Kit & Equipment
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.
- A tent with a sewn in groundsheet1
- Sufficient food for an evening meal and breakfast
- 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
- 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!
- Compass (suitable for mountain navigation)
- Map (provided by the organisers at the start)
- Waterproof pencil or permanent marker pen
- Torch (with sufficient light to enable a competitor to safely navigate off the hills in the dark)
- Sleeping Bag2
- Survival Bag (not a blanket)
- Waterproof Jacket or Smock (with taped seams and a hood)
- Waterproof Trousers (with taped seams)
- Hat & Gloves (suitable for the weather conditions)
- Running Tights / Thermal Leggings (full length)
- Technical wicking base layer
- Warmer (relative to the base layer) mid layer
- Hill food for each day sufficient for sustaining two days of mountain running with emergency rations to remain at the end of day 2
- Suitable footwear3
Please bring your rucksack to registration so that we can attach the GPS Tracker.
Mandatory Personal Equipment Provided By The Organisers
- 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.
- 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!
- Blister treatment
- 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
- Sunscreen and/or midge repellent (depending on the weather!)
- Plastic bags to keep your feet dry at the overnight camp
- Waterproof dry bags / rucksack liner
- Karrimat, Therm-a-rest or equivalent
- Platypus or similar device to store water in at the camp site
- Cooking and eating utensils
- A mobile phone.
- Altimeter. See detailed altimeter rules below5
- 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.
1 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:
- Have poles / hoops;
- Have a sewn in groundsheet;
- 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 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.