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Men's Health Survival of the Fittest Manchester

Saturday 2nd November 2013

Manchester's first-ever Survival was an absolute belter in 2012 and 2013 promises to repeat what has become one of the most popular Survival courses in its first year. Packing a punishing 10k route woven through Sport City, the Etihad Stadium and into Phillips Park, the Manchester course features loads of mud, full-body dunkings and immersion in water, canal crossings and a whopping great Stadium Climb. And that's not to mention the beer tent, which is an Event in itself! Our Manchester Event is also an opportunity for Northerners everywhere to gang up on their Southern counterparts as Manchester will again be pitched as 1 of our 2 finale events alongside London, packing extra obstacles, a superlatively action-packed course and bragging rights for the whole field if you beat London! You whipped them in 2012, so it's time to retain the silverware for The North. More on this below.

*Manchester Date: Please Note
The Manchester Event is based at the superb Sport City complex and the Etihad Stadium, which is located here, features as part of the course. Given this is home to Manchester City Football Club, we must wait until the Football fixtures are announced in mid-June to 100% confirm the date for Manchester.


The adventure unfolds from the smoking gun at the centre of all the sporting action: Sport City. Built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and packing more Sporting pedigree than a sweatband on a poodle, this is a stunning place from which another Survival classic has been built. With an event base in the shadow of Manchester City's mighty Etihad Stadium, we'll be dashing in and out of the Stadium Survival-style as well as taking in some forays into the rest of the Sport City Estate. We'll then disappear over and under the canal and into Clayton Vale and Phillips Park. Bring your spectators too, as the Manchester course is designed with them in mind as well as you - there will be loads of obstacles around the event village from where they can watch you tough it out with the Survival hoards.


The 2013 Manchester event will again link 2 dramatically different venues on a traffic-free running route: The urban spaces and stadia of Sport City and the urban-oasis of Phillips Park and Clayton Vale. It's a race of 2 halves, with Sport City offering up monster obstacle rigs from the Survival engineers amongst an uber-urban backdrop; and the Park featuring a fair chunk of mud, sweat and tears. Plus the odd soaking.

There's 15 zones in total - each packing multiple obstacles and some harbouring as many as 10 different pieces of equipment for you to tackle. In total, expect to grip to grips with around 70 bts of kit around the course. That's a lorra-lorra obstacles.

So what's to discuss? Sign up HERE to tackle Manchester 2013. Do it for England! Do it for The North. Manchester is 1 of 2 finale events we are operating, with London taking place some 2 weeks later at Battersea Power Station. We will add all the times together from London and from Manchester and use our special algorithmic-calculator-wizard to deduce who is faster: North or South. North won in 2012 so there is serious pride at stake here.


All this Survivin' is thirsty work. We will be building a brilliant 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, we'll be needing to talk to the nice man at the Brewery to set aside a good few barrels, as you decimated the beer in 2012!


Manchester is served by road from every which way. M6, M56, M62 - you name it. it's 1.5 hours from Brum, an hour tops from Liverpool and 3.5 hours from Old Smoke. Not a bad hour's drive across the M62 from Leeds either if you can handle the 50 zone across the moors.

Events take place in some great locations but the standard of parking facilities is variable in standard and capacity. Due to the popularity of the events we want to want more of you to have the chance to come along and this means managing the car traffic.  Therefore, subject to venue requirements, Rat Race may need to enforce parking fees of up to £5 per car at some locations.

This would be payable only by cash on the day. These measures will be used to achieve the following benefits to your event experience:
-Encourage car sharing hence increasing parking capacity in the best spots and reducing pollution.
-Improve traffic management measures so less queuing in your car.
-Contribute funds to bad weather contingencies on grass parking areas so you don't get stuck.

Be prepared and help us help you: Come with cash, car share, come early, know how to attach your vehicles towing hook. Precise information will be published in the pre-event emails we will send you.

Please be considerate: Cars that park in restricted zones and cause barriers to traffic flow and safety vehicles, such as surrounding roads, will be ticketed and/or removed at owners' expense

Direct connections from London Euston will have you to Manchester Piccadilly in just over 2 hours and there are bus connections (and hopefully tram if it's finished in time) to Sport City. Trans Pennine services run from Leeds and York and take around 1.5 hrs from Leeds and 1.45 from York. Trains from Scotland serve Manchester from Glasgow and Edinburgh and journey time is around 3.5 hours from either.

Manchester airport is a safe bet for domestic and international flights. It's 45 mins flying time from London airports and there is a train right from the airport into town.



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