The race takes place over 2 day, with 2 distinct day stages. Each stage will start at 07:30 and runners have until 19:30 to cross the finish line on both days. Cut off times are in place throughout the course. If you are behind schedule to finish on time there may be short-course options although in all cases we will endeavour to return you to the base camp location using event transport if you fail to meet the cut-off time. Details will be released shortly.
You can enter as a pair to qualify for the pair discount (pricing shown on homepage pricing table).
As it’s the first running the course record is up for grabs but we predict that the majority of runners will take between 4 and 8hrs on day 1 and between 6 and 12 hours on day 2. Day 2 is significantly harder than Day 1. For this reason we are offering Day 1 option only, but not Day 2 option only.
The UTA is an achievable step up from a marathon into ultra-running territory. However they do not call Arran ‘Scotland in miniature’ for nothing. Flat it is not. Elements of this event constitute serious mountain running (and there might even be snow on the ground in some locations) but is definitely achievable for the majority that have prepared well and put in the training miles. It is well supported and fully waymarked, however the mountain nature of some of one of the Day 2 stages will mean that we do require you to carry (and possibly use) a map and compass on this stage. This is for emergency use only and this section will also be waymarked, however visibility may decline to the point where map and compass is required. At all other times, this will be a way-marked route that should be easy to follow.  And for all its urban nature there is a mix of terrain too with the occasional sojourn totally off road to enjoy the hill top views. 
Not for any of day 1 and most of day 2, however see the note above about the mountain stage on day 2, where a map and compass must be carried for use in emergencies. The Ultra Tour of Arran is however fully waymarked with marshals en route. Plus safety staff on the high mountain sections.
You can chose to do Day 1 only, or the Full 2 day Event. There is no option to do just Day 2.
You can drive to Ardrossan Ferry Terminal, near Glasgow and take a modern and regular ferry across to Brodick on the Isle of Arran, which is where the event basecamp will be set up. The crossing takes around 55 minutes and there are up to 10 crossings per day. There is no airport on Arran. You can park your car at Ardrossan and cross as foot passenger to connect with our free basecamp shuttle (recommended) or you can drive across and park on the island. We have prepared a handy Logistics summary HERE.
The start and finish are the same locations for both days and all take place at our Brodick “basecamp’ location. There will be portable toilets, water supply, camping, catering, entertainment and commentary. This is the hub of the event and is a place where you will spend a great deal of time over the weekend. It will be a fun place to be and a good spot for your supporters, too.

Most importantly there will be a bar for that well-earned post-event pint also.

Registration will be held at our basecamp location at Brodick. Exact location will be released in due course.
There is no registration available on the Saturday morning before the race. You must register on Friday, regardless of whether you are attempting the Day 1 or 2 day Ultra Tour options. Registration will be open on Friday from 1500 – 2200.
Overnight parking will be available at the basecamp area or close by, however please read our information on “Getting There” and our specially prepared logistics page, which can be found here. We strongly recommend parking on the mainland at Ardrossan Ferry Terminal and coming across as a foot passenger, to connect with our free shuttle bus to basecamp. Parking IS available however and will be subject to a charge. You will need to buy a ticket from Registration and park in the designated area to avoid any additional charges. The ticket will be £20 for the weekend or part thereof and will be valid all weekend. There are additional options for those who wish to bring Camper vans and ‘Park and Pitch’ options too. Or take the hassle out of the travel and use our pre-pitched Glamping options. See here for details.
There will be 3 pit stops on the route each day at distance intervals to be confirmed. Pit stops 1 and 3 will have water and isotonic drinks with some sweets. Pit stop 2 will have some more substantial food items and hot drinks – flapjack, cakes, sandwiches, tea, coffee and other snacks.
There will be toilets at pit stop 2 only.
There is a mandatory kit list below. Your kit will be checked before you are allowed to Register. 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. We take the mandatory kit very seriously and it is there to keep you safe. Please take time to read it and if you do have questions, we are always happy to help. Email us HERE.

Mandatory Kit list: Waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers (of full-body leg cover), 600ml of liquid at all times, gloves, hat (Rat Rag/Buff is OK), fully charged phone, emergency bivvy (like THIS ONE) and a roller bandage.

We will move you back to the basecamp location. Note that some locations are not near roads so you may need to reach the next Pit Stop location in order to connect with our transport.
Yes, the event is set up to be supporter friendly and Arran is a fantastic place to visit with a clan in tow. We will highlight the best areas that supporters can access. We ask that they ensure they drive carefully and park responsibly on the island. We have prepared a “What to do on Arran” guide HERE.
See our “What to do on Arran” guide HERE. We will also habve entertainment on the Saturday evening at our basecamp location, plus catering and a bar.
No. We regret that dogs will not be allowed on the run route. Dogs will also not be permitted overnight in the basecamp location.
Yes. BUT there are other surfaces. This is a mixed terrain event. Day 1 is characterised by quiet paths, forest trails, some boardwalk sections, some tarmac whilst coming through villages and a lot of forest dirt road sections. Day 2 is virtually all off-road and there are some serious mountain sections, where the going is decidedly rough underfoot.
We would recommend a comfortable shoe with a reasonable grip. It is mixed terrain overall so there’ll always be a compromise whichever shoe you choose. However this is not an event for road shoes. Trail shoes is what we would recommend, whether attempting day 1 only or the 2 day event.
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 £15.00 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

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).

At the point of entry you will be charged £10 as a subsidised GPS tracker hire fee. This is a wilderness event in some remote country. For safety we want to ensure we can keep track of where you are. This system has the added advantage of your supporters being able to follow you online from basecamp or from the comfort of their armchairs at home. By hiring this satellite tracker you accept the terms of hire and the costs of replacement is £150.