What is a Gladiator Beach Obstacle Race?
Gladiator Obstacle Beach Racing is 10 kilometres of sand and obstacles built on the longest and widest beaches to make the most interesting and totally different beach obstacle racing events in the world.
Is Gladiator Races actually a race?
No, our events are not timed and there is no winners or podiums. You will not be penalised for missing obstacles so take your time, be safe and most importantly, enjoy yourself! All starters will receive a Gladiator Races Race Shirt and all finishers will receive a medal and beer! (soft drinks also available)
What does the entry fee include?
Your entry fee is strictly for your participation in your chosen event and your race number and pins for identification and photographic purposes. Anything else you may receive will be additional complimentary extras and may be subject to amendment by the organisers at any time. At this moment we have planned all of the following: Printed race number & safety pins, fabric wristband, race event guide, participation tee shirt, finishers medal, finishers beer, hot shower, safety briefing, merchandise discount voucher, water stations, toilet facilities, a mass number of helpful marshals, industry leading first aid facilities, a load of challenging obstacles and more sand than you can handle.
What is the minimum age to enter?
All participants must be a minimum age of 16 on event day however, look out for our junior event locations at selected beaches where there’ll be a mini course open to 8-15 year olds.
Where is the safety briefing and warm-up?
You will be called to the start line around 15 minutes before your wave is due to set off and here you will receive your safety briefing and your pre-race warm-up routine. Attendance to the briefing is mandatory and important so please get there in time.
When will I receive my race pack and tee shirt?
You will be emailed all your race information in advance of the event day. You will collect your race pack and participation tee shirt from registration when you arrive and your complimentary items, medal, beer etc… when you complete the course and cross the finish line.
What time does the event start?
The event gates and registration will normally open one hour before the first wave is due to start, this is usually around 08:00 but will be confirmed in your pre-race information. During registration you are able to select your preferred race wave and you will need to arrive at the event one hour before your race wave to sign in and collect your pack, and be ready for our complimentary warm up session.
Is there first aid?
There is a professional first aid team at every event. The team includes a mobile unit, quad bike responders, 4X4 ambulances, team of first aiders and paramedics and advanced paramedics and all the kit needed. Responders will be traveling around the course, look out for the first aid flags.
Can I choose my race start time?
We set people off in waves to minimise congestion and maximise enjoyment, waves usually start at 09:00 and then every 20 minutes until the last wave. You will be able to select your preferred wave during registration, however each wave has a limit and will go offline when that limit is reached. If you want a specific time, you will need to register early as the popular waves fill quickly. We are quite strict when it comes to wave numbers in order to avoid congestion on the course so please ensure your team members register with the same wave as we cannot guarantee wave changes once the waves are full.
Is their a fee for spectators?
We welcome everyone to come along and join in the fun and unlike most events, we do not charge for your friends and family to keep you company during event day so the more the merrier. Please note that all spectators must remain within the safety of the designated viewing areas. It will be possible for spectators to view all of the challenges and cheer you across the finish line. Please keep all dogs on leads at all times and obey the general rules of the beach and please keep a close eye on your little ones – some obstacles and course areas can be hazardous and we want to protect future Gladiators.
Will there be food and drink available?
There will be plenty of opportunity to purchase drinks and food whilst on-site in the event as well as the local restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, look out in the event guide for more information.
Where can I park at the event?
We select the venue carefully and always ensure there is adequate parking within the area available to our participants. Full details of parking areas will be included in your race pack. Please ensure you follow the instructions of our parking stewards to make your entry and exit as smooth as possible and for this service there is a vehicle charge so make sure you car share to keep costs down and minimise impact on the environment too!
Where can I store my belongings?
There will be a designated bag store area located next to the registration tent which will be fully supervised from start to finish so you can leave your things if you choose, there will be a £3 charge payable for this service, you can pay with cash or card. There will also be a key drop area, this will be free of charge. Whilst we make every effort to keep everyone’s items secure, we must stress items are left at the owners own risk.
Ground Rules & Safety
What are the terms and conditions of entry?
Our full terms and conditions can be read HERE and our general disclaimer can be seen HERE.
Safety – Key Points. None of the obstacles are compulsory, we will encourage but not force you to try every obstacle, however if there is something that you feel unable to do, then you can simply walk around it, the choice is yours. There will be a mandatory safety briefing and complementary warm up courtesy of fitness instructors for each race, please make sure you are at the start line 15 minutes before your race is due to start.
Safety – Climbing – There are several obstacles that will involve climbing, the most important consideration is to maintain three point of contact at all times when climbing to avoid falling which means 3 out of the 4 points of contact (your hands and feet) are in contact with the obstacle at all times.
Safety – High Obstacles – DO NOT JUMP off an obstacle. When exiting any obstacle above ground level lower yourself to the ground carefully, if you do jump or fall (not recommended) then do so with both knees and heels together, this will greatly reduce the risk of injury.
Safety – Swimming – Sea entry will be a part of the course weather permitting, you will be required to swim out 5mtrs into open water, around a buoy and back to the beach. Please note although we’ll all be wishing for glorious summer sunshine, the water will be cold and as such you can expect to encounter cold water shock. Symptoms;- as you first enter the water your body’s reaction will be to gasp for air, you will then experience increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, blood flow to your limbs will be reduced as your body goes into survival mode. The most important thing is not to panic, these symptoms usually pass quickly as your body adjusts. We have buoyancy aids available, if you are unsure or in any doubt, please ask for one. Lifeguards and rescue swimmers will be on watch.
Safety – Water – Enter water with extreme care, do not dive. Water exits will also become extremely slippery so exit with caution to avoid slipping.
Insurance – We hold a £10m public liability insurance, however this will not cover you if you injure yourself as a result of an accident, see our personal obstacle race insurance information page for more information on protecting yourself HERE.
How do I enter a Gladiator Races Obstacle Beach Race?
All participants must enter through the registration system online. Select ‘Register’ and then select the event you wish to enter and fill in all the required fields on the registration form. Read the T&C’s, tick the boxes, pay the entry fee by card or PayPal and you are a confirmed Gladiator. For corporate entries, we will accept company cheques and can raise a VAT invoice, please contact us HERE for details on corporate entries.
What should I do if I've entered the wrong details?
You can amend or update your own details through the customer portal. You will not have access to anyone else’s details, even from your team. If you need to make any amendments that you are not able to do through the portal then please contact us HERE with details of the amendments and we will update for you.
How much will an entry cost me?
This depends on how quickly you sign up for an event as we offer lots of early bird discounts so there is a lot of opportunity to pay less than the standard ticket price. Prices start from £39 and there is a processing fee charged by the registration company for secure card transactions.
Can i enter multiple Gladiator Races events?
Yes, you can enter as many of the Gladiator Races Obstacle Beach Racing events as you like.
Can I run on my own?
Yes, you can enter as an individual and run by yourself or you can enter as part of a team, see below.
How do I enter as a team?
You can register as the team leader and create your own team during the registration process. Once you receive your email confirmation, you can then invite your friends to join your team by email invitation through the entry portal. You can pre pay for additional entries or you can invite people to join your team but pay for themselves during their registrations. You can decide to make your team private and invitation only, or you can select an open team whereby people can see your team name and sign up to join you. If you are invited to join an existing team, you will receive an email which will give you a link directly to the teams registration page. If you can recruit ten or more team members then you will qualify for 10% discount per entrant which the team captain will be refunded once all members are registered.
Can I cancel my entry?
No our terms and conditions state no cancellations under any circumstance. However you can substitute yourself in your portal, the system will refund your entry less a booking fee when the substitute has completed their entry and has paid. Please note this must be done a minimum of 8 weeks before event day in order to change the personalised race bib and tee shirt size. After this date, your stuff is ordered and the new runner will receive the original kit. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to postpone your entry to another event. Please note fees may apply.
What should I wear?
Shoes – Be aware, any shoes that would be dangerous to other participates will not be allowed. Event officials will make the final call on event day. Strictly NO spikes. Cross country, trail or fell running shoes with a grippy sole would be ideal. Expect the surface to be wet, sandy and slippery!
Clothes – Lightweight stuff that dries quickly. Even if it’s a cold day, heavy or thick clothing will just retain water and make you colder. Long sleeve tops and bottoms can help give some extra protection from scratches. Please remember to bring a warm change of clothes, shoes and a towel for after the event so you can enjoy the atmosphere.
Gloves – If you go with gloves, be sure to grab tough, thick ones to prevent burns from the ropes and splinters from the walls.
Is there a fitness requirement?
You don’t have to be an experienced distance runner or gym fanatic but we recommend that you be in good physical condition and are running regularly. Most importantly you will need strong mental endurance to complete the obstacle course and overcome the ultimate challenge. We recommend that you start training for the event 8-12 weeks prior to competing and we will give you a thorough warm-up at the start line to get you started.
Do I need to be a strong swimmer?
Our events will have an element of sea entry, this obstacle is completely weather dependant and will only be used if safe to do so, this is a free extra. The swim will be around 50 mtrs, we provide buoyancy aids for weak swimmers. Lifeguards and rescue swimmers will be watching and counting participants in and out of the water. As with all the obstacles and challenges we will encourage but not force you to try everything, nothing is compulsory. Other obstacles will include a short section where swimming/wading is involved, again nothing is compulsory.
Are there any photographers?
We will have a team of photographers and “videoers” around the course so keep smiling and make sure your moves are on point. Photographs will be available ASAP after the event. Try to make sure your race number is clearly visible as the photographers will use this to tag your photos to make them easier to find.
If you lose an item on event day then head to the registration team as most items found on-site are handed in to this team who will keep them safely stored there for you. If you realise after leaving you have lost something then please contact us to see if it has been handed in, we will keep all lost property for a maximum of 14 days after the event, after this time we will wash and donate all clothing items to charity. Anything else will destroyed.