I've done it a couple of times. First year was really cold and the front guys had to break the ice on the water.
I wore 3/4 leggings with old Ron Hills over, a thermal Helly Hanson and another wicking t.shirt on top (Thankfully no fashion police around!). I also had an old hat that I didn't mind losing on the way around. I had off road trainers but not the ones with plastic lugs (too slippery on wood). Expect to get muddy and smelly so wear old kit that you really don't mind getting ripped and smelly.
At the beginning you get quite hot as it's a cross country run, then you hit the obstacles with long queues and get cold. At times you find yourself held up on the top of the obstacle and with the wind chill and being wet anyway it's incredibly cold.
It's a brilliant race and the support and help from other competitors is great. I've also done Hellrunner, Grim and Turbo x races but nothing is a good as the Tough Guy.
Good luck and have fun.
I think towards the back they skip obstacles as you can watch them after you get changed - but to be honest they've already been out there for a couple of hours and it's between them and their own self esteem.
It's certainly not easy but it's so much fun and you laugh so much with the guys around you that it doesn't seem that bad at the time - it's afterwards when you sit down and think about it that you realise how awsome it was.
I remember doing it the first time and coming off the big frame into the electric wires that they weren't switched on as I didn't get a shock, then the next year I had a massive shock in the back from one and couldn't believe that they actually were electricuting people!
No time for knitting or reading as you'll be too busy laughing and joking around with your fellow competitors. There's a sense of madness amongst you all which makes for a great atmosphere and bonding.
Besides you'll be shivering too hard to hold a book or knitting needles.
Aim to come in the top 30 (there are people over 40 in this category) and avoid the queues!
A great event. I hope that C@@@ who decided to sue them for getting cold or something has died with all his issue.
Do the rope across the lake. Most pussies just jump in the lake and wade across, get up the frame and shimmie along the rope, you'll get all the spectators encouraging you on. Attempt every obstacle for the max, don't bypass anything otherwise you're just wasting your inflated entry fee.
Make sure your shoes are on tightly, there's a 100m+ slog through the thickest mud you've ever seen and it eats shoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Enjoy it! I took my time to enjoy the moment and loved every minute. Also for an extra bonus, buy one of those disposal one-time waterproof cameras from Boots, Tesco's etc. for about a fiver and snap piccies as you go around, it'll help you remember the course after the exhaustion has subsided.
Some piccies of me going around. (Note: liberal use of Black tape. No I'm not on of 'Them'. The girth is a good pointer to that.)