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Deal: Betteshanger, former colliery site, is to be home to Survival, a new extreme obstacle course race

By Angela Cole

Do you have what it takes to survive county's newest extreme obstacle course?

Survival, at former colliery Betteshanger Park near Deal, pits man against the great outdoors, but with a series of tough challenges - and a few surprises.

The 6km course race, which will be held on Saturday, October 7, and developed with MY/PT, will see competitors braving the elements as they crawl, swim, dip, dodge and dive through 40 extreme man-made and natural obstacles spread across the terrain of the old spoil heap at Betteshanger.

Survival: Kent's new obstacle course race opening at Betteshanger near Deal
Survival: Kent's new obstacle course race opening at Betteshanger near Deal

The endurance event includes trenches, mounds, pits, tyre pits, fighting through dense woodland, slides, ropes over water, steep hill inclines, including one dubbed Heartbreak Hill, a tyre run and water.

Challenging enough for the most seasoned of racer, it is said to be achievable for all levels of fitness.

Jay Ingram, MY/PT director, said: "I am extremely excited to be bringing the immensely popular obstacle course racing phenomenon to Betteshanger Park, it’s been a dream of mine for many years.

"The diverse environment at the Park has allowed us to design an innovative course with a number of really challenging obstacles. For some, Survival will be about being the first over the finish line but for many it will be about celebrating personal achievement. I have built MY/PT on making fitness, health and wellbeing accessible for all. We help people face challenges, overcome fears and, most importantly, have fun - for me, Survival encapsulates all of this."

Managers at Betteshanger hope the course could become a major fixture in the race calenda and become Kent’s biggest obstacle course race.

Tracy Brunt, Betteshanger general manager, said: "You’ll get wet, muddy and covered in coal spoil. You’ll laugh and quite possibly cry. But you’ll have a blast and we guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face when you cross the finish line."

Registration is now open via betteshanger-park.co.uk/survival

The event has been supported by Ovendens and JustSigns.

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