Here's where you can find all the general information about the race, and route and checkpoint detail have their own pages.
Race Date - May 18th 2019 10am Start
Start Location - Worcester - Powick Bridge
Finish Location - Shoreham-by-Sea
Finish Cut Off - June 1st 2019 10am
Navigation - Navigation will be by using the excellent guidebooks provided from the Monarchs Way Society who do sterling work marking out the route.
You can also buy the excellent guidebooks from them and see regular updates to the trail including diversions and edits to the books.
We will provide you with maps downloadable from the route page before the race. The maps will have the route maked on them but you will need to have a good level of map reading. Knowing how to use a compass is essentail as the guide books sometimes refer to bearings in degrees and directions using the cardinal points (East, West etc)
The route does have markers but they are not always present or easy to see, especially in the many towns and villages the route passes through. It is fairly well marked in rural areas though signs appear as small stickers over other signs or in some cases dedicated signs for the Monarchs Way.
GPX files will be available to download on the route page if you wish to use a GPS device to assist your navigation.
In fact we would recomend it as navigation can be fiddly especially when tired and in poor weather and the gps line will give you some confidence when the markers are sparse or missing or when you are struggling to read the guide book.
We would reccomend the guide books as primary navigation and GPS as a confidence check or assistance when the way is not clear. GPS and the maps will help when you have to navigate around obsticles such as closed paths or bridges on the route.
You should be able to use a combination of books, GPS and maps to find your way and it is a navigation based route and event. you are responsible for your navigation skills and ability to reroute round obstacles.
The race route follows the guide book route but deviates slightly in that we dont do the 3 short out and back sections to plavces of interest. these would serve no purpose in the race and be hard to police. We do start and finish at the start and finish markers on the route and we do cover the minimum 615 miles needed to be listed as an end to ender on the website.
Each runner will be fitted with a tracker so that we can follow you on the route and so others such as friends and family can track your progress.
This will be provided by Open Tracking as always
Food/Supplies - You will have spare food and supplies in your drop bags which will be transported around the course for you. You will have access to these kit bags at every checkpoint location. This will be up to a maximum of 50 miles apart or will be up to 30 hours running apart.
You are allowed 2 x 20kg holdalls, Max 90lts each. we do need to be able to lift them!
You may also buy food and supplies along the way at shops in villages etc but not recieve outside support by getting someone to drop of new shoes/kit or your favorite food for example. You can also not stay in hotels or friends houses along the route.
Each CP crew and location will have some supplies for you, such as water and cooking stove and some hot/cold drinks and basic food and snacks and fresh foods.
We will have staples such as rice and pasta and soups and breads.
They will try to tailor what you get to what you like to eat, you will be well fed.
Compulsory Kit - There is a comprehensive kit list below that all runners MUST carry at all times to ensure you have the minimum to keep you safe in all weathers and at night. This list is not negotiable in any way. Failure to carry anything will mean you risk time penalties or disqualification.
This is a minimum requirement and you must decide if you need more for longer stretches or if its cold and wet. Anyone who enters this event should be capble and experienced enough to plan for additional kit they may need.
This is not an event to try and go super light!
Cut Offs - All the cut offs and checkpoint locations and timing are posted on the route page.
Sleeping - When and where you sleep is up to you. We won't tell you when to sleep or even where but we obviously want you to be as safe as possible on an adventure such as this.
To that end you have two options available:
You can sleep using the Bivvy/Tent you carry with you where you need to in a safe place on the trails. We recommend in the many woods along the route away from houses and roads.
Or you can sleep at the CP locations with the marshals keeping an eye on you in the tents provided at CP locations.
If you intend to sleep on the course for a long period of more than an hour then send us a text or give us a call and we will know not to panic when your tracker does not move for a few hours, we won't disturb you by waking you up by calling you to check.