FAQ

How tough is the challenge?

Compared to our other events this is relatively easy to finish within the time limit.  You need to average around 2.9 mph to finish in 12 hours.  That would be walking pace if it wasn’t for the hills, so you’ll have to run at least some of it! Still, 35 miles is 35 miles.  Your legs are going to know about it!

What is included in the entry price?

  • Coach travel to the start
  • Electronic Chip timing from Beyond Marathon RaceTimer Pro
  • Tea/Coffee after the event
  • A meal after the event
  • Finishers certificate
  • Staff and first aid medical support
  • Snacks and cold drinks at CPs
  • Participation in a fun as well as tough event!
  • Optional electronic chip timing (SportIdent)

How good do my navigation skills need to be?

The entire route is a national trail and is well way-marked.  If you can follow finger posts and waymarks have the battle is won.   You need to keep your eyes open of course, and you should of course bring the notes that we send out, and your own maps to cover the route.   The OS maps that cover the whole route are:

1:50k – OS Landranger: 109, 118
1:25k – OS Explorer: 1, 24, 258, 268

Kit list: what do I need to carry with me on the run?

Recommended:

  • Maps for whole route, and a compass
  • a mobile phone
  • waterproof jacket, and clothing suitable
  • space blanket, first aid kit & whistle
  • drinks bottle / mug / camelback
  • some food for the course to supplement checkpoint food.
  • any personal medication

Can I leave a bag at the start  finish

Yes, you can leave your belongings at the race HQ Disley Community Centre; there will be someone there at all times, but don’t leave anything valuable in the bag.  We can’t be responsible for any loss.  It might be useful to label your bag with your name and race number so that we can find it if there is an emergency.

Can I use a GPS?

Yes, you can use a GPS if you wish, the route will be shortly available to download from the Routes page of the website.

Do I have to stick to the race route. What about short-cutting?

You must follow the race route. There are several self-clip and electronic checkpoints on the course to stop short cutters, you little monkeys.

What is the start/cut off time?

At 7am the coach leaves from Disley.  8am start from Kidsgrove. 12 hour time limit, which means you must finish by 8pm.

What happens if I don’t finish in time?

You must have fallen asleep on the course because 12 hours is plenty!  You’ll find us tapping our feet at the HQ holding your car keys and expecting to be taken out to the pub.

How will I find my results?

Results will be published online.

What happens if I lose my tally card?

For those using a manual tally card will be punched various locations including checkpoints, and at the finish.  If you lose your card or fail to punch, then we will record your finish time but you will have “missed CP” or “lost Tally card” recorded next to your name!  If you want electronic chip timing, then you have the option to bring your own SportIdent card, or you can rent one for £3 if you would like full electronic splits for the course.

Are there showers?

No, but there are toilets at the HQ/finish.

Will I need to take my own food & drink?

The checkpoints will stock a variety cold drinks, some snacks; such as biscuits, sweets and crisps.  However, it is recommended that you carry some of your own food that you would normally eat on a run.  You should carry a water bottle and this can be refilled at the checkpoints.

How far apart are the checkpoints?

There are 3 checkpoints, they are roughly every 8-9 miles.

What is the terrain like?

It’s virtually all trail, very little road.  5 main hills, and rewarding descents.  About 1800m of elevation in total. Hill profile below.

Elevation

 

What happens if I can’t finish the race?

If you cannot finish the race, you should retire at a checkpoint.  You will be taken back to the race HQ when we can arrange transport for you or when the CP closes.  If you have to retire elsewhere and make your own way off the course you must use your phone to call the race organisers and notify them of your intentions.  Failure to do this could result in  rescue services being notified unnecessarily.

Can I reccie the course in advance?

Of course.  Run along it as many times as you like!

What about travel to the start /finish ?

You park near the finish, and we take you by coach to the start.  You don’t have to use the coach. You could get a lift there or use the train, both Kidsgrove and Disley have train stations.

Do we get a meal at the end?

Yes.  Nothing fancy, but you’ll get a jacket potato and a hot drink, or something along those lines.

Are places limited?

Yes.  We only have so much room on the two coaches, and car parking space is limited at the finish.  We’re looking at no more than 120

entries.

What will the weather be like?

Usually warm, possibly rain, who knows?  Check the forecast before you come and dress wisely!

I have more questions?

Email them to us

What Else?

We always try to awareness of Malignant Melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, caused primarily by sun damage.  It is the most common form of cancer in people aged 15-34.  Each year, approximately 2,000 people die in England and Wales due to melanoma and more than 10,400 people are diagnosed with it.  You are not going to need any sunblock for this event, but please use it when you’re out running in the day time.  Runners spend a lot of time outdoors, and don’t always slap on the sunblock.  If you’re worried about a mole, please get it checked at your doctor as soon as you can, as malignant melanoma is very aggressive, and early diagnosis is vital.

If you’d like to help further, by running the event sponsored, then great, we’d love that!  You can get a sponsorship form from us.