Who Are We?

The 'Goppin' Challenge is an obstacle course event designed and run by a team of former & current Royal Marines. Do you have what it takes to take on the elite?

What is the 'Goppin' Challenge?

The 'Goppin' Challenge, where possible, aims to use as much of mother nature herself! Our courses include lakes, bogs, streams, tunnels, mud, clay & man-made obstacles. We operate in any climate, no matter what!

Why do it?

Our aims are simple, to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity and to provide tough...but fun obstacle courses for our competitors.

When will it be?

Our events will take place at different stages throughout the year, keep an eye on our website and social media channels for our most recent, up to date news!

Royal Marines Association

Our chosen charity

'We provide a constant thread of practical help, stability and a fantastic social life at all stages in a member’s life, and it is our aim to be the instinctive place to which they, and their family, turn for camaraderie and support – wherever in the world they may be.'

We actively encourage all competitors (or spectators!) to help raise much needed funds for the Royal Marines Association. This can all be done via www.justgiving.com or by using our sponsorship forms further down the page!
Please bring print out of sponsorship raised or cash on the day to help us confirm total amount raised!

. @tauntonrunning, looking for volunteers on the 6th May, any kind souls willing to lend a hand? Food and drinks provided! #goppinchallenge

Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

. Hi @SASPsomerset - We are looking for around 15-20 volunteers to help us out on the 6th May to man some obstacles! Poss to share? #help

Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

Member of a club? We are looking for a further 20 ppl to help man obstacles on the day! In return, we will make a decent ££ to your club!

Posted 1 week, 5 days ago

RT @Team Fortitude: Thank you for the follow @GoppinChallenge We are raising funds for @Rock2Recovery and have some team mates heading your way this year!!!

Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Register for an event

Entry fee includes the following:

'Goppin' Challenge Bespoke Medal

Drinking water en-route

Refreshing Beer or Tea/Coffee


6th May 2017 - Appx 10km

Combe Sydenham Country Park

Monksilver, Somerset, TA4 4JG

Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to purchased wave time.

By registering you agree to the waiver and rules of the event, which you can download below. Please bring your Race Confirmation, a signed Waiver for each person and photo ID on the day.


Frequently Asked Questions

"What should I bring to the 'Goppin' Challenge?"

  • Shoes - Normal running shoes
  • Clothes - Lightweight clothing that dries quickly! Also, a spare change of clothes for after the event!
  • Please bring your Race Confirmation, a signed Waiver for each person and photo ID on the day.

"Do I need to be fit to complete a 'Goppin' Challenge?"

The 'Goppin' Challenge™ is designed to test both physical and mental toughness, working individually or part of a team to complete our courses will take both! Team-work is a must throughout many of our obstacles, so the bigger your team, the easier it may be! You will need to be of an average fitness to take part - however, do not be put off as you will be helped through by other competitors!

"Is there an age limit?"

We have a minimum age limit of 16 years old, no maximum age limit whatsoever!

"Can I get a refund?"

Sorry, as per company policy, we do not offer refunds, nor partial refunds in any circumstances

"Is it free entry for spectators?"

Yes! All spectators can watch our events for free!

"What is the 'Goppin' Challenge refund policy?"

Our policy is communicated within our website and agreed to when purchasing event tickets. We cannot make any exceptions to this policy.

"Entry fee details?"

Entry fee is per individual, no matter if running solo or as part of a large team.

"Can I skip obstacles?"

Yes, no problem! Skip any obstacles that you do not want to complete!

"Raising money for charity?"

If you would like to use this event as a charity fundraiser, then this can all be done via www.justgiving.com & linking to our chosen charity or alternatively by using the sponsor form found on this sitePlease bring a print out of monies raised on the day

"Do you have trained medical staff?"

Yes, we use trained medical staff to cover for any emergencies at all of our events. You're in safe hands!


"Brilliant day! Turbo goppin' but great fun. Lots of lovely people helping around the course too! Defo signing up for next years bring it on....!"

Tanya - Participant

"Hard work!!!....great place and course, well done all that organised it. I hate hill's now...!"

Alison - Participant

"A must' event for your calendar if you like mud, water and tough running..."

Joe - Participant

"It was hard graft but amazing scenery and a well thought out course! Really well organised!..."

Emma - Participant

"Stunning race venue, incredible terrain and a wicked fun race..."

Andrew - Participant

"Absolutely loved Goppin! Lots of mud & water! I was completely shattered at the end but such a fun day & amazing venue with lots of natural obstacles"

Melanie - Participant




Please print & use this form should you wish to help out this fantastic charity! Our aim is to raise at least £10 per competitor...please help us achieve that!

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Our Sponsors

Atkins & Co

Royal Marines

One Hand Lift

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Signs Express

Cotleigh Brewery

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