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.