Stockton 2012 saw a record number of River Rats embark upon our bigger and bolder 10km course including venturing into the Whitewater Centre to tackle those rapids. We're hoping to see even more of you take on the challenge this year and we're already booking the glorious weather in again. Once again we'll be setting up camp at the Riverside Car Park and this is where you register at our Registration Tent, pick up your race pack and t-shirt before the first wave sets off at 11am.
The course taking about 50-150 minutes depending on your chosen pace. Everyone will complete the same route, along both banks of the River Tees and accessing iconic structures en-route. The route connects Stockton-on-Tees town centre, the Tees Barrage and downstream to the Newport Bridge. Along this route, which you can run or jog and which is fully way-marked, there are a number of activities to complete. It is a race, but hey, who's counting - just getting round this course is all that's needed to make you a River Rat.
The activities range from walking the plank into the river at Captain Cook's replica ship; HM Bark Endeavour (and jumping off into the river!), short episodes of kayaking and wet dunkings, to scaling the mighty Newport Bridge via an exciting ladder climb. None of these activities require special skill, but all of them are pretty exciting! An overview of the 2012 route can be seen above - the 2013 map will be uploaded a few months out from the event to give you a sneak peek at what you can expect.
What do I need?
You need a sense of adventure, a head for heights, a love of water and just enough fitness to get around the 10+km course and complete the activities - in some clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy.
You'll be in and out of the water, so quick-drying sports clothing is recommended and definitely not long trousers or thick tops, which will get heavy when wet. You should also wear footwear that will be suitable for use on and off road and that you don't mind getting a bit wet and muddy too.
You DON'T need any specialist kit and the event will provide buoyancy aids, kayaks, paddles, helmets and climbing harnesses where required within the route.
You will need to be aged over 16 on the day, and if 16-17 you will need parental or guardian consent signed on the day
The new event village is based at the Riverside Car Park and surrounding area, right in the heart of Stockton. For those who don't know, the site is just south of Stockton High Street beside the river, off the A1305 within easy walking distance of the bus station as well as Stockton & Thornaby railway stations. You can find a map here. If you have a satnav, use postcode TS18 1TE to pick up our event signage (but make sure you check the location before you set off).
IMPORTANT: Please note that The Riverside Car Park will be closed for the weekend of the event but there is plenty of pay & display as well as free parking available within a short walk of the event village.
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