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

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. 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.

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