FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

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.

This is an adventure ultra marathon where most obstacles are provided by Mother Nature with a zone of signature Rat Race style obstacles 10km before the end. This includes a giant rope swing suspended from a crane, a floating assault course and kayaking.

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: Gibraltar Farm Campsite, Silverdale, LA5 0UA
  • 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, 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. The buses operate at 0730, 0745 and 0800. These are staggered to relieve congestion. These seats need to be pre-booked and tickets are collected from registration. Book yours here.

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 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.

It’s a 1 hour 30 minute drive.

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.

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.
We will be working with the Morecambe Bay guides and the Coast Guard to ensure that we cross the bay in the safest way possible. As with all our events the safety of our participants is paramount and any late decision to change the routing based on freak tidal conditions or heavy fog will not be taken lightly. In the event we cannot cross the bay there is a land based route which will be swung into play without a major effect on the mileage.

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. 

This is a running event, not a swimming event. You will certainly get wet and when it is full immersion, we will issue buoyancy aids and have water safety staff on standby. In order to complete the event fully, you must be able to swim. But all of the swim sections are short and can be bypassed if you wish.
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 2018 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. If you would like to give our Pit Stop bars a try during training, then they are available to purchase here.
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.
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.