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2019 Dates & Timings

The ROC Mountain Marathon™ takes place on the last weekend of September each year – the 2019 date is the weekend of 28-29th September.

Smile, it's nearly time for the ROC!

 

Friday 23rd August 2019

The exact venue details for the 2019 ROC Mountain Marathon will be revealed!

Sunday 15th September 2019

  • Deadline for t-shirt orders.
  • Deadline for food orders.

Sunday 22nd September 2019

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

Friday 27th September 2019

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 2100 – Registration Open
1800 to 2200 – Catering opens and pre-ordered meals available

Saturday 28th September 2019 – 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)

Sunday 29th September 2019 – 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!)
1500 – All courses close

Location

The 2019 ROC Mountain Marathon’s general location will be revealed as soon as possible. Be the first to find out.

Event centre specifics will be confirmed by August 23rd 2019

Check out where previous editions of the event have been held (complete with maps).

What To Expect?

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.

There will be a simple rolling start on each day; within the specified start periods competitors can set off when they are ready. SPORTident electronic timing will be used (not familiar, no problem – check out more information).

 

Map issue at the start line

Map issue at the start line ©Steve Ashworth

 

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

Competitor 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).

 

Scrambled egg sandwich? Breakfast time in the tent

Scrambled egg sandwich? Breakfast time in the tent. ©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.

 

Competitors receive their pre-marked maps at the start line and typically spend a few minutes planning their next move.

Competitors receive their pre-marked maps at the start line and typically spend a few minutes planning their next move. ©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

Precise details of this will be given on the event map handed out at the start on Saturday morning. This will typically be remote – expect access to water to be from streams (we recommend treating this) unless otherwise informed. Portaloos are provided.

Space a-plenty to pitch your tent at the overnight camp. Sun has been booked.

Space a-plenty to pitch your tent at the overnight camp. Sun has been booked. ©Steve Ashworth

 

Competitors will be tackling some very challenging mountain terrain in potentially very poor weather. If they are not competent and confident when moving across steep, rough mountain terrain, they will inevitably spend longer on the hills than they 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, without diminishing the nature of the challenge, competitor safety is ultimately the competitor’s personal responsibility, just as it is with any trip into the hills.

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.

 

Filling up en-route from streams

Filling up en-route from streams ©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.

 


Previous Events

Check out previous event maps

  • 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

 

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!

But why cook when you could pre-order your pre-event evening meal from our event caterers?

  • Friday Night Meal – hearty main meal + choice of Wilf’s finest cake & custard + hot drink included – £8
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast – scrambled egg sandwich + large bowl of muesli or cereal with semi-skimmed milk + hot drink included – £5The 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.
Courses, Classes, & Prizes

Courses

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

 

 

Linear 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) would be:

  • Elite – the premier class for the fittest and most competent mountain marathoners. This is the longest and toughest class both physically and technically, and entrants will usually be vetted for experience.
  • A – shorter than the Elite class, but also physically and technically very challenging. A stepping stone from the B class to the Elite class. Designed for fit and competent mountain marathoners not yet ready for the extra challenge of the Elite class.
  • B – shorter than the A class, slightly less physically and technically challenging, but a step up from the C class – 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 classes.
  • C – the shortest, and least physically and technically challenging 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 2018

 

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 will be deducted. 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 – 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.
  • Short – Day 1: up to 6 hours / Day 2: up to 5 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

Linear course example map – B Course Day 2 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:

  • 1-5 mins late = 1 point per min
  • 6-15 mins late = 2 points per min
  • 16-29 mins late = 5 points per min
  • over 30 mins = all points lost (eek!)

 

All courses close at 20:00 on Saturday and 15:00 on Sunday. Any finishers after these times will be recorded as DNF.

 


Class

Competitor’s Class is automatically assigned based on their entry criteria such as age, gender and whether they are a parent/child team.

  • Open Male (Solo: Aged 18-45. Pairs: Youngest member aged under 45)
  • Open Female (Solo: Aged 18-45. Pairs: Youngest member aged under 45)
  • Open Mixed (Pairs Only: Youngest member aged under 45)
  • Male Vet (Solo: Aged 45-55. Pairs: youngest member aged 45-55)
  • Female Vet (Solo: Aged 45-55. Pairs: youngest member aged 45-55)
  • Mixed Vet (Pairs Only: Youngest member aged 45-55)
  • Male Super Vet (Solo: Aged 55+. Pairs: Both competitors aged 55+)
  • Female Super Vet (Solo: Aged 55+. Pairs: Both competitors aged 55+)
  • Mixed Super Vet (Pairs Only: Both competitors aged 55+)
  • Parent & Child (Pairs Only: See Notes Below)

 


Age

Under 18s

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

 

Young competitors are very welcome on the ROC ©Steve Ashworth

 

Experienced 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 Championship. HOWEVER, a parent must accompany them to registration and sign the Parental Consent Form AND evidence of significant mountain running experience must be provided. Please email us to check. The minimum age is the age of the competitor on the day of the event.

Parent / Child Class

Parent / Child Class teams (only available to teams on the C and Short Score Course) must consist of parent/guardian (aged at least 21 years) running with their 14-17 year old charge. Our minimum age requirement is 14 years old on the first day of the event.

 


Prizes

As the event is not title-sponsored, Ourea Events will be providing a small prize to each of the below. For clarification, prizes are awarded to the 1st placed teams (either solo OR pairs) in all the class/course combinations, except for the Walker’s class (which is non-competitive) and the Parent/Child class.

  • 1st Open Male (Solo 18-45)
  • 1st Open Female (Solo 18-45)
  • 1st Pair (Male, Female AND Mixed)
  • 1st Male Vet (Solo 45-55) AND 1st Female Vet (Solo 45-55)
  • 1st Pair Vet (Male, Female AND Mixed)
  • 1st Male Super Vet (Solo >55) AND 1st Female Super Vet (Solo >55)
  • 1st Pair Super Vet (Male, Female AND Mixed)

 

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

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 of all teams. At the sole discretion and judgment 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 person must wear or carry the following items of equipment and clothing. Please note that this is the 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.

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 for both days. One map per person is included in the entry fee. Please note that additional plastic map bags will NOT be provided. The event map is provided at the start of Day 1;
  2. Control Descriptions printed on waterproof paper and handed out at the start of each day;
  3. 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. See detailed mobile phone rules below5;
  10. Altimeter. See detailed altimeter rules below6;
  11. Money (in case you get stranded miles from the Event Centre).

 

©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 Mobile Phone Rules

A mobile phone is strongly recommended in case of an emergency but it is very important to STRESS that a mobile phone is no substitute for Sound Mountain Judgment i.e. don’t think a risk becomes acceptable because help is only a phone call away… This is not the case, as there is often little or no network signal in the competition area, and rescues often take hours to organise – rescues put many others at risk.

The soul of the ROC Mountain Marathon™ is a map and compass navigation challenge for mountain runners (and some walkers). We’re keen not to undermine this core aspect of the ‘nature of the challenge’, yet we recognise that a growing number of competitors would appreciate the discretion to take photos and record their routes using GPS-capable smart phones, watches, or other devices. In actual fact, the reality is that this is already happening and often the photos and routes are shared via social media after an event. We now want to clarify the use of any GPS-capable device so that the right balance is struck for all competitors, so that the rules are clear, and that the nature of the challenge is sacrosanct. Therefore our updated rules should be read in the following section.

6Detailed 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

All GPS-Capable devices (other than the GPS Tracker provided by the organisers) are banned. Please take CAREFUL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING RULES:

  1. If you wish to carry any GPS-capable device and remain competitive (i.e. be eligible for prizes and appear ranked in the results), the device MUST be declared, switched off, and sealed in an opaque envelope (provided), at registration.
  2. If you wish to use your GPS-capable device in any manner (including to take photos with a smart phone), you may do so, but this MUST be declared at registration and you will be marked as non-competitive in the results (i.e. not eligible for prizes and appear unranked in the results).
  3. All non-GPS capable mobile phones are acceptable to carry and these do not need to be turned off or sealed in an opaque envelope at registration.

We expect competitors to be honest and not to seek any unfair advantage whether specifically set out within these rules or not. However, we would strongly encourage competitors to have a quiet word with any race official if they suspect another competitor is using a GPS-capable device on our Elite, A, B, C, Long Score and Short Score Courses and whom also appears in the overall results.

For clarification, examples of GPS-capable devices include (non-exhaustively) smart phones and sport/smart watches (e.g. by Garmin and Suunto) that use GPS functionality to record/display any navigationally-useful information like distance travelled or altitude, regardless of whether they also provide a grid reference or not. All barometric-only altimeters remain acceptable. If a competitor needs to use their phone in an emergency they will not be penalised for this.

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 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. Use your whistle to summon help and ensure you make a careful note of your exact position (grid reference) and any features you can identify.

GPS Tracking: SOS Emergency Button / GPS Trackers

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*.

*However, because there are typically 1% accidental SOS Emergency Button presses per event, WE WILL IGNORE AN SOS MESSAGE IF THE TRACKER CONTINUES TO MOVE AFTER IT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, REMAIN AT YOUR LOCATION. ONLY PRESS THE CASUALTY’S OWN SOS EMERGENCY BUTTON AND ALWAYS LEAVE THE GPS TRACKER WITH THE CASUALTY.

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.

Each team’s GPS track will be live in real-time during the event. Every team’s GPS track will be publicly available to download as a GPX file after the event, and also available to watch via a ‘replay’ function on the event website.

The Golden Rule

Once registered, each competitor must download their SI data from their dibber at the Day 1 Finish on the first day, and the Event Centre on Day 2, before departing regardless of whether they are retired or not (or even not started). This is our check to account for everyone being safely off the hill.

Emergency Procedure

If a team has not finished AND downloaded their SI data at the Event Centre by 1600 on the Sunday AND they have failed to contact the organisers on the Emergency Telephone Number (printed on the maps) then the Police and Mountain Rescue may be notified and a search organised. The competitors Next of Kin will be contacted at this point.

Bad Weather Course

A bad weather course maybe declared at anytime by the Race Director and in this instance, competitors must omit certain checkpoints (the overall time for the score format courses will be reduced). Details of the bad weather course are printed on the map.

SPORTident Timing
SPORTident timing example

Above: SI in action. © Rob Howard

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. For those unfamiliar with this simple and reliable system, see below and please don’t hesitate to ask for instructions at registration.

Key point:

  • You will know if your dibber has registered at any SI box as it will beep 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.

GPS Tracking

We first introduced live GPS tracking in 2016 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.

 

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: 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.

However, because there are typically 1% accidental SOS Emergency Button presses per event, WE WILL IGNORE AN SOS MESSAGE IF THE TRACKER CONTINUES TO MOVE AFTER IT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, REMAIN AT YOUR LOCATION. ONLY PRESS THE CASUALTY’S OWN SOS EMERGENCY BUTTON AND ALWAYS LEAVE THE GPS TRACKER WITH THE CASUALTY.

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.

Each team’s GPS track will be live in real-time during the event. Every team’s GPS track will be publicly available to download as a GPX file after the event, and also available to watch via a ‘replay’ function on the event website.

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/teams must not be separated from their race packs at any time.
  3. For participants entered as pairs, they must maintain both voice and visual contact with each other for the duration of the event. Both team members must visit each checkpoint together – within 10m (please note SI controls are set up so that both members of a team must visit a control within 60 seconds for it to successfully register them).
  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. Participants and teams who wish to be competitive (i.e. qualify for a prize) in the event and championship may NOT use GPS / Satellite navigation devices to aid them. This includes ANY device which can display (or indicate using sound) position, distance travelled or speed, and also any device that measures altitude using GPS data – including mobile phones.
  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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