64 Miles
4,010m
3rd August 2024 00:05
19H 55m Cut-off

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32 Miles
2,005m
3rd August 2024 8:30am
11H 30m Cut-off

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20 Miles
1,405m
3rd August 2024 11am
9H 00m Cut-off

Race Over 75% Full

11 Miles
796m
3rd August 2024 12:45pm
7H 15m Cut-off

RACE Over 50% FULL

5 Mile Loop
2nd August 2024 7:00pm
24 Hour Continuous

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Thank you for interest in the 2023 RAT ( Roseland August Trail ) Trail & Ultra Running Festival. The races are all off road coastal path runs along a stretch of the stunning South Cornwall Coastal Path between St Anthony Head on the Roseland Peninsula and Porthpean in St Austell Bay. With a distance for every ability come join us for THE summer run festival.

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Overview

The RAT Trail & Ultra Running Festival

Not everyone survived The Plague. Pustules, pestilence and pain were common. Suffering was endured on a daily basis. The stench was unbearable !

There are 5 events:

  • Plague – an approx. 64mile (100k) route starting at the event village with an out and back course starting just after midnight and involving several hours of night running.
  • Black – an approx. 32mile point to point course starting at St Anthony Head.
  • Red – an approx. 20mile point to point course starting at Portloe.
  • White – an approx. 11mile point to point course starting at Gorran Haven.
  • Bring Out Your Dead – 24hour continuous footrace on an approx. 5mile section of coastpath (there is a separate event guide detailing this event)

Competitors running the Plague will start their adventure from the event village at Porthpean

Competitors running the Black, Red and White events will be bussed from the festival village at Porthpean to the appropriate start. There is no additional charge for the bus transport.

The festival village, race HQ, registration, camping, catering and entertainment and all event finishes are at Porthpean, St Austell. PL26 6AZ.


Bring Out Your Dead

An extreme event from MudCrew covering just shy of 5 miles of the Cornish coast path. Not just any 5 miles, the final stretch of The RAT route – 350 metres elevation and yes, the steps – 500+! How far can you cover in 24 hours?

“Bring out your dead, bring out your dead” the exclamation used during the outbreak of The Plague to let people know the death cart was passing by. If a member of a household succumbed, they would simply be thrown on the top of the pile!

Come and join us on one of the toughest sections of our coast path. Test yourself and see what distance you can cover. We will support you, we will even offer you sanctuary, but we won’t make it easy. You’ll need to survive for 24hours to avoid the death cart, the bonfire and the cry “Bring Out Your Dead”.

 

Races held under UK Athletics rules.

Location

The RAT Trail & Ultra Running Festival

The festival village, race HQ, registration, camping, catering and entertainment and all event finishes are at Porthpean, St Austell. PL26 6AZ.

Grid Reference : SX 026 501

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The RAT Trail & Ultra Running Festival

We do not ask for specific experience but all these events are on challenging coast path terrain, could be held in poor weather and offer significant physical effort. It is the responsibility of the individual to know their own capabilities and to train and prepare for the event properly.

The RAT Trail & Ultra Running Festival

Have a read through some of the praise for this epic event below and check out the reviews on our Facebook page HERE. Please leave us a review after you complete the event!


The Plaque, Black, Red & White

The course is mostly coastal trail although there are some short sections of road where the coast-path shares the public highway.

This is a coast path run, its uneven, slippery in places, sometimes exposed, and you should expect stiles, gates, rocks, steps and hills. It is 95% multi terrain with a few short road sections where the path shares the public highway.  The route is well signed, but while the coast path is defined along most of its length there are a few places where you could go adrift.  This is a self-navigating and self-sufficient event, there will be marshals and check points at set locations, but you should not rely on others or the MudCrew team to be on hand to show you where to go!  Unless otherwise instructed, avoid beaches and paths that look as though they lead to the beach.  All Checkpoints have water and ample nutrition. Do not miss a checkpoint and be aware of the strictly enforced cut-offs.  Leave no litter and take care – the route is precipitous in places.

Please note: you will be asked to sign a waiver when you enter to say that you have understood the nature of the route and all other race rules and have read the event guide and our terms and conditions.

A .gpx  of the entire route (64m Plague) can be found here. All courses use, in some part, this section of coastpath.

From
To
Miles
On course at mile…
PLAGUE
BLACK
RED
WHITE
Porthpean
Pentewan
5
5
Pentewan
Mevagissey
2.5
7.5
Mevagissey
Gorran
3.5
11
Gorran
Carhays
5
16
Carhays
Portloe
4
20
Portloe
Porthscatho
8
28
Porthscatho
St Anthony
4
32
St Anthony
Porthscatho
4
36
4
Porthscatho
Portloe
8
42
12
Portloe
Carhays
4
46
16
4
Carhays
Gorran
5
51
21
9
Gorran
Mevagissey
3.5
55.5
24.5
12.5
3.5
Mevagissey
Pentewan
2.5
58
27
15
6
Pentewan
FINISH
5
64
32
20
11

The BOYD24 is a trail run and will take place on the Cornwall coast path. Starting at The Porthpean Outdoor Events Centre, Runners will Head out through Trenarren and onwards towards Black Head. Here they will be “checked in”, allowing them to turn and retrace their steps back to the centre. The total distance is just short of 5 miles, with 350m of elevation.

The coast path can be precipitous in places and you will be asked to sign a waiver when you enter to say that you understand and accept the possible risks in taking part in an event of this nature.

PART OF THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE DARK AND EXTRA CARE MUST BE TAKEN BY PARTICIPANTS.

Please note: you will be asked to sign a waiver when you enter to say that you have understood the nature of the route and all other race rules and have read the event guide and our terms and conditions.

The email you receive once you have entered will be your receipt of entry and you will be required to give an email address, which we will use to stay in touch with you about the event. You will not receive any other confirmation or any other information by post.  As a company one of our responsibilities is to help look after our environment, we do this in several ways and trying to use less paper is one!  You can also stay in touch with all the latest news and information about the event on Facebook and Instagram as well as our website.

Entry, Refunds, Deferrals and Withdrawl

Please read this section carefully and do not enter the event if you are not willing to adhere to these conditions.

We expect the event to be heavily oversubscribed and advise early entry.

Once you have a full entry we are not able to offer any refunds or transfers of your entry.

We understand that things can change. We will accept withdrawals from the race at any time up to the entry closure date of 30th June 2024. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds, so if you do need to withdraw for any reason, you will be able to move your entry to a deferral option for the RAT 2025.  After the 30th June 2024, we are unable to offer any deferments or refunds and you will not be able to transfer your entry to another person. You can only defer your entry once.

Subject to race entry limits, you may also be able to move your entry to another race distance up to the entry closure date. It is not possible to move race distances for a previously deferred entry.

Any deferrals will be subject to payment of an admin / cost inflation fee payable at the point you take up your deferral. You will be sent instructions of how to take up your deferral around the date that entries open for the 2025 event. Please ensure you look out for this email and respond within the timeframe. Failure to do so will result in the loss of your deferral option.

For safety reasons, we do not allow you to transfer your entry to another person at any time. The person taking part in the event must be the person entered and you may be asked to prove your identity at registration.

We do not allow entry on the day.

Please ensure that you have read and agree to all other terms and conditions and understand the nature of the event before you enter.

For all queries about your entry and/or your deferral options, please send an email to entries@mudcrew.co.uk.

The Plaque, Black, Red & White

  • Checkpoints spaced at approx 10mile intervals.
  • Official event photography.

Upon finishing all participants will receive a unique “survivors” medal. Participants for the Plague will also receive a high viz. competition vest which must be worn as an outer layer during the event.

Competitors will also have the option of ordering an event hoodie at extra cost, when they enter. Any clothing ordered will be available at registration.


The BOYD

  • GPS tracking device which allows race HQ (and friends and family) to track your progress online.
  • “Sanctuary” checkpoint at the end of each loop.
  • Official event photography.

All finishers will be awarded an exclusive MudCrew BOYD medal.

Schedule

Race Start
00:05
08:30
11:00
12:45
PLAGUE
BLACK
RED
WHITE
Registration Open
Fri 18:00
05:00
07:30
09:30
Registration Closes
Fri 23:00
06:30
09:00
11:00
Safety Brief
Fri 23:30
06:30
09:10
11:10
Bus Loading
06:45
09:15
11.15
Buses Leave
07:00
09:30
11:30

Medals / Race Clothing

Upon finishing all participants will receive a unique “survivors” medal. Participants for the Plague will receive a high viz. competition vest which must be worn as an outer layer during the event.

Competitors will also have the option of ordering an event hoodie and/or an event buff at extra cost, when they enter. Any clothing ordered will be available at registration.

Festival Village

The festival village will be at Porthpean. Here you will find everything you need to make a great weekend. This is where you can register and is the finishing venue for all the distances. Camping and catering is also available.

Camping

Your camping pass covers two adults and their children in a tent sensibly sized for the occupancy. Three adults would require two camping passes and five would require three. Passes are checked on vehicle arrival and are per vehicle. Therefore two adults arriving in two cars but sharing the same tent would require two camping passes. Best to vehicle share your arrival. Camping passes are valid for Friday and Saturday evening. Please note that we can accept camper vans but due to size of the gateways and slope of the fields we can only accept midi czampervans (eg Transporter / Transit sized). If you turn up with a campervan larger than this, you will be truned away. We are unable to accept caravans or any trailers. Site must be vacated before 11am on Sunday.

Please note that the camping field has no shower or washing facilities. Toilets are provided.

Registration and Busses

Registration will take place at the event village at Porthpean. You must register here to take part in the event. Your kit will be checked and you will pick up your race number and timing chip when you register. Plague runners start their race at the festival village. For the Black, Red and White routes you will be taken by bus to your start point.  Busses will be leaving the event village on time.  It is vital that you ensure you register early and don’t miss your registration slot or bus leaving time.

Registration and bus times on the day of the event are as follows:

Plague 64 mile (100k) Registration: 21:00 – 23:00 (Friday evening) all competitors must attend the safety brief at 23:30. Plague Starts at 00:05.

Black 32 mile Registration: 05:00 – 06:30 all competitors must attend the safety brief at 06:40 busses will leave by 07:00 without exception. Black RAT Starts at 08:30.

Red 20mile Registration: 07:30 – 09:00 all competitors must attend the safety brief at 09:10 busses will leave by 09:30 without exception. Red RAT Starts at 11:00.

White 11mile Route Registration: 09:30 – 11:00 all competitors must attend the safety brief at 11:10 busses will leave by 11:30 without exception. White RAT Starts at 12:45.

Anyone that misses their bus, fails to register or does not have appropriate kit at any point during the event will forfeit their place and will not be able to take part.


The BOYD

Event HQ will be at the festival village at Porthpean.

Registration will take place here too from 5.30 on Friday  and will close at 6.30pm promptly. Participants will be required to attend a safety briefing at 6.30pm and the race will start at 7pm sharp.

Please be aware that there are strict cut-offs in operation and please do not enter if you feel that you are unlikely to make these cut-offs. This is a running not a walking event.  

Checkpoints, water, nutrition and any marshalling will start to be withdrawn from the course after the cut-offs and participants will not be able to continue. There will be a sweep safety runner who will be running to meet the checkpoint cut-offs.

See the Checkpoints section for cut-off times.

The Plague, Black, Red & White

Checkpoints are provided at strategic intervals on all the routes. Here you will be checked in and water and nutrition will be available as well as lots of encouragement to get you on the way to the finish.

Race Start
00:05
08:30
11:00
12:45
Open
Cut Off/CP Close
6min miles
20min miles
6min miles
20min miles
6min miles
20min miles
PLAGUE
BLACK
RED
WHITE
CP Pentewan
00:35
01:45
CP Gorran Haven
01:15
02:45
CP Portloe
02:45
06:30
CP Porthscatho
03:30
07:45
CP St.Anthonys
04:30
09:00
Start (08:30)
CP Porthscatho
10:00
09:00
10:00
Portloe (Start)
Start (11:00)
CP Portloe
12:30
09:45
12:30
CP Gorran Haven
15:45
10:45
15:45
12:15
14:00
Start (12:45)
CP Pentewan
17:45
11:45
17:45
12:30
16:00
01:45
15:00
Approx. finish
20:00
12:20
19:45
13:00
18:00
14:00
17:00

Bring out your Dead

Sanctuary checkpoint at the beginning and end of each loop.

Please note that this event will be eliminating single use plastics. Participants will have to carry and use their own race cup for drinks at the checkpoints.

All Participants

The following items are not mandatory but could also be considered for all routes.

  • Blister plasters
  • Sun Cream
  • Sun Glasses
  • Electrolyte energy drink
  • Lubricant (Bodyglide or Vaseline type)
  • Money for Emergencies
  • Small basic first aid kit

Plague

The following items are mandatory and must be carried by all Plague 64mile (100k) participants at all times. Kit checks will be carried out at registration. Additional random kit checks could be conducted on route at any time and/or at the finish.

  • Race Cup
  • Waterproof jacket (with taped seams)
  • Long sleeve warm top
  • Mobile phone
  • Rucksack
  • Hydration system (bladder or bottles, min capacity 1 litre)
  • Emergency Blanket (foil type)
  • Head wear (cap or similar headwear)
  • Gloves
  • Head torch (with minimum brightness level of 100 lumens)
  • Spare battery set for Head torch
  • Nutrition (gels, bars, energy food etc.)
  • Special Plaque visibility vest (provided free at registration – must be worn as top layer)
  • Red Flashing Tail Light – must be worn at all times on back of ruksack or waist pack

Black and Red

The following items are mandatory and must be carried by all Black 32mile and Red 20mile participants at all times. Kit checks will be carried out at registration. Additional random kit checks could be conducted on route and at the finish.

  • Race Cup
  • Waterproof jacket (with taped seams)
  • Long sleeve warm top
  • Mobile phone
  • Rucksack or waist pack
  • Hydration system (bladder or bottles, min capacity 1 litre)
  • Emergency Blanket (foil type)
  • Head wear (cap or similar headwear)
  • Nutrition (gels, bars, energy food etc.)

White

The following items are mandatory and must be carried by all White 11mile route participants at all times. Kit checks will be carried out at registration. Additional random kit checks could be conducted on route and at the finish.

  • Race Cup
  • Mobile phone
  • Water bottle (hand held or similar, min capacity 300ml)
  • Head wear (cap or similar headwear)

Bring out your Dead

Participants for the BOYD24 will receive a competition vest which must be worn as an outer layer during the event.

The following items must be carried by competitors at all times. Kit checks will be carried out at registration. Additional random kit checks could be conducted on route at any time and/or at the finish.

  • Waterproof jacket (with taped seams)
  • Long sleeve warm top
  • Mobile phone
  • Rucksack
  • Hydration system (bladder or bottles, min capacity 1 litre)
  • Emergency Blanket (foil type)
  • Head wear (cap or similar headwear)
  • Gloves
  • Head torch (with minimum brightness level of 100 lumens) This must be taken out on the course at a time to be decided by the RDs, to ensure it is available when darkness falls.
  • Spare battery set for Head torch
  • Nutrition (gels, bars, energy food etc.)
  • Special BOYD24 competition vest (provided free at registration – must be worn as top layer)
  • Red Flashing Tail Light – must be worn during hours of darkness on the back of rucksack or waist pack

The BOYD

The event will continue for 24 hours, finishing at 7pm on Saturday 16th July 2022. At that time, participants must complete the lap that they are on to complete the event. Trackers will record the distance travelled during the 24 hours only and no additional distance covered after 7pm on the Saturday will count towards the total but you must complete the lap you are on and cross the finish line back at race HQ. The winner will be the person who covers the greatest distance in the 24hours.

To remain within the event, participants must remain within the confines of the course. Any participant who leaves the course at any time, for any reason, will be classed as a DNF. The course is defined as from “Sanctuary” at race HQ to the turnaround point at Black Head. Participants must not stop for longer than 10 minutes at any time. Anyone who stops whilst on the course for longer than this will be deemed as RTC. (Refusing to continue.)

On return to race HQ, at the end of each lap, participants will have access to their own food and spare kit. This must be kept in a waterproof, lidded box which will be kept outside. You must provide your own food and nutrition. Mudcrew staff will supply hot water as required. You will have access to toilet facilities at race HQ.

Participants may spend a maximum of 10 minutes in “sanctuary”. This will be recorded on the tracker that each competitor is wearing but it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not breach the 10minute rule. If a competitor is not out on the course, they can only be in sanctuary. Participants must not return to their or anyone else’s tents/campers/cars and must not leave the site and visit home. If any participants leaves sanctuary for any reason other than returning to the course will be deemed as a DNF.
PLEASE NOTE. As an additional rule for 2022, no chairs will be allowed in “sanctuary”.

NO CREW PERMITTED ON THIS EVENT. ANY OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE, HOWEVER SMALL, WILL RESULT IN INSTANT DISQUALIFICATION.

At any time, a participant may declare themselves as refusing to continue. (RTC). If they RTC, they will be invited to toll the death bell placed on the finish line.

The distance will be measured by a GPS tracker which must be worn at all times. This will be attached to their rucksack at registration.

If you need to drop out on route try to do it a checkpoint or a location where we can get help to you easily if needed.

Make sure you inform one of our staff or Race Control of your withdrawl.

 

We encourage support Crew and Spectators.

Please note that supporters and support crews are not able permitted to access the villages of Porthscatho and Portloe at any time during the event. These areas are very busy and trying to get to these places will not be enjoyable. These locations will be marshalled and the presence of supporters and crew seriously affects the future of this event. Runners will be disqualified if supporters and crew break this important rule.

if you’d like to be involved in the RAT as a volunteer please look out for a “call to arms” on Facebook nearer the event.

MudCrew Ltd – Participants Entry Disclaimer and Terms and Conditions. (Version 21.1.23)

Participants Entry Disclaimer

I know that running a road, trail or coastal running event is a potentially hazardous activity.  I should not enter unless I am medically able to undertake this event and also properly trained and equipped.  I agree to abide by any decisions of any race official or marshal and understand that any decisions made by the race organisers are final.  I assume all risks associated with participation in this event, including but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, light levels, traffic, animals and the condition of the trail, path or road. All such risks being known and appreciated by me. I am over 21 years of age.

Having read this disclaimer and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting entry, I, for myself and for anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Mud Crew Ltd, all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in the event.  I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose and I am aware and agree to the data protection conditions outlined. 

I have read, understand and agree that my entry into this event is also subject to MudCrew’s Terms and Conditions and I am aware of the entry, refunds, deferrals and withdrawal rules, event cancellation policy and data protection details.

I also confirm that if I enter a person other than myself, that I have made them fully aware of the items in this disclaimer as well as the other Terms and Conditions and Refund and Deferral policy and that they too agree to them and have given their approval for me to confirm their understanding and acceptance of them and to sign to this effect on their behalf.

Terms and Conditions

Entry, refunds, deferrals and withdrawal.

Please read this section carefully and do not enter the event if you are not willing to adhere to these conditions.

MudCrew Ltd. do not, under any circumstances offer refunds or transfers of entries to another participant.

Once you have a full entry we are not able to offer any refunds or transfers of your entry to another person.

Please also ensure you read carefully the Entry, refunds, Deferral and withdrawal section in the relevant event guide and are aware of the event entry closure date.

In some events for anyone wishing to withdraw from a race, you have the option of deferring your entry to the corresponding event for the following year only. You can defer your entry by emailing entries@mudcrew.co.uk. You will receive a confirmation email if your deferral is accepted. Deferrals are only permitted up to the entry closure date. The entry closure date is clearly shown in the event guide. After this time MudCrew will not be able to accommodate any changes, transfers, deferrals, cancellations or refunds. If you do defer your entry, you will receive an email on or close to the entry opening of the event you have deferred to. This will invite you to take up your deferred entry. You need to respond to this email within the 30 day validity timeframe to confirm your entry. MudCrew cannot be liable for whatever reason for emails which have not been delivered and it is your responsibility to contact us should you not receive your deferral email. There is a fee payable when you take up your deferral to cover admin and/or for the difference in event price. Please remember that your option to defer is only valid for the 30days from the date that the event entry opens.

Clothing and Merchandise.

Should your entry include additional clothing or merchandise then this must be collected from race registration when it is open. This can be done in person or someone can collect on your behalf. Alternatively, if you do not attend the event, then you can contact MudCrew in the 30days following and arrange for your merchandise to be posted to you. This will be subject to additional packaging and postal charges. After 30 days, all unclaimed merchandise will be offered for general re-sale and or donated to charity.

Event Cancellation.

Should MudCrew need to cancel an event for a reason within their control, they will issue participants with a credit that may be used to transfer to another MudCrew event within one year. MudCrew are not liable to issue any refunds when events are cancelled by reason of factors not in their control.

Data Protection.

Please note that we hold data in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and the General Data Protection Regulation (2018).  

  • We will hold and store your data responsibly and securely. 
  • We will only hold data for as long as it is needed but this may include historic race results etc. 
  • We will only ask for information from you that is relevant to you entering our events. 
  • Medical information will only be shared with medical services that we employ.
  • We will only share information to third parties when needed as a requirement of what we do. This could include sending race results and reports to governing bodies for example. We will only provide the minimum required information and will make sure that they all have their own data policies. We will not share you information with other irrelevant third parties.
  • You may at any time request that we delete your data that we hold.
  • Unless you tell us otherwise, you allow us to use all imagery and references to yourself which we generate at an event to be used for publicity and marketing purposes.

Please see our website for more information on our events – www.mudcrew.co.uk

I have Read, understood and agree to this disclaimer and terms and conditions

signed by participant or the person making an entry on the participants behalf:

(physically at or before event and/or by electronic endorsement as a condition when entering)

RAT results are available HERE.

RAT results are available to view via Open Tracking HERE.

All results are available to view HERE.

White results are available to view  HERE.

Red results are available to view HERE.

Black results are available to view  HERE.

Plague results are available to view  HERE.

BOYD results are available to view  HERE.

All results are available to view HERE.

White results are available to view  HERE.

Red results are available to view  HERE.

Black results are available to view  HERE.

Plague results are available to view  HERE.

RAT results are available to view via Open Tracking HERE.