We’ve gathered some hints and tips from previous teams to help you with your attempt!
- Create a team contact list and have a few hard copies for the race.
- Confirm meeting points and travel arrangements.
- Ensure transport collection completes smoothly and is fuelled.
- Create a kit list for the team (consider the space within the transport).
- Check the route to the start, factor in traffic and break stops.
- Bring music for the transport.
- Share emergency contact numbers.
- Know your sections of the race.
- Keep the Captain updated with any changes that could affect the race.
- Don’t over pack.
- Keep an eye on the weather – dress accordingly.
- Share the race on social media.
- Put emergency contact numbers into your phone.
On the day
- Load the transport sensibly and safely.
- Check for any traffic delays.
- Ensure the satnav is pre-loaded with the start point.
- Program in a break on route and enjoy the company.
- Listen to the stewards on the gate and drive slowly and safely around the start area, there will be lots of people in the area.
- Captain (or nominated person) check in with the race HQ on arrival and find out your briefing time and confirm your start time. Don’t overcrowd the HQ.
- If team members are leaving the start area ensure they know what time to return.
- Listen to announcements.
During the race
- KEEP SAFE – don’t take risks!
- If you are on a mandatory route – stick to that route!!!
- Keep encouraging each other.
- Anyone caught being negative will be made to run back to the start.
- Listen to the race directors and stewards at all times.
- Be flexible.
- When not running, keep stretching and stay warm.
- Arrive at checkpoints with time for the runners to warm up and warm down.
- At night ensure you can see and be seen, reflective clothing and (head) torches must be carried during the hours of darkness.
- Keep smiling and keep a sense of humour. Things go wrong, it’s only a challenge and don’t fall out with each other.
- Keep sharing on social media to keep your friends updated.
- If the drivers are too tired then delay your travel.
- Plan at least one stop.
- Ensure runners are safe for onward travel.
- Bask in the glory of your achievement and tell all your friends.
- Watch the trackers.
- If you intend to meet the runners on the course avoid the smaller checkpoints, park safely and do not obstruct other runners or race staff.
- Keep encouraging your team; share their excitement and achievements on social media.