Rat Race, organisers of what is regarded as one of Britain’s most challenging urban events, the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest, have confirmed that the race will return to Nottingham on 10 October. Up to 4,000 runners are expected to commit to tackling the urban assault course which will again be located at the Victoria Embankment, right next to the River Trent and the legendary Trent Bridge.
Nottingham, known as ‘The Wet One’, is where it all began for Survival of the Fittest back in 2008. It is now part of a series of 10K high-octane obstacle course events which also take place in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and London, with close to 25,000 expected to take part in 2015.
The series is produced by leading adventure sports company, Rat Race and this year will be sponsored by both Renault and New Balance. Last year the Nottingham event welcomed the first ever Survival elite half marathon, which saw competitors going double the distance and receiving twice the punishment. This proved popular and will be an option again in 2015.
The Nottingham event offers flat, fast-paced routes guaranteed to leave racers feeling like drowned rats, given the number of water obstacles in the event, including the trademark slip n’ slide into the lake at the National Watersports Centre. The fun doesn’t end there; it wouldn’t be a Rat Race event without the signature beer tent at the end, where competitors and their supporters can celebrate conquering the course.
Jim Mee, Rat Race Adventure Sports MD and creator of the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest Series said of the upcoming event; “This year we have put together a detailed training plan with the help of the experts at Men’s Health that uses key elements of the city to prepare for the event.”
“We have also added some great new content to the route for 2015 which will result in participants getting seriously wet and muddy. And afterwards, of course, you’ll hit our massive beer tent, to round off your mud, sweat and beers experience.”
Entry for the race is now open and priced at £60 per person or £55 per person when entered as a team of five, and £50 per person for a team of ten. More information is available here.