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Thousands become Lake District Total Warriors

Total Warrior 2014 Photo: ITV News Border

Thousands of runners have braved rain, mud and fire to become a Total Warrior in the Lake District.

The 10k and 10 mile runs near Shap this weekend involve running through fire, crawling through mud and hauling yourself across monkey bars.

There are 30 obstacles, with tough names:

  • Human BBQ
  • Warrior Crawl
  • Pole to Pole
  • The Traverse
  • Widow Maker
  • Step it Up
  • Grand National
  • Claustrophobe
  • Hangover
  • The Trenches
  • Spider's Web
  • Worm Muncher
  • Steeplechase
  • Cement Mixer
  • You Tube
  • Ball Breaker
  • Muddy Funster
  • Dunking Time
  • The Plunge
  • Monk's Playground
  • Death Valley
  • The Shocker
  • Slideaway
  • Peaks of Pain
  • Log It
  • Sprint King
  • Sheep Dip
  • Hang Tough
Hang Tough Credit: ITV News Border

The 10k and 10 mile fell race is fairly brutal alone. Add in these 30 challenges and it's billed as the 'toughest obstacle course on Earth'.

They're designed by former soldiers & perfected over 4 years.

"It's certainly more fun because you have some obstacles that I don't think you'd be allowed to do in the army such as the fire, such as the ice plunge and lots and lots of mud."

– Andrew Murray Event Director
The Human BBQ Credit: ITV News Border

7500 took part. It's now the biggest sporting event in Cumbria.

"There's points where the mud was going over my waist, you know up to nearly up to chest height. There was a cargo net bit where I've had to basically coax a girl who's crying up the hill. In one of the mud sections having to lift a girl over my shoulder because she was up to her throat in mud."

– James Clinghan, Competitor from Newcastle
The Trenches Credit: ITV News Border

It's a test of strength, stamina, mental determination and teamwork. And you get a beer at the end.

The Trenches Credit: ITV News Border

"We've smashed our record last year and it's fantastic and everyone should do it and I'm over 50 and I did it!"

– Dawn Owen, competitor from Warrington

"Oh, hills....the worst bit. Straights were the best bit."

– Akila, competitor from Wigan
The Plunge (an ice bath) Credit: ITV News Border

"Getting stuck in the mud was definitely the worst bit, trying to get your legs out."

– Dawn Thorpe, competitor from Manchester

"We're getting on a bit now but we're all... it's brilliant.

– Karen Ackers, competitor from Wigan
Peaks of Pain Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria provided the finishing touch: rain. Without it, they'd probably have felt short-changed. It's about survival, not speed.

The Shocker Credit: ITV News Border
Slideaway Credit: ITV News Border

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