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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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Get Wet Running for Shelter

Every two minutes someone in the UK faces losing their home, many are families with young children. Without Shelter, they would have nowhere to go, and would be sleeping on the streets. The majority of their funding comes from individual donations or organisations, often achieved through fundraising events.

One such fundraising event is bound to make a splash this summer. Are you willing to take the plunge for people in need, or will you be on the Run for Shelter? If you don't like getting wet, then maybe this isn't for you, otherwise, get ready for the London River Rat Race.

A fusion between a marathon and swimming race, this ten kilometre obstacle course is a wet, wild, and challenging jaunt around London's Docklands.

You will face thirteen obstacles in total:

1. Hurdles
2. Gorilla Truck - climbing over raised platforms
3. Tire Run
4. Herras Maze
5. Scrim Tree Maze
6. Parkour Scramble
7. Beach Wade Water Run
8. Pontoon Jump
9. Kayaks
10. Inflatables - a giant paddling pool
11. Into The Drink - a twenty foot plunge into the river
12. Slippery Wall & Plunge Pool
13. Slide - a fifty foot slide towards the finish line

Which of these excites you most? Which has you quivering in fear? I think number eleven sounds like the most terrifying.

If you are ready to test your nerves, get an adrenaline rush, as help people in need of housing, then sign up quick for the best deal. The London River Rat Race takes place on the 16th August, entry is 70 before with you book before the end of June, 75 before the end of July, or 80 for a last minute place in August. 10 from every entry will go to Shelter, while the rest covers the cost of organising the event.

The starting line is at London Excel, where you can register on the day anytime between 7am - 1.15pm. Participants will be released in waves to avoid too much overcrowding, and you will have a personal timer to see how long it takes you to get round.
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: 16th August
Where: London Docklands
Cost: 70-80
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