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Nuclear Races Coming To Brentwood

Competitors take on muddy obstacle race in Essex

The Nuclear Rush Weekend in Brentwood, Essex offers an exciting challenge for fitness fanatics and race newbies alike.

On 13 and 14 May 2017, thrill seekers, athletes, and people looking for a new challenge will head to Brentwood for the Nuclear Rush Weekend. Taking place in the grounds of the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, the activity-packed weekend consists of the Nuclear Races, entertainment, and a lot of mud! It is expected to attract thousands of people to this picturesque corner of Essex.

What is Nuclear Races?

Nuclear Races was created by farmer, engineer, and entrepreneur James Parrish. James is a member of the Parrish family who have owned the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon since 1991. The Nuclear Races company runs a series of events throughout the year, specialising in tough, gritty races that challenge competitors with both natural and man-made obstacles, and a LOT of mud! For the Nuclear Rush Weekend in Brentwood, participants can choose between a 7km and 12km course and can expect to face a range of challenging obstacles, including zip-lines, gorilla bars and the ominous-sounding ‘Deathslide’.

The top 10 finishers in age and gender groups from the 12K will qualify for the 2017 OCR World Championship, and all finishers receive a survivor medal and t-shirt at the finishing line, as well as benefiting from a much-needed cup of tea, hot shower and heated changing tents.

Who can take part?

The organisers of Nuclear Races say that their events are accessible to everyone, regardless of fitness level or sporting prowess. So whether you’re a complete a newbie or a fitness fanatic they are confident that you will be able to complete the race and have a great time while doing it. For the 7km race you need to be over 13 year of age to take part, while the 12km race is only open to people over 16 years old.

Make a weekend of it

With a small spectator fee of just £2 per person (free for under-16s), competitors are encouraged to bring along family and friends to cheer them on. There is plenty going on to keep them occupied, including refreshment tents and live music, and if you don’t fancy traveling there and back on the same day there is also camping available on site.

You could also make a weekend of it and explore some of the surrounding area. Estate agents in Brentwood have reported a surge in demand for properties in the area, and with a pleasant high street, some great bars and restaurants, and acres of beautiful, unspoilt countryside, it’s not difficult to see why. So, if your tired legs allow, head away from the race site and find out what this beautiful part of the country has to offer.


If you’re interested in taking part in the Nuclear Rush Weekend, head to the event website for some more information. Prices start from £67 for the 7km race and £77 for the 12km race. You can register as an individual or as a team, so why not jump off the sofa, grab some like-minded friends and set yourself a new challenge for 2017?

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