Salisbury Plain's army training ground is the location for what is set to be one of Britain's toughest endurance challenges. The Gurkha Run - inspired by the legendary men who make up the toughest warriors in the world - is billed as one of the hardest runs in the country. Scheduled for 6 October, the Gurkha Run will see hundreds of adrenaline-pumped men and women run, wade and crawl through the coldest, wettest and filthiest of endurance courses.
Gurkha Run participants can either enter the 10k or the half marathon. Both courses are run on a mixed terrain of dirt tracks, freezing ponds, and mud pits across the peaks and troughs of Salisbury Plain in Hampshire. As a nod to the British Army's Gurkha recruitment process, competitors will need to complete the Gurkha Fitness zone and the infamous Doko Run, where competitors have to run uphill carrying either 20lbs and 40lbs in weight.
John Gladwin, former Commonwealth Games silver medallist and race director of Gurkha Run said: "Just like the Gurkhas, the Gurkha Run promises to be really tough. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, a fitness fanatic or someone looking for a different kind of challenge, join us for the Gurkha Run and you'll feel like you've completed one of the greatest experiences of your life."
Designed for both serious competitors and those participating for fun, the Gurkha Run is an exhilarating endurance test for people of all fitness levels. Participants are encouraged to raise money for the official charity Gurkha Welfare Trust. The Gurkha Welfare Trust provides medical and community aid to alleviate hardship and distress amongst Gurkha ex-servicemen of the British Army.
Karen England, director of fundraising and communications, the Gurkha Welfare Trust, said: "The Gurkha Welfare Trust is delighted to be the charity beneficiary of the Gurkha Run. This new event uniquely allows participants to test their physical endurance against that of the renowned Gurkhas. We hope it becomes a firm favourite on the annual events calendar as every penny raised will be spent supporting elderly and infirm Gurkha ex-servicemen and their widows living in Nepal."
Check out full event details at the Gurkha Run website.