River rats take to the River Tees

River rats take to the River Tees

Paul Waugh pictured dressed as a caveman emerging from the bridge structure of the Tees Barage, part of the Rat Run Course

a fancy dress competitor

A competitor leaps into the Tees at the barrage

competitors had to tackle this stretch of the Tees Barrage Rapids

A competitor walks the plank from the Endevour

Into the Tees you go from the plank on the Endevour a safety canoe waits.

Competitors take to canoes at the Stockton River Rat Race

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by

‘RIVER rats’ turned a town into their urban playground which ended with them walking the plank of the only full-size replica of a Captain James Cook vessel in the northern hemisphere.

The 10k urban adventure course, Stockton River Rat Race, returns to Stockton's Riverside for its fifth year today (Sunday, August 24) with around 1,000 daredevils taking part

The contest was won by Jack Page who had the fastest time of 51.45, followed by Merlin Duff in 52.32 and Roger Davies in 53.01.

The quickest woman was Nicola Kent who finished in eighth place overall with a time of 55.25, the second woman to complete the gruelling challenge was Kay Neesam in 57.14 followed by Joanna Ballantyne in 58.24.

They were challenged to kayak down the Tees, battle over assault courses, run across the Infinity Bridge, tackle the white water course at the Tees Barrage without a canoe before walking the plank off the replica of HMS Bark Endeavour.

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