River Rat Race
Royal Victoria Dock
Sat Aug 16
© Andrew McCandlish
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Jun 11 2014
Jumping into the Thames isn't something we'd normally recommend. But the River Rat Race, which will take place in London for the first time this August, requires you to do just that - and, as a fundraiser for Shelter, it's for an excellent cause. Billed as London’s first water obstacle course, this 10km aquatic challenge will see participants run, jump, swim, kayak and climb their way around the Docklands in east London.
Starting inside the ExCel centre, participants will facing a quick fire barrage of obstacles before they head out on to the dockside. From there, there's a short run west towards the Emirates Air Line before they have to plunge into the Royal Victoria Dock. Next up is a short swim, followed by a thigh-deep wade to an urban beach. Back on dry land and heading east there's a mix of of jumping, swimming and wading. Then more running before a kayak section and a equally challenging homeward leg. And we haven't mentioned the biggest obstacle of the event yet - a jump that means plummeting 20 feet into the water below.
The organisers say participants need 'just enough fitness to get around the 10km course plus a pair of trainers, some old clothes that they don't mind getting wet and muddy in, and a willingness to try something new'.