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The race takes place over 2 days, with 2 distinct day stages. Day 1 starts at 8:30 and you have until 20:30 to cross the finishline. Day 2 starts at 7:30 and you have until 19:30 to cross the finishline. 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. 
Yes if you wish to just run Day 1 then you can, there is no option to just run Day 2. You will still need to enter UTA as a 2 day runner and then not start the second day. Please note that the price is the same and there will be no medal for those who just run the first day. 
You can enter as a pair to qualify for the pair discount (pricing shown on homepage pricing table).
The course record for day 1  is just over 4 hours with the final person crossing the line in 2018 in 9.5 hrs. Day 2 is significantly harder than Day 1 with the fastest person completing it in 6hrs 15 and the last person coming in 12hrs 40.
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 way-marked, however the mountain nature of elements of Day 2 will mean that you will need to have a heightened observance to the way-marking. At all other times, this way-marked route should be easy to follow. 
No, this is not a navigation event. It is fully way-marked with marshals en route. Plus safety staff on the high mountain sections.
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. Camping tickets can be purchased here. 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 or Sunday morning before the races. You must register on Friday. Registration will be open on Friday from 1400 – 2200.

Overnight parking can be found for free within a 5 minute walk of the base camp area. 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 for campervans only (no caravans) will be available at basecamp. Or take the hassle out of the travel and use our pre-pitched Glamping options. See here for details.
Camping is at our Brodick ‘basecamp’ location. Tickets are available to purchase for camping, with showers and toilets provided, here. You can bring your own tent for which you will need a camping pass (purchased here) or choose from one of our glamping packages which can be purchased here.
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.
Yes, there will be toilets at each pitstop.

There will be a mandatory kit list for this event. Your kit will be checked before you are allowed to Register. We have published the kit list from the 2018 event for illustrative purposes on this page here.

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. Dogs will not be allowed to accompany runners. While many of us love dogs some runners and crew do not, and they complicate the event management. This event is not suitable for dogs for several reasons and would complicate the event support processes including medical rescue, our sweeper logistics, our pledges to farmers with livestock, hygiene where we are serving food, areas that are busy with traffic.
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 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

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.