FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO’S IN MY TEAM?

  • Teams can have 8-12 runners and up to 4 support staff

  • Runners can do as many or few individual stages as they like, including none

  • Support staff help with driving and navigating to give runners time to relax

  • Your helpers are NOT allowed to run any stages

  • Teams can have cyclists alongside your runners

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE ENTRY FEE?

  • Our famous “Survivor Hoody” for every team member

  • Team Survival Pack – nibbles, water, wet wipes, kitchen roll and other essentials

  • Medal for every team member upon finishing

  • Trophy presentation for the winning team

  • GPS trackers and Emergency response vehicles during the event

  • 2 sets of maps of each stage

  • Entry to the After Event Party

  • Food and drink offers during challenge and at the Finish

HOW DOES TRANSPORT WORK?

  • Most teams hire a large minibus or two small minibuses

    • Promotes great team spirit and increases the enjoyment of the event

    • Extra challenges of spending 24 hours with other sweaty runners

  • It is also common to use 2 or 3 cars

WHAT KIT DO I NEED?

As part of your entry fee your team will be provided with critical equipment. This includes GPS trackers, Survivor hoodies, water and a survival pack (snacks, wet wipes, towels, etc).​

Your team MUST BRING:

  • A compass (which you have practised using)

  • Head torches (3 watt recommended for night running) – more than one headtorch!

  • High visibility clothing for running at night or in twilight

  • Sunscreen

  • Extra water – it is very important that you remain hydrated at all times

  • Food – food and beverages will be on sale at certain checkpoint and teams should source their meals

  • Mobile phones –  critical for keeping in contact with team members however mobile phones should not be used for navigation unless in an emergency

Optional extras could include:

  • Pillows and blankets

  • Spare trainers. Some stages can be very wet and muddy depending on weather conditions leading up to the event, and you may want to run your second stage in dry shoes.

  • Mountain bike. Teams often keep their runners company by cycling beside them. This can provide company and reassurance to tiring runners, is becoming more and more popular, and is within event rules. However, many stages are not traversable by bicycle.

HOW SAFE IS IT?

The safety of our runners is our primary concern and we work hard to ensure that everyone who takes part in arrives in Cardiff tired but injury free.

We have an event Control Hub who monitor the whole event around the clock, with teams able to contact the hub at any time and get help, answers to any questions and support. The Control Hub monitors all your trackers to keep you safe.

The most likely injuries are blisters, twisted ankles or cuts and scrapes.

To minimise risks:

  • All runners carry a GPS tracker for their team which the Control Hub use to track progress and whereabouts

  • Every team receives a safety briefing at the start which covers what to do in an emergency

  • Medical ambulance support is provided for the entire event route

  • All stage maps include contact numbers for the nearest hospital and police

Additionally, some teams choose to:

  • Take a mountain bike and cycle alongside your runner

  • Teams have also run some stages in pairs

WHAT IF WE GET BADLY LOST?

Although a tough physical challenge we want everybody to enjoy themselves. New teams and slow teams start earlier than fast teams, allowing up to 30 hours to reach Cardiff. However some teams may struggle to reach Cardiff in good time.

The Control Hub monitor all team GPS trackers and will contact the team if a runner goes too far off course.

There is also a Leap Frog Rule to ensure all teams make it to the finish. Teams arriving missing a cut off time will be told to skip the next stage (or more). All teams will be able to run the last team stage to the finish.

Leapfrog times are specific to start times so no team is disadvantaged.

ARE THERE CUT OFF TIMES?

Yes at each stage there is a cut off time although these are very generous. The cut off times are such that there would be no way you could make it to the finish before it closes. The times are based on your start time. Rather than it be “game over” what happens is the event organisers will instruct you to skip one, two or more stages and then continue as normal.

WHERE DO WE START AND END?

The start is at Kneller Hall just in the shadow of Twickenham Stadium. The postcode for the start is TW2 7DU.

The finish is at Sophia Gardens in the centre of Cardiff. The postcode for the finish is CF11 9XR.​

WHAT STAGES CAN YOU USE A BIKE?

There is nothing to stop a team trying to use a bike on any stage, however some stages are very boggy or with lots of styles to cross and hence a support rider may be held up. We include in our route summary which stages are bike friendly and which aren’t.

A team runner must be carrying the GPS baton and at no time should a cyclist carry the GPS baton.

You should under no circumstances try and use a road bike off-road. This is dangerous and has caused injuries in the past.

CAN I VOLUNTEER TO HELP?

Marshals are vital to the safety of any challenge and London Cardiff 24 is no different. With 160 miles, 3 team legs and 24 individual stages, there’s a lot of checkpoints and a lot of ground to cover.

Every year we get a core group of volunteers to cover checkpoints, pack goody bags and cheer on our teams. For many of them London Cardiff 24 is now part of their event calendar and they return each year to be part of this special challenge.

As a Marshal you receive

  • Free Marshal merchandise

  • Goody bag

  • Ticket to the After Event Party