23 Aug

Glasgow Rats Love a Challenge

rat race runners

Glasgow's River Clyde saw some 900 runners explore their adventurous side on Sunday, as they took part in the city's inaugural Riverside Rat Race - a 10km urban adventure run with scream inducing challenges along the way.

Local runner, Chris Hinds from Newtown Mearns was first over the line, completing the course in 47 minutes and 1 second, while Sarah Juggins from Cambridge took first place in the woman's race in an incredible 53 minutes and 50 seconds, almost 8 minutes ahead of her closest rival, putting her in fifth place overall.

Chris told SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE: "It was a brilliant course. I am really chuffed to have won. The race was great fun with quite a few adventures along the way. I had a couple of stumbles early on over at Festival Park and took a bit of a tumble. I found the inflatable hurdles quite a challenge, head planting over every one; and crawling under the cargo net through the snow was tough but quite refreshing after five kilometeres. Jumping off the Tall Ship Glenlee was a real buzz."

The Riverside Rat Race's 10km route covered both the north and south banks of the river and stretched from the event hub at the new Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum as far as the city centre and back. It also took in some of the city's well-known riverside landmarks including the Glasgow Science Centre, The Clyde Auditorium - 'The Armadillo', The Finnieston Crane and the 'Squinty' and 'Squiggly' bridges.

An ideal event for those looking to take part in a more 'dramatic' race - runners had to cope with a number of adventure activities, obstacles and challenges based alongside, near or in the river. These included leaping over giant inflatable hurdles, kayaking in the Clyde at the Squiggly Bridge, walking knee deep in water under the Squinty Bridge, tackling an obstacle course under the Finnieston Crane, not to mention jumping off the Tall Ship Glenlee. Before runners could finish they also had to scale a tough slippery wall in front of the Riverside Museum.

Speaking after the race, Jim Mee, MD of Rat Race Adventure Sports told SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE: "There was great camaraderie amongst rat racers on the course particularly at the kayaking activity when single runners had to team up together. Having the event hub at the new Glasgow Riverside Museum, combined with great weather and a huge turn out of supporters and spectators created a wonderful family atmosphere at the start and finish. We hope to be back next year."

Make sure you tune into to Channel 4 at 7pm on Sunday, September 4 as the event was filmed for inclusion in a 'yet to be named' adventure programme.