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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Final chance to join over 1000 River Rat Racers in Stockton

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Next week is the last chance for contestants to enter this year’s Stockton River Rat Race.

For the fourth year running, the exhilarating 10k adventure course returns to Stockton’s riverside on Sunday 25 August.

Brave participants will be challenged to walk the plank into the river at Captain Cook’s replica ship, scale the mighty Newport Bridge via an exciting ladder climb and tackle the rough rapids at the Tees Barrage International White Water Course.

The course starts and ends at the Riverside Road car park. The route connects Stockton Town Centre, the Tees Barrage and downstream to Newport Bridge.

Outside of the water, competitors can choose their own pace to walk or jog the course, which can take between 50 to 150 minutes to complete.

Records for completing the course currently stand at 45 minutes 40 seconds for men and 52 minutes 54 seconds for women, although there are no set time restrictions.

The race is open to anyone looking for a challenge – contenders must be aged 16 or over to enter but there are no other limits; entrants just need enough fitness and a sense of adventure to join the action.

This year’s oldest competitor so far is 68-year-old Bob Bicheno from Stokesley, with the furthest travelling all the way from Essex to join in the action!

Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “I’m delighted the River Rat Race is returning for a fourth year. It’s an ideal opportunity for anyone looking for a challenge and finding out what Stockton’s riverside has to offer.

“There’s still time for people to enter - make the most of this last chance to sign up and join in the fun.”

The urban adventure event is something people of all abilities should be able to complete safely. None of the activities require a special skill and racers will be supported by course marshals along the way.

Entries close on 21 August. You can enter as an individual, a team of five or a team of 10; you can enter for charity or just for fun!

For more information and to enter online, visit or

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