Competitors have wild time in the Wild Warrior X Runner extreme obstacle race
JUMPING through fire, wading through swamps and battling with cargo nets was how 2,000 runners spent their Sunday.
The Wild Warrior X Runner extreme obstacle race got under way from 10am with staggered race starts for the 2,000 people crazy enough to sign up.
The 5k route – which could be tackled once or twice – had 30 obstacles to contend with, including a giant wall, hurdles, a mud jump, a rope climb and a zig zag balance.
And more than anything else, the runners had to face the mud on the course, which took them around Wild Park in Brailsford.
Jenny Phillips, from Belper, ran one lap of the 5k course – and would sign up to do it again.
The 31-year-old said: "I do a lot of running anyway, with the Little Eaton Hornets and we do a lot of off-road stuff so I thought it would be a great personal challenge.
"The course was hard – there was so, so much mud – but it was a lot of fun."
Matthew Thompson, 15, ran the 5k route and finished covered head-to-toe in mud.
The Woodlands school pupil, said: "I think I must have swallowed about a litre of water of muddy water. It was horrible.
"I wanted to do it as soon as I heard about it and I would sign up again. It was hard and very cold but amazing fun."
People travelled from across the country to take part in the race.
Colin Newman, 56, travelled from Swindon. He said: "It's something I wanted to do before I died – and I almost did on the course!"
Steve Walker is the event director for X Runner and he said he was pleased with this year's turnout.
He said: "Last year, the winner completed the 10k course in 54 minutes, but the quickest 5k runner today took 37 minutes, it's a tough course."