It is with a heavy heart that we are having to close The Suffering Race Series.
After many difficult conversations over the last few days, the outcome has sadly lead us to the same end. Simply put, we are unable to fund the standard of race, in terms of quality and safety, both you and we expect from The Suffering Team.
This does mean that both the race on the 23rd September 2017 at Rockingham Motor Speedway and the 23/24 June 2018 race at Rockingham Castle can not take place.
We have had to bring in a liquidation firm to deal with the closure, a process new to us and challenging in itself. As you can imagine this is not an easy time for us, however we know that many of you will want to know what course of action you can take, which, of course, we fully understand.
The Next Steps
UPDATED 13/09/2017 AT 13.39
THIS SUPERSEDES THE PREVIOUS REFUND OPTIONS
The deadline for filling in the form is 23rd September 2017 at Midnight
We have been working hard over the past week to get you the best possible deal. We have various options for you to choose from.
Our main aim over the past 4 years has been to help you get fitter. Because of this we have spoken to Mini Military Mud Run & Spartan Race who have worked with us to support you and us in this situation.
These options are available to anyone signed up to our September 23rd 2018 & June 23-24th 2018 races.
All options are FREE, you can choose from any ONE of the following:
FREE - On September 23rd in Rugby you can run an 11km OCR with Mini Military Mud Run, they are adding adult sections, this will not be easy, they will test you.
FREE - On September 30th - 1st October in Windsor you can race with Spartan (5km+) in either a Sprint on Sunday or Beast (20km+) on Saturday
FREE - You can complete our Virtual Race challenge and receive Suffering swag
You can receive a partial refund once the liquation has gone through.
You can opt for no refund
Spartan Race have supported us hugely through this difficult time and their offer really is amazing. To run the Spartan Sprint in Windsor now would cost £82, and the Spartan Beast would cost £110.
Mini Military Mud Run has offered any runner signed up with us to run at their event in Rugby - CV23 8AJ. It will be an 11k course with plenty of mud, water and obstacles and will not be easy. All you need to do is turn up with your order email from active, your booking number and some ID.
The waves you can enter are:
09.15 Saturday & Sunday
09.30 Saturday & Sunday
09.45 Saturday & Sunday
09.55 Saturday & Sunday
An administrator has been appointed and we will give out the details once all the paperwork has been signed.
We are going to work with them as best we can to see if there is anyway to find some funds for some element of refund, however we have already been told it is unlikely. Each time you contact the liquidation company they will charge us a fee, which increases this likelihood. We appreciate this is frustrating but we will keep you informed of all matters.
Our Closing Thoughts
This was not an easy decision, in fact it is one of the hardest we have ever made. The Suffering has always been a labour of love for us and we were always inspired by the camaraderie and spirit of the OCR community. We have worked every spare hour of the day over the past 4 years and built a brand into hopefully a well-loved / hated race.
The hours put in by our friends and families have astounded us. Our crew have worked their socks off in the most gruelling of conditions to get the races ready. Everyone involved in our races and our brand have been incredible and there is no way we can thank them enough for the journey we have been on.
It pains us that the reason to close such an epic event is money. We have been personally funding any shortfall of the races for the past 4 years. We did it because we believed in the brand, we believed in OCR and we believed in The Suffering Race Series. In the end, the deficit was too much, to take on anymore would risk losing homes, etc. If the market was stronger, we would have taken the risk but numbers are down across the board on all races and with an increasing number of start-up races in the country there aren't enough runners to go around.
Rightly or wrongly, we held true to the principles that started the company. We wanted to put on a safe, tough, epic event with great swag and the best merch quality available. We wanted to create something to be proud of; something that you could be proud of in taking them on. We could have reduced quality in all areas to save money but we didn't think it was the right thing to do.
We have made some amazing friends over the years of building The Suffering so, when we get asked was it all worth it, would we do it again? The answer will always be "damn right we would". It's very rare in life you get the opportunity to build something special and make long lasting friends along the way. The joy, pain and accomplishment we saw in people’s eyes as they cross the finish line will never leave us. For us it was worth it because of you.
Just to reiterate, please know that our number one priority during this difficult time, is to see if we can find any funds to help towards your loss. However we can't promise anything at all at this stage.
To all of you, whether we've met or not. Thank you, it's been a blast!