Rough Runner reaches £1 million charity landmark

Rough Runner, the game show-inspired obstacle course event, has helped raise over £1 million for charity through its participants.

Since its first event in 2014, Rough Runner participants have raised valuable funds for over 300 national and regional charities, with the average individual fundraiser bringing in close to £500.

In a report from online fundraising platform JustGiving, 2018 was Rough Runner’s most prolific fundraising year yet, with over £360,000 raised for charity by participants across seven nationwide events.

Held at various locations across the country, Rough Runner sees participants tackle obstacles inspired by classic TV shows including Total Wipeout, Gladiators and Ninja Warrior. It aims to distance itself from the more military-style obstacle courses, instead providing accessible participation with a choice of 5km, 10km and 15km distances depending on experience and fitness level.

Jonathan Geitner, Rough Runner co-founder, said: “It’s a proud moment for us to reach such a significant fundraising landmark,” said. “For many, Rough Runner is the first time that they’ll take on a physical challenge which can be a significant undertaking. It’s fantastic that family and friends are getting behind our ‘Roughians’ and helping to raise valuable money for causes close to their heart.

“For us, as well as contributing to the amazing work that national UK charities are doing, it’s great to see smaller, local charities benefiting. With our fundraising increasing year-on-year, we’re looking forward to our amazing participants helping to increase that total even more.”

Available to people of all ages and fitness levels, seven Rough Runner events will be held throughout idyllic parts of Britain in 2019, spanning from Edinburgh to the South Downs in Sussex.

To find out more or to sign up for a Rough Runner event, visit

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