent most of the course with a grin this wide (except when I got to the nets where I probably had my default about-to-burst-into-tears expression instead).


Although in the days leading up to the challenge I did a lot of googling for tips, what I didn’t have is a book. A book like this one, perhaps.


Yeah, a nice big, thick, glossy book full of tips and photos of fit blokes (and girls) would have come in handy, that’s for sure. Plus it would have been an excuse to buy a book and I’m not one to miss an opportunity to buy more books.


Down and Dirty: The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs covers the most popular obstacle races and mud runs and has tips ranging from those for newbies choosing their first race to a guide for the more hardcore amongst us to surviving a 24-hour-plus race such as Death Race or Tough Mudder.


Everything’s covered in the book, from how to conquer the obstacles, training techniques, what to wear and nutrition. There’s even a few recipes, including one for paleo energy bars (simply shredded coconut, pitted dates, cinnamon and maple syrup – very similar, in fact, to these delicious energy balls I made a few weeks ago).

Another thing it mentions and something I’d definitely advise taking into consideration is the facilities. The Nuts Challenge had a Pimms tent, which is obviously the most important bit but although it had a changing area, it didn’t have adequate washing facilities. You’re going to get muddy at these races. Seriously muddy. Caked in mud, in fact, and unless you’re travelling home in your own car or someone else’s car who doesn’t mind a bit of mud, you’re going to have to get on the train looking like Stig of the Dump and smelling like something that’s just emerged from a swamp (which, let’s face it is what you’ve just done). I got invited to take part in an obstacle challenge later this year but I’ve had to turn it down as there aren’t any showers and I wasn’t prepared to be seen in public looking like this.


Win a copy of Down and Dirty: The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs

If you haven’t taken part in an obstacle race before, I thoroughly recommend you do – they’re amazing fun. And if you do sign up for one, well, you’re in luck as I’m giving away a copy of Down and Dirty: The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and  Mud Runs. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know which obstacle course/mud run you’ve done or one you’re signed up to do or one you’d like to do in the future.

I’ll choose a winner at random after the closing date of Friday 9 August 2014. UK entries only please.  Good luck!


  • I did Tough Mudder last year, on my own, underprepared, and it was horrid. Yet somehow I find myself signed up for Tough Guy next year… This book might help me have a slightly less horrific experience!

  • I’m doing Gladiator because I am hardcore so I need this book because I am also a wimp.

  • I’m signed up for my first WOLF run in September. They look like so much fun but I’ve always resisted. Dragging all 5’1″ of me over obstacles is going to be a real challenge!

  • I’ve done the deerstalker. It was awesome. I am doing the longer one next year if all goes to plan!

  • I want ot do a Tough Mudder, or a Zombie 10k (but I don’t think there are any of them in the UK yet) But I’m too weak & weedy. Perhaps winning this book would get me into shape?!

  • Well so far i’ve done, Mens Health Survival of the fittest twice, Rock Solid, Spartan Super sprint and Tough Mudder…

    Next up will be longer version of Rock Solid, and still not planned next year. Of all of them Tough Mudder was the hardest and best…(except getting electrocuted).

  • Hamish Williams

    I’ve done a Deerstalker (not again), a Rat Race in Glasgow (great fun!) and two Survival of the Fittests in Edinburgh. I WILL do the Edinburgh Survival of the Fittest again, but I need to learn, train to get over that wall at the end.

  • Rat Race Dirty Weekend. 20 miles. 200 obstacles. It was fantastic. Signed up for Survival of the Fittest in October….

  • Sounds very similar to the ‘Tough Mudder’ 🙂 Hoping to get a place for 2015 in Yorkshire, and I can’t wait! People need more of these events in their lives! Keep it up, Brian. 😀

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