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How difficult is the route?

The route follows a 59 mile loop around the largest hills in the border region, some of which are peat covered. As this is a winter trail run you will have to also consider the conditions that may exist for this time of year. The route is not waymarked, so some ultra running experience and navigational skills will be required if you wish to compete in this event. This is not the event for those wishing to try their first trail run!

Is the route fully marked?

The route will NOT be waymarked. Route maps and GPX files will be made available on the website and the final course will be confirmed 2 weeks prior to the event, so please be aware that the route currently shown may be subject to alteration. Marshals will be located along the course at intermittent points.

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes.  All participants must enter in advance using our online booking.  For registration info please follow this link.

Are there any mandatory kit requirements for the run?

Yes. Please refer to the Kit Section of the website.

What is the latest I can sign up?

We will close entry to the race 7 days prior or when sold out.

Can I enter on the day of the race?

Unfortunately no entries will be accepted after online entries close.

Do I need a support team?

No.  We will man the event and make sure you get round OK.  You will need to bring essentials such as a kit list/compulsory items mentioned above.

Will we receive a map of the route?

You will be provided with a map of the route at Registration on the day of the race. Full route details including a GPX file available to download from the website. There will be a map of the route on display in the registration area.

If I need to withdraw before the day of the race itself, is there a refund policy?

Unfortunately there are no transfers, refunds or deferrals available.

What happens if the event is cancelled or abandoned?

We may need to modify the route or even cancel the event, if circumstances beyond our reasonable control arise, such as, but not limited, to a force majeure (event that is a result of nature e.g. severe flooding). Should this arise and it is deemed to negatively impact upon the safety of the event we will communicate this to you as soon as practicable via the e-mail address you have provided. A decision to cancel the event may in extreme circumstances be taken on the day or during the course of the event. The safety of competitors, spectators and race officials and volunteers is our overriding priority.

Should the event be cancelled we will do everything possible to reschedule the event to a future date. All entries will be carried forward to this new date. Should the event be cancelled due to these circumstances and due to the fixed costs associated with the event we will not be able to provide refunds on this basis.

In the event of abandonment, postponement or cancellation of the event we will have no responsibility for any associated costs of competitors including travel and accommodation costs.

Are there age limits for participants?

Under UKA rules you must be 20 or over to compete in Ultra Distance events.

What happens if I drop out?

We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits.  Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event.  If this happens on the course please go to the nearest marshal and let them know you are dropping out.  If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and will notify Mountain Rescue.

Can we stay the night before?

Camping is available right at the event HQ, which must be pre-booked.  There are plenty of places to stay in the area should you be traveling from further afield.  Have a look at Wooler or Rothbury on Google for B&Bs.

Should I bring supporters?

Supporters are welcome to come along to the event, where Ingram Cafe will be open for the duration of the event. There is access to the first aid station at Barrowburn, but we do ask that you remain outside the building as there is not much space! Supporters are not permitted to the second aid station, as access is via a private road.

Can I run my dog?

Unfortunately, due to restrictions under UKA rules, dogs are not permitted onto the course.