The RAT - Roseland August Trail

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  • Saint Austell, United Kingdom
  • 12. August, 2017
  • Rating:

    5/5

  • 17.7 Km

    Middle
  • 32.2 Km

    Long
  • 51.1 Km

    Long
  • 103 Km

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17.7 Km Middle
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32.2 Km Long
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51.1 Km Long
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103 Km Long
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About the race

The RAT – Roseland August Trail Race Series – is a series of challenging coastal runs along the stunning South Cornwall Coastal Path.

It incorporates four different routes, The Black Route 32 miles, The Red Route 22 miles, The White Route 11 miles and The Plague (green) 100K – 64 miles ! All these routes follow the same part of coastline, with runners from different routes joining each other at different points along the way. The route takes competitors though stunning coastal scenery, over undulating paths, through fields, villages and surrounding countryside – it is not for the faint hearted! Whilst we’d love you to take on the 100k Plague – we hope that even runners new to ultra and coastal running will find something here to suit their level. Be advised that entries to each route are limited; so be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment. There will be no provision for on the day entry. Mudcrew like to get the best out of life, that’s why The RAT is much more than just a race. We are all passionate about running but amongst the mud, sweat and tears of the race we feel there needs to be some room for having a good time, meeting fellow running enthusiasts and talking about what adventures we’ve had. At the RAT race village, there will be an afternoon and evening of entertainment, a fully licensed Tribute bar, trade stands and plenty of food and drink outlets. Camping, with great facilities, is also available and all in all we think a lovely little weekend is very likely. All you need to do now is decide how far you want to go.

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Andy Moir

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

First Ultra and I loved it !

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

I did the Black RAT. 32 miles up and down the steep steps and hills of the beautiful Cornish Coast Path. I ran it with 4 friends with the aim of finishing it, not aiming for any set time. We all loved it, with some suffering a bit more than others on a very hot and humid day. 4 of us 5 finsihed together with one dropping out, but he had completed it the previous year. A fantastic , well run evemt with a great race village and atmosphere afterwards. I would recomend this to anyone who wants a challenge, but you will also love it .

Posted on 24.08.16

Mandy Smith

Completed in 2016

5

Mud Crew RAT

I completed the Red RAT, my first Mud Crew event. I'm not an experienced trail runner and certainly not an "Athelete". But after watching and supportiing a friend at this amazing event for the last few years, with her encouragement, I took the plunge and entered. 

Im so glad I did, was it tough? Yes but Mud Crew do everything to get you to the finish line and that coveted RAT Medal. The course is in my opinion is on one of the most beautiful, dramatic stretches of the SW Coast Path. Passing through quaint Harbour Villages, amazing views of secluded beaches and ever changing terrain. 

From Registration to the end the whole event was brilliantly run. Check points manned by experienced trail runners, who knew exactly what you needed to refuel and cheerfully sent you on your way with encouraging words. Enthusiastic Marshalls and support form the running community and residents. 

Great event village.....Ok, you probably get the picture, the word I hear runners us most frequently sums the whole day up,  it was simply AWESOME

Posted on 22.08.16

Nicki Carter

Completed in 2016

5

Black RAT

Awesome race, fantastic organisation and brilliant CP stations.  

Best race of the year- fab support from everyone.

Posted on 22.08.16

Mickee Jelf

Completed in 2016

4.9

Every time I say never again, but then come back for more.

The best weekend of the year. Fantastic atmosphere and tough running especially the last 10 miles. Mudcrew are an excellent company organising this and several other trail events. If you enter one of their races you can be assured it won't be easy, but you will be well looked after and "encouraged" to the finish by some great marshalls.

Posted on 19.08.16

Sue Sykes

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Mud Crew set the bar high!

Did my first Mud Crw Event and was blown away by the whole thing. Highly organised event from start to finish and even the website and entering process was informative and super easy.  Cannot rate theses guys high enough for what they do. The attention to detail was second to none and the responsiveness of the whole team On FB is excellent. No question goes unanswered and all thanks very gratefully received and acknowledged. Will help out at any event I can in the future to give something back.

Posted on 19.08.16

John Samuelson

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Marvellous

One of the friendliest races I have ever participated in, very tough with serious amounts of climbing, but absolutely spectacular and one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Cornish coastline. The race crew are fantastic and can't do enough to get you to the finish line.

Posted on 19.08.16

Soraya Hawke-Perry

Completed in 2016

5

RAT 32

Had a brillant weekend, enjoyed the 32 distance, amazing scenery and easy to navigate. Aid stations and marshalls were great,  loved all the watermelon and cheese twists - yum. Can't reccommend enough !!!

Cheers Guys

Posted on 18.08.16

Fi Coyle

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Recommended

The most unique, well organised and well marshalled run I've ever done. Fully stocked aid stations & plenty of them. Great medal, great atmosphere. Amazing scenery. 

Posted on 18.08.16

Amy Blackburn

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Excellent Race

I found the Roseland August Trail race amazing so glad it was my first ultra marathon experience :) 

Posted on 18.08.16

Claire Todd

Completed in 2016

5

THE PLAGUE

This was my first attempt at the longer distance race of THE PLAGUE, the marshals were amazing and the checkpoints were all very well stocked. 

The terrain is very tough and outstandingly beautiful, with plenty of support enroute.

The start / finish has great facilities.

A highly recommended race, which caters for different running abilities. 

Posted on 17.08.16

Angie Morrissey

Completed in 2016

5

3rd Timer!

It's hard, it's unique and very well organised.

Posted on 17.08.16

Martin Pipet

Completed in 2016

5

Red Rat 20 miles

Simply the best race I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of. Great organisation, great support from the residents, marshals and fellow runners. A camaraderie amongst racers that I've never witnessed or experienced at any other event. Add to that a challenging course with spectacular views, what more could you ask for. 

Posted on 17.08.16

Sally Crabb

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Fantastic experience!

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

Fantastic, amazing and emotional. Will be back in 2017 to try the black RAT.

Thank you.....

Posted on 17.08.16

Jackie Brydon

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

BLACK RAT 2016

This was my longest and toughest run to date.  I ran the White RAT last year and absolutely loved it so signed up for the Black this year.  The checkpoints were vital on this very hot day.  The checkpoint people are clearly experienced runners themselves and they knew exactly what we needed before we did and couldn’t do enough for us.  The camaraderie amongst the runners was brilliant, the event village was superb and the whole event was professionally run by Mudcrew and their team.  Will definitely be back next year!

Posted on 17.08.16

Fiona McLean

Completed in 2016

5

Do it - you won't regret it!

Just done this for the second year in a row. Last year it was the 11 mile White RAT, this year the 20 mile Red RAT... next year the 32 Black?! Who knows. This is the BEST event/race/weekend I've ever done, we make it a family weekend as well as a club weekend. It's hard as nails but worth every second of agony for the moment of joy/sense of achievement as you cross the line and sink your well earned cold Korev/Rattler. Beautiful Cornish scenery (please take a moment to look around, you'll probably need a breather at the top of one of many hills!). The organisation is second to none, you really feel looked after at every step of the way, both from the Mud Crew at the aid stations, the locals and tourists you meet along the route, and from all the other runners, it's a REAL community spirit. I cannot recommend this event highly enough :-)

Posted on 17.08.16

Andrew Benham

Completed in 2016

4.9

My favourite race to date

From the organisation, cameraderie and support t oteh beautiful, brutal nature of the course this is just as must do. Distances on offer from 11 to 64 miles mean there's something for everyone too. Epic day out, loved it.

Posted on 17.08.16

Heidi Swaby

Completed in 2016

5

Black rat

One thing's for sure...Mudcrew know how to put on an event. I absolutely love their races,  the terrain they're run on,the teams spirit and ethos, the checkpoints are second to none and the events organisation is first class. I always look forward to Mudcrew events...almost as much as the after parties! Mudcrew....you ROCK 

Posted on 17.08.16

Teresa Roberts

Completed in 2016

5

brutal but fun

excellent organisation from start to finish, no walk in the park but a fantastic race from comaraderie of fellow runners to friendly helpful marshals. More watermelon next year though please .

Posted on 17.08.16

Mike Cowell

Completed in 2016

5

Black RAT First Timer

Amazing event... First time doing the 32 mile Black Rat... Extremely challenging but very well organised and super friendly. Will definitely be back next year!

Posted on 17.08.16

Sarah Tippett

Completed in 2016

5

RED RAT 2016

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

Absolutely love RAT, this is not my only Mud Crew run event I have attended, every run they organise is by runners for runners. From booking the event, to the informative emails leading up to the event itself everything is covered.  The race organisers, marshals etc cannot be praised enough for their support during the run, the check points have more than just water available, I'm talking jelly beans, crisps, bread rolls, mini sausages and ice pops, oh yesssss ice pops !!!

 The route itself is challenging, unforgiving but all this is almost forgotten when you have such amazing scenery of the Cornish Coastline.

Bring on 2017!!!

Posted on 17.08.16

David Andrewartha

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Black Rat 2016

There's a world of running and then there's a world of Ultra running! There are no events I have ever done that have come as close as 20 percent of this event. The phenomenonal support means you are never on your own here.From the crew at registration to the medical team and all inbetween.The pain and hardship are rewarded by hugs,smiles,wonderful faces and people that know what you've just gone through.There are 2 types of races.

One where the organiser wants to make as much cash as possible and one where the the crew are runners themselves who do it for the love,passion and energy of our engagingly beautiful sport.

I really don't need to say which one Mudcrew is!

Best event I've took part in and it's because of the crew! 

Thank you guys for your hard work and endless days of doing all the great stuff that gives us 10 times the event for our money! 

Quality!

Posted on 17.08.16

Craig Hall

Completed in 2016

5

The one race every one should have in their diary!

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

Having been to this race since it first started in 2012 it has grown from strength to strength.  The scenery is breath taking the camaraderie is amazing the marshals are simply the best.  This is a life changing and life affirming race.  Will always take priority in my race calender. 

Posted on 17.08.16

Emma Stephens

Completed in 2016

5

Better every year!

After doing the red RAT last year I upgraded to the black for my first ultra in 2016.

The RAT, as with all MudCrew events I've done in the past, did not disappoint. Fantastically organised with a great atmosphere, not to mention all the encouragement and support by volunteers along the course. Incredibly tough but every step was worth it to run on our incredible coast.

Will be back for the Plague next year 100%!

Posted on 17.08.16

Roger Brown

Completed in 2016

4.9

Fantastic event, as always.

registration was simple and well organised with a clear direction of flow. On site food facilities brilliant as was medical provision 

Briefing was concise, informative and useful

feed stations were well organised and stocked with plenty of volunteers to help.

support was fantastic from all the team/supporters.

 

Only disappointing element was the sweep whose attitude left a bit to be desired

Posted on 17.08.16

Steve O'Shea

Completed in 2016

4.9

Hot & hilly, not-to-be-missed

Third time on the Black. Brilliant organisation, lovely atmosphere at base-camp and out on the course. Breathtakingly beautiful. Very tough on such a hot day. One of the very best. 

Posted on 17.08.16

Hajni Puddephatt

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Quite simply the best race I've ever run

I really cannot find the right words to describe what an amazing race this was. I've only been running for just over a year, the longest I've ever run was a HM and I'd never attempted a coastal run before (no opportunity). I did the 11mile race and although I was on my own, the camaraderie was second to none, even from runners doing the longer distances. Everybody looked out for each other, everyone giving way to faster runners, it was a pure joy to be a part of it all. 

 

The organisation was fantastic, the marshals were brilliant, the views were magnificent and I found it easy to navigate even when I was completely on my own (and I'm rubbish at navigation!). The water stations were great, everyone super friendly and the stop at Pentewan  (the only one for me) was out of this world. As I was approaching it, I was hoping is be allowed more than 1 cup of water because I was so low. Instead, one of the many marshals came after me and insisted she should fill my bladder with a whole jug of water. I only realised the importance of it when I was getting more and more thirsty towards the end and very importantly, I was able to help a fellow runner who had run out. It felt wonderful to be able to help, as strange as it may sound, it was one of the highlights for me. We were all friends in the race. There were loads of biscuits, cakes, fruit, even ice lollies. I was quite simply astonished. 

Would love to do it again next year, maybe upgrade to the next level, especially knowing the amazing support you get on route. 

Even in my first 17 months of running, and although I've run dozens and dozens of races, nothing compares to this one. 

Posted on 17.08.16

Paul Treweek

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Absolutely superb!

My first Ultra - Black RAT 32 mile. Wonderful marshalls to keep you going, incredible scenery. Hard, hilly race. Great after party. If you only ever do 1 Ultra, then make sure it's the Black RAT!

Posted on 16.08.16

Jodie-May Gauld

Completed in 2016

5

Tough Challenge Beautiful Views

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

extremely tough course, which can be made harder by opting for the 64 miles, starting at midnight to do the course in reverse before turning around and heading back to the start. 

The hardest part is the last 5 miles, be prepared for all the steps... Though no matter how much you practice they never seem to get easier.

When you do get a chance to look up from placing your feet on the uneven ground, you'll be rewarded with beautiful scenes, spotting local fishermen, seals, farm animals, fields for miles and the Cornish coast. 

Marshels are super encouraging and very passionate about the event and so are the competitors. It is such a friendly weekend, even amongst the super speedy ones. Though don't be fooled, they are superhuman with the times they have set. 

Love this event, one of my favourites and it gets better each year.

Posted on 16.08.16

Tristan Reid

Completed in 2016

5

Well looked after when I got Injured

Beautiful route, great support and incredible event village.

Safety response fantastic. I got badly injured with a suspected broken ankle and was looked after brilliantly.

I will be back next year (without my Hoka's) :-)

Posted on 16.08.16

Chris Norris

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Tough but well worth the effort.

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

First time running the Rat and decided to do the Red (20miles). Probably the toughest race that I have ever done. Hills, hills and more hills. But the views you get at the top make it all worth while. When I finished I was exhausted but I'm defiantly going to do it again next year - might even think about the Black (32miles). All very well organised and ran smoothly. Every single marshal and checkpoint person were happy to help and really friendly. I don't have a single gripe about the day and have been left feeling energised (no seriously I have lol) and even slightly emotional at how beautiful Cornwall is. But be warned: all routes are tough and there is no shelter from the sun (or wind and rain) so be prepared.

Posted on 16.08.16

Tom Bennetts

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Beast of a course

after running the London marathon a couple of times I decided I wanted a new challenge, I found it in the rat! It's a gruelling course with nearly 6000ft of elevation across the 32 mile track.  It was just the challenge I was looking for.  I'm hoping to have a go at the 64 mile next year...

Posted on 16.08.16

Amy Morris

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

White RAT

My first Roseland August trail running the white 11 mile distance. Cannot recommend this event enough. Although it was the toughest race I have entered the whole experience from registration to finish was 10/10. The Mudcrew, marshals, fellow competitors and supporters en route made it a memorable day.

Posted on 16.08.16

Dawn Hadfield

Completed in 2016

4.9

Well organised race series in a beautiful location

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

This race series has evolved into a slick operation and gets bigger every year. What really makes this festival stand out is the spectacular setting and the amazing crew and marshals. The fact that all runners are on the same coastpath means even the more novice trail runners rub shoulders with proven ultra runners and everyone looks after each other. The checkpoint crews treat everyone the same, which mean you're pampered and made to feel like a real runner. Be warned though, these are tough races no matter what distance, treat them with respect. If it's hot there's no hiding from the sun, but if you make it to the finish there's a cracking party. 

 

Posted on 16.08.16

Melissa Poultney

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

32 miles of sheer awesomeness

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

from signing up last year to completing the RAT this weekend, everything has been great. Behind the scenes admin stuff is flawless, relentless questions are answered and the RD's are just superb. Their aid stations and checkpoints are legendary and the route is simply stunning. Will definitely be back again next year. Thanks Mudcrew xx

Posted on 16.08.16

Jackie Morse

Completed in 2016

4.9

Not for the faint hearted

Tough and hot but real achievement ... Fantastic atmosphere and support ....well done everyone 

Posted on 16.08.16

Barry Osborne

Completed in 2016

5

The Plague

The RAT - Roseland August Trail

Yet another first class event put on by Mudcrew,the hole experience is just brilliant with there events.

Posted on 16.08.16

Chris Hallman

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Really good event.

I'm into trail running, and I do a lot of miles on the SW coast path around the village where I live. A lot of my running freinds had mentioned the RAT, and I thought I've got to give this a go, and I'm really glad that I did. I'm used to running on challenging terrain with a lot of elevation, but I underestimated this one. I ran the 20 mile Red RAT, and it was an awesome experience, one thing that I will never forget is running through Gorran, and being cheered by hundreds of people, mostly runners waiting to start the 11 mile White RAT.  Whatever distance you do, it is a highly recommended event, and one not to miss.

Posted on 16.08.16

Sy Powell

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Awesome

Absolutley loved it! I will be entering the Plague next year. 

The only thing I would like to see next year is more water stations to throw over yourself as it was so hot or some sponge stations. 

Cheers guys - keep doing what you are doing because you are awesome at it! 

Posted on 16.08.16

Reply from the race organiser

We will certainly take that on board. Thank you.

David issitt

Completed in 2016

4.9

The RAT series does it again!

The RAT series has a lot to answer for - in 2012 I was infected with the trail-running bug after the White RAT (11 mile) event, in 2013 I completed my first Ultra in the Black RAT (32 mile) event, and I have run it ever since.  The whole event is tremendous; fabulous organisation, inspirational guest speakers (to help you get the best out of your event), wonderful company on the way and a stunning route!  There is a distance for everyone, from 11 to 64 miles and the event is growing in popularity - I will be applying early for 2017 to guarantee my place!

Posted on 16.08.16