Media Release: Media advisory – photo / interview opportunities – Glasgow Riverside Rat Race


YOU are invited to send a photographer / reporter / camera crew to the Glasgow Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS on Sunday 21 August 2011 at 13:30 onwards for the new Glasgow Riverside Rat Race, an urban running event with challenges along the River Clyde.

Up to 1,000 runners will walk the plank of the Tall Ship Glenlee, kayak on the Clyde, tackle an assault course under the Finnieston Crane, and scale an inflatable hurdle, as they take part in the hotly anticipated Glasgow Riverside Rat Race.


Paddy Cuthbert – Podge Publicity – T: 07968 699636 /

Jim Mee – MD of Rat Race Adventure Sports / Site Manager for Glasgow Riverside Rat Race – T: 07790 900354  / E:


The new Glasgow Riverside Rat Race is a fun and achievable 10km running (or walking) way-marked journey along the banks of the Clyde, interspersed with adventure activities, obstacles and challenges based alongside, near or in the river; and taking in some of the city’s many stunning and well known riverside landmarks. Competitors will experience the Clyde and some of its most iconic landmarks in some very unusual and interesting ways.

For the Glasgow Riverside Rat Race, the River Clyde will be used in an innovative and creative way, something that the investment at Riverside has greatly encouraged. This adventurous race will allow people to see the river in a new and exciting light – as an asset to be enjoyed, explored, and celebrated.

Rat Race Adventure Sports is presenting the Glasgow Riverside Rat Race with the city of Glasgow as a flagship event among other launch and seasonal events to coincide with the opening year of the new Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum.

For more information on the Glasgow Riverside Rat Race:

The route:

For a plan of the route please go to:


Main event hub and race start and finish – Glasgow Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS


Up to 1,000 runners taking part will be split into 5 or 6 waves / groups starting at approximately 20 minute intervals.

Start – Wave 1 – 14:00

Approximate race time for fastest runners in Wave 1 – 45minutes. Fastest runners have been seeded and are in Wave 1.


Pre- and post race:

Runners preparing themselves for the race

An organised warm-up session with lots of runners exercising

Start and finish – The Riverside Museum:

Runners running through the start and finish line with the spectacular Riverside Museum in the background.

Activities / obstacles / landmarks – in order of route. 

From the start runners will run from the Riverside Museum to and over the Millennium Bridge

Runners will now be on the South side of the river running in an Easterly direction towards the city

Running around Science Centre and the Science Centre Tower

Running up and down the steps at the base of the Science Centre Tower

Inflatable hurdle obstacle – Rotunda at Scottish Television studios

Running under Kingston Bridge NEAR ‘The Quay’

Kayaking on the River Clyde at Tradeston Bridge / Squiggly Bridge – The Broomielaw

Runners will now be on the North side of the river running in a Westerly direction towards the Riverside Museum

Running under Kingston Bridge beside the huge Commonwealth Games mural of swimmers – for Glasgow 2014

Below Mint Hotel, between hotel and bridge runners will be running along the narrow stone stepped walkways on the edge of the river.

Mint Hotel – Runners running past the hotel with guests eating and drinking outside looking on.

Finnieston Crane – Assault Course at the base of / underneath the crane. This includes a low level wire and rope traverse and a scramble net

Runners running past the SECC’s ‘Armadillo’

Runners running through ‘Smartie Tube’, the red and glass bridge between SECC and station.

Fun activity with innertubes at New Kelvin Harbour beside / close to Riverside Museum

Tall Ship Glenlee – Runners will jump off the boat (walking the plank) into the Clyde. Please note – We believe if you take the ferry across the river you will get a fantastic shot of runners walking the plank into the Clyde with Tall Ship Glenlee and Riverside Museum in Background

Final Obstacle – Slippery Climb – Runners have to run up a very slippery and steep sloped construction.

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Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968699636