HERE IS THE MANDATORY KIT LIST FROM THE 2019 EVENT FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES. IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES FOR THE 2020 EVENT THIS WILL BE COMMUNICATED IN THE PRE-EVENT DOCUMENTATION.
Carrying this kit is a requirement of the Event and forms part of our planning in ensuring reasonable measures are put in place to keep you safe should anything go wrong during this adventurous endeavour. We ask you not to take short cuts or ‘second guess’ our advice. For instance, the carrying of waterproofs is required even if rain is not forecast as a means to prevent cooling down too fast if you get injured in a location that is very exposed to wind – remember you may be very tired and sweaty, and who says the forecast is always right?
- Small Rucksack, Bum Bag or Ultra-Running Pocket Vest or other appropriate method of carrying your kit.
- Race number and wristband – given to you at registration.
- Satellite Tracker: – given to you at registration. This should be put in the lid/outer pocket of your rucksack. Remember this must be returned at the end of the event.
- Running Shoes: Trail Shoes are recommended.
- Hydration Bladder or Bottle(s) with a minimum of 2 litre capacity.
- Reusable cup, suitable for hot drinks, for the pit stops.
- Food – Min 400kcal (about 4 gels): Always plan to have excess. This is a MINIMUM and our meaning here is that you have this fuel on you as a minimum AT ALL TIMES. I.e. You always have 4 gels (or equivalent) as Emergency Supplies. Please take enough food to be out in the hills, possibly in poor conditions, for up to 8 hours. Ensure you have enough salt and calories in your food.
- Waterproof Jacket with TAPED SEAMS as a minimum standard.
- Waterproof Trousers with TAPED SEAMS as a minimum standard.
- See photograph at the foot of this document for what we will be checking.
- Hat suitable to the conditions (a Rat Rag or buff is OK)
- Gloves (lightweight running gloves are OK)
- Bivvi Bag: Essential for unplanned stops.
- Basic First Aid Kit containing at least:
– A conformable roller bandage.
– Assorted adhesive dressings
– Separate sterile absorbent material (e.g. gauze or gauze bandage) suitable for compressing bleeding wounds
- Whistle: Effective for getting attention in an emergency.
- Fully charged Mobile Phone with protection from water
- Full leg cover. Running tights are a good lightweight option – it’s the unplanned stops that you might need them for.
- Essential Event Information and medical contact numbers. (This will be provided by us at Registration).
Recommended additional Kit:
- A quality roll top type rucksack/bag liner is good for keeping your kit dry.
- Technical Tee and/or a quality base layer.
- Additional upper body thermal layer – think about the unplanned stops.
- In foul weather, taking additional gloves, socks and a hat can be a help.
- Sun screen.
- Sun glasses.
- Blister treatment kit.
- Some form of identification.
Example of taped seams
The emergency kit is important for several reasons:
- It helps you to help yourself should you have a problem.
- We are in this together and you may need to assist others if they have a problem.
- In the case of an incident our Race Control and Medical teams will make decisions based on the knowledge that you all have this equipment.
- Carrying the kit is a requirement for everyone and hence provides an equal and fair challenge.
- It is part of our risk assessment process that is shared with insurers. Your insurance may be invalid if you do not follow our advice.
- If your lack of kit preparation contributes to making an incident more serious, then you may be avoidably drawing resources from our medical team and the emergency services at the expense of others.
- Without the kit you will be unable to complete registration. If during the race you are not carrying the mandatory kit then you will be disqualified and deemed to have not completed the challenge.
Waterproofs and bivvy bag notes:
Our kit list includes waterproof trousers and jackets with TAPED SEAMS as a minimum standard. See photograph of what a taped seam look like in last year’s Essential Event Information here, so you know what our team will be checking. There is also a need for an emergency bivvy bag. Blankets are NOT acceptable as these do not meet the needs of having to survive when injured and immobile on a mountain side in bad weather while waiting for assistance.
There is no race pack without showing these items so best not arrive without them. This is non-negotiable. If you do not have these items already, then we have stock of reasonably priced waterproofs here and bivvy bags here.