FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Man vs Lakes Classic 1 day is between 26.2 and 30 miles, the exact distance is variable due to the crossing of Morecombe Bay as the safe route across can change right up to race day. You should be prepared to run 30 miles through hilly off-road terrain. Man vs Lakes Sea to Scafell Summit is upto 30 miles pending route confirmation.
For the Classic you should be prepared for a long day on your feet, you need to be able to comfortably complete a half marathon and you should practise running on hilly, off-road trails ahead of the event. The course is fully way-marked but you will need to ensure you have a solid nutrition and refuelling plan as this course takes you away from civilisation deep into the hills of the Lake District. The Sea to Scafell Summit day 2 upgrade is for the hardiest of #ratracers and you need to be ready to take on back to back ultras over mountainous terrain.
This is an adventure ultramarathon where most obstacles are provided by Mother Nature with a zone of signature Rat Race style obstacles 10km before the end of the Classic. The second day Sea to Scafell Summit is a test hosted purely by Mother Nature.
It will start on the beautiful Lancashire coast at Gibralter Farm campsite in Silverdale and finish in the village of Coniston. Man vs Lakes takes in some of the best terrain in the country and is a unique point to point journey. As such, the event is spaced out and you will need to plan ahead to ensure you (and your supporters) get to the right place at the right time.
There are 3 key locations at this event:
Registration: Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Rd, Kendal, LA9 7HX
The Start Day 1: Gibraltar Farm Campsite, Silverdale, LA5 0UA
The Start Day 2: Ravenglass
The Finish: The village of Coniston
Yes. We supply the boats, paddles and a buoyancy aid. We will also have water safety cover on the lake.
Yes, for the Classic we will be laying on pre-booked buses from near the finish line to the start on the morning of the race only. It takes about 1 hour and 30 mins. These are staggered to relieve congestion. These seats need to be pre-booked and tickets are collected from registration. Book yours here. For those taking on the Sea to Scafell Summit a bus transfer to the start on Sunday morning is included with your upgrade.
There is weekend parking available at the finish line so you can leave your car here on the Saturday morning. There will be a £10 charge per car.
The start time for the Classic is scheduled for 10:00, however this will remain somewhat variable as, due to the tides, we will have to wait until the sands are safe to access before we can start. We expect this by 10:00am, although it may take until 10:30am. This time variation is necessary to allow us to take you onto the sands of Morcambe Bay – a journey that is not oft completed and never attempted on such a scale! Please ensure you are ready to race at 10:00. Day 2 will start at 0800.
Yes you can camp with us at our basecamp in Coniston. Camping passes are available for £75 per person for Fri-Mon and includes access to our buffet breakfast on Sat/Sun/Mon morning. Spaces to pitch your own tent is limited and once these are sold out we will take them off sale. We also have a variety of luxury glamping options available, all which include camping passes and breakfast access alongside comfy bedding options – so all you have to do is rock up and flop straight in! Check out these fantastic packages here.
Registration will be held at Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Rd, Kendal, LA9 7HX, from 14:00 until 22:00 on Friday 20th July. Please note that Registration is not at the start or the finish. Kendal is the gateway to the Lake District with ample accommodation options, and it is close to the finish. Registration is on Friday only (until approx. 10pm) Saturday registration will not be possible.
You need to be ready to complete a hilly, continually off-road run away from civilisation so you will need to be entirely self-sufficient. Mandatory kit must be carried at all times and checks will be carried out on everyone before they can register. The final kits list will be available on the pre-event information, in the weeks before the event.
Race entry includes a finishers medal and a standard Rat Race tech tee, sizes are available on a first come first served basis at Registration. Specific event tees are available to purchase online and in the Rat Race store at the event while stocks last. Those taking on Sea to Scafell Summit will receive a special edition gold medal when they cross the finishline on day 2.
Yes. That’s part of the challenge. Your kit is required throughout the journey and so it must remain with you. In order to keep your kit dry we suggest a roll top style dry bag inside your rucksack and also have a larger roll top dry bag fitted with a shoulder strap to put you rucksack into for the swimming sections. If you don’t squeeze all the air out of it, it will also act as a float.
We will provide feed stations on the course. We call them Pit Stops and in 2019 these were located at 11km, 23km and 35km. These will be stocked with Scooby snacks such as our Pit Stop flapjack bars, fruit, sweets, crisps and water. These are there to aid you but if you have any special sports nutrition requirements then we suggest you carry this with you. You should plan to take everything you need to complete the challenge with you, and use our stations as back up. Due to remote terrain on the Sea to Scafell Summit route there will be only 2 Pit Stops at approx. 10 and 20 miles.
If you would like to give our Pit Stop bars a try during training, then they are available to purchase 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). 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.
We will collect you via the Sweeper vehicles and move you forwards on the course to the next Pit Stop that is live if you wish to continue or to the finish (subject to medical advice if it is a medical issue that has forced you to pull out). We are unable to transport you backwards (i.e. we cannot take you back to the start).