This year’s Yorkshire Warrior in pictures

A troop of brave warriors descended on Harrogate on Saturday to test themselves against the toughest obstacles in the county as the Yorkshire Warrior returned.

Thousands of competitors, taking part in teams and in fancy dress, gathered at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Saturday, April 18 in a bid to tackle the 10 mile obstacle race.

The warriors were forced to run, climb and crawl through an 800m underground tunnel to reach the finishing line, battling through the mud to do so.

It’s the third time that the Yorkshire Warrior has returned to Harrogate after being launched by husband and wife team Ian Bush and Danielle Brown in 2013.

The event has grown year on year, not only in the number of participants but also in the number of obstacles the warriors are forced to overcome in their battle.

Ice baths, electric shock therapy and a 400m timed hill sprint all lay in store for the competitors but that didn’t stop more than 3,000 signing up for the event.

Yorkshire Warrior - Image supplied by My Bib Number Ltd

Yorkshire Warrior - Image supplied by My Bib Number Ltd

Danielle said that the event went better than she could have hoped and revelled seeing families, spectators and competitors enjoying their day out.

She said: “It went really well, it was a fantastic turn out and there were also thousands of spectators who came out for the day to support the warriors and enjoy the day.

“It was such a family day out and we were really lucky with the weather, but there was such a nice atmosphere on the day that it made for an amazing experience.

“I was so impressed with how well the teams did to get there and raising money for their own charities.

“They all showed such camaraderie to overcome all the obstacles and that was great to see but just families enjoying their day out.

“They all seemed to love the new obstacles and they really enjoyed the second to last obstacle which was the 400m timed hill sprint which was right at the end of the course.

“All the competitors seemed to really enjoy that, as well as the massive water slide, it was an amazing event.

“The event is never about stand out performers and it’s not really a race at all and it’s much more of a challenge than a race.”

This year’s Yorkshire Warrior raised money for Harrogate based charity Thea’s Trust with volunteers collecting money for the charity on the day.

Despite spending the day battling the elements and the obstacles, the reaction from competitors on Twitter was also upbeat after the event.

Diane Champan tweeted: “Great muddy adventure completed #yorkshirewarrior for @CandlelightersT , tough obstacles but everyone enjoyed it.”

Paddy Williams tweeted: “Smashed #YorkshireWarrior can’t wait till next year to do it again!!”

Watch the slideshow to see some of the best pictures.