Tough Mudder North West 2023

Tough Mudder North West – What the hell was that Tough Mudder?!



I honestly do not need to say anything else…. Except, if you want the muddiest course on the Tough Mudder Calendar – world-wide – this is the one!

Video is from the 11am wave on Sunday

Tough Mudder North West 2023 YouTube Video

Obstacle list

1 – Bale Bonds (5km, 10km, 15km)
2 – Swamp Stomp (10km, 15km)
3 – Devils Beard (5km, 10km, 15km)
4 – Just the Tip (5km, 10km, 15km)
5 – Island Hopping (10km, 15km)
6 – Hero Carry (10km, 15km)
7 – Pitfall (10km, 15km)
8 – Pole Dancer (10km, 15km)
9 – Hero Walls (10km, 15km)
10 – Sewer Rat (10km, 15km)
11 – Mud Mile (10km, 15km)
12 – Reborn (10km, 15km)
13 – Arctic Enema (10km, 15km)
14 – Walk this Way (10km, 15km)
15 – Skid marked (10km, 15km)
16 – (Block Ness Monster (10km, 15km)
17 – Hanging Tough (10km, 15km)
18 – Hold your Wood (15km)
19 – Pyramid Scheme (15km)
20 – Lumberjacked (15km)
21 – Stairway to heaven (15km)
22 – Hydrophobia (15km)
23 – Kiss of Mud (15km)
24 – Funky Monkey (15km)
25 – Electric Eel (15km)
26 – Twinkle Toes (5km, 10km, 15km)
27 – Everest (5km, 10km, 15km)
28 – Cage Crawl (5km, 10km, 15km)
29 – Mudderhorn (5km, 10km, 15km)
30 – Electroshock Therapy (5km, 10km, 15km)

2023 image gallery

Tough Mudder North West final thoughts

Tough Mudder North West is my home event – just 20 minutes drive for me – it was also the site of my first one so it definitely holds a special place for me.

With that being said, I have mixed feelings about it.

The mud – as much as its a “staple” of obstacle course racing, I am not a fan of it at all! Creek Crusade, Mud Mile and the infamous Sewer Rat is not only muddy, but sloppy, gloopy and you can easily be stuck. It also makes Arctic Enema into another mud bath (just check out the video!)

Flat and Fast – Very little elevation gain (which is why TMHQ make such a feature of the mud) Really good running terrain but can be seen as a little boring compared to the likes of Yorkshire or London West for example.

Great to see Island Hopping – a course exclusive – which makes use of the meir within the estate.

If you love mud – this is the one to do. If you hate it, probably worth looking at Tough Mudder Midlands instead!

Scores on the doors

8.5Expert Score
Mud, Mud, Mud

Even with the great weather we have, how come it always seems to rain in Yorkshire. A very changeable weekend, however it doesnt ditract from an awesome course with some great views. I am pretty sure the course has been changed up for additional elevation gain.

Course Route
Course Obstacles
Event Village
  • Mud Mud Mud
  • Island Hopping
  • Sewer Rat & Creek Crusade
  • Mud Mud Mud
  • Mud Mile into Arctic Enema💩
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