Get active with Vanguard

For one day only, Vanguard will be taking over the famous Tough Mudder 5km course, to bring you, your colleagues and your peers an active day out like no other. 

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What is The Vanguard Tough Mudder Takeover?

The Vanguard Tough Mudder Takeover is an exclusive event designed to challenge advisers from across the UK. Enter individually, or as a team to take on a five kilometre course, which features 13 teamwork-inspired muddy obstacles. Are you ready to get active with Vanguard?


Tough Mudder key details

Key details


Tough Mudder London South

Holmbush Estate, Crawley Road, Faygate, West Sussex, RH12 4SE

Date: Friday 22nd September 2023

Time: 11am-3pm

Team size: You can enter as an individual or with as many of your colleagues that are up for the challenge (until we hit capacity!).

IMPORTANT: Everyone joining us on the day, whether you're participating or spectating, will need to complete both step one and step two of the registration process.

Government ID will be required to gain access to the grounds on the day. Please ensure to bring this with you.

Please see below for a full list of FAQs.

Why take part? 

Whether you’re competing or completing, you’re the office apprentice or the office manager, you’re entering with your teammates or as an individual, there’s a place for you at The Vanguard Tough Mudder Takeover. 

Hear what our crew have to say

"Beating any clients that are younger than me' and "the bragging rights," to "taking on a challenge that combines both the mental and physical" or "it'll just be great fun", Vanguard crew talk through what made them sign up, and what they're most looking forward to.


This event is all about teamwork. You’ll need to work together to conquer the obstacles and provide encouragement when the going gets tough. The entire experience is designed for groups to take on the obstacles as a team, no matter the fitness ability. And don’t worry, there will be enough Vanguard crew to help make up your team. Everyone is welcome.

For those not able to participate, full cheer support is welcome and encouraged, and we will have spectator spots dotted around the course.

Look who's joining us


Citywire lay down the gauntlet...

Advisers get active in preparation for the big day

See how Brittanic Plance and Quilter Private Client Advisers are getting ready for the big day, what they’re looking forward to and what they’re not (hint: electricity).

“You can all have a laugh together, it’s fine…Everyone’s going to fall over!”

“Tough Mudder’s not just about strength, it’s about endurance and persistence. It’s about willing and pushing your partner and your team on…It’s all about having fun.”

Your Vanguard Tough Mudder Takeover Toolkit

Watch our team take on the obstacles, guided by some top training tips from obstacle trainer, Mark Logan.

Training guides

Make use of Tough Mudder’s top tips with 'Completer' and 'Competer' training guides. 

5-week wall charts

Download our 5-week training wall charts to see you through to the big day.

Fundraising starter kit

Here you’ll find some wording for your fundraising page along with some helpful assets to get you started.

Promotional assets

Share, challenge and persuade your colleagues and peers to join you on the big day. Download our social assets or get in touch to request your office promotional pack including posters, stickers and a little bit of merch (first come, first served).

Why your team should take part

With 80% of teams saying they take part to build team morale, find out why it makes sense for your team to join in. 

An email to your manager

Want your manger to say yes to a day out of the office? Download our ‘ready to send’ email. 

Vanguard Active 

It's our best kept secret. Active management has been at our core since we launched back in 1975, and today we stand as one of the world's largest buyers of active, with £1.2tn globally invested in active funds (as at 31st March 2023).

The Vanguard Tough Mudder Takeover FAQs

Find answers to all of the most commonly (and uncommonly) asked questions about The Vanguard Tough Mudder Takover here. We recommend that you look through the FAQs but if you need to know anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us


For one day only, Vanguard will be taking over Tough Mudder’s London South 5km course. Consisting of 13 muddy obstacles, you’ll need to work as a team to overcome them.  You can find out more by visiting the Tough Mudder website.

The course is 5km.

This event is for industry-professionals only, unfortunately this is not for end-clients. Please do feel free to invite your colleagues along though, the more the merrier!

This event is for industry-professionals only, unfortunately this is not for end-clients. Please do feel to invite your colleagues along though, the more the merrier!

Teams are not limited to a maximum capacity, so you’re welcome to join with as many colleagues as possible. And don’t worry, if you’re entering as an individual, there will be more than enough people to get you around, and make some friends as you do it! 

You will need to appoint a team captain, who then, when booking their spot via the Tough Mudder registration, will need to create a team. Then when other members of the team register themselves as individuals, they can then join the team by searching the team name when prompted. You can then join the team. You can join a team at any time. All members of your team will then run together.

Yes! All participants will need to register as an individual and can join a team from there. Vanguard crew will be on hand for anyone looking to enter, completing the course alongside you.

We have some top training tips on the website, including 5-week training plans pitched at 'Completer' and 'Competer' level, produced by Tough Mudder’s trainers. We will also be sharing obstacle-specific exercises as we build up to the event. And if you really want to take it one step further, you can sign up for Tough Mudder’s training courses here. 

The Vanguard Tough Mudder Takeover is not a race. The event is a personal challenge with the goal of overcoming obstacles and completing the course, with a team. We will however, of course, have some unique prizes up for grabs on the day.

Whilst all obstacles are designed for you to succeed with a little help from your teammates, you do not have to complete every obstacle and it will be easy to navigate around them!

1. A good pair of running shoes (that you’re not too attached to) with good cushioning, traction, and drainage.

2. Form-fitting, light weight, breathable gear (always check the weather and adjust accordingly).

And if you want your peers to know who you are, wear your company colours loud and proud. 

Yes, you can wear contact lenses whilst on the course. 

Join us any time from 10am, but please arrive for an 11am start with the first wave of runners setting off shortly after, once you cross the finish line, grab a drink and lunch on us. All participants will be expected to leave the grounds by 3:30pm. 

There are designated male and female changing and hose down facilities available on site. 

Travel time from London: 75 mins
Travel time from Southampton: 90 mins
Travel time from Bristol: 195 mins

There will be shuttle buses running to and from Crawley train station (8 min drive) before and after the event.

Yes. There will be more than enough space to park if you’d prefer to drive on the day. Parking will be free of charge.

Please find a list below of some of the hotels nearby. The prices quoted are average price of a room, prices may vary when booking. Vanguard does not have any discounted rates at the hotels.

Hotel Address: Distance from hotel to Holmbush Farm Estate Distance to Crawley train station Prices (booking directly with hotel)
Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club
Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, Crawley,
RH11 9AT
01293 528256
3 miles
(6 min drive) 
3 miles
(11 min drive)
Double room starts from:
£151.05 per night (without breakfast)
Premier Inn Gatwick Crawley Town (Goff's Park) hotel 45 Goffs Park Rd, Crawley,
RH11 8AX
0333 777 7279
2.9 miles
(10 min drive)
0.8 miles
(3 min drive)
Standard room starts from:
£82.00 per night
Premier Inn Gatwick Crawley Town West hotel
Crawley Avenue, Gossops Green, Crawley,
RH10 8BA
0333 777 7276
3.6 miles
(11 min drive)
2.2 miles
(7 min drive)
Standard room starts from:
£85.50 per night
Barrington Lodge
9 Hunter Rd,
RH10 6SY
01293 523912
5.1 miles
(12 min drive)
1 mile
(4 min drive)
Double room starts from: £80.00 per night
Crowne Plaza Crawley Langley Dr,
RH11 7SX
01293 608608
5.7 miles
(12 min drive)
1.3 miles
(6 mins drive)
Double room starts from: 118 per night

The average finish time for the 5km route is 1-2 hours. 

The route itself is 5km but any all-out sprinting (or jogging…or walking…these events aren’t timed, you can go at your own pace) will be broken up by 13 obstacles. But want to raise your running game? Be our guest. 

Yes, there will be a minimum of one drinks station whilst out on the course. 

Yes, there will be a secure area for you to store bags on the day. When you access the arena on the day, you will be issued with your wristband and bagdrop band, this will be unique to you and can be used to drop off and collect any belongings. 

Vanguard will be covering participation cost of the event. Should you need to declare this, the cost per head to enter a Tough Mudder in 2023 is c. £100.  

Vanguard is unable to support individual or team donations. We welcome firms using the event to raise awareness and funds for a charity of their choice, if they wish to do so, but it is at the discretion of each team entering. 

Note that it is not mandatory to fundraise to take part.

Investment risk information

The value of investments, and the income from them, may fall or rise and investors may get back less than they invested.

Important information

This document is directed at professional investors and should not be distributed to, or relied upon by retail investors.

This document is designed for use by, and is directed only at persons resident in the UK.

The information contained in this document is not to be regarded as an offer to buy or sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy or sell securities in any jurisdiction where such an offer or solicitation is against the law, or to anyone to whom it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation, or if the person making the offer or solicitation is not qualified to do so. The information in this document does not constitute legal, tax, or investment advice. You must not, therefore, rely on the content of this document when making any investment decisions.

The information contained in this document is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation or solicitation to buy or sell investments.

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