19 & 20 July 2008
The Rat Race Urban Adventure Series
Raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust
News Release – Tuesday 10 June 2008
OF 2008 EDINBURGH RAT RACE
As Scotland's capital gears up for the fifth consecutive Edinburgh Rat Race on 19 and 20 July 2008, Detail Events, organisers of the eight event Rat Race Urban Adventure Series, announced that Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), the national charity that helps teenagers fight cancer, is to be the official charity partner for the spectacular, action-packed weekend of extreme sport.
Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: 'Six teenagers are diagnosed with cancer each day, that's over 2,000 every year. But these young patients don't stop being teenagers just because they get cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust ensures that young cancer patients get the best possible care in hospital and the chance to do all the things that other teenagers do.
'We recently announced plans to build a new unit at Western General, but need your help to do this - we have to raise £2million by the end of next year so need all the help we can get! By taking part in the Edinburgh Rat Race, competitors will help us achieve this goal.'
The Edinburgh Rat Race is a multi-disciplined team challenge of navigation, endurance, mental agility, running, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and abseiling, combined with surreal sporting tests and obstacles at different checkpoints across some of the city's most challenging terrain. This year's partnership with TCT represents the perfect opportunity for both visitors and residents to really explore the capital including some of the more unusual sites while raising valuable funds for teenage cancer sufferers in Scotland.
Jim Mee of Detail Events, organisers of the Rat Race Urban Adventure Series, said: Teenage Cancer Trust is our official charity partner for the Rat Races in Edinburgh, Brighton and Newcastle and we are really pleased to have them on board for the first time this year.
'TCT are offering great charity packages for those rats who are keen to do their bit to ensure a better future for teenage cancer sufferers and their families from throughout Scotland. We urge as many Edinburgh Rats as possible to sign up now and to start fundraising today.'
Since 2004, when Edinburgh hosted the UK's first urban adventure race, around 2200 competitors of every skill and fitness level have taken part. Since then this hugely popular and accessible sporting concept has grown massively to include a series of events in eight cities across the UK and Ireland in 2008; with more events being lined up across Europe.
Jim Mee added: 'Edinburgh is the birthplace and spiritual home of the Rat Race Urban Adventure, the World's coolest adventure race series set in an urban environment. The professionalism of our experienced event team and the massive potential of urban adventure racing to showcase the huge range of activity opportunities available to Edinburgh residents and visitors has once again attracted the vital partnership of EventScotland and the City of Edinburgh Council. We are yet again knocked out by their enthusiasm and continued support.'
In 2008 as many as 600 athletes, elite adventure racers, adrenaline junkies and amateur sporting enthusiasts, will compete alongside one another as they use Edinburgh's urban jungle and surrounding countryside as the ultimate adventure playground. The routes of the Edinburgh Rat Race are kept confidential until the event starts, as navigation and orienteering are key elements of the event. However the new course designer John Laughlin promises to take full advantage of Edinburgh's stunning architecture, labyrinthine streets and rugged terrain, including urban structures, office blocks, tunnels parklands, hills, water and sand in the city centre and beyond.
Stuart McGown, 21, from Stirling, was diagnosed with cancer when he was 18. He and two friends will be taking part in the Edinburgh Rat Race this summer to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. Stuart Said: 'Having had cancer I know how important it is to be with people your own age, it makes such a difference being able to talk to other people who understand what you're going through. Teenage Cancer Trust's unit will be so important and I really hope we can raise as much money as possible for it by doing the Rat Race.'
Clare Richardson, Chair of Teenage Cancer Trust's Edinburgh Committee, who has taken part in the Edinburgh Rat Race for the last two years, added: 'The Rat Race is a fantastic team challenge for all levels and abilities and is a huge amount of fun! It really pushes you to your limits but is something just that little bit different to normal events - previous activities have included anything from wading through weirs, kayaking out to sea and mountain biking in the Pentlands, to orienteering up Arthur's Seat, speed cycling without brakes, wheelchair rugby, abseiling and a final hurdle of getting your team over a large obstacle covered in banana skins and butter! It is a great opportunity to raise money for charity and have fun at the same time and it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible taking part this year in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. So sign up now!'
Entry for the Edinburgh Rat Race is offered at a rate from £35 per person. Entry to the event village for spectators is free of charge. Full entry details, training tips and full event information can be found at www.ratraceadventure.com
or by telephoning Rat HQ on 0845 009 4365.
If you would like to get involved with fundraising for TCT or make a donation, please contact Jill MacRae or Catriona Stewart on 0141 249 6885 or at The Beacon, 176 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5SG