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2020 Dates & Timings

The ROC Mountain Marathon™ takes place on the last weekend of September each year – the 2020 date is the weekend of 26-27th September. 

Picking up your map and off you go! ©Steve Ashworth


2020 schedule

August 2020

The exact venue details for the 2020 ROC Mountain Marathon will be revealed.

Sunday 20th September 2020

  • Entries close (or earlier once the event reaches capacity).

Friday 25th September 2020

1600 – Event Centre and car parking opens to competitors (please do not arrive before 1600 – the gate to the parking field will be closed!)
1800 to 2200 – Registration Open
1800 to 2200 – Catering opens and pre-ordered meals available

Saturday 26th September 2020 – Day One

0700 to 0900 – Breakfast available (pre-ordered)
0700 to 0900 – Registration open (all competitors must be registered by 0900)
0800 to 1000 – Start times (all competitors must have started by 1000)
2000 – All courses close

Sunday 27th September 2020 – Day Two

0700 to 0900 – Starts (elite and long score courses must have started by 0800)
~1430 – Prize giving ceremony (as soon as we can calculate results after 1400!)
1600 – All courses close


The 2020 ROC Mountain Marathon is heading to Northern England

Event centre: To be revealed August 2020.

What To Expect?

What is a Mountain Marathon?

“A mountain marathon is a test of your navigation (how efficiently you find the checkpoints), your fitness (how quickly you travel between the checkpoints) and your mountain craft (being self-sufficient in the mountains for the weekend with a remote overnight camp).” – Mountain


Event Format

The ROC Mountain Marathon™ offers both linear and score format courses. This variety of courses, along with the relatively low numbers, avoids snakes of runners going from point to point and will consequently test competitor’s navigation and self-sufficiency skills more.

  • Linear – Think ‘time trial’ – you navigate between a set number of checkpoints as quickly as possible.
  • Score – Acquire as many points as possible within a set amount of time by visiting checkpoints in any order.


There will be a simple rolling start on each day; within the specified start periods competitors can set off when they are ready. On the second day, a chasing start will be organised for the quickest linear teams (e.g. those finishing day 1 within 60 minutes of the leaders). SPORTident electronic timing will be used (not familiar, no problem – check out more information).


Planning your route! ©Steve Ashworth


Entries from solos and teams of two (pairs) are invited.

Participants’ car parking for the weekend and camping on the Friday night is included in the price, and is located at the Event Centre. On-site catering will be available on the Friday evening and Saturday morning providing hearty evening meals and breakfast pick-me-ups for competitors (these are optional extras).

Friends and family supporting runners are welcome to camp over on the Friday and Saturday evening at the Event Centre. This will be charged at £6 per person to cover basic amenities, please book and pay at registration.


Enjoy the friendly atmosphere on the Friday evening at the Event Centre ©Steve Ashworth


The final event details, location of the event area and directions to the Event Centre will be confirmed ~1 month before the event.


The Nature of the Event

Each competitor will be issued with a bespoke race map at the start of each day. The map will be 1:30,000 scale and approximate A3 size. It will be pre-marked with all the controls specific to your course. Control Descriptions (e.g. stream junction, sheepfold) are also printed on this map.


Hiding from the wind and checking the map out on the course ©Steve Ashworth


At registration on the Friday evening or Saturday morning, competitors will be able to view a Master Map of the competition area which will give a full overview of the event area being used plus provide details of any out-of-bounds areas, map corrections etc; the event Master Map will not be over-printed with any control points.

Overnight Campsite on Saturday night

The Overnight Camp location is only revealed to you as your race map is handed to you on the start line on Saturday morning! This will typically be remote – expect drinking water to be from streams (we recommend treating this) unless otherwise informed. Portable toilets are provided.

Hanging out with your friends at the remote overnight campsite ©Steve Ashworth


Competitors will be tackling some very challenging mountain terrain in potentially very poor weather. If you are not competent and confident when moving across steep, rough mountain terrain, you will inevitably spend longer on the hills than anticipated. In view of this, competitors are asked to make a realistic assessment of their capabilities when choosing a course.

Competitors should be prepared for the worst possible conditions as the competition area can be isolated and the hills are exposed to serious weather. Bear in mind that once competitors have started they are very much on their own. Although the organisers will ensure that the event is as safe as possible, they will not diminish the nature of the challenge. Therefore, safety is ultimately the competitor’s personal responsibility, just as it is with any trip into the hills.


Day 2 Stats

We will continue to allow teams to start within a time window of their choice on both days of the ROC and this is part of the distinct relaxed nature of the event. We want to keep this element of the event, but also help teams to make an informed choice about their start time particularly on Sunday morning when there is less time overall to complete the course. Therefore, we will now publish the distance and height gain of the Day 2 route on the Day 1 splits. We hope that this will allow participants to make a more informed choice about their start time the following day. For the avoidance of doubt, this change only relates to the linear courses!



Self-sufficiency extends to sourcing water – en-route (definitely) and at the Overnight Campsite (likely) water will be from streams. It is each competitor’s personal responsibility to boil and/or purify all water they consume; if competitors choose not to treat water this is entirely at their own risk.


Look out for water sources en route! ©Steve Ashworth


Competitors should prepare for the ROC Mountain Marathon™ by training and running on mountain terrain where possible and by practicing fine map reading and compass skills.


Disposable Cups at the Finish

A hearty finisher’s meal with complimentary tea/coffee for all is included.

Please note: we have tried both approaches; providing cups at the finish and not providing cups! Either approach generates equal measures of complaints or compliments! We know that everyone is carry a drinking container/cup/etc at a mountain marathon and therefore on balance, and in the interest of reducing waste, we will not be providing disposable cups for hot or cold drinks at the finish. Please have your drinking vessel of choice ready for your finisher’s drink (and optionally your bowl for food, otherwise served in a disposable tray [for now!]).


Vetting Elite Entries

We want everyone to enjoy their event and get safely off the hill before the courses close each day. This includes our event team who provide safety cover throughout the event and collect checkpoints at the end of each day. History shows us that it is most often participants on the elite course who finish much later than they expected and therefore we will now actively enforce our established policy on the elite course:

For your entry to be accepted you must provide evidence that you have completed an Elite or A Course within 50% of the winner’s time within the last 3 years or have other substantial and suitable experience.

What does this mean in practice? It means that if you have entered the ROC without explicitly confirming these details we will in touch! Any participants not meeting our criteria will be moved to an easier course at the discretion of the organisers.


Previous Events

Check out previous event maps

  • 2019 – 13th ROC Mountain Marathon – Lowther Hills, Scotland
  • 2018 – 12th ROC Mountain Marathon – The Northern Fells, Lake District
  • 2017 – 11th ROC Mountain Marathon – Black Combe, Lake District
  • 2016 – 10th Rab Mountain Marathon – Mallerstang, Yorkshire Dales
  • 2015 – 9th Rab Mountain Marathon – Carneddau & Glyerau, Snowdonia
  • 2014 – 8th Rab Mountain Marathon – Longsleddale, Lake District
  • 2013 – 7th Rab Mountain Marathon – Derwent Fells, Lake District
  • 2012 – 6th Rab Mountain Marathon – Cheviots Hills
  • 2011 – 5th Rab Mountain Marathon – Carneddau, Snowdonia
  • 2010 – 4th Rab Mountain Marathon – Eastern Lake District
  • 2009 – 3rd Rab Mountain Marathon – Howgills
  • 2008 – 2nd Rab Mountain Marathon – Back o’ Skiddaw, Lake District
  • 2007 – 1st Rab Mountain Marathon – Coniston, Lake District


The Different Courses Explained

Teams (solos or pairs) may choose to enter one of the following seven courses:



This table summarises our Course Planner’s target parameters for each course at the ROC Mountain Marathon™. The Target Winning Time is the most important parameter, and therefore this means that the Total Distance and Ascent will vary from one year to the next depending on the runablity of the terrain. The ‘Overall Difficulty’ is not a target for the Course Planner, rather this indicates what percentage of competitors are likely to complete the full course. However, the weather impacts the Overall Difficultly greatly, potentially making the course easier or much harder to complete in full. As Score Course competitors have their own choice about which checkpoints they visit and no set route to follow there is a much higher percentage of overall finishers, but a portion of these will opt for a much easier day in the hills than the Course Planner expected; this kind of flexibility is what makes the Score Courses an attractive choice for many competitors. For a more detailed explanation of this table please visit

Score Format Courses

These courses give competitors a fixed time in order to score as many points as possible. Each checkpoint out on the course will have a specified points value, and competitors can choose both the order of checkpoints to visit, and also the routes between them. If you are late returning to the finish, penalty points are deducted from your score. Strategy and route planning therefore are as important as fitness. Both days’ points totals will be combined, and overall results produced on this basis. The points value of a checkpoint may be a reflection of the physical or technical difficulty associated with visiting it, or how far away from the start/finish it is.

Long Score – Day 1: up to 7 hours / Day 2: up to 6 hours – A longer challenge for fitter and more competent mountain marathoners who like the challenge of score courses.

Medium Score – Day 1: up to 6 hours / Day 2: up to 5 hours – Ideal for those not wishing to try our longer Score or Linear Courses, but still looking for a quality weekend of challenging mountain marathoning.

Short Score – Day 1: up to 5 hours / Day 2: up to 4 hours – A shorter challenge, ideal for those new to this type of event and/or have limited mountain experience or endurance, or people who want shorter days out in the hills.

Score course example - day 1 2018


Score course example map – ROC Mountain Marathon™ 2018


Linear Format Courses

Competitors must visit a prescribed number and order of checkpoints. The linear courses have less route choice and require less decision making than the score format courses, because the checkpoints (and the order in which they must be visited) are defined by the organisers. Approximate length, height gain, and winning time over both days (roughly 55% day 1, 45% day 2) are shown in the table above.

Elite Course – The hardest course reserved for the fittest and most competent mountain marathoners. This is the longest and toughest course both physically and technically, and entrants are vetted for experience. It is usual for there to be more DNFs than completers on the Elite Course. For your entry to be accepted you must provide evidence that you have completed an Elite or A Course within 50% of the winner’s time within the last 3 years or have other substantial and suitable experience.

A Course – Shorter than the Elite course, but no less physically and technically challenging in terms of the terrain the course will visit. Designed for fit and competent mountain marathoners not yet ready, or wishing for, the extra challenge of the Elite Course, but still keen for a long an challenging day in the mountains.

B Course – Shorter than the A Course, with slightly less physically and technically challenging terrain, but a definite step up from the C Course. The B Course is ideal for those who have previously completed the C class and want a tougher challenge, or experienced mountain marathoners who want the challenge without the extra distance offered by the Elite and A Courses.

C Course – The shortest course, with the least physically and technically challenging terrain of the linear courses. Requires a good level of fitness and navigational ability, but suitable for teams who are either new to this type of event and/or have limited mountain experience or endurance.


Linear course example - B Course Day 2 2018

Linear course example map – B Course Day 2 ROC Mountain Marathon™ 2018


Time Penalties (Score courses only)

The time limits on the score courses are automatically enforced by the digital SI timing system (you can’t argue with the computer!). Competitors who are late finishing will rapidly lose the points built up during the day! Lateness time penalties each day are as follows:

  • 0-5 mins late = lose 1 point per min*
  • 5-15 mins late = then lose 2 points per min*
  • 15-30 mins late = then lose 5 points per min*
  • 30 mins or over late = all points lost

*or part minute

Course Closure Time  (Score AND linear courses)

Both Score and Linear courses close at 20:00 on Saturday and 16:00 on Sunday. Any finishers after these times will be recorded as T/O (Timed Out), and it is the competitors’ responsibility to adjust their plans – such as cutting their day short – should they be running late. Please do not blithely continue on your course knowing that you will finish after the Course Closure Time.


Class and Prize Categories Explained

Your Class

A team’s class is automatically assigned based on the details of each team member provided during the online entry process, such as age, gender, and whether the individuals qualify as a family team. The different classes are:


  • Open Category (Any team, of any gender, with both team members aged 18+)
  • Female Category (All female teams, with both team members aged 18+)
  • Mixed Category (All mixed-gender teams, with both team members aged 18+)
  • Veteran Category (All teams, any gender, with both team members aged 45+)


Age Class Results

We understand that a large number of participants would like to see age class results and we will now include age class results (in 5-year age blocks) for the veterans. These will appear in the SI Entries results online during and after the event and any printed results displayed at the event.


Prize Categories

Prizes will be awarded to the following teams:


  • 1st Overall Team (The overall winning team per course. Any gender, any age)
  • 1st Female Team (The 1st Female team per course. Any age)
  • 1st Mixed Team (The 1st Mixed team per course. Any Age)
  • 1st Veteran Team (The 1st Veteran team as determined by the Veteran Handicap)


We will also offer the following bonus prizes:

  • 1st U21 Male/Female/Mixed Team on the Elite Course
  • 1st U20 Male/Female/Mixed Team on the A Course
  • 1st U19 Male/Female/Mixed Team on the B Course
  • 1st U18 Male/Female/Mixed Team on the C Course
  • Any U18 team completing the C or Short Score Course with a family member (Father/Daughter or Grandmother/Grandson for example)


Congratulations! You completed the ROC Mountain Marathon. ©Steve Ashworth

Prize Eligibility

If a team is eligible for two prizes (for example 1st Overall and 1st Female Team) then they will be awarded both prizes.

Previous Course Winners

Other than the Elite and Long Score Courses, winners from previous years (1st Overall, 1st Mixed Team and 1st Female team) are ineligible for the same prize when competing on the same course.
We reserve the right to determine a team’s eligibility for a prize where one team member has previously won a prize, pairs up with another previously unplaced member and they enter the same or an easier course.

Under 18s

We will accept entries from experienced 16–17 year old pairs on the C Course, so that they can compete in the U18 British Mountain Marathon Championship. However, a parent must accompany them to registration and sign the Parental Consent Form and the team must have provided evidence of significant mountain running experience beforehand. Please contact us to check eligibility. Our minimum age requirement for this type of team is 16 years old on the first day of the event.


Less experienced 14–17 year olds are welcome to enter the C Course or Short Score when accompanied by a supervising parent/guardian aged 21 years or older. Our minimum age requirement for this type of team is 14 years old on the first day of the event.


Young competitors are very welcome on the ROC ©Steve Ashworth

Veteran’s Handicap Prize

To decide the Veterans’ Handicap Prize we are using an identical system to the other Mountain Marathons in the British Mountain Marathon Championship. The handicap system is based on the following criteria:

  • A team is eligible for a Veterans’ Handicap Score if both members are aged 45 or older, or if a solo participant is older than 45, on the Saturday of the event. This applies to both men and women.
  • Only the age of the older team member is then considered for the Veterans’ Handicap calculation.
  • Female competitors are given an additional handicap equivalent to 10 years.
  • The handicap percentage is then calculated as 1% for every year over the age of 45.

Here are some examples:

  • A team of two men aged 50 and 55 has a 10% handicap.
  • A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 50 has a 15% handicap.
  • A team of a man aged 55 and a woman aged 44 is not eligible.
  • A team of two men aged 40 and 70 is not eligible.

This is how the percentage handicap is used:

  • For linear courses the total time over the two days is reduced by the handicap percentage.
  • For score courses the total point score over the two days is increased by the handicap percentage. If the total point score over the two days is negative, no adjustment is made.

Here are some examples:

  • If the total time over two days on a linear course is 8 hours 30 minutes and the handicap is 10%, the time used for veteran results is 7 hours 39 minutes.
  • If the total score over two days on a score course is 800 points and the handicap is 20%, the score used for veteran results is 960 points
Friday Night Social – Food & Drinks

You may have had a long drive or simply fancy turning up to chat with fellow competitors ahead of the following morning’s start line. Or both!

As per tradition, local brewery beer and cider (and tea, coffee etc. of course) will be available on Friday night as you arrive and gather in the marquee after registering, in anticipation of 2-days running, orienteering, and camping ahead!

Why not relax before the event and let our excellent event caterers look after you. Pre-order the following:

  • Friday Night Meal & Drink – Take the hassle out of cooking your pre-race meal; complement the above with a homemade vegetarian main meal + cake & custard dessert + choice of teas or coffee – £8
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast – Don’t want to get the stove out before you start running? Easy! Order your breakfast ahead – includes vegetarian sausage and sliced-egg bap + hearty bowl of cereal, semi-skimmed milk + choice of teas or coffee – £5

The above must all be ordered in advance via SI Entries – the same place you register for your entry into the event. Deadline: Sunday 15th September.

Kit & Equipment

Equipment Checks

Any solo competitor or pair that is vying for a prize will be kit checked at the Day 2 Finish. There will also be random kit checks at the Start, Overnight Camp and Day 2 Finish for any team. At the sole discretion and judgement of the Race Director, any competitor who does not have the minimum mandatory items will be disqualified.

Mandatory Team Equipment

Each pair or solo competitor must carry the following mandatory items of team equipment. For the avoidance of doubt, solo entries must carry all the mandatory team equipment items themselves but pairs may split the mandatory team equipment between each other.

  1. A tent with a sewn in groundsheet1
  2. Sufficient food for an evening meal and breakfast
  3. A stove (plus the ability to light it) and the means to produce hot food/drink, with sufficient fuel remaining at the end of Day 2 to produce a hot drink at the finish
  4. The GPS Tracker as supplied by the organisers

Mandatory Personal Equipment

Each competitor must wear or carry the following items of equipment and clothing. Please note that this is the absolute MINIMUM amount of clothing and equipment and most competitors will use, carry and want more than this!

  1. Compass (suitable for mountain navigation)
  2. Whistle
  3. Map (provided by the organisers at the start)
  4. Waterproof pencil or permanent marker pen
  5. Torch (with sufficient light to enable a competitor to safely navigate off the hills in the dark)
  6. Sleeping Bag2
  7. Survival Bag (not a blanket)
  8. Waterproof Jacket or Smock (with taped seams and a hood)
  9. Waterproof Trousers (with taped seams)
  10. Watch
  11. Hat & Gloves (suitable for the weather conditions)
  12. Running Tights / Thermal Leggings (full length)
  13. Technical wicking base layer
  14. Warmer (relative to the base layer) mid layer
  15. Hill food for each day sufficient for sustaining two days of mountain running with emergency rations to remain at the end of day 2
  16. Suitable footwear3

Please bring your rucksack to registration so that we can attach the GPS Tracker.

Mandatory Personal Equipment Provided By The Organisers

  1. Event map. This will be a full colour, waterproof 1:30,000 scale map, over-printed with control locations. One map per person, per day is included in the entry fee. The event map is provided at the start of Day 1 and start of day 2.
  2. A SPORTident dibber for use during the event will be rented from us automatically (no own dibbers permitted – sorry!)

Recommended Personal/team Equipment

Whilst these items are not mandatory they do come recommended!

  1. Blister treatment
  2. First aid kit to include as a minimum: x2 wound dressings (one must be large), triangular bandage and safety pins, roller bandage and roll of tape4
  3. Sunscreen and/or midge repellent (depending on the weather!)
  4. Plastic bags to keep your feet dry at the overnight camp
  5. Waterproof dry bags / rucksack liner
  6. Karrimat, Therm-a-rest or equivalent
  7. Platypus or similar device to store water in at the camp site
  8. Cooking and eating utensils
  9. A mobile phone.
  10. Altimeter. See detailed altimeter rules below5
  11. Money (in case you get stranded miles from the Event Centre)

In the interest of reducing plastic usage, we will not be providing plastic cups for hot drinks at the finish and are asking you to bring your own cup. Also, if you are happy to enjoy your finishers meal in your own bowl this will go further to reducing waste.


©Steve Ashworth


Rule Clarifications

Detailed Tent Rules

Tents are getting better and lighter every year and the definition/classification of a lightweight tent compared to a hooped bivi tent is becoming blurred. Tents may be “hooped bivis” but must have the following characteristics:

  1. Have poles / hoops;
  2. Have a sewn in groundsheet;
  3. Be big enough to accommodate both runners, if a team.
2Detailed Sleeping Bag Rules

A Gore-Tex (or other similar material) is NOT suitable as a sleeping bag. A Blizzard Pack may be used as a sleeping bag but not as a tent. Ultimately the runner is responsible for the warmth of their sleeping bag. It is not sensible to skimp, and we MAY insist on a minimum of a 2-season sleeping bag if the forecast is cold/wet, so competitors must ensure that they bring one with them to the event.

3Detailed Footwear Rules

Footwear must be lightweight boots, fell-running or orienteering shoes suitable for ‘off-trail’ use. Flat-soled trainers are NOT permitted. Trail shoes are NOT ideal for off trail mountain running, especially contouring, but will be acceptable as long as there is a decent tread on the sole. The ideal shoe for most is a fell-running specific running shoe.

4Detailed First Aid Recommendations

Competitors may wish to carry painkillers with them but their routine use is not recommended simply to complete the event. Please have a read of the various articles and ensure you are informed. Remember, painkillers reduce the pain but not the killer!

5Detailed Altimeter Rules

Altimeter devices that work by measuring barometric pressure (e.g. Suunto Core) are allowed. Any device that measures altitude using GPS data is NOT allowed.

GPS-capable Devices

GPS devices (including ANY device which can display or indicate position, distance travelled or speed, and also any device that measures altitude using GPS data) may not be used to aid navigation and/or gain a competitive advantage.

Safety, Emergency Procedures & Bad Weather Courses

Event safety considers the impact of all actions on competitors, marshals and potentially the emergency services such as a Mountain Rescue Team. Safety considerations are dynamic and may change as the race progresses and the weather conditions deteriorate. The Race Director’s decision will be final in all matters relating to safety.

Competitor Safety

The nature and the challenge of the ROC Mountain Marathon™ is that competitors remain self-sufficient and responsible for their own safety throughout the event. Should an accident occur it is initially the competitors’ responsibility to look after themselves or each other and raise the alarm. In the event of an accident ensure that the casualty is put in their sleeping bag (and any spare sleeping bags), in a survival bag and in a tent. Shout and use your whistle to summon help from others who may be nearby. Ensure you make a careful note of your exact position (grid reference) and any features you can identify.

GPS Tracker

  • The GPS tracker will be attached to your rucksack at registration to ensure optimum positioning
  • It must never be wrapped inside anything metallic, e.g. if you use a ‘foil’ survival bag please ensure your tracker is kept free outside of this bag to maintain an unobstructed view of the sky.


GPS Tracker SOS Emergency Button

Your GPS tracker has an SOS Emergency Button. In the event of serious (threat to life or limb) incident, this button should be pressed immediately. Pressing this button (until it vibrates after ~3 seconds) is equivalent to dialing 999, and will initiate an emergency response by the emergency services and event staff*.


Please note.  Although the GPS trackers record their location via GPS satellite signal, they only send out their location data and emergency messages via the mobile phone network (the same network that is used to send text messages). As such, there are black spots along the route where there is no network coverage. At these locations the tracker records its location every few seconds, buffering the data, and then sends it out once it is back in network coverage. In these black spots it is not possible to send an SOS message but always worth trying. In the event of an emergency, and with no mobile phone signal, raise the alarm by seeking our closest Checkpoint, and by alerting a fellow participant.


The Golden Rule

Whatever happens ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REPORT TO THE FINISH AND DOWNLOAD TIMING CARDS (at the Overnight Camp or at the Event Centre on Sunday), regardless of whether they finish, retire, or even start. This is our check to account for everyone being safely off the hill.

Bad Weather Course

Participants should assume that the ROC Mountain Marathon™ will proceed even in very poor weather. If the weather is exceptionally poor, we may opt to use our shorter ‘Bad Weather Courses’. Any course changes will be confirmed at registration. If a Bad Weather Course is declared by the Race Director participants must omit certain checkpoints on the linear courses, and the overall time allowed for the score courses will be reduced. Details of the Bad Weather Course are printed on the race map.


Participants who are unable to continue may retire at any point and should make their own way back to the Event Centre or the Overnight Camp and download and return timing cards and GPS trackers before leaving. There is no facility to collect retiring teams by vehicle. Participants must still observe Event Rules.

SPORTident Timing

The event will use digital SPORTident timing known as SI. At registration each competitor will be issued with their own SI Dibber, which must be ‘punched’ into the SI timing boxes at each checkpoint, the start, and the finish to record your time at these locations. For those unfamiliar with this simple and reliable system, see below and please don’t hesitate to ask for instructions at registration.


How to use SportIDENT


Key point:

  • You will know if your dibber has registered at any SI box as it will bleep and flash by way of feedback. If you are in any doubt that you have successfully ‘dibbed’ a box, please take a note of the three letter code on the box and keep this safe until you download incase required.


The SI system is an important safety feature of the event and when competitors ‘download’ their SI data at the end of each day, we will be able to ascertain who is safely off the hill.

All controls (may also be referred to as ‘checkpoints’) will be marked with a white and orange orienteering kite as shown in the picture above.


Punching at Checkpoints

Occasionally, we are placed in the awkward position of a participant arriving at the finish without having ‘punched’ all the checkpoints along the way. Sometimes their GPS Tracker shows them visiting the missing checkpoint or passing very close by (within the margin of error of the GPS tracking). Sometimes, the participant has simply forgotten to punch and sometimes the participant claims that their dibber or the SI Station is faulty. We are left to interpret the data and make a judgement on the honesty of the participant, which leaves us open to making potentially biased decisions based on personal relationships. As always, we want our events to be completely fair, transparent and delivered without any potential for favouritism. Therefore, we are changing the rules relating to Punching at Checkpoints so that they are stricter and have less room for interpretation by us and/or the participant. The new rules are:

  1. If the timing chip is lost, then the participant will be disqualified, and will be charged for a replacement.
  2. Participants must register their timing chips at every checkpoint. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the chip registers (listen for the beep, watch for the flash!). If any checkpoints do not register, then the participant will be deemed not to have visited that checkpoint and be disqualified.
  3. Pairs must punch within 60 seconds of each other. We will assume that any failure to punch within 60 seconds of each other is because the pair have separated and therefore the pair will be disqualified.

What does this mean in practice? It means that if you (and/or partner) fail to register a punch at a checkpoint, lose or break your timing chip, you will be disqualified. The only exception will be if the SI Station itself is broken and then the participant must record the code on the box (having not witnessed a flash or beep from the box). A faulty SI Station will affect EVERYONE on the course and is almost unheard of.

GPS Tracking

We introduced live GPS tracking to add significantly to the event safety and to engage with the friends and family of competitors. It made for very interesting ‘dot watching’! Each team (i.e. pair or solo competitor) will be required to carry a GPS tracker.

Please bring your rucksack to registration so that we can attach the GPS Tracker.



GPS Tracking: Follow The Race Live

The GPS trackers can be followed live via our homepage at the time of the race.

For friends and family following the race please note that there are black spots where tracking data will be temporarily unavailable (see below), and a team’s tracker may appear to be stationary. Please don’t worry if this happens as we will be monitoring competitors’ progress around the course carefully.


GPS Tracking Public Information

Each team’s GPS track will be live in real-time during the event and will be publicly available to download as a GPX file after the event. It will also be possible to watch progress via a ‘live replay’ function on the event website. This means that any cheating (whether accidental or not), such as crossing an uncrossable boundary or passing through an out-of-bounds area will lead to almost certain disqualification from the event… even if that disqualification happens a few days afterwards.

Event Rules

It is the participant’s responsibility to know and follow these rules:

  1. Participants must follow the Universal Event Rules applicable to all events organised by Ourea Events
  2. Participants must not be separated from their race packs at any time. For the avoidance of doubt, pairs may carry each other’s rucksacks, and distribute personal and team equipment as they see fit, but please take careful note of Rule 3.
  3. Punching at checkpoints:
    1. If the timing chip is lost, then the participant will be disqualified, and will be charged for a replacement.
    2. Participants must register their timing chips at every checkpoint. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the chip registers (listen for the beep, watch for the flash!). If any checkpoints do not register, then the participant will be deemed not to have visited that checkpoint and be disqualified.
    3. Pairs must punch within 60 seconds of each other. We will assume that any failure to punch within 60 seconds of each other is because the pair have separated and therefore the pair will be disqualified.
  4. For participants entered as pairs, if one member of the team must retire, then both team members must retire for that day. If this happens on Day 1, the remaining participant may start Day 2 solo if they wish to. They may also team up with another solo participant, but they will be non-competitive overall.
  5. The competition area is embargoed. If a participant or team becomes aware of the competition area they are not allowed to visit the area in advance of the Event with the specific goal of gaining a competitive advantage over other participants.
  6. GPS devices (including ANY device which can display or indicate position, distance travelled or speed, and also any device that measures altitude using GPS data) may not be used to aid navigation and/or gain a competitive advantage.
  7. Altimeter devices that work by measuring barometric pressure are allowed.
  8. Mobile phones may be carried, but may not be used to gain a competitive advantage. See Event Specific Kit List for more details.


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