Event Info - The MONTANE® Cheviot Goat
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EVENT INFO

Date & Schedule

FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER

1700 – 2000 Registration (or register Saturday 4am)

 

SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER

0400 – 0530 Registration & Bag Drop off

0545 Race Safety Briefing

0600 Race Start

1600 Cut off for Halfway Checkpoint

 

SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER

0600 Race Closes

Location

REGISTRATION & RACE START

Ingram Village Hall, Breamish Valley, Northumberland, NE66 4LT.

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If you are navigating to the venue using the postcode, be aware that the postcode covers quite a few residences in the vicinity.

 

RACE FINISH

Ingram Cafe & Visitors Centre, Breamish Valley, Northumberland, NE66 4LT.

(The race start and finish are located next to each other.)

 

GETTING THERE

Turn off the A697 just north of the village of Powburn, signposted for Ingram. Drive for 3 miles and just after crossing Ingram bridge turn left. The event car park is on the field (also the event campsite) directly in front of the Village Hall.

What to expect at Registration

 

You can register at Ingram Village Hall between 5pm – 8pm on Friday 6th December, or between 4.00am-5.30am on the morning of the race. If possible, we encourage you to register on Friday night to ensure we can start the race promptly at 6.00am.

 

At the start of the registration process, members of the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team will ask to see your EMERGENCY SPARE CLOTHING IN A SEALED BAG and also your EMERGENCY SURVIVAL BAG. If you do not have both of these items they will not allow you to register. You DO NOT have to show them the rest of your mandatory kit, however, random spot checks will be carried out and if you are not carrying all the mandatory kit, you will not be allowed to start the race.

 

The emergency spare clothing is separate from any other clothing that you will be wearing or carrying for the duration of the race. It is only to be used in case of an emergency. The emergency survival bag has to be a bag that you climb into. Survival blankets will not be accepted.

 

At Registration, we will provide you with a bag that will contain your Race Number, event t-shirt, waterproof map of the course and your Montane neckerchief. This bag also acts as your drop bag for the halfway point at Barrowburn. The bag is sufficient size for spare clothing, shoes and race food.

 

We’ll issue you with your GPS Tracker which we must tape to the top shoulder strap of your running pack. This is to remain on until you have completed the race.

 

If you are leaving a drop bag for the halfway aid station, you will need to deposit your bag inside the van located outside of Registration. You bag will be available for you when you arrive at the aid station at Barrowburn (halfway point).

 

Please make sure that you are at the Village Hall at 5.45am for the race brief.

 

Race start is at 6.00am.

 

We are pleased to announce that Ingram Cafe will be open for the duration of the event and they will be serving hot food on Friday evening and will also be open from 4am on race morning serving breakfast!

Facilities at Event HQ

Event parking is on the field opposite the Village Hall. This is also the location of the campsite.

 

Ingram Cafe and Visitors Centre will be open for the duration of the event and have a great selection of hot food, coffee and cake! They will be open from 4am on the morning of the event where breakfast, tea & coffee available for purchase.

 

Toilet facilities are available in Ingram Village Hall and also inside the visitor centre where the cafe is located.

 

Please there are no shower facilities on site.

Camping

If you registered for camping please use the allocated campsite in the field directly opposite Ingram Village Hall & Event HQ. Portaloos WC  facilities are available in the field, but please note that there are no showers available onsite.

Route Navigation

The route will NOT be waymarked. Route maps and GPX files are available on the website here. Please be aware that the route currently shown may be subject to alteration and final route will be confirmed 2 weeks prior to the event. Safety Marshals will be located along the course at intermittent points, approximately every 5 miles (these are not aid stations). The location of the aid stations are shown here.

At Registration you will be provided with a sectional map of the course on waterproof paper.

There are sections of the course where it is not always obvious where the trail is and combined with the possibility of snow covering the higher ground, navigational skills are required. If you running without any specific GPS navigational device but you have a smart phone, we higher recommend that you use one of the many free apps that are available and will allow you to upload the route GPX file and are excellent for following a course. We’d recommend ViewRanger. You can download the route GPX file here.

If you are unsure about this then please drop us a line and we’ll happily assist you.

Drop Bags

We will provide you with a Drop Bag at registration for any spare kit/food that you wish to have taken aid station/checkpoint at Barrowburn Farm at the half way point on the course. Deposit your Drop Bag at the vehicles outside the Village Hall.

 

You may pack your dropbag with whatever items you wish. Your bag will then be transported back to the finish in time for your arrival. Please note that hot food and drinks will be available at this aid station.

 

If you are using GPS for navigation we’d recommend you put powerpacks/spare batteries into your drop bag as the cold temperatures will drain your batteries quicker than normal.

Medical Info

If you have any medical conditions you must tell us in advance of the run.  A professional medical team will be on site to deal with major incidents.  First aiders can also be found around the course.  Each runner will be given essential safety info to take round with them that has key details on it.  Mountain Rescue are informed of the event.  The nearest hospital is Northumbria Accident and Emergency Hospital at Cramlington.

Checkpoints

The only checkpoint of significance will be at the half way point at Barrowburn Farm.  We can extract you from this point if needed. Hot food and drinks will be available here and there are also toilet facilities. This is also the location where you will be reunited with your dropbag if you checked one in at Registration. Safety Marshals will be located at approximately 5 mile intervals along the length of the course in either a vehicle or a tent. The Safety Marshals will NOT have water or food with them unless specified as an aid station.

Cut-Off Times

A cut-off will be in place at Barrowburn Farm, the half way point.  You must have departed from this checkpoint before 4.00pm. Once leaving here you are then committed to the full route.

GPS Live Athlete Tracking

For the event we have signed up with Open Tracking to provide each participant with a small GPS tracker which transmits their location to the website. Runners latest position is displayed on a map which updates automatically. This is a great additional feature for the participants of the event and also for supporters who wish to track their progress.

Links to the live tracking website can be viewed HERE.

Compulsory Kit

There will be random kit checks prior to the start of the races. Please remember “No kit, No go”.

For a complete list of compulsory and recommended kit, visit our Kit Page.

Prize Categories

All finishers will receive a Cheviot Goat Ultra medal and t shirt.

Trophy plaques and Montane prizes will be awarded for:

1st, 2nd, 3rd Male & Female

Event Rules

A full copy of the race rules can be found HERE.

Time Penalties

We appreciate that route has no waymarkings at all, but as this is a race we will have to enforce time penalties for anybody found to have taken the wrong route that would result in gaining an unfair advantage. Please note, this does NOT mean disqualification.

Information for Supports & Spectators

The route takes the runners on some extremely remote countryside that is only accessible on foot, so there are not many opportunities for viewing the race, but you are welcome to drive to the halfway checkpoint at Barrowburn Farm which is serving as an aid station, however, the aid station is limited for space, so we may ask you to give priority to competitors by waiting outside of the building. For more info, please visit the website https://www.barrowburnfarm.com/the-camping-barnThe address is Harbottle, NE65 7BP. Allow 50 minutes to drive there. All runners will be wearing GPS trackers so you can follow their progress by visiting this website: http://live.opentracking.co.uk/cheviotgoat19/

 

Ingram Valley is a beautiful place to go and explore but if you’d rather hang out after the race start, the Event HQ is at Valley Cottage Cafe in Ingram and will be open for the duration of the event.