The first wave will start at 10:00.
No. We do not send anything in the post. All correspondence is done through e-mail and all items are collected at the event. You will hear from us 1 month and then 1 week prior to the event via email with pre-event information.
You MUST bring a signed disclaimer form and photographic identification so we know accurately who is taking part in case of emergency. If you arrive on the day and these details do not match to the given name you will not be able to register.
No, for the standard event tech t-shirt, which you will be picking up on the day at the registration. Sizes will be given out on a first come-first served basis so be sure to arrive early to get your preferred t-shirt size. Yes, for Super Survivals who will chose their t shirt size when entering. This t shirt will be collected at registration. 
You need to be at least 16 years old on the day of the race. Everyone aged 16 or 17 must provide parental consent for their participation, which must be signed on the day, at registration.
Yes, there will be a minimum of one water station approximately half way around the course.
You cannot change your wave once you have chosen it when entering.
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 or 15% (whichever is greater) cancellation 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.
For those looking for an even bigger challenge we are offering the ‘Super Survial’ upgrade for those  entering waves 1 – 4. The upgrade includes acess to a second lap plus some extra swag including a Super Survival wristband, Super Survival tshirt and a second medal.
The National Water Sports Centre enjoys a very good network of paths that we use to get you between the challenges. The area around the obstacles will be wet and muddy, with the bulk of the running on tarmac.
No. Flyers are forbidden on the premises as they are litter and are contrary to our pledges given to the landowner. They are litter and charges will be levied for litter collection and advertising fees against those that distribute such items them on the event premise. Please see our terms and conditions of entry for information about the charges levied.
Yes, you can race for any Charity of your choice, although there is no obligation whatsoever. See our charity page for some inspiration and you may choose one of our charity partners if you wish, who offer certain incentives for those willing to raise funds for them.
We will close entries when each event is full. Last year’s events sold out, so don’t leave it too late!
Both. Given you are in an urban environment, there is plenty of tarmac. But this is Survival of the Fittest after all and you should expect a mixture of terrains underfoot.
Being a swimmer does help but it’s not an essential requirement. Some obstacles will involve full immersion in water*, for others it’s partial immersion or a few fun splashes. Where relevant, Buoyancy Aids are provided by the organisers, together with ropes to pull yourself along through the water. There will also be non-swimmer alternatives at these locations if you really do not fancy the wet stuff. Full safety cover, including safety kayakers, is in place where required.

* Water immersion activities are always subject to weather and environmental factors.

The event is in early October which means it could be wet and it could be chilly. Of course this being the UK it could also be quite warm. You should prepare for the weather conditions and run in what you feel most comfortable in for a tough run, in the autumn, which features mud and water in healthy doses! You will be on tarmac a good deal of the time, but there will be some off road sections, so good robust trainers should be used. Wear shorts, socks and footwear that will dry quickly, if possible. You will also be getting muddy so don’t wear smoking jacket and your finest cravat. Check out our special kit picks for Survival at the Rat Race Store for some inspiration and for some specific recommendations for these events.
Yes you can. The course is designed so that all obstacles are achievable, even if you have to rely on other runners to get help you through it. This is part of the challenge. If you have an injury, then you must consult your GP on whether it is appropriate to take part in the event. The GP is unlikely to be able to comment on specific obstacles, and it should be seen as a running event-with-obstacles for a full body work-out. If you have a fear, then this might be the event for you to confront that fear. If you really don’t fancy the look of something though, no-one is going to make you do it. Just skip it and enjoy the rest of the course.
There plenty of parking available at the event. This parking is organised by the organised by the National Water Sports Centre and they will charge a fee of £5 payable upon entry. Please do not park in any unauthorised locations as this will lead to clamping, ticketing and towing at the owners expense.
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 team of 5 or more runners, you can add or change team members up to 10 days before the event.