Tough Sh!t

Frequently asked Questions


What is Tough Sh!t?

Tough Sh!t is a 10k-ish toilet-themed muddy obstacle run organised by WaterAid. To prove you really are ‘the sh!t’, you’ll need to be prepared to get your hands dirty and wipe away your fears.

How do I enter Tough Sh!t?

Easy, just head to our events page

Where are the events being held?

Tough Sh!t Midlands - Sunday 1st October - Carsington Water, Severn Trent Water, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1ST

Tough Sh!t South - Saturday 28th October - Pippingford Park, Nutley, East Sussex, TN22 3HW

How do I get to the venue?

Tough Sh!t Midlands

Carsington Water

Severn Trent Water




By car: Carsington Water is just off the B5035 Ashbourne - Cromford road. Turn off the road by the Knockerdown Inn, between the Hognaston and Brassington turns.

By bus: Buses run to the Carsington Water car park from Ashbourne, Wirksworth, Matlock and Chesterfield. The 411 service from Ashbourne to Matlock goes to Carsington Water. Coming from Derby, take the Trans-Peak bus to Cromford and there pick up the 411 bus.

By rail: The best station to use is Matlock Bath, about six miles from the venue as you can catch a bus from there to Carsington.


Tough Sh!t South

Pippingford Park


East Sussex

TN22 3HW

By car: Pippingford Park is just off the A22, approx. 1 mile North of Nutley, and 3 miles South of Forest Row. It is 35 miles south of central London and 25 miles north of Brighton.

By rail: The nearest train station is East Grinstead and from there it is a 15 minute journey by car or taxi. If booking a taxi, make sure to bring a change of clothes for after the race as taxi drivers require you to have clean clothes on before you jump into their cab (which is fair enough!). We’re planning on having some basic changing facilities available at the event village to help with this.

More details on getting to the venue will be sent to you via email and in your e-booklet.

How much is the entry fee?

The entry fee will increase the closer we get to the events.

  • Early bird entry - May - £40
  • Standard entry - June/July/August - £45
  • Last minute/on the day entry – September/October - £50

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes, you must be 18 or over to take part.

What's included in my entry fee?

Your entry fee purely covers the cost of you taking part in the event.

You will receive:

  • The chance to tackle our fully marshalled 10k-ish toilet-themed course complete with a variety of challenging obstacles
  • An exclusive Tough Sh!t technical t-shirt to wear during the event
  • A finisher's medal and a few finish line goodies
  • Water from stations around the course
  • Bag & valuables drop in the event village
  • Car parking (may require an additional fee – we’re working on it!)
  • On the day medical support (hopefully not required but there if you need it)
  • Event information, training plans and fundraising support from the Tough Sh!t team before and after the event.

We are also working on providing some basic changing facilities and recruiting some great catering options for you. We'll give you more details when we have them.

I can’t come! Is my entry fee refundable or can I defer to next year?

No, it’s a shame to hear you can’t make it but the entry fees for this event purely cover the cost of the event and as many of these costs are paid well before the event takes place, we cannot offer any refunds or deferments.

However, you can transfer your place to another person up until a week before your event.

I can’t come! Is my entry transferable?

Yes, you can transfer your place to another person up until a week before your event. That person could always pay you back personally, pay for your place in next year’s event (hint hint) or take you out for a meal to say thank you. Just a few ideas.

When will I receive my event pack?

We will send you an event day booklet by email in the weeks before the event. It will include everything you need to know about the event, like how to get there, where to park cars, what to do on the day, and details of the event facilities.

You can collect your race number, bag drop tags and Tough Sh!t branded technical t-shirt at the registration tent on the day.

We will also have some face paint and temporary tattoos available in the event village to really get you looking the part!

What time does the event start?

The first flush will set off at 10am, we will then release flushes every 30 minutes after. The first flushes to open are at 10.00am, 10.30am & 11.00am and we will open up more flushes depending on demand. Make sure you arrive an hour before your start time. This will give you time to pick up your race number, drop off your kit, and make any last minute preparations before you head to the start line.

Can I choose my own start time?

Yes. You do this when you register.

Can I sign up as part of a team?

Yes! Unlike going to the loo, the event is more fun with your mates alongside you. Just enter a team name when you register and invite people to sign up by sending them the link to the event along with your team name and password (if used). There is no restriction to the number of people in a team.

How many people will be taking part?

There will be a number of start flushes on the day with a maximum of 200 people per flush. This is designed to prevent blockages on the course. Dependent on demand and the amount of flushes opened, there will be a maximum of 1,400 challengers taking part across the day at each event.

Is there a bag/key drop facility?

A free bag drop facility will be provided for everyone taking part. This will be in the race village and will be fully supervised. Items are left at the owner's risk. You'll also be able to leave your car keys with us in an envelope we provide, meaning you can leave your change of clothing and valuables in your car if you prefer.

Will there be refreshments on site?

Yes. Water will be provided on the course and at the end. You'll be able to grab some food and drink in the event village after the race.

What medical facilities will there be on site?

There will be medics on the course in case of accidents and emergencies. There will also be medics and a treatment area in the start/finish.

Will there be photographers?

Yes, and guess what? They'll be FREE!. We know a lot of you love a photo and we've secured a great team from RandR photographers to take snaps of you on the day. They are really experienced and have been to loads of events before so you should get some top pics. All photos will be available soon after the event to download for free from their website here -

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, as long as they're kept on leads at all times we're happy for you to bring well-behaved dogs to the event with your friends and family looking after them while you take part in the event. We would ask that you try to keep them away from the busiest areas of the event such as registration and bag drop.

Can my friends and family come to watch?

Yes! What's the point of making a mess of yourself if your friends and family can't watch you do it? There will be viewing areas at the start/finish so they will get the chance to see you take on some of the obstacles.

Can my friends and family volunteer at the events?

Yes! Even better than coming to watch, your supporters could really get involved by volunteering at the event. This could be cheering people at the finish, helping them with their face paint and temporary tattoos or giving out t shirts at registration. If you or anyone you know is interested please just email us at toughsh! .

Will volunteers get free entry into this year’s or next year’s event?

Depending on capacity, we may also be able to offer volunteers a place in the final ‘flush’ of the day in return for their help on the day. This will be arranged closer to the event date and is not guaranteed at this stage.

What should I wear?

We suggest wearing close-fitting, sports clothing that won't snag on the obstacles or restrict your movement – no capes (although underpants on the outside are optional!). If you have them, sports gloves and technical clothing can protect your skin from scratches and wick away the inevitable sweat. A technical Tough Sh!t t shirt (provided as part of your entry) over a long-sleeve base layer combined with sports leggings would be ideal.

How fit do I need to be and what kind of obstacles will there be?

You should be reasonably fit as this isn't an event for a total beginner but we want it to be an enjoyable challenge for all participants. The course will be 10k-ish over a mix of terrain with a variety of obstacles in your way. Be ready for running, splashing, crawling and climbing. We aim to have achievable obstacles, sometimes with different versions for different ability levels and you are free to skip any obstacles you don’t wish to attempt – just let our marshals know.

Will there be any deep water or obstacles that require swimming?

No. We will have you getting muddy and wet taking on our obstacles and crossing a small stream or two but there will be no deep water involved and you definitely won't need to swim!

What if I don't want to tackle a particular obstacle?

No problem. Go around it. We won't make you do anything you don't want to. It is meant to be fun after all!

Can I walk rather than run?

Yes - you are absolutely free to walk. All we would ask with regards to walking is that you start nearer the back of your 'flush' to let runners go ahead and where possible are able to allow runners from later 'flushes' space to get past you whilst on the course. This will allow everyone involved to have the best and most fun experience possible.

Who is organising the events?

The Tough Sh!t events are setup & paid for by WaterAid. We have hired 8.2 Ltd, an experienced outdoor challenge events agency, to help us provide the best course & on the day experience possible.

Why create a toilet-themed obstacle course run and why call it ‘Tough Sh!t’?

We believe everyone, everywhere should have clean water, decent toilets and good sanitation. It’s just normal, right? However, 2.3 billion people – that’s 1 in 3– don’t have access to a decent toilet. This is why WaterAid is hosting Tough Sh!t to raise funds to bring toilets and clean water to everyone, everywhere.. A toilet is something everyone should have – at home, school, work and in public places. It is a basic human right that protects people from dangerous diseases and allows them more opportunities to live their lives. Find more information about the importance of toilets and the work WaterAid is doing on our website here.

We know the name is a bit risqué but we needed something that shows how seriously we take the toilet and sanitation crisis across the world. Toilets are serious business!

Do I have to raise money for WaterAid?

We'd love it if you did! Your entry fee only covers the cost of taking part in the event. Every penny you raise in sponsorship will help the world's poorest people get life-saving loos and clean water. You can set up your online fundraising pages using the links below.

Tough Sh!t does not have a set fundraising target - so it’s really up to you to choose the amount and type of fundraising you would like to do.

Your welcome email from us will include a link to a fundraising pack, which is full of ideas to get you started and the Tough Sh!t team at WaterAid are always happy to give advice and support. You can use the links below to setup a JustGiving fundraising page.

Set up your fundraising page - Tough Sh!t Midlands, Carsington Water, Derbyshire

Set up your fundraising page - Tough Sh!t South, Pippingford Park, East Sussex

Can I fundraise for other charities?

No. This event has been created to help raise funds for WaterAid and its vital work to help the world's poorest people get life-saving loos and clean water. The Tough Sh!t staff at WaterAid have been working for months to create the event and lots of other WaterAid staff be working at the events to help make them a success. WaterAid are also paying all the costs of the event. Therefore, WaterAid are the only charity that you can fundraise for at this event.

Why has the Tough Sh!t South location changed?

Although we really enjoyed the massive mud puddles and even the steep hills of the previous location near Camberley in Surrey, the hire costs were increased substantially making it unaffordable for this year. The venue also had limitations in terms of route and obstacle variety, car parking and access. We therefore started looking for other viable options and are really happy with the amazing new venue at Pippingford as it ticked so many boxes.

Why has the second Tough Sh!t event moved from the North to the Midlands?

The North event last year was the first time we had staged more than one Tough Sh!t event in the same year and although some things worked well, there were lots of improvements we wanted to make and we did not feel the event quite matched up to what we wanted it to be. As with the previous Tough Sh!t South location (which was also on military land), the hire cost for 2017 increased substantially making it too expensive for what it offered in terms of course and obstacle variety. Our feedback and research told us that the course needed to be more interesting, more challenging and located more centrally within the UK. Therefore, we started to look at other options and the answer was right in front of us in the form of Carsington Water, a fantastic reservoir and country park location owned and managed by our great water industry partner: Severn Trent Water.

Flush time information

Flush number Time
Flush 1 10.00am
Flush 2 10.30am
Flush 3 11.00am
Later flush times (11.30am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm & 13.00pm) will be added dependant on demand
Please note – Your entry fee only covers the cost of taking part in the event and we would strongly encourage you to consider fundraising. All money raised will go towards WaterAid’s mission to help provide taps and toilets to those most in need around the world.

Entry fees

Date Price
Early bird - May £40
Standard entry - June-August £45
Last minute - Sept-Oct £50

Venue information

Sunday 1st October 2017

Tough Sh!t Midlands

Carsington Water

Severn Trent Water





Saturday 28th October 2017

Tough Sh!t South

Pippingford Park


East Sussex

TN22 3HW

Registration numbers: England and Wales 288701, Scotland SC039479