Speedo Warrior turns 70

Our Warriors come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

Meet John Lavender, aka Speedo Warrior. A familiar face at Total Warrior events, and absolute proof that it’s never too late to take the jump … and hit the mud.

John started running in the early 90’s but didn’t take part in an OCR until 2014. Since then he’s completed both the Shap and Leeds courses and this year, aged 70, he’ll be at the start line of the Great Northern Mud Run once again. Here’s his bio:


Profession: Specialist Retail Worker at #NorthernRunner Newcastle 

First Warrior Event: Leeds 2015 

Favorite Obstacle: Human BBQ

2022 Goals: To survive everything that gets thrown at me. 

Words of widsom: “Failing is acceptable as long as you learn from it.”

Nickname: #Speedowarrior 

Feeling inspired? You know what to do.




Fresh off the press, in the links below are your allocated wave times.

We’ve been working hard over the past weeks to make sure TW 2021 can take place as planned next month, irrespective of the lifting of restrictions.  Hopefully this is us being over cautious, but either way we’re set to welcome every single one of you across the finish line in July. WE ARE ON!

Allocating wave times is tricky in a normal year. This year, even more so. With safety in mind, we’re limiting the number of people we can have in each wave, and have increased the number of waves each day. A small number of Warriors may have a slightly different wave time to the one you selected when you signed up.  However, the changes are minor.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding with this. 

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to change your wave time. The ONLY exceptions are if your wave time clashes with your child’s Junior Warrior wave or if team members are not all in the same wave as the team captain. If the later is the case, all team members can start at the same time as the team captain, you do NOT need to email us to confirm this.

Please also check your postal address and medical details ASAP, click here for instructions showing how to edit your details. The deadline is next Thursday 17th June. After this date, all packs will be posted out to the address you gave when you registered.

Friday 12K Original

Friday 6K Half 

Saturday 12K Original

Saturday 6K Half Wave Times

Saturday Junior Warrior Wave Times

Sunday 12K Original Wave Times

Sunday 6K Half – coming soon

Sunday Junior Warrior Wave Times

Virtual Warrior 2020

Fancy a lifetime pass for you and three friends to the Great Northern Mud Run?  

To keep spirits up and fitness goals alive this Autumn, we’ll be holding a series of virtual challenges every Sunday in October.  It’s free to enter and we’ll be giving away thousands of pounds worth of prizes from us and our sponsors. 

Teams will consist of 4 people. There will be 4 team challenges, set over 4 Sundays. Challenges can be completed individually or together as a socially distanced team. The winning team members of each challenge will receive a lifetime pass for the Great Northern Mud Run.

Further to that, there will be an ‘IN IT TO WIN IT’  Warrior award. One Warrior from each challenge will be selected at random to win a LIFETIME pass to the Great Northern Mud Run as part of our social competitions. In all, we’ll be giving away 20 lifetime passes to the Great Northern Mud Run. Quite possibly the best competition in the world. 


Sun 4th Oct

Time Window: 06.00 – 16.00

It’s all about distance. How many miles can you and your teammates clock up in 3 hours? Register your results with the Chief by 18.00 complete with Strava verification for each team member. Share your results and selfie footage on social for your chance to win our ‘IN TO WIN IT’  Warrior award.

Winning team announced the following Wednesday.

Sun 11th Oct

Time Window: 06.00 – 16.00

Which team will be Total Plankers? How long can you and your team collectively form the plank? Register your results with the Chief by 18.00 along with video verification from each team member.  Share your results and selfie footage on social for your chance to win our ‘IN TO WIN IT’  Warrior award.

Winning team announced the following Wednesday.

Sun 18th Oct

Time Window: 06.00 – 16.00

Fancy yourself a hot squat? How long can you and your team collectively form the wall squat. Register your results with the Chief by 18.00 along with video verification from each team member. Share your results and selfie footage on social for your chance to win our ‘IN TO WIN IT’  Warrior award.

Winning team announced the following Wednesday.

Sun 25th Oct

Time: 06.00 – 16.00

Some people just don’t know when to let go. How long can you and your team collectively form the wall squat. Register your results with the Chief by 18.00 along with video verification from each team member. Share your results and selfie footage on social for your chance to win our ‘IN TO WIN IT’  Warrior award.

Winning team announced the following Wednesday.

Total Warrior 2020 Event Day Announcement

Stuart Graham, our Head of Communications, headed up to Bramham Park on Thursday. We wanted to touch base with all our partipants on what should have been the start of our 10-year anniversary Warrior weekend.  


Total Warrior 2020 – Postponement Message for Participants


Due to these extraordinary times, a painful but necessary decision has been made to postpone our 10-year-anniversary celebration until June 2021. 

We’ve been forced to postpone Total Warrior 2020, scheduled to take place at the end of June. Needless to say, we’re gutted, but we’re excited about reaching the other side of this together, and hosting a TW like never before! 
As a paid-up Warrior-in-waiting, you will have 3 options:
1. Transfer to 2021.  This is the automatic transfer into Total Warrior 2021, taking place at Bramham Park over the weekend of 25th – 27th June 2021.  Your day and wave time selections will also be carried over.  
Please note that this is the automatic action unless you inform us otherwise, and requires no action from you.  
2. Deferral into Total Warrior 2022.  The date for Total Warrior 2022 will be 24th – 26th June, although is subject to final confirmation with Bramham Park.  Please let us know if this is your preferred option.
3. Substitution.  This means that you may transfer your entry to another person for free.  Please let us know if this is your preferred option.
There will be no administration charges applicable for any of the options above.  
What if I’ve selected the ‘Pay by Instalments’ option on our booking platform, Race Space? 
For those participants who are currently on installment plans, Race Space will create transfer credits based on the amount they have paid off on your installment plans to date.  You will then have 12 months to use these credits towards a future Total Warrior event.  You will be contacted about this shortly, with all the necessary information.  
If your question isn’t answered here, please fire us over an email and we’ll get back to you asap.

Coronavirus – 2020 Event Information

Dearest Warrior Community

Like all of you, we’ve been closely monitoring the developments relating to the spread of Coronavirus. Its pace of acceleration, with the confusion and uncertainty it has created, has made and continues to make informed decisions almost impossible.

With such uncertainty, and with the Government’s anticipated ban on mass events, we’re now working hard on contingency plans to hold the Great Northern Mud Run on a later date which is both safe and convenient to do so.
While this would be a last resort, we’re preparing for the worst whilst hoping for the best.

In the light of an event postponement, all current entrants will be offered a free deferral into a future event or the option to freely transfer their entry to another person.

Any decisions we do make will not be made lightly. The most important thing right now is the health and well-being of our communities.

The challenges we now face are unprecedented. But if we can replicate the sense of solidarity and community which we witness each year at our events, I have no doubt, that whatever lies ahead, we shall overcome.

Like we do out on course, let’s keep an eye out for each other. Let’s listen to the experts, not the hype. Let’s stay calm, stay safe and stay positive. What we can achieve together far outweighs what we can achieve alone.

Be it this June or further down the line, you WILL cross that finish line, and that finisher’s beer will taste all the more sweeter.

We’ll be in touch as soon as we know more.

All the best

The Chief

#WeShallOverCome #TotalWarrior

2020 Tough Mudders

Fellow ‘Mudmaniacs’ 

Like all of you, we’ve been following the recent #ToughMudder developments closely. It’s sad to see and we hope something is resolved as soon as possible.

We know a lot of you have already signed up to 2020 Mudder events and could lose out. If worse comes to worse, the Chief will be offering 2020 Mudders the opportunity to sign up to 2020 Great Northern Mud Run for £48, our speacial 2020 event weekend offer price.*

To register your interest, give the Chief an email and have your Mudder booking receipt ready. We’ll get you sorted.

This is going to cause an administrative nightmare for the Chief. Let’s hope the coffee is on.

If your interested, please contact us before Monday night.

[email protected]

*Sunday waves only

The Schools are back in town!

Off the back of a cracking couple of Junior Warrior Schools Days back in June, we’re excited to open entries for our tenth anniversary of TW in 2020! 
Over 4500 kids took to the mud this year, including children from over 45 schools being shipped in from as far away as Cumbria and Derbyshire. 

There were twelve challenging obstacles dotted along our 3KM course and it’s fair to say that all who took part had a ‘muddy good’ time. 
Chelsie Eccles, of Holgate Meadows said, “A massive thanks for yesterday!! Every single pupil and staff member enjoyed it so much! It was a massive confidence boost for our children. We have decided that next year we are going to take the whole school and make it compulsory as opposed to a reward trip. A massive thank you!”
Is your child’s school taking part? Get them involved by forwarding over this poster. The school’s event SOLD OUT in 2018 and 2019, and we expect it to do so again.
For any more information, please contact [email protected]

Warriors compete in OCR World Championships

It’s that time of year again. The OCR World Championships are upon us.

This year, Total Warrior played host as a qualifier. 60 Warriors got through and the Chief would like to wish all those taking part this weekend the best of luck. 

We’re happy to announce that we will once again be an official qualifier for the OCR World Championships in 2020. 

Qualifying waves will be Sunset on Challenge Friday, the first wave on Saturday and Ultra Warrior.  The Saturday wave is now SOLD OUT. If you fancy your chances, there are still a handful of places left in the Sunset Challenge and Ultra

Got what it takes? You know what to do! Checkout the links below for more info:

Sunset Challenge 


Leeds Mind smash £20,000 fundraising target

The extract below is taken from a personal account of Tom Gilroy who participated in this year’s Great Northern Mud Run. Raising the Team, from Garforth with Love, he took part to raise money for Leeds Mind, one of Total Warriors official partner charities for 2019. 

Back in 2015, four of my mates and I decided to have a go at Total Warrior. I don’t know what started it or, if we just did it for a craic but we absolutely loved it (apart from the hill climbs, nobody can enjoy that).

Every year after that we tried to resurrect interest but there was always a reason for not doing it. We are at that age where there’s a christening, wedding or kids party every weekend. I’m sure many other 30 somethings can relate. This year, the date fell on an empty weekend. The kids were all partied out, nobody was tying the knot and there was nothing else stood in the way. The planet’s had aligned and it looked as though lady luck had smiled on us. We bit the bullet and the original famous five signed up. The stage was set, we were gonna make them hill climbs our bitch (didn’t quite turn out like that but hey ho). Once we’d talked about it, interest with our other friends started to grow and the numbers started to rise.

Unfortunately, around the same time, a tragedy struck the local community. A beautiful young woman, a mother of two beautiful girls and a caring, compassionate soul was struggling with her mental health. She tragically took her own life. This had a massive effect on the local, close-knit community. 

From Garforth with Love

It was then decided that we would run the Total Warrior course for Charity. One of the team suggested running for Leeds Mind, a local mental health charity. Everyone agreed that it was a worthy cause and so we had to think of a team name. From Garforth with love was the name decided. It has a slightly James Bond-esque ring to it but also portrays a sense of love within the local community.

Once word spread about the reason behind doing the Total Warrior, the thing grew legs. People started signing up in droves; we went from one to two people a day to having a dozen signing up on some days. In the end we ended up with a team of ninety-three. A massive achievement which is only going to grow year on year. We had every different type of person running. We had some PT’s, some marathon runners, some overweight and underfit, some like bean poles and some like barrels, some on their late teens and some with a bus pass, some who skip leg day (you know who you are) and some who could’ve run through the climbing walls. Nobody though who could do them bastard hill climbs.

United we Stand

Our fastest runner did it in 1:16 and some were coming in at 3 hours plus, the main thing was though that everyone finished it and the encouragement for those coming in after the first lot had finished was amazing to watch. These people may never have met before this day and because they were part of the team, they were cheering them on like they were kin. I’ve never been so proud of such a bunch of people in my life. The comradery was something to behold.

The course itself was brilliant, apart from the hill climbs. Everyone got stuck in, chin deep in mud, leaping over fire, diving in ice. It had a proper man v the elements feel to it and you become almost primal. There were people running who questioned whether or not they would be able to do it but

When I looked in their eyes on the way around the course, there was a fire burning behind them. A steely determination on some faces the likes of which I’d never seen before. This course was not going to beat any member of this team. And for all the other 92 members of the team, I’m proud to call them team mates, nay brothers and sisters. We’ve been through something which most people will never experience in their lives. And we did it together, for a great cause. A common, uniting factor amongst strangers. Something which will bond the team together for eternity. We did it, and we did it together.

We did and we’ve done a lot of fundraising around the event. We started out with a target of £2000. Thanks to some very generous folk, we’ve upped the target to £12000 and we’re on track to beat that. A substantial sum of money which will help Charli and the team at Leeds Mind make a difference. We’ve also started the team up for next year, to try and get more runners in early. We’re setting up a junior team for the kids and, some would say stupidly, we’ve started a team of runners up to do the Ultra. So, on the recruitment front it looks like we’re on track to beat the ninety-three from this year.

With regards to thanking folk, there are a few people who I’d like to single out. Firstly, Charli from Leeds Mind without whom the team would have been mismatched and not have had some uniting reason or uniform to run in. I’d also like to thank Miranda from Total Warrior without whom we would have had a mare trying to organise this many people into one wave. I’d also like to thank Roddy from The Crusader for allowing us use of the pub and garden for the fundraising day. I’d also like to thank everyone who donated something for the raffles and auctions for the fundraising, without you, the total would be far less. Finally, to all the ninety-three who ran. I thank you all. You should all be proud. Without you, there would have been no team.

So, on that note, we’ve got a year to train to beat our times next year. I’m having them hill climbs I tell ya.


Tom Gilroy