HUNDREDS of competitors ran, swam and negotiated obstacles during the 10km race in London’s Docklands to raise money for the homeless charity, Shelter.
During the ’The Rat Race' which is billed as London's only water obstacle course, participants completed gruelling tasks in the cold open waters of Royal Victoria Docks on the River Thames.
The scariest looking obstacle of the event was a towering leap from a plank, which plummeted runners 20 feet into the cold waters below. Volunteers were on hand to offer gentle encouragement to competitors as they approached their walk to the plank.
Competitor, Melissa Weldon tweeted “Can we talk about that big jump at @RatRaceHQ?! Never have I felt fear like that!!!”
The race started inside London’s ExCel centre, where participants faced a quick-fire barrage of obstacles before heading out onto the dockside and completing yet more obstacles both in and out of the water during the three lap course over 10km (approximately 6 miles).
Runners swam, crawled, jumped, slid and laughed their way around the course, before finishing back where they started in the ExCel centre.
Official results of the 2016 London River Rat Race will be published on the Rat Race website
Images from the 2016 London River Rat Race