We take a look at the five best obstacles in obstacle course racing, courtesy of Toughest‘s design team.

If you want to challenge yourself, both physically and mentally, there is no better way than to sign up to an obstacle course race. With more than 50 races in the UK alone, and races such as Toughest making the journey from the Nordics to the UK, it may come as a surprise that as the market grows, each race manages to retain unique qualities and quirks.

These individual qualities come in many different forms. Each course will have different terrain, be of varying distance and will put more or less emphasis on the use of team work to complete a race. That being said, it is the obstacles that are given the most attention and discussion from potential participants, and these obstacles are what set certain races apart from others.

With obstacles being at the centre of discussions and being a key factor in determining which obstacle race to sign up for, here are the five best obstacles to look out for in 2016.

Toughest – Super Slide super slide

Obstacle Description: this five-storey water slide requires daredevil skills as participants will be launched into the sky before plunging back into the ice cold water below.

Where: Pippingford Park, Surrey

When: 23 April 2016

Race Description: After dominating in the Nordics, this will be Toughest’s UK debut which will also act as a qualifier for the Obstacle Racing World Championships. The course is 8km long and will be made up of as many as 40 different new, unique and innovative obstacles.

Dirty Weekend – Worlds Longest Monkey Bars handbars

Obstacle Description: participants will have to hang on for a record breaking 120m, testing grip and upper body strength.

Where: Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire

When: 7 May 2016

Race Description: Put your endurance to the test and take part in the world’s largest obstacle course, covering 20 miles and 200 obstacles.

Tough Guy – Torture Chambers tough

Obstacle Description: You will need both physical and mental strength to make it out of this dark, underground wooden cabin. No more than 3 feet in height participants are required to crawl from one side to the other whilst being electrocuted from dangling dagger like tentacles.

Where: Tettenhall Horse Sanctuary, South Perton Farm, South Staffordshire

When: 10 April 2016

Race Description: with over 250 obstacles, Tough Guy is designed to test participant’s fears of heights, tight spaces, fire, water and electricity.

Tough Mudder – Arctic Enema artic

Obstacle Description: participants must slide down a slope at high speed into an icy bath below. Participants will have to face brain freeze after ducking under a centre wall to complete the obstacle.

Where: Culden Faw, Fawley, Henley on Thames

When:  Next race is 30 April 2016

Race Description: a team oriented 10-12 mile obstacle race that puts camaraderie over rankings. This race is designed to test physical strength and mental grit.

Nuclear Races – Para Plunge (Zip Wire) zip

Obstacle description: using a zip line participants will be expected to jump and glide over 30 metres of icy cold water to reach the other side.

Where: Brentwood, Essex

When: Next race is 14/15 May 2016

Race Description: Participants can choose between the 6km or the 12km course distances spread over gritty, muddy and obstacle loaded farmland.