Carrying this kit is a requirement of the Event and forms part of our planning in ensuring reasonable measures are put in place to keep you safe should anything go wrong during this adventurous endeavour. We ask you not to take short cuts or ‘second guess’ our advice. For instance, the carrying of waterproofs is required even if rain is not forecast as a means to prevent cooling down too fast if you get injured in a location that is very exposed to wind – remember you may be very tired and sweaty, and who says the forecast is always right?

The emergency kit is important for several reasons:

  1. It helps you to help yourself should you have a problem.
  2. We are in this together and you may need to assist others if they have a problem.
  3. In the case of an incident our Race Control and Medical teams will make decisions based on the knowledge that you all have this equipment.
  4. Carrying the kit is a requirement for everyone and hence provides an equal and fair challenge.
  5. It is part of our risk assessment process that is shared with insurers. Your insurance may be invalid if you do not follow our advice.
  6. If your lack of kit preparation contributes to making an incident more serious, then you may be avoidably drawing resources from our medical team and the emergency services at the expense of others.
  7. Without the kit you will be unable to complete registration. If during the race you are not carrying the mandatory kit then you will be disqualified and deemed to have not completed the challenge.


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.

  • Running shoes (or walking boots). Road running shoes will suffice
  • Hydration bladder and/or water bottle – minimum 1000ml capacity but we recommend up to 2 litres subject to your personal needs with the forecast weather.
  • Water: We recommend you leave each Pit Stop with your bottles and/or bladder full.
  • Basic First Aid Kit containing at least:
    • a triangular or conformable roller bandage,
    • assorted adhesive dressings including at least one 100mm x 100mm
    • separate sterile absorbent material (eg gauze or gauze bandage).
  • Spare Food – Min 400kcal (about 4 gels or 2 flapjacks): Always plan to have excess.
  • Full waterproof body cover – i.e Long sleeve jacket or top and full length trousers. Both must be waterproof. These items are for if you need to stop and wait for assistance  – they will help keep you comfortable. These must have TAPED SEAMS as a minimum standard. See image below for what we will be checking.
  • Survival bag (NOT blanket as these are not nearly as effective as a bag in an emergency)
  • Whistle
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Money (at least £10)
  • GPS tracker (supplied at registration)
  • Essential Event Information (supplied at registration). This document includes the Event Organisers Course & Medical Contact Numbers. We recommend you programme then into your phone.


  • Small Rucksack or BumBag
  • Headgear (sun, wind and rain)
  • Gloves (good for if you stop and cool)
  • Additional upper body thermal layer
  • Sunscreen (hopefully) and sunglasses
  • Blister treatment kit and spare socks
  • Anti-chafe lubricant (such as Vaseline)
  • Some form of identification

The Rat Race Store can help fill any gaps in your Kit List.

Above: Close up picture of a jacket constructed with waterproof taped seams.