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From city to summit and everywhere in between, Rat Race offers the largest selection of adventure challenges in Britain.

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This adventure run is like nothing you will have experienced. You will enter the Lake District by striking out with an audacious and surreal crossing of the quicksands of Morecambe Bay, before heading north through mountainous country on a rollercoaster running route that brings you to the foot of Englands most famous Lake. You then proceed higher into the hills and forests of the area and immerse yourself into the Lake itself, tackling short wades, swims,* slides, jumps and an amazingly bold floating assault course. A trademark Man Vs Vertical Kilometre will push those quads to breaking point and help to rack up a whopping 4200ft of ascent before you psych yourself up for a Swallows and Amazons rope swing suspended from a crane. A final push takes you further in to the heart of Lakeland for a serene kayak loop on Lake Coniston just before you finish.

This is a running event, not a swimming event. You will certainly get wet. When there is full immersion we will issue buoyancy aids and have water safety staff on standby. In order to complete the event fully, you must be able to swim. But all of the swim sections are short and can be bypassed if you wish.

Rat Race – Man Vs Lakes

Silverdale, Lancashire, GB
1 race
£140£170
Rat Race – Man Vs Lakes

This is City to Summit, an iconic journey between the historic heart of Scotlands capital city, Edinburgh, and the summit of Britains highest peak, Ben Nevis. The route is an absolute belter: Starting with a half marathon of road running from the centre of Auld Reekie and culminating in a crossing of the famous Forth (road!) Bridge to North Queensferry, it continues with a stunning 180km road bike leg snaking its way into the Highlands. Then, ditch the bike to transfer back to foot for the final marathon-distance off-road assault on The Ben.

With a finish line set in spectacular Fort William, you will have 20 hours to tame this Brute. It is no small undertaking and those who do reach the end will have achieved something truly remarkable, having traversed one of the most famous mountain landscapes on Earth. Brought to you by Rat Race, the UKs most progressive and inspiring adventure brand with a reputation for slick production, you can be assured that the quality of the event on offer will be first-class. There are only 500 places up for grabs.

Rat Race – City To Summit

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, GB
1 race
£245£325
Rat Race – City To Summit

Get ready to tackle 200 gnarly miles over 3 days as you take on the fully waymarked tracks that span through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. Sample some of the UKs finest mountain biking as you ride through jaw-dropping scenery.

Its a solid 3 days riding, thats for sure. But its do-able by a large cross-section of adventurers and we know that this event has a very high completion rate by those who have previously attempted it. We arent talking about seasoned pros either. Chances are, were talking about you! Rat Race designs its events to be achievable; not impossible. This one is inside you you just need to release your inner mountain biker! If in doubt, email us. We are always happy to advise on riding level and whether this is for you.

Rat Race – The Crossing

Whitehaven, Cumbria, GB
1 race
£350£400
Rat Race – The Crossing

Join us at glorious Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire on the 29th July for Barrel of Laps. Get your team together, grab your special event barrel (purchased with your entry) and run our fun-style 2 mile route together. Carry your barrel around 5 laps and take on our on-course challenges and the first round is on us. 13 laps earns a second drink and a Marathon Session medal.

Kick back at our ma-hoos-ive beer, cider and wine festival with 20 different ales, gallons of fizz, lashings of cider and wine tastings too. With on-site camping all weekend and a huge big top tent providing undercover space for the beer, plus our killer music programme, this is a classic weekend in the English countryside youre not going to want to miss.

Barrel of Laps

Stables Courtyard, Buckinghamshire, GB
1 race
£55£90
Barrel of Laps

This legendary mountain adventure race starts at sea level in the stunning Caernarfon Castle and weaves its way to the summit of Snowdon and down the other side into Dinorwic Quarry where weve thrown in an array of punishing obstacles, including the infamous Vertical Kilometre, for you to tackle before you can cross the finishline victorious.

Rat Race – Man vs Mountain

Caernarfon, Gwynedd, GB
1 race
£135£175
Rat Race – Man vs Mountain

The route of this two-day (or one-day Expert) challenge takes in some of the most mysterious and wild locations in Scotland. Run, ride and kayak* past Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Glen Nevis and Glen Coe, to name but a few stunning sights! The Highland terrain and weather breeds tough folk and if you take on this challenge then you will find out why. Take this epic journey on over two days as a Challenger or one day as an Expert.

Rat Race – Coast to Coast

Fort Augustus, GB
2 races
£190£310
Rat Race – Coast to Coast

Rat Race Survival of the Fittest is surging forward into its second decade, making it the longest-running 10km obstacle race anywhere. Our Nottingham event is taking place for its 11th year in which time we have taken Survival to over 250,000 racers around the UK and Australia. We are really excited to bring all of that experience to our new home at the National Water Sports Centre. As the undisputed Kings and Queens of adventure sports events, Rat Race will shift Survival up a notch for 2018, combining our extensive obstacle expertise with the wet and muddy terrain on offer at this awesome aquatic arena.
New for 2018 will be the upgrade option to Go Super and take on the second lap for those who want more: Thats a half-marathon serving of some serious mud, water and obstacles. Also returning is the kayak stage which became an instant favourite after its debut in 17. Once the race is behind you, make sure to grab a drink in our signature Survival beer tent and outdoor beer garden. Then enjoy the fantastic vibe in our event village, with food, music and live MCs.

Train hard. Front up. Become a Survivor.

Rat Race – Survival Of The Fittest

Nottingham, GB
1 race
£55£70
Rat Race – Survival Of The Fittest

Dawn breaks and in the crisp autumn air of Scotlands Capital a quite remarkable new event gets underway. Enveloped within the beating heart of this most famous of cities, the runners of the inaugural Ultra Tour of Edinburgh set off with a Braveheart charge down the most famous street in Scotland the Royal Mile. Their course then weaves 50km through streets, alleyways, onto hills, up crags, past monuments, museums, seats of Royalty, Government and up and down 3000 feet of ascent and descent.

The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh is unique. Many events claim to be. But this one is an Ultra Run in a city a city like no other. Rat Race is the UKs best known adventure sports outfit and our company was forged on the streets of Edinburgh in 2004 with the staging there of our first ever event. It is to our spiritual home that 13 years on, we bring a superlatively doable Ultra. 50km on foot is no mean feat but for all those out there who think they can go that extra mile, you can. And what better place to do so than somewhere so hauntingly beautiful, rugged, gnarled and famous in equal measure.

Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, GB
Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

Mongol 100 the most surreal, audacious and hauntingly beautiful adventure challenge known to Man. The objective is to traverse the entirety of the lake from north to south, by any means Foot, skate or bike. It is also the inaugural journey in the brand-new Rat Race Bucket List Series of global adventures.

This challenge is open to all comers. It is hard; make no mistake. Perhaps the hardest thing you will ever take on. Not just because of the physical challenge. It is cold. Very very cold. That cold will test everyone; whoever you are and however capable you are. But our mantra is for you to get to the start line and we will help you get to the end. And in so doing achieve something extraordinary.

Rat Race is the UKs largest and most respected adventure event operator. We have catered to over 1 000 000 customers in nearly 15 years of operation. The 100 will, of course, unfold with typical Rat Race flare, expert event management and unwavering commitment to safety throughout.

Rat Race – Mongol 100

Khövsgöl, MN
1 race
$500$2,000
Rat Race – Mongol 100
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This is probably the hardest off-road-Tweed-clad-pipe-lit-plus-four-and-headtorch-wearing run that exists. We send you across rivers, through forests and over a mountain or 2 in the pitch dark of a chilly March night. Choose to go Half Stalker or for those who have the true minerals, take on the Full Stalker. You can even start with the intention to go Full and bail out on to the Half if you crumble.

Once the race is over, its time for the infamous Mighty Beerstalker Party in our huge heated tent; with grub, Wainwright Golden Beer, bands and the trademark crowdsurfing til late into the night. Party access is included with every race entry and you can roll out of the bar straight into our amazing camp-site under the stars. Get a free pint and a bacon roll the morning after the night before when you buy a camping ticket.

Rat Race – The Mighty Deerstalker

Innerleithen, GB
2 races
£47.50£70
Rat Race – The Mighty Deerstalker

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