THE director of a Cumbrian obstacle course is promising the “biggest and best” in the area - as the date of next year’s event is confirmed.

Born Survivor will return to the idyllic Lowther Castle on September 19. It will be the second time the event has been collated by the organisers of Hero Assault Course in Preston, which took over the Born Survivor brand just in time for last year’s event.

“We want to make the biggest and best obstacle we possibly can,” said Rob Partington.

“We want to serve the people. We have a lot of people coming from Scotland, the north east, Cumbria. Last year we had a great turnout, but this year there will be more obstacles, more mud and a bigger event.

“We hope to go from strength-to-strength.”

There are plans for new obstacles and improvements to last year’s course.

“We will have a new obstacle zone called ‘Hit the Wall’, which will include a series of five foot, six foot and seven foot walls - which will work the upper body.

“The course and the location is amazing, it’s very undulating and hilly, which can really test the lower body.

“But we want to test the upper body more by incorporating more upper body obstacles.”

The 2019 event came under criticism by many who took part, with claims the slide was overcrowded.

A problem with the course’s second slide meant that only one was running.

“The slide is going to be bigger, better and there will be more of them,” Rob continued. “Last year we had the one, this time we will have three.

“We didn’t have any reports back about injuries, other than a bruise or the odd cut.

“The slide last time wasn’t big enough to take the capacity.

“Obstacle courses need to be able to do that, we know that, which is why there will be slides everywhere.

“It is going to be ‘slide fest’.

“It will not happen again, not on my watch.”

Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased at

Those taking part for charity will have their entry refunded, if they meet the specified target for their charity.

It is hoped the number of participants will double in this year’s event, up from 1,500 last year to 3,000 in September.