FAQ’s

1.      When can we arrive?
Please arrive at the race HQ from 7am. Check-in and race number collection will commence from 7.30am and run through until the pre-race briefing at 8.45am. The race will start at 9am sharp.

2.      Where can we park?
There is ample parking at Heartwood Forest for all entrants and spectators.  The closest postcode to the site is AL4 9DQ but please note that no participant parking will be available at the Scout Hut.
For the sake of the environment, please try to car share wherever practicable.  Please also consider whether you will be in a fit state to drive after potentially 12 hours of exertion and consider alternatives to driving in advance.  We want everyone to get home safely.

3.      What kit do I need?
Road shoes are perfectly adequate for this course but trail shoes may be better should certain sections get wet under foot. Please bring a water bottle or hydration pack – cups will be provided at the HQ but it is generally better to have something you’re used to training with. Bring waterproof gear in case of rain and ensure you have a head torch or one you can run with – these are mandatory for all runners from 7.00pm.

4.      Can I recce the course?
Yes. Heartwood Forest and Nomansland Common are both deemed public land, administered by the Woodland Trust – please refer to the route map for specific details. Please be aware that the route will not be closed to the general public either before the start or during the race so please be mindful of other trail users – including their dogs at all times. Other trail users will be made aware the event is taking place in advance.

5.      What happens if it rains?
The course will be viable in usual wet conditions.  Alterations will be made in the case of extreme weather. Any alterations will not increase the overall distance by more than a quarter of a mile.

6.      How does the race end?
The ‘final gun’ so to speak goes off at 9pm to signify the end of the Stampede (not dissimilar to how the Comrades Marathon finishes each year) – as the race is chip timed by lap, you need to cross the line by 9pm for any final lap to count … otherwise it won’t be added to your total and you’ll finish the event with only your completed laps counting to your final overall distance. The ultimate winner of each category will be the individual or team that covers the most distance over the allotted 12hrs.

7.      Will food be provided?
We will be providing food for participants but please also consider bringing your own supplies.  There will be space to store bags inside the race HQ.  We will endeavour to provide a range of savoury and sweet snacks to keep your energy levels topped up, including some vegetarian and vegan options, but it is always best to bring your own supplies to supplement this- especially if you have specific nutritional or dietary needs.

8.      How far do I have to run?
The distance you run is entirely up to you- everybody who completes at least one 4 mile lap will be counted as an official finisher.  Every member of a team/pair entry must complete at least one lap, but it is up to teams/pairs to decide between themselves whether to divide the running equally among team members or not.
Many participants will surprise themselves by running much further than they thought themselves capable- equally some will use this as a training run for other events and limit themselves to a particular distance.  The choice is entirely yours.

9.      Will I have to run in the dark?
It gets dark from about 8pm in September, so the last hour of the race will be spent in the dark.  For this reason, we insist that anyone leaving race HQ for a lap after 7pm must wear/carry a head or hand-held torch. However, it is entirely your choice whether you run after 7pm or not.

If you don’t have a headtorch, you can purchase one from our partners athttp://www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com/

Ultra running store with clothing, gear and equipment for trail running and ultra runners. Based in the UK, our shop ships internationally.

10.  Is the course marshalled?
The course will be marshalled throughout and we will have sweepers to accompany the last runners back to race HQ at the finish.  Please remember all our marshals are volunteers so please give them a smile and a ‘thank you’ when you see them.

11.   How long must I run for?
The race will last 12 hours and not a second longer; you must have completed your last lap by 9pm for it to count.  However, it is entirely up to you how long you run for- if you wish to withdraw from the race earlier then that is fine.  As long as you complete one lap of the course within 12 hours, you will qualify as an official finisher.

Any other questions?
If you have any questions, please either send an email to stampede@stalbansstriders.com or post to our Facebook event page and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can!

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