PARKING:Parking is not available at the Scout Hut. Please park in the Heartwood Forest car park (nearest postcode AL4 9DQ). There is a brown tourist sign pointing into the Heartwood Forest car park from the main road. If you are travelling towards Wheathampstead, it is a left turn off the B561. You will be directed to park in the overspill carpark. Please try as much as possible to remain parked throughout the whole event; both to ensure you have a space free when you return but more importantly for the safety of your fellow runners.
Please ensure that you are fit to run before taking part. Staying properly fuelled and hydrated is crucial in an endurance event such as this. If you are driving, please consider whether it is safe to drive home when tired. We want everyone to leave safe, happy and well. First aiders will be on site throughout the day should there be any problems. If you are on the route and see another runner in trouble, please assist and inform the nearest marshal.
The course is off public roads but the final half mile leading to the finish line does involve running up the access road to Heartwood Forest- traffic here should be slow moving but please do be extra careful. At the top of the access road, you will enter the Heartwood Forest car park before turning off onto the path and it is crucial here to be aware of your surroundings.
Please be aware that we don’t have exclusive access to the forest and so other runners, cyclists and horses are likely to be encountered. Please be considerate and mindful of other users and don’t assume you have the right of way.
Saturday 1st September
7am: HQ, car park and camp area opens at the Sandridge Scout Hut.
7.30am-‐8.45am: Registration open; race number and chip collection.
8.45am: Race briefing.
8.50am: Runners begin to line up on the start line. In order to limit the possible bottleneck on lap one, runners will be asked to line up according to their last 10k time. This should help all runners get a clear start.
9am: Race starts.
7pm: All laps started from this point must be run with a headlamp or lighting device.
7.43pm: Sunset. That’s why you need a headlamp!
9pm: Race finishes. All runners must have completed their final laps by this time for those laps to count. Not a second over!
9.30pm: Awards and prizes for winners.
9.45pm: Event finishes. Please leave the site in a tidy state, and please leave quietly with respect to our neighbours.
CHIPS & TIMING:
Registration is at the Race HQ, which is the Sandridge Scout Hut. Solo runners need to come and sign in themselves. Team captains can pick up all team numbers and other essentials for their whole team. ID will be required.
Race numbers are to be worn on the front. Each number has a medical form on the reverse which we need you to fill in to help us identify you in case of a medical problem.
As with last year, runners will be given a timing chip on a lanyard, this corresponds to your race number and must be handed to the next runner at handover for relay pairs/teams. As you pass the finish line the lanyard needs to be out of your clothing and waved in front of the timing antenna. These will read from a distance of several metres but bodies and close clothing may
interfere. Listen for the telltale beep as you pass through.
When you are not out on the course (maybe you are resting or re-‐fuelling) and as much as the timing people love you, please do NOT come anywhere near the finish gantry with your chip, otherwise it will log another lap. If you have a question or query about timing please send someone else or separate yourself from your timing chip.
Once you have crossed the line, if you need to take a break, grab some food etc then please head off to the Race HQ and then continue running for another 4 miles. Please don’t cross over the line again until you have completed another full lap.
Please try not to drop/lose your chip as you will lose time while we try to get you a new one- keep it round your neck while running.
Food, drink, toilets and friendly, sympathetic faces will be available here all day- and massage later on in the afternoon for a small fee. There is a grassy area outside where you are welcome to pitch a tent. Please, no BBQs, open fires etc. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own food to supplement what we have; this would be advisable if you have specific dietary needs. Please do keep the race HQ and camp area tidy and use the rubbish bags provided. Please note there are no showers and changing facilities are rudimentary so best to arrive ready to run. Sorry, but no BBQs allowed.
Photographers will be waiting around race HQ and out on the course- don’t forget to smile! Flash photography will be used in evening.
Please do stay around after the race for the award presentations and to recover and relax with a beer and some pizza.
There is no mandatory kit list other than the use of a head torch from 7pm for the final two hours- sunset is 7.43. If you have any last minute kit needs we recommend our event partner ultramarathonrunningstore.com.
We will provide plastic cups but highly recommend you bring a water bottle.
Please keep an eye on the weather and bring sunscreen if required.
Only runners who have registered in the race can run on the course. The swapping of race numbers is prohibited for health and safety reasons. To avoid crowding, please only have one runner from each pair/team out on the course at any one time- we can be flexible with this towards the end when runners may be tired/scared of the dark and want a friend along for support- but please do be mindful of other runners and forest users.
Solo runners aim to complete as many laps as they can in 12 hours. They can have support crew at the Race HQ … but not along the route. They can rest at any point -‐ just cross the finish line and then step off the course. This will record your recent lap and start the clock on your next one, therefore when you re-‐enter the course, do not cross the mat again.
PAIRS AND TEAMS
Team runners can only change over at the designated area after the start/finish zone. When one runner is out on course, the next runner needs to be ready at the changeover area when the first runner is due to complete his/her lap(s). Runner A will hand the team lanyard to Runner B before he/she starts the next lap. If a team member plans to run more than one lap they will be able to pass over the finish line (to register the lap) and begin their next lap straight away. If no runner is there to hand over to, the runner on course can either choose to carry on another lap or go and find them. If a runner drops out of your team tell the start/finish staff so they can be removed from the register. Remember your team can’t get a result unless everyone has raced a lap. Don’t forget that only you know who has run each lap -‐ the timing system does not have a record of who is carrying the lanyard or their gender, so particularly if you are a non-soloist after the prize for ‘fastest male/female lap’ please keep a note of when you ran!
Each registered runner must complete at least one lap during the 12 hours for the team’s score to count. There is no maximum number of laps. If taking a break please leave the course after crossing the timing mats and tell the closest marshal near the Race HQ that you are taking a rest break. This time off course will be added to the next lap when you, or another team member, return to continue.
The ‘final gun’ so to speak goes off at 9pm to signify the end of the Stampede. You need to cross the line by 9pm for any final lap to count- otherwise it won’t be added to the total. The ultimate winner of each category will be those that cover the most distance over the 12 hours. In the event of a distance tie, the individual or team that achieves that total distance first wins.
Please do keep left and let other runners overtake on the right. We don’t have exclusive use of the forest so please be considerate to walkers, runners, cyclists and horseriders and don’t presume you have the right of way. Anyone seen dropping litter will be disqualified- please don’t do it! Likewise, anyone found to be cheating (swapping race numbers, taking shortcuts, using unregistered runners on their team etc.) will be disqualified along with their whole team.
We are grateful to our sponsors who have helped make this event happen. Please have a look at their websites to find out more about the quality products they can offer you. We are pleased once again to be able to support the Woodland Trust.
For essential kit: ultramarathonrunningstore.com
For recovery and training: http://feelhotyoga.co.uk/
For post-event celebrations: https://www.biwine.com/
For dinner and drinks: http://www.roseandcrownpubsandridge.co.uk/
For post-race rehydration: http://www.farrbrew.com/#our-beers-homepage