You have 10 hours to ‘bag’ as many loops as possible. We have laid out 3 different run loops, 3 bike loops and 1 kayak loop (well, the kayak is more like an ‘out and back up and down the river!). You choose which loops you do and in which order. Each loop you do earns you a specially coloured band. If you do one of each discipline – a run, bike and kayak loop – you get a medal! And for those superheroes out there who do the lot – that’s 100km of distance covered – well, you get the hard earned 100K wristband. We salute you indeed! For those that opt into our 100K Challenge upgrade there is a golden medal and special tech vest plus access to a dedicated transition area and a satellite tracker so we can monitor your progress. Click here to read all about the format and the different distances and colour-coded difficulty of the loops.
10 hours. Do as much or as little as you wish in this time.
We have offered pair and team entries with discounted entry fees to encourage folk to participate in the event together. It is not a relay though – all team members can do as much or as little as they wish. And you can all ride/run together, or mix it up. Your call.
Well, it’s as hard as you want it to be. To bust a gut and try to bag all 100km in the 10 hours will be a real test, make no bones. But we have laid out the ‘standard’ challenge of getting around a run loop, a bike loop and a kayak loop as a very achievable objective for most folks. The beauty of the format is that you can literally do as much or as little as you want in the 10 hours. Go at your own pace, have rests, look around the gorgeous Black Mountains and Glanusk Valley and just enjoy the weekend! Or go hard, hard, hard. Whatever you decide, do have a beer with us afterwards. It’s that kind of event too!
Yep no problem there. You have 10 hours to do whatever combination you wish on the course! Once the 10 hours is up though, we’ll call time on the course.
Various lengths but will add up to 100km. Part of the format here is to offer 3 runs and 3 rides of varying distance and difficulty. Each with its own colour code according to difficulty. Precise distances will be confirmed once the Glanusk Estate assess the ground conditions and their estate works after Winter. Check out the full info on the loops here.
This is simply the challenge of attempting to do ALL loops, which add up to 100km of distance. Those signing up in advance to attempt the challenge will receive a special 100km challenge t-shirt upon registration and (if they are successful) an extra 100km medal.
You get the standard medal. And the 100km medal too, if you are successful and if you have signed up in advance for this. You get another extra) T-shirt too! Check out the 100km attempt info here.
You will receive your race pack at Registration. We do not send race packs pre-event through the post. You will receive your T-shirt at Registration too.
We will operate a free valuables drop for precious items that fit inside an A4 envelope. We will also operate an unmanned and uncovered bag drop in the Event Village where you may wish to leave some warm clothing in a waterproof bag. You can also leave items in a tent, car or with a spectator. We will make some recommendations on the type of kit you should have on your person whilst on the run and bike loops, and of course you will need to take food and water with you. The likelihood is therefore you will be running with a small backpack and/or riding with one.
Registration will open on the Friday evening at 5pm. It will close at 10am on event day.
No. This is a challenge and not a race. Laps will not be timed, though 100K Challengers will be issued with a satellite tracker to monitor progress. No race-type behaviour should we entered into where bridleways and highways are part of the course.
Solo entries are not transferable – you can’t give or sell your entry to anyone else. If you no longer wish to take part you can obtain an event credit to the value of your entry fee paid (terms and a fee apply) which you or another person can use towards next year’s event (or any other Rat Race event). If you have purchased a team of 5 or more runners, you can add or change team members up to 10 days before the event.
Minimum age of 14 to take part.
No. Dogs will not be allowed to accompany runners or riders. While many of us love dogs some runners or cyclists and crew do not, and they complicate the event management. This event is not suitable for dogs for several reasons and would complicate the event support processes including medical rescue, our sweeper logistics, our pledges to farmers with livestock, hygiene where we are serving food and areas that are busy with traffic.
No. We do not offer refunds but we do offer event transfer vouchers, so you can put your credit to another event. We need 10 calendar days’ notice prior to the event to make these changes plus you will need to pay a £15 or 15% (whichever is greater) cancellation fee. Our pricing structure rewards those that commit furthest in advance and we recommend customers hold the appropriate insurance to cover non-attendance for issues such as illness or travel problems. You can view our transfer policy here. Transfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.
No. It is over rough terrain. It is not therefore easily accessible by wheelchairs.
There are no prizes at this event. We reward everyone who completes the challenge in the same way – with the same goodies, medals and wristbands for laps completed.
Camping, Entertainment and Facilities
All camping is in the same large designated camping area. This will include showers and toilets. We will have ‘tent only’ pitches for those who wish to use the main car park and carry their gear to the campsite. Alternatively we have our Park and Pitch service, allowing you to camp right next to your vehicle in a generous 6x9m reserved pitch area.
All campers can use the showers. All this shower infrastructure and water needs to be brought in and out of the venue just for the event and is a real investment in customer comfort. The showers are there to allow folk to have a quick wash and freshen up so please don’t plan on a long soak post run. Please keep usage down to 5 minutes. We recommend you consider the best time to wash as there will be busy times when everyone has finished running.
Weekend parking will cost £10 per vehicle if you sign up in advance. We will then post you out a car park pass, which also has discount vouchers to spend in the Rat Race Store on site. If you pay for parking on the day, it will cost £15 per vehicle. Parking tickets are not needed if you purchase a Park And Pitch or Campsite Vehicle Pass.
Yes, you can. We are offering a Park and Pitch option for our early bird price of £25, which allows you a generous 6x9m pitch area in which to park your car and pitch your tent right next to it. This covers the vehicle and the pitch and not the campers inside. If hiring a pre-pitched tent then you can add parking next to your tent. For more info on camping rates, click HERE.
The campsite will be laid out so you have plenty of space and cars will be marshalled into position so as to minimise risk to tents and people. However once parked up, we ask that you consider not moving your vehicle until the event is over. If you do think you will need to move your car at any point over the weekend, you may do so. However in order that we keep the risk from vehicle movements to a minimum, once your vehicle leaves the Park and Pitch area, it may not return and should be deposited for the remainder of the weekend in the main car park. If you think we will be coming and going a fair bit, it is better to use our day car park, which is a little bit further away from the action, but which is accessible to the outside world at all times.
Yes but please note the following: The camping tickets can only be collected by the person that purchased them. All pitches are allocated on a first-come first-served basis so best you arrive together. Please consider others when setting up your tent and ensure it is not in the firebreaks or we will need to remove it.
Yes, we welcome either. You should purchase a Park And Pitch space that is 9m x 6m.
No, however electric sockets are available with our pre-pitched tents which you can hire here.
If you pre-purchase parking or camper van/caravan tickets, we will send these items through the post. You can pay for parking on the day too, although it will cost you more.
The camp site is near to the car park and camping registration will take place there. Park up as directed, go get your camping tickets, then access the camp site. Those with Park And Pitch or Campsite Vehicle Passes will be directed to their pitch. Individual camping passes can then be collected from the Camping Office so that the vehicle passengers can re-enter the camping area once they leave it. Please note tickets can only be picked up by the bill payer.
Yes, no problem. If you are supporting friends or family who are running but you want to enjoy the weekend vibe and party, that’s fine. You will need to pay for camping (if camping). Check out the ticketshop here.
Please follow event signs to the event entrance. There will be a one way system in place. Parking is £10 per vehicle when purchased in advance (or £15 on the day) and this will cover Friday through to Sunday. You can re-enter the site with the ticket if you need to leave.
Yes we have baby change facilities within the portable loos on site in the campsite and in the Event Village.
Yes you can. Camping is free for kids under 10 years of age but they will need to be issued with a wristband at the Camping Office onto which the parent/guardian should write their contact details. Rat Race are very child-friendly, however you should bear in mind that this event is in the Great Outdoors and whilst we have good on-site facilities, the nature of the bike and run loops is that they take place on much rough terrain. The site will be safe, secure and welcoming. But it will also be noisy, particularly at night and of course, there will be fair amount of booze flowing. It’s up to you to consider your kids however we’d advise against being in the main tent after 9pm with youngsters.
Your kids are your responsibility of course. The site is well managed and we do have security on site. If they are older, then it does provide a safe, secure environment for them to enjoy the weekend. For younger ones, we would advise for them to be within your sight and care at all times, or that of a friend or relative. It is also notable that Challenge 25 will be in force at all bars; all under 18s will be issued with a special wristband and service at bars and ID checking will be rigorously enforced across the site.
We will have a small outdoor area for the kids, including bouncy castle, ball pool and soft play for the very wee ones.