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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Last Chance to Sign Up for Rat Race

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Last year over 1,100 brave contestants took part in Stockton’s ‘Rat Race’ 10k adventure course – making it Stockton’s biggest ever rat race!

Organisers are hoping to see even more of you take on the challenge this year on Sunday 25th August – with even more promised thrills and spills!

The 10k adventure route is along both banks of the river, and at times in it or across it. The event is clearly signed and marshalled, and every participant has a timer, so you’re only competing against yourself. However, its no stroll in the park, as the course includes a range of obstacles and challenges.

The activities range from walking the plank into the river at Captain Cook’s replica ship; HM Bark Endeavour (and jumping off into the river!), short episodes of kayaking and wet dunkings, to scaling the mighty Newport Bridge via an exciting ladder climb. None of these activities require special skill, but all of them are pretty exciting!

Cllr Kenneth Dixon, Cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Stockton Borough Council, said: “If you are looking for an adventurous challenge, the Stockton Rat Race has it all – you still have time to enter or you can enter on the day.

“We hope you’ll come and see what’s on offer at Stockton riverside and join in the fun.”

For information on how to enter, events details and advice and an overview of the 2013 route, please visit

You can enter as an individual, a team of 5, or a team of 10; you can run for charity or just for fun!

You will need to be aged over 16 years old on the day, and if 16-17 years old, you will need parental or guardian consent signed on the day.

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