STOCKTON’S thrilling River Rat Race – an exciting 10k and 5k obstacle race around Stockton and its Riverside – is back for its eighth consecutive year.

The wet ‘n’ wild race returns to Stockton on Saturday 19 August with more than 1,000 brave participants running, jumping, crawling and swimming their way around Stockton’s most iconic structures and the River Tees.

Participants can either challenge themselves to the full 10km distance or the 5km route designed for those who love the obstacles but are not too keen on the running. Competitors can choose their own pace with the 10k course, taking anywhere between 55-150 minutes to complete.

The race, organised by Rat Race Events in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, starts and ends at Riverside Road car park. Both distances follow the same route and will see participants race across the Tees Barrage and the International White Water Course, before taking on the famous jump from Captain Cook’s replica HM Bark Endeavour ship.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “This is the eighth year we are hosting the River Rat Race and it remains as one of our most exhilarating events, taking brave participants over land and water to complete the race.

“Whether you want to take part just for fun or for charity, on your own or as part of a team, the River Rat Race is perfect for anyone to try. You don’t need any special skills to take part – just a pair of trainers and a sense of adventure! Places get booked up quickly so make sure you sign up today to secure your spot.”

This event is open to over 16s and you can enter as an individual, as a team of five or a team of 10. Enter as a team of five and each person saves £5 off the entry price or as a team of 10 and each person saves £10.

The deadline for online entries is 15 August.

For more information and to enter online visit www.stockton.gov.uk/ratrace

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