Rat Race require participants to be 18 +.

The event is as an ideal entry level 100+ km multi-stage Ultra. It is well supported and fully waymarked meaning you do not need to carry a map like many Ultras. It is a mix of tarmac and some off-road trails and footpaths. Given the part of the world we are in here, you will never be far from shelter or assistance.

You will have 25 hours in total across two days. Saturday starts at 730am and finishes at 830pm. Sunday’s start window opens at 7am and the course closes at 8pm.

Whilst the event is primarily designed as an ultra-run, The ‘Trails can be completed by brisk walkers. It requires an average speed of 3mph (just under 5km per hour) to allow time for refuelling and breaks at Pit Stops. These will be reflected in the cut off points for each Pit Stop.

Well, you’ve got 25 hours but we anticipate most folk will take somewhere between 8 and 10 hours each day.  on average over 90% of starters make it to the end at our Ultras. This will be no different.
No. The eventis fully waymarked with marshals enroute.
Registration for the event will take place on Friday 7th August at a venue in Southwark, central London. The Rat Race Store will be at registration for any missing essentials. The start is at the fantastic George Inn, London Bridge. There are toilets available on the morning of the race (though we suggest you ‘go’ before arriving at the start) and bag drop is also here. The finish will be adjacent to Canterbuty Cathedral where there will be toilets, medics and dwell area for you and your supporters, plus a significant array of local food and drink outlets in close proximity.

We operate a campsite with our Beerstalker bar and food hall, with showers at Rochester on Saturday night. This is not included in the entry fee. We have several pre-pitched and glamping options available to book that can be tailored with mattresses, power sockets and heaters. See more details here. We cannot accommodate runners pitching their own tent at our campsite.

There is no registration available on Saturday. You must complete kit check and register on Friday between 3pm – 10pm at our Southwark venue.
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 pairs entry, you can add or change team members up to 10 days before the event.

Race entry includes a finisher’s medal and a standard Rat Race tech tee, sizes are available on a first come first served basis at Registration. Specific event tees are available to purchase online and in the Rat Race store at the event while stocks last.
If you want to run together with a partner then you can enter a team of 2 as a pair entry and save £20 on the solo price. Paired entries must be purchased at the same time and you will receive an individual time.
We call these Pit Stops. At The ‘Trails we operate 4 Pit Stops where participants showing their number can access food, water, toilets and medical provision. Visit our dedicated Pit Stop page for more information here.

Our Pit Stops are there to help supplement any personal sports nutrition plan you may have. If you have any special dietary requirements then please plan for this and pack your kit accordingly and use the Bag Drop system to ensure you have supplies that suit you. Rat Race aim to offer Pit Stop snacks that are tasty and functional for as broad a mix of needs as possible. We have options available that are suitable for vegetarian and vegans and availability of this will depend on demand. If peanuts are served these will be in individual portion bags to reduce the chance of contamination but Rat Race cannot guarantee that the food does not contain contamination from allergens such as nuts or gluten in its preparation or serving.

Please take care when consuming food with dirty hands. Please please please take care with litter and help us in our aim of leaving our venues and routes tidier then we find them. If you want to use Sports Rations products in your training and preparation they can be purchased at www.ratracestore.com

Checkpoints are in addition to Pit Stops that act as enhanced marshal points that enable us to check you through or you can alert the marshal if you are in difficulty. Checkpoints are just to grab a quick drink and a handful of sweets. Water is available by the cup and this is NOT the spot to refill bottles or hydration bladders.

We have a mandatory kit list that is required to undertake this challenge. Your kit will be checked before you are allowed to Register. Random kit checks will be carried out on the morning of the race, if you are missing a mandatory item you will not be allowed to Register or Start. See our Kit page here.

Bags can be left with us before the start on Saturday morning at the Start.

We will move a bag for you from the Start to the overnight location in Rochester and then on Day 2, we will move this bag onwards to the Finish line. This bag can be a max of 70 litres and weigh no more than 15kg. This will go directly to the finish on both days.

Please label all bags with the bag tag stickers provided in your race pack.

We will collect you via the Sweeper vehicle and move you forwards on the course. We are unable to transport you backwards (i.e. we cannot take you back to the start). There are good train connections back to the Start from Rochester and Canterbury of course, so you will never be fully marooned once you have reached one of our hub locations.
No we’re sorry. Dogs will not be allowed on the run route. While many of us love dogs, some runners and crew do not and they complicate the event management. This event is not suitable for dogs for several reasons and would affect the event support processes including medical rescue, our sweeper logistics, our pledges to farmers with livestock, hygiene where we are serving food, doggy do-do and areas that are busy with traffic.
Not really. Despite the name! This is a mixed terrain event and features tarmac (80%) and trail and footpaths (20%). Most of the tarmac takes place on pavements and designated walkways, plus quiet minor roads. You are not running on busy roads and if you do interact with busy Highways, you will always be on a footpath or adjacent pavement.
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 £15.00 or 15% (whichever is greater) 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 hereTransfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.