Almost 30 years later, the Tough Guy is an annual meeting that takes place the last Sunday of January close to Wolverhampton, in the English midlands.
Rather than just a race, the Tough Guy is a marathon journey of physical obstacles akin to a marine boot camp.
This year, the event featured more than 250 different manmade obstacles, from smokebombs to a frozen lake.
Parts of the race involve running through a field on fire. Real fire. The race consists of about 15 km of running and a similar length of obstacles.
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