World's Most Tortuous Race Ever

Blood, sweat, tears, and a mankini ... a competitor runs through a field during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England. Check out the huge list of shocking images during this Tough Guy Competition by scrolling down ...

The semi-annual endurance race puts competitors through an extreem obstacle course including fire and water after a cross country run, as hundreds of competitors struggle during the challenge.

The phenomena has now evolved into cult status to a world wide audience, organisors say.

Shocked and surprised ... a competitor surfaces in a water obstacle.

Thousands run the biannual assault course and are challenged by 21 different obstacles including, fire, tunnels and swamps.

Ouch! ... a man grimaces as he makes his way through a fiery obstacle .

Mud mask ... a competitor reacts to being bathed in mud.

Slippery landing ... an exhausted "tough guy" falls in the mud .

Quick step ... running through a burning field has to hurt .

Hide and seek ... smoke billows through the air, masking a competitor in a green mankini.

Slow motion ... the look of pain on this man's face is clear .

Coming to get you ... the infamous green mankini man makes it through the burning field.

Hat attack ... a competitor surfaces in a water obstacle to find his hat torn.

Laying low ... a "tough guy" crawls underneath barbed wire .

Yet another obstacle ... crawling across ropes is enough to test any man's arm strength .

Save me ... a woman helps a challenger from a pit of murky water .

Now that's a mud bath ... people pull competitors from a muddy pond .

Water water everywhere ... a man emerges from the murky water.

Helping hand ... a bathing cap won't do much good keeping this man mud-free ..

Climbing high ... competitors take to the ropes ..

Turning up the heat ... a man takes on a fiery field ..

Now that's tough ... running through fire is easy for this guy .

Here I come ... out of the water and headed for the finish line .

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