Rat Race require participants to be 18 +.
The race starts at 7am and runners have until 9am the following morning to cross the finishline. Cut off times are in place throughout the course. See below (subject to change):

Lanercost             1200hrs
Walltown             1600hrs
Cawfields             1800hrs
Hexham               0100hrs (Sunday)
Newburn             0600hrs (Sunday)
Finish                   0900hrs (Sunday)

The course record is 09:38:07 and the final finisher in 2018 crossed the line in 25:29:18. The Wall has a high completion rate, on average 90% of starters make it to the end.
The Wall is hailed as an ideal entry level 100km Ultra, it is well supported and fully waymarked meaning you do not need to carry a map like many Ultras. It is a mix of undulating trails and road and although rural you are never far from shelter or assistance.
No The Wall is fully waymarked with marshals enroute.
Registration for the event will take place on Friday 14th June at the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8TP (this is opposite the castle).  The Rat Race Store will be at registration for any missing essentials. The start is inside Carlisle Castle. There are toilets available on the morning of the race and The finish will be at Baltic Quay where there will be refreshments, toilets, medics, bar and dwell area for yourself and participants. Your bags will also be transported here and the finish is fully open throughout the night.

There is no registration available on Saturday. You must register on Friday between 3pm – 10pm.
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 pairs entry, you can add or change team members up to 10 days before the event.

If you want to run together with a partner then you can enter a team of 2 as a pair entry and save £20 on the solo price. Paired entries must be purchased at the same time and you will receive an individual time.

At The Wall we operate 4 Pit Stops where participants showing their number can access food, water, toilets and medical provision. We will have the following food and drink choices:

Water. Ensure you have enough to get you to the next Pit Stop.
Sports Ration Pit Stop Bars – Yummy flapjacks.
Sports Rations Isotonic Energy Drink.
Salty snacks such as crisps and peanuts.
A fruit option: Either oranges or bananas.
Sweets – such as Haribo and Skittles.
A variety from sandwiches, pastries and cakes.
Hot drinks will be provided at Pit Stops from Cawfields onwards.

Our Pit Stops are there to help supplement any personal sports nutrition plan you may have. If you have any special dietary requirements then please plan for this and pack your kit accordingly and use the Bag Drop system to ensure you have supplies that suit you. Rat Race aim to offer Pit Stop snacks that are tasty and functional for as broad a mix of needs as possible. We have options available that are suitable for vegetarian and vegans and availability of this will depend on demand. If peanuts are served these will be in individual portion bags to reduce the chance of contamination but Rat Race cannot guarantee that the food does not contain contamination from allergens such as nuts or gluten in its preparation or serving.

Please take care when consuming food with dirty hands. Please please please take care with litter and help us in our aim of leaving our venues and routes tidier then we find them. If you want to use Sports Rations products in your training and preparation they can be purchased at www.ratracestore.com

Checkpoints are in addition to Pit Stops that act as enhanced marshal points that enable us to check you through or you can alert the marshal if you are in difficulty. Checkpoints are just to grab a quick drink and a handful of sweets. Water is available by the cup and this is NOT the spot to refill bottles or hydration bladders.

We have a mandatory kit list, with details below (subject to change). Your kit will be checked before you are allowed to Register. Random kit checks will be carried out on the morning of the race, if you are missing a mandatory item you will not be allowed to Register or Start.

Mandatory Kit

  • Running shoes (or walking boots). Road running shoes will suffice if conditions have been reasonably dry.
  • Hydration bladder and/or water bottle – minimum 1000ml capacity but we recommend up to 2 litres subject to your personal needs with the forecast weather.
  • Basic First Aid Kit containing at least:
    • a triangular or conformable roller bandage,
    • assorted adhesive dressings including at least one 100mm x 100mm
    • separate sterile absorbent material (eg gauze or gauze bandage).
  • Spare Food minimum of 100kcals of nutrition to be carried at all times
  • Water/Fluids – participants may not leave a pit stop carrying less than 1000ml (this may be increased if the forecast is hot and dry)
  • Full windproof/showerproof body cover
  • Survival bag or blanket
  • Whistle
  • Fully charged mobile phone, Money (around £10), Event Organisers Course & Medical Contact Numbers – These will be provided to you at registration within the printed Essential Event Information Document.

You must carry the additional items below on departure of the Cawfields Pit Stop, in preparation of the dark zone:

  • Headtorch
  • Rear red light, or reflective patch (min 10cm x 2cm or equivalent area).
  • Spare headtorch batteries or back-up light source

Recommended Kit

  • Small Rucksack or BumBag
  • Headgear (sun, wind and rain)
  • Gloves (good for if you stop and cool)
  • Additional upper body thermal layer
  • Waterproof layers
  • Sunscreen (hopefully)
  • Sunglasses
  • Blister treatment kit
  • Some form of identification
We transfer your bag for you from the start to the halfway point (this bag can be a max of 25 litres and weigh no more than 5kg) and then onto the finish (this bag can be a max of 70 litres and must weigh no more than 15kg).We will check every bag. If it is not within these restrictions, it will not be transported due to space and the legal weight restrictions of vehicles (details subject to change).
We will collect you via the Sweeper vehicle and move you forwards on the course. We are unable to transport you backwards i.e back to the start.
No. Dogs will not be allowed on the run route. 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 affect the event support processes including medical rescue, our sweeper logistics, our pledges to farmers with livestock, hygiene where we are serving food and areas that are busy with traffic.
This is a mixed terrain event and features trail (20%) and road (80%)
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 £15.00 or 15% (whichever is greater) 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