Barrel of Laps

The UK’s biggest provider of adventure racing, Rat Race, is launching a festival event called Barrel of Laps, to be held at the Claydon estate, in Buckinghamshire.

The event is part of a wider beer, cider and wine festival being held over the weekend of July 28-30, with artisan foods, 50 ales, lashings of cider and wine tastings too.

On-site camping is available all weekend and there will be a huge big top tent providing undercover space for the beer, wine and cider tastings. A music programme will feature the Bon Jovi Experience and live band Avatar.

The highlight will be the first ever Barrel of Laps mud run race on the Saturday. The challenge is simple: participants must carry a beer barrel, weighing in at 3.4kg, around a two-mile lapped course as many times as they can, to earn beer rewards as they go.

There will be on-course challenges that each barrel carrier has to complete and they can run alone or in a team. At this event it is the barrel’s laps that count so runners of all abilities can take on the challenge together. Plus, the more laps you do the more beer you’ll earn! Complete five laps to earn a beer for all of your team and do 13 laps (that’s a marathon) to earn another.

All finishers will be rewarded with a medal at the finish. Proceeds from the event will go to the charity Children with Cancer UK.

Alex Reily, marketing manager at Rat Race Events, said: “Rat Race Barrel of Laps is a beer and wine festival for those who love a marathon session.

“From Beer Miles to casual pints at the pub after a race or training session, beer has always gone hand in hand with running. Unwinding with a beer gives runners the chance to share tales on how and why that PB (personal best) was achieved or missed by a hair’s breadth.”

For more information about the event and to book camping, visit