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The world’s biggest urban obstacle racing series returns as 25,000 prepare to Survive

by Press Release
Friday 10th July 2015

From September to November nearly 25,000 Survivors will take on Rat Race’s Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest races

Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest

The UK’s most established OCR series, they will join nearly 200,000 Survivors who have previously completed the 5km, 10km and Half Marathon courses since the debut event in Nottingham in 2008.

Organised by Britain’s biggest OCR outfit Rat Race Adventure Sports, Survival of the Fittest brings fast-paced urban courses to 5 major City Centres in the UK. Jamming at least 50 obstacles into each urban location and a whopping 75 into the grand finale event at London’s Wembley Park, these routes are pure Rat Race, with plenty of action, oodles of atmosphere and that edgy urban take on OCR, which has remained unique world-wide.

All 5 UK dates are now confirmed:

Cardiff - September 27, 2015

Cardiff kicks off the season on as ‘The Wild One’. 4000 Survivors will line up on the startline outside the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium centre and attack the revamped 10km Cardiff course, which takes participants on a journey in and around Cardiff Bay. The highlight is a dunking in the rapids at the International White Water Centre.

Nottingham - October 10, 2015

Nottingham, where it all began in 2008, is ‘The Wet One’ also includes a 10k, plus the Super Survival Half Marathon option, which was received with great acclaim in 2014. The Nottingham event offers flat, fast-paced routes guaranteed to leave racers feeling like drowned rats, given the number of water obstacles in the event, including the trademark slip n’ slide into the lake at the National Watersports Centre.

Edinburgh - October 18, 2015

Edinburgh is known as ‘The Hilly One’ and is arguably the roughest and most rugged 10km route of the series. This route is inspired by the Scottish landscape – which means  hills. From a starting point in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and featuring a road closure of the world-famous Royal Mile, this event is heavy on aesthetic as well as obstacles.  Its signature challenge is an ascent of Radical Road on Edinburgh’s own “mini-mountain” - Arthur’s Seat. 

Manchester - November 7, 2015

Manchester is ‘The Muddy One’ with the course managing to lay on lashings of the brown stuff despite being firmly inside the city limits with a base at the Etihad Stadium campus. Featuring full body water immersion, lots of mud, plenty of gritty urban action and some exhilarating Stadium climbs, Manchester has proved a firm favourite. This year’s event is also getting the Super Survival treatment for 2015 with the introduction of a brand new non-lapped Half Marathon route. Of course, this is a city known for its industrial past and canals criss-cross the city, as well as the Survival course. Come on in, the water’s lovely.

London - November 21, 2015

London is ‘The Big One’ and serves as the grand finale for the Survival season and the entire UK OCR calendar. With around 10,000 Survivors each year, this event is the biggest single day OCR in the UK and it features an additional 25 obstacles, taking the obstacle count to a whopping 75 in a 10k race. With trademark Rat Race monster builds, plus a beer tent the size of a football pitch, it’s always a favourite to see the season out in style. London Survival also goes on into the night and features ‘The Intense One’ – Survival’s only 5km distance race, taking place under floodlights and packed full of all of the best obstacles over this shorter distance. Participants can enter the Day and Night races together to save cash.


Sydney is brand new for 2015. Having been firmly ensconced in the UK for years, Rat Race is officially the first to start exporting OCR from the UK and Survival is going global in 2015. On 12th December the Aussies will get their chance to front up to urban OCR and the international season will be kicking off at the Sydney Olympic Park with a punchy 10k, 50 obstacle route. Want to go? All 2015 UK Survivors who have entered before the end of August will be entered into a prize draw to join Rat Race, all-expenses paid, in Australia for the inaugural Sydney event. Not bad!

Shiny new hardware…

New obstacles are planned for every UK Survival location in 2015 including a massive airbag jump from an articulated truck, which will debut in Nottingham.

Those familiar with Rat Race’s epic Dirty Weekend may also remember the totally unique (and rather rude-looking) “Knobstacles,” which will be making appearances in Nottingham and Manchester’s Super Survival Half Marathons.
Entry to all 2015 Survival events are open until capacity is reached. Waves are selling out across all cities and 2015 promises to be the biggest Series yet. Prices vary depending on entry type with standard entry costing from £50 in most of the 10k events, based on a team of 10. Season tickets are also available, priced at £205 and valid across all UK events for solo entries.

Vist www.mhsurvival.co.uk for more information or www.mhsurvival.com.au to enter the Australia event


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