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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Head to Stockton Riverside for exhilarating Rat Race

Monday, August 14, 2017


THRILLS and spills around a unique wet and wild running course will be the star attraction this weekend as the Stockton River Rat Race is back in town.

On Saturday (19 August), more than 1,000 participants will swim, wade, crawl, climb, jump, splash and run around an urban obstacle course over a 5km or 10km distance before taking on the infamous jump off the HM Bark Endeavour ship.

Residents and visitors are being invited down to Stockton Riverside to take in the action and cheer on the scores of people making their way around the challenging course.

The Riverside Event Village is a great place for spectators to cheer the runners on as well as there being a bouncy castle and climbing wall on offer to keep children entertained free of charge.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “Some people are running for charity and others just for fun but they all deserve our support for taking on what is a really tough but also a very rewarding challenge.

“The River Rat Race is an extremely popular event and the feedback we get each year is simply fantastic. It is a real spectacle so I’d encourage groups of families and friends to head down to Stockton to sample the atmosphere and also make a day of it by visiting the independent shops, upmarket bars and eateries as well.”

The Riverside Event Village will be open from 9am and closes at 4pm.

For more information about the Stockton River Rat Race, visit