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Popular annual River Race attracts record entries
MORE than 1,000 adventurers walked the plank into the River Tees, scaled the mighty Newport Bridge and were dunked in the river’s white water centre as part of Stockton’s annual River Rat Race yesterday.
The 10km obstacle course, which connects Stockton town centre, the Tees Barrage and downstream to the Newport Bridge, is attracting more people each year and this year had record numbers of 1,100.
“Obstacles” on the course, which can be run, jogged or walked, include walking the plank from Captain Cook’s replica ship, the HM Bark Endeavour, at Stockton, kayaking, swimming, and a ladder climb up the Newport Bridge.
Stockton Council also set up a zip wire from the south bank of the Tees Barrage to the North Shore by the white water course for people to take part in, separate from the Rat Race.
Danielle Brodie, of York-based Rat Race events, said: “It has gone really well, with record numbers of people entering.
“This is the fourth year we have had the River Rat Race in Stockton and it is a brilliant course which takes in lots of local landmarks. It is a fun, challenging 10km race, but participants don’t have to do all the obstacles. There were quite a few people who didn’t want to walk the plank or go up Newport Bridge so they just walked around the obstacles. The emphasis is on having fun.
“We used the White Water centre in a different way this year and they turned the rapids on quite high so people were getting washed away down the rapids which they were enjoying.”
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