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.
Support staff are NOT allowed to run any individual stages.
Teams can have cyclists alongside your runners.
DOES EVERYONE NEED TO BE AT THE START?
Not everyone needs to be at the start or the finish.
Your team must start and finish with the majority of your team.
Team members can join along the route and leave along the route.
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 WE 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
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?
Safety is our top concern and we work hard to ensure that 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.
Additionally, some teams choose to:
Take a mountain bike and cycle alongside your runner
Teams have also run some stages in pairs
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
WHAT IF WE GET BADLY LOST?
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 team stage at the Finish. Leapfrog times are specific to start times so no team is disadvantaged.
ARE THERE CUT OFF TIMES?
Each stage has a cut off time although these are very generous and the times vary by your start time.
'Leapfrog' not 'Go home'. Rather than it be “game over” you will be told to skip one, two or more stages and then continue as normal.
WHERE DO WE START AND END?
Start times will vary from mid-day through to 7pm.
Teams should expect to finish in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon from 3pm to 8pm.
The finish location in Cardiff for 2019 has yet to be confirmed.
WHAT STAGES CAN YOU USE A BIKE?
Teams can use a bike on a stage. This must be pedal powered and cannot be electric.
WARNING! Some stages are very boggy or with lots of styles to cross and hence a support rider may be held up. The route summary show stages which 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.