Positive Youth Foundation head for Leeds

We’re often told that it’s the people who make our events special. The participants, the staff, the marshalls and the volunteers. Without any one of these groups, our events could not function. Not least, the volunteers. 

We recently caught up with Cormac Whelan, programmes manager at Positive Youth Foundation. This year they’ll be bringing a small army of 40 volunteers to the Great Northern Mud Run.  These volunteers will also get a crack at this year’s course.  

What is the Postive Youth Foundation?

Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) is a registered youth charity that supports young people to achieve their full potential. Through their bespoke community-based programmes, PYF takes young people beyond engagement and towards sustained positive lifestyle choices. Their programmes look to tackle anti-social behaviour, build resilience, raise aspirations and improve the physical and mental health of young people aged 8-25. Our organisation celebrates and welcomes diversity and difference.

What are your main goals?

  • Support young people towards living fuller and more active lifestyles
  • Reduce the potential of isolation by providing activities that need no prior skill or experience.
  • Ensure routes into all programme are accessible and welcoming.
  • Identify ‘highly targeted’ young people that require additional holistic support
  • Work with local people and local communities to support them to play a more active role in looking after their own health and well-being and that of their family, friends and neighbours.

You were with us in 2018, right?

In 2018 PYF brought 20 young people aged 14 – 20 to Total Warriors Lake District event. Some of the young people were actively volunteering as youth leaders in their local community and others were more “unusual suspects” when it came to volunteering but were curious enough to get involved in Total Warrior. The leadership skills and teamwork that they developed over the 2-day event allowed these youth leaders to return to their local communities with transient energy and a confidence that was projected onto others throughout the local summer programmes.

And this year?

This year PYF will be bringing a group of 40 young people to support the Leeds Total Warrior event. Only 8 of last year’s crew will be returning as we only felt right that this unique experience should be open to more young people part of our programmes. There are more of the “unusual suspects” involved this year with young people coming from a range of engagement programmes. Programmes such as our “Involved” strand which looks to support newly arrived refugee and asylum seekers to actively become part of their local scene, and, our “RAP” strand which has a whole range of different ways to engage with education, training and employment and looks to supports young people to overcome any issues they may face, so they can reach their own goals.

For more information about the Positive Youth Foundation, click here.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance announced as 2019 Partner Charity

It’s pleasure to announce the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as an official partner charity for the 2019 Great Northern Mud Run

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across the whole of Yorkshire. The service is operational seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Charity currently attend an average of 4 incidents every single day. Last year (2018) they attended 1,858 incidents and carried 416 of those to hospital for emergency treatment.

To keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air, the YAA needs to raise £12,000 every single day, which is the equivalent of £4.4m a year. The generosity that they receive really is the lifeblood of the Charity.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance currently has 113 people registered to take place in Total Warrior 2019, and help raise vital funds for the charity. To find out how you can donate to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, please visit www.yaa.org.uk

Comfyballs providing the ultimate comfort to Total Warrior

We’re delighted to announce a fresh partnership with Comfy Balls for 2019.

Comfyballs was conceived and designed in Norway with one thing in mind; comfort. Traditional boxer trunks are not designed to keep your equipment sufficiently in place. They wanted to change that, and have developed what they believe are the most comfortable boxer trunks ever made.

Comfyballs trunks are tailored using flat-lock seams and fabrics for superior comfort and breathability, and all models incorporate our own unique PackageFront, designed for ultimate comfort by reducing heat transfer and restricting movement.

Garry Beardwood from Comfyballs UK said “We are extremely delighted to be partners again in this year’s Total Warrior and we look forward to bringing comfort to everyone tackling the punishing obstacles”

Red Venom announced as 2019 compression partner

We’re happy to announce our new Compression Partner for 2019.

Red Venom make some of the finest performance enhancing clothing on the market. To mark this exciting new partnership, Red Venom have kindly given us a 20% discount code for you Warriors* 

What’s all the hype?

Compression clothing is based on decades of both medical use and research. Historically, compression clothing has been used to increase blood flow and circulation, to prevent the formation of blood clots or cases of deep vein thrombosis in inactive patients.

When athletes use specialist compression clothing, the increased blood flow and circulation increase oxygen delivery, maximising muscle performance and recovery rates, reducing the risk of muscle damage.

How do I get my discount?

Head to their website, find the product you want and enter the discount code Warrior20.

*Discount applies for Red Venom compression products only.

Pints all round with Timothy Taylor’s

We’re incredibly excited to have Timothy Taylor’s’ back on board as one of our title sponsors for the 2019 Great Northern Mud Run.

25,000 Warriors and their supporters are expected onsite over the Summer Solstice weekend. Beer tents, live entertainment and real festival vibes will be on offer for all who are there.

Jane Jenkins, head of marketing for Timothy Taylor’s’, said: “Total Warrior and Timothy Taylor’s, both fiercely independent, both based in the heart of Yorkshire, both know how good a well-earned pint feels.

“We’re so proud to be sponsoring Total Warrior again for the second year running, and this time we’ll be bringing even more of our Championship beer with us. Not only will every competitor receive a free bottle of Landlord at the finishing line, we’ll also be running the bar as well, making sure that everyone gets into the festival atmosphere.

“Total Warriors know what it is to work hard and play hard, just like us, so we’ll see you all there; blood, sweat and beers!”

Active Root join as official hydration partner for 2019

We’re happy to announce Active Root as the official hydration partner for 2019. They will be providing their natural ginger sports drink to keep you fuelled and hydrated throughout your Total Warrior challenge. 

Active Root was born from frustration at the gut bombs and erratic spikes in energy caused by synthetic sports nutrition. Instead, Active Root uses natural ingredients and ginger to help you perform to your optimum by soothing your stomach, preventing bloating and exercised induced nausea and providing the optimal natural fuel and hydration to keep you going during your Total Warrior challenge.

Active Root will be the supporting you at the 12k hydration station as well as at the finish to help you recover.

If you’re keen to try Active Root to fuel your training prior to challenge day, then make sure you use the bespoke discount code ‘TOTALROOT’ to get your first Taster Kit containing all 3 flavours for just £5 inc postage, saving 50% on RRP.

Click here for more information.

 

Radio Aire announced as official media partner for 2019

We are delighted to announce Radio Aire as the official media partner for 2019. 

Radio Aire will be onsite all weekend blasting out some of the best tunes. 

Radio Aire’s Caroline and Ant in the Morning said ‘We’re thrilled to be the official media partner of Total Warrior 2019, we’ve worked together for several years and seen this event in full throttle. It’s a brilliant day, the camaraderie, teamwork, banter and celebrations are something to behold! Radio Aire will host the day playing all the biggest hits for the crowds with very loud cheering stations!’

 

 

5 Total Warrior Myths

There’s lots of fake news out there these days and it’s hard to tell fact from fiction. With this in mind, we thought we’d debunk some myths which surround our events.

1. It’s just a glorified fun run.

Our 12K ‘Original’ event plays host to 25 gruelling obstacles set over, yes you guessed it, 12K! Fire, ice, mud and high-volt electrocution await those who sign up. This 12K ‘Original’ offers a greater variety and more obstacles-per-kilometre (or pain-for-your-pound) than any other race out there. If you’re after a fun-run with bouncy castles, ice cream and Olly Murrs’s quiff, this probably isn’t for you. If you’re after an event which will push both physically and mentally, you know what to do.

 

2. I’m too unfit to take part.

New for 2019, we have the Total Warrior Half which at 6K, is the perfect introductory distance for those who may think 12K is a bridge too far. This is untimed and offers participants a taste of Total Warrior at half the distance. This not a battle between you and the person next to you, it’s a battle against yourself and your own personal goals. Imagine a park run with a bit of mud, all your friends, 15 obstacles and a few pints at the end. 

 

3. It looks too dangerous, I’ll get injured.

The vast majority of our entrants come from gym and running clubs. We understand that a lot of you will be taking part in multiple events throughout the year. The last thing we want is you getting injured on our watch. Though a lot of our obstacles look extreme, accident rates at TW events are extremely low. The most common accident being a sprained ankle which could happen anywhere.

4. Cliff Richard is headlining the after party

Our social media Warrior went rogue on April Fools days announcing Sir Cliff Richard will be headlining the TW afterparty in Leeds. This is indeed false as Sir Cliff is booked for a Tough Mudder event that weekend. Yet another reason to choose Total Warrior.

 

5. I’ll sign up on the day.

Trainees with events in the calendar are much more likely to stick to their fitness schedules. Take the initiative and get signed up today, you’ll also be saving yourself up to 30 big ones. Many of the wave times are also due to be sold out by event day so again, save yourself the disappointment and get signed up asap.

 

Sir Cliff Richard to Headline Total Warrior 2019

It’s with great pleasure we announce … that you have officially been April Fooled.

But hang on, while we’ve got your attention, here’s some important news we’re not joking about.

**Saturday Wave Times**

We are now at 95% capacity for Saturday 12K wave times. Fourteen of the sixteen wave times are now sold out. Our flagship event will see thousands of participants pitting themselves against 25 gruelling obstacles before heading into central Leeds for Warrior afterparties. Sign up before it’s too late, this will sell out soon.

Sign up here.

**Ultra SELL-OUT**

As of today, there are now only 9 places left in what is without a doubt our toughest event. Participants will have five hours to do as many laps, how many could you do? Again, this is your last chance to secure a 2019 entry. 

Sign up here.

**Spring Price Rise – April 18th**

The Spring Special offer ends on April 18th. Prices will be going up across the board so get signed up before then to secure your 2019 spot at the best possible price.

 

 

 

 

 

BTRS announced as 2019 Partner Charity

We’re delighted to announce Brain Tumour Research and Support  (BTRS) as an official partner charity for the 2019 Great Northern Mud Run.

BTRS is Yorkshire’s leading brain tumour charity dedicated to raising funds for life-changing research and patient support.

Every day, someone in Yorkshire and Humber is told that they have a brain tumour. They affect all ages and, regrettably, the lack of funding and research into the treatment of aggressive malignant brain tumours means survival rates are no better than they were 40 years ago.

Brain tumours have recently overtaken leukaemia as the most common malignancy and cause of death in people under 40, and the cure rate for most brain tumours is significantly lower than that for most other types of cancer.

BTRS wants to change these statistics, funding research into what will hopefully one day bring about a cure to brain tumours.

Already running on behalf of BTRS this year are Leeds and Manchester legal recruitment firm, Sacco Mann. They’ll be there with a troop 18.

Victoria Cavendish, of Sacco Mann, said  “A lot of people have been affected in the office recently, so we wanted to get involved with a local charity that is making a difference for people with brain tumours. We thought that Total Warrior would a great way to support BTRS as team Sacco Mann. We are slightly terrified but we are all in it to help each other reach the finish line and smash our £1500 target.”

Join the BTRS revolution and sign up to run for them today. They are offering places in the 6k or 12k or Junior TW at just £1 each on Saturday 22nd June. Click here for more information.