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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Zip down to Stockton's River Rat Race

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More than 100 lucky visitors to Stockton’s River Rat Race this Sunday (August 25) will have a free opportunity to zoom down a zip wire over the River Tees.

Spectators, friends and family of this year’s Rat Race participants are invited to show their support and join in the fun themselves by having a go on the zip wire, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the day.

Zip riders will launch off the south bank of the Tees Barrage and slide down to a landing area on the North Shore by the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, where spectators can watch the action.

The activity is free and participants do not need to enter the River Rat Race to take part. Weight restrictions apply - zip wire riders must weigh a minimum of six stone (38Kg) and weigh no more than 17.5 stone (111Kg).

Those wishing to take part should register at the White Water Centre at the Tees Barrage from 9.30am on the day.

The zip wire is just one part of an adventurous, fun-packed day and anyone who wants to enter the River Rat Race still has time to sign up.

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

The race, which has already attracted over 1000 competitors, is open to anyone looking for a challenge. Contenders must be aged 16 or over to enter but no other limits apply; entrants just need enough fitness and a sense of adventure to join the action.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "The Rat Race is a terrific event taking place in Stockton at the weekend so why not come down to support the competitors and have a bit of fun on the zip wire?”

Entries close tomorrow, Wednesday 21 August. You can enter individually, or in teams of five or 10.

For more information and to enter online, visit or


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