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.
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.
- 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*.
*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.
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.