London Rat Race

Spent last weekend in London town at the Rat Race.  The Rat Race is an urban adventure challenge event that turns cities into high-adrenaline adventure playgrounds for participants of all abilities. Teams of three and pairs jogged, biked, abseiled, climbed, kayaked and navigated their way around the streets, structures, waterways and urban landscapes of the country’s coolest cities.  Over 42 miles were completed by participants. 

Waverley Steamer
Notable landmarks included Lord's Cricket Ground, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, The Docklands, The Imperial War Museum and Tower Bridge. Saturday was the 2.5 hour Mean Streets Event and for the more adventurous, Sunday was the bike based Nine2Five challenge, featuring biking, kayaking, abseiling and more. For those who just couldn't get enough, they opted in for a whole weekend of adventure with the Rat Race Weekender – attempting both the Mean Streets on Saturday night and coming back for more on the Sunday with the Nine2Five.

I shared MC duties with TV's Mike Smith.  Mike is a presenter on Price-drop TV, Speed Auction TV and BID TV and his unique style of presenting was great fun to work alongside.  There was a great atmosphere in the Event village with Redwood Creek Wines providing free samples, The M.A.D Cycle stunt team and the UK Bungee Club who were doing tremendous business!  Mike is convinced that Tower Bridge only "goes up" twice a week, but I can confirm it's about three times a day, including for The Waverley Steamer on Sunday.  We were also graced with the sight of a film crew following of TV's Ben Fogle who was being filmed by the BBC taking part in the Nine2Five event.

I chose to stay at The all new Premier Inn at the Olympic Park.  Everything is indeed premier, but the price.  Despite not being brilliantly signposted on the site, the hotel was in an excellent location. There was very robust security at the London Olympic Park as I found out when I was picked out for a random car search.  However, lots of security on the site is very reassuring. For what it is worth, I think the whole site looks amazing, the adjacent Westfield Shopping Centre is superb and the public transport links I used were excellent. Hope it stays that way!

As to the tunes.  Well it was much the same as Scotland Coast to Coast, but with new tunes from Coldpay, Kasabian and General Fiasco added into the mix.

For the PA geeks out there this is the equipment we use at these events:
1 x HK Audio Lucas 1000 PA system
1 x Soundcraft Notepad 102 Mixer
1 x American Audio CK 800 Anti Shock MP3 CD Mixstation
1 x Laptop
1 x Sennheiser EW100 G2 Handheld Radio Microphone
1 x Shure SM58 Vocal Microphone


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