Ambassadors Spotlight 32:Fitness

32:Fitness are a Middlesbrough based fitness bootcamp. With members from 16 years old, to 65 years old and from 7 stone to 27 stone, they cater for all levels of fitness. To say they are diverse is an understatement.

“Total Warrior is a key event each year for us, it allows our members to push themselves well beyond their comfort zones & for a lot of members is a huge physical & mental battle” says David Hesse of 32: Fitness.

“I stay at the back with the last person for the full course & nobody gets left behind. The feeling of teamwork & seeing everyone support each other is truly amazing. We also raise funds for local charities each year, often choosing a cause close to a member, chosen by the members themselves, to be able to raise vital funds for local charities close to home is the icing on the cake.”

They are getting ready to tackle their 8th Total Warrior and hoping to make this year’s team the biggest yet. Their youngest member to complete Warrior is 8, their oldest 65!

They currently have 54 on the team for 2022 and this year will be raising raising funds in memory of one of their member’s parents, who unfortunately passed away within months of each other. 

“Sadly Mark (Charlotte’s Dad) had battled with oesophageal cancer for serval years before unfortunately passing away on Christmas Day 2021, the family then received more devastating news when Angela (Charlotte’s Mother) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of January this year. After a very short battle, she sadly she passed away on Tuesday 22nd March leaving her family devastated once again. The pain & heartbreak the family has endured in such a short space of time is just incomprehandable & we would like to show our support to Charlotte and her family by dedicating this year’s Total Warrior to Mark & Angela”

They are fundraising for Teesside Hospice, a Palliative Care Centre in Teesside, who provided invaluable care & support to the Livingstone family when they needed it most. Any funds we raise will go direct to the hospice to enable them to continue the amazing work they do.

Through taking part in Warrior, they have raised over £20,000 for charity. 

Leeds Mind lead the way

Its’s been a busy few years for all our partner charities, none more so than for Leeds Mind.

Leeds Mind is the leading local mental health charity, providing services and support to communities in and around the city. During the peak of the pandemic, they supported and worked with more than 3,500.

Since March 2020, everyone has faced different challenges, ranging from physical health worries and bereavement, to juggling childcare with working from home, working on the frontline, or facing furlough and loss of income. We’ve all missed out on important life events, with quiet birthdays and postponed weddings, and we’ve all likely felt the gloom of social isolation.

This difficult time has had a profound impact on our collective mental health; in a Mind survey, two-thirds of adults who already had experience of mental health problems said that their mental health had declined during the lockdown period. The pandemic also impacted those who had never struggled with mental wellbeing before; more than one in five adults with no previous experience of mental health difficulties said that their mental health had become poor or very poor.

Leeds Mind have continued their work throughout the pandemic, delivering vital mental health support to the community in and around Leeds. As a partner charity for 2022, they will be with us once again at the Great Northern Mud Run. If you’d like run and raise money for them, please contact Gemma at Leeds Mind for more information. 

Ultra Warrior set to SELL OUT!

If you think 12K Warrior is tough, imagine doing 4.5 laps of it in under 5 hours. That was David Gray’s (pictured) achievement at last year’s Ultra Warrior. 

We’re now down to our final 5 places in this year’s event. 

The course has one check point at the start/finish and one approximately at the half way point, so you can complete half and full laps. The winner is the participant who completes the most number of laps, or half laps, in the fastest possible time. 

Think you’ve got what it take? Click here for more info. 

Alzheimer’s Research UK join as Partner Charity

We’re pleased to announce that Alzheimer’s Research UK have come on board as an official partner charity for 2022.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. 

Their pioneering work is bringing us closer to a future without the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. They’ve also been in the forefront of bringing dementia research into the spotlight, campaigning for more funding and helping to put the condition not only at the top of the UK’s health agenda, but also attracting attention worldwide.

They couldn’t do this with out their supporters though. If you’d like to become part of the fight against Alzheimers and would like to run and raise money under their banner this year, please contact Aimee Jepson

 

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:

DOB: 6TH AUGUST 1952

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.

 

 

2021 WAVE TIMES

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. 

CHALLENGES 

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