Kit Check and Carrying Emergency Provisions

At event registration, you will be required to carry the selection of compulsory kit. It’s important for everyone to understand the requirements prior to the weekend as without all of the items, you will not be allowed to start.

Before we go any further, there are a few simple rules which may well help to answer your questions:

1. All runners must carry all kit, this relates not just to solo runners but to everyone running as a pair.
2. There are no exceptions to rule 1 under any circumstances.
3. Please don’t try to ‘beat the system’. Bring the items on the list below and save yourself the hassle. We’ve seen it all before, it didn’t work then, it won’t work now.
4. Never, under any circumstances should you ask “is this really necessary to carry all this stuff in July?” It really is and you really need to trust us on this one.
5. Do we actually check at the finish? Yes… all prize winners are checked and there is a random check of finishers throughout the event.
6. Don’t email or contact us to question the purpose, rights and wrongs of this kit list, it isn’t up for discussion. Save your energy and just turn up with the right stuff on the day.

Here goes…

1. First aid kit to include: blister plasters, dressings, bandages and tape to secure dressing as a minimum requirement. We also recommend Vaseline, paracetamol and antihistamine. Use your common sense and ask yourself, what are the circumstances that could arise and what would you need to resolve it.

2. Full WATERPROOF body cover, top and bottom. Windproof or water resistant is not sufficient, your clothing must must be fully waterproof with taped seams. Plastic jackets, ponchos or plastic bags will not be accepted. Garments must be a good quality and recognised as fully waterproof.

A hood is advised, but not compulsory as you will be carrying a hat during the event – note that hoods are compulsory for a lot of other mountain races. If you are intending to purchase a waterproof jacket for this event, get yourself one with a hood, to ensure it’s accepted at all other events you may enter.

Please don’t email us asking whether your jacket and trousers are waterproof, speak to the people you bought it from or contact the manufacturer.

3. Spare base layer top and bottom – must be full length bottoms & long sleeve top. A pair of warm running tights and a long sleeve running top or thin fleece are ideal. Let’s clarify:

  • Three quarter tights or cycling shorts combined with long socks are not acceptable.
  • Short sleeve tops are also not acceptable.
  • Leg warmers or arm warmers with shorts or short sleeve tops are not acceptable.

The rule is very simple, bring a spare base layer, full length, top and bottom.

IMPORTANT: Seal the spare base layers in a watertight/plastic bag and leave them at the bottom of your pack. The spare base layers should not be worn at any time during the event unless you are faced with a race ending emergency. If poor weather and a drop in temperature lead to you using emergency base layers, then you have not packed enough spare clothing. NOTE – the emergency clothing is not ‘in case you get cold and wet’, you should have a second spare set to deal with such as issue.

4. Head torch / spare batteries if required to last one or two nights depending upon your race distance. Please don’t bring a cheap torch with old batteries which cuts out after 20 minutes leaving you stumbling around in the darkness, with your iphone as your only means of spotting the large rock you are about to fall over. You’ll be hitting the night sections in the latter stages and you’ll be tired. Make it as easy as it can be, bring a good quality / charged torch.

5. Mobile phone fully charged. IMPORTANT – there is reception throughout the course (not in it’s entirety). If you are lost between checkpoints and identified by our live timing system as outstanding at a checkpoint, SWITCH YOUR PHONE ON. It is likely that we are trying to call you and you can call us using the numbers in your roadbook. To conserve the battery life on your phone, please see point 4 above, regarding head torch quality.

6. Whistle – If it’s built into the buckle on your pack, check it works VERY WELL. We will check the whistles at kit check if we’re in doubt. Should you find yourself in an emergency situation, a whistle can be used to attract attention. The recognised sign for help is 6 long blasts followed by 1 minute silence. Please don’t use this at checkpoints to attract the attention of helpers and request sugar for your tea.

7. Hat and gloves (BUFF or similar is acceptable as hat)

8. Emergency foil blanket or bivi bag, large enough to cover whole body. Don’t cut down your foil blanket in an attempt to save weight. A foil blanket which is only big enough to roast a small mouse, will not be accepted.

9. Emergency food equivalent to 400kcal e.g. 2 mars bars. Don’t email and ask if you can carry Snickers instead of Mars and how many grams of Haribo equate to 400kcal, we will most likely cancel your entry.

IMPORTANT: Seal the spare food in a plastic bag and leave them at the bottom of your pack. Do not eat the emergency food at any time during the event unless you are faced with a race ending emergency. If you eat your emergency food, you did not pack enough spare food. NOTE – the emergency food is not ‘in case you get hungry’, you should have extra, spare food to deal with such as issue.

10. Map (supplied at registration, waterproof and pre-marked) Harvey 1:40,000. Ideally, please learn how to use it beforehand. If you should spot someone at the start of the event holding the map upside down and looking in the opposite direction to the actual route, please notify your nearest marshal.

11. Road book (supplied at registration on waterproof paper). There is a copy on the website which you can download for familiarisation purposes. The road book is a written description of the route, turn by turn.

12. Compass (you must know how to orientate a map using a compass and take a simple bearing to provide direction). IMPORTANT – bring actual compass. A compass on your phone or Garmin is not acceptable due to the risk of battery life running out.

13. Plastic cup or mug. You must carry a plastic cup or mug for the duration of the event for hot drinks. This reduces the use of foam cups and keeps our waste to a minimum. Whether you are intending to take hot drinks or not, you must carry the cup / mug, it is a compulsory item. If you need advice regarding which plastic cup is the lightest and most aerodynamic, you’ll find plenty of reviews on Facebook from last year. Alternatively, but a 20p plastic cup and clip it to your pack.

If you need any clarification or advice regarding the kit, contact The Endurance Store on 01257 251217 and we will be more than happy to talk to you at length about which items are the most suitable and why. Just don’t ask about the cups… we can’t go through another year of cup questions.

It’ll be here before you know it so time to push on.

Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 Team

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