As intended, the field of entrants will consist of a fair number of individuals who are taking part in their first ultra and as such we want to ensure that they receive as much advice and support as possible. For some of you old hands, you may query the amount of kit we've specified, but bear with us for a minute.
Our mandatory kit is the sort of kit that we'd expect any ultra runner to possess and select from when planning a run of their own, On a bad day in the lakes at this time of year, all of this kit is necessary and on such a day, I personally would and have, carried it in it's entirety and then some. For anyone starting out in ultra distance running, then this is the minimum gear that you should invest in, for running in the lakes on this type of terrain.
As last year, we will take into account the weather forecast on the day and make sensible adjustments to the kit list and we will take into account the experience of the entrant, but our decision will be final.
All entrants must bring mandatory kit to registration and be prepared to carry it. Your kit will be checked at registration and those without the mandatory items, may not be allowed to start the race.
NOTE. To comply with BioSecurity arrangements, all kit must be brought to the event clean and dry and after the event, participants are requested to clean their muddy kit on site.
Mandatory - (unless instructed on the day)
Full waterproof body cover, top and bottom with taped seams (note - windproof not sufficient),
Hat/'Buff' & gloves,
First aid kit (to include as a minimum : Blister plasters and Plasters - individually wrapped and assorted sizes, Bandage or tape (micro-pore/zinc oxide), Medium sized (12x12cm) wound dressing or non-adhesive absorbent pad.
Whistle, Mobile phone (fully charged), Emergency foil blanket / bag (preferred),
Emergency food and drink. (These are provisions that should be buried at the bottom of your pack, that you do not plan to use. If you find yourself in difficulty, or have miscalculated your supplies, use them, but make sure you replenish them at the next checkpoint.) A small amount of emergency food and water can make the difference between you getting yourself to the next checkpoint, or us having to come out and get you. The food is to raise your blood sugar level and the fluid is simply there to help you get it down. We would suggest a carbohydate based 'bar' and 150ml of fluid. You can combine these and carry some form of energy based drink
Compass - We will not be assessing this. but as a minimum you should know how to locate North and align the compass so as to be able to head off in a specific direction ie. SW.
Roadbook with maps (supplied at registration, waterproof and premarked)
Suggested Additional Kit - Use your own judgement and experience here
Trail running shoes are v. strongly recommended for this route. Vaseline/Zinc Oxide cream or sports lubricant. Sunscreen. Electrolyte based drinks/tablets. Subscribe to the 112 (text) facility on your mobile.