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Men's Health Survival of the Fittest London

Saturday 16th November 2013

Survival of the Fittest 

For 2 years we have been fortunate enough to host Survival at the epic Battersea Power Station. As many will know, the Power Station site is subject to on-going development plans. Whilst the date has been agreed in principle between ourselves and the Venue, we cannot guarantee it until more is known about the future development plans at the site into 2013 and which areas of the site will be available for our use. The venue is therefore provisional at this stage. If we do need to find a new home for Survival London in 2013, you will of course be the first to know and if you have booked to take part and no longer wish to do so at a venue other than Battersea, we will transfer your entry free of charge to any other Rat Race event of your choice. Please click here to read our transfer and refund policy for further information

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For 2013, we're delivering the same great 10k format with oodles of obstacles. It sold out a month in advance in 2012, so we figured - if it ain't broke....

From 9am until late afternoon, Start waves of 350 people will depart every 15 minutes to tackle the Survival couse. The entry numbers will again be capped at 10,000, so make sure you get that entry in fast! The route will again feature around 10k of running with over 20 obstacle zones en route, packing nearly 100 pieces of equipment throughout.

As darkness descends, we hope to be switching on the floodlights once more and staging our Survival by Night 5k. This will be an action-packed 5k and will feature 90% of the obstacle content of the 10km. At this time, the Survival at Night Event is not currently open for Entries and further announcements will be made in Spring 2012 on its Launch. Click here to read more about the Night-time event.

It pays to be popular! If you want to come as a team, you will be in good company. Teams can save up to £10 per head on standard entry prices too. In 2012, 60% of the London field raced as teams. You will all run in the same wave and many of you will want to stick together and carry each other through it, but if you want to split up and enjoy a bit of inter-group rivalry on the course, no problem!

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All this Survivin' is thirsty work. We will be building a colossal beer tent at the event site once more. As well as having the course actually running through it for bar-side entertainment on a par with darts and skittles, will be serving up ice-cold beer and real ales too. The beer tent will be open until you are all safely home. If 2012's innings is anything to go by, you'll be helping us drink more than 100 kegs!

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By far the easiest way to get to the venue is by train, alighting at Battersea Park Station. The best mainline rail station from which Battersea Park Station is served is VICTORIA, with trains running regularly from here. Walking time from Battersea Park is 10 mins to the event entrance at the venue. Other local stations are Queenstown Road (15 mins walk) and Vauxhall (20 mins walk).

If you are coming from out of town, London is of course served very well by train, with rail connections into all the mainline stations, plus a Sleeper service also available overnight from Scotland, which would allow you to board your train the night before Survival and arrive at Euston Station fresh for breakfast before a wee hop, skip and a jump down to Victoria on the Victoria line to get connections to Battersea Park rail station and giving plenty of time for Registration on the day of the event. How about that for door to door!

There is no Tube station at Battersea Power Station and the closest is Vauxhall (15 - 20 minutes walk), served by the Victoria line. There is a taxi stand at Vauxhall and plenty of local buses that get you very close.

London is becoming more bike-friendly by the day and if you have your own (2) wheeled steed, Survival London is bike friendly too! We'll once again have a large bike park at the venue for the day and this is open for you to park up your bike, scooter or motorbike for the day. Please bring your own LOCK however as this is an unsupervised facility. Boris bikes can be hired from docking stations all over town, but please ensure that if you bring a Boris bike on site, you have a way to lock it up whilst in your care.

There are loads of buses that serve bus stops on both Queenstwon Road and Nine Elms Road, right next to the Power Station. Check out for timetables and route maps from your destination.

Central London can be a challenge to get through with a car and good time needs to be allowed for. There is the Congestion Charge to plan for too, although this does not operate at the weekend. Parking at the Power Station itself is not an option and there are few car parks in this area, however there are numerous car parking options on the other side of the river, around Victoria Station and a 20 minute walk away from the venue (or a 2 minute train ride from Victoria). If you are driving, plan your timings carefully as everything can take a little longer than expected in central London. Check out NCP car parks around Victoria/ Pimlico HERE. Near the event there are car parks in Battersea Park itself however space in these car parks is extremely limited and we would not recommend relying on these.

Again, please note that there will be NO car parking AT the event venue.

London has 5 main airports all providing swift train transfer into town: Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, Gatwick and City.

There is plenty to choose from in London. From super stylish options in the thick of the action, to belt n' braces Travelodges and tourist-focussed 2 and 3 star hotels - there's a good raft of options around Victoria. Try Visit London for a full run-down of digs, plus superb info on what's on around town.

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