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Safety & Consideration:
You undertake this event at your own risk. Please only participate in this event if you are of sufficient fitness and in a good state of health.
By its nature, the race route is often close to the waters of the River Parrett, it's tributaries or associated ditches and drains. Be wary of the potential hazard this represents and keep the maximum practicable distance from the bank slopes and edges.
There are many places along the route where you will need to cross or run along busy roads, country lanes and farm tracks. Stay vigilant and aware of traffic in these areas.
We have no rights over and above those of members of the general public using the paths, tracks and roads covered along the route. Please take care not to surprise or alarm anyone with a speedy approach and be as polite as possible if engaged in conversation.
Within the route guides for each leg, where practicable, we have tried to identify particular local hazards. As not all parts of the routes over the entire distance will have been walked in the lead up to the event these notes should only be used as an indication of possible conditions. A risk assessment has also been prepared in an effort to gauge and identify possible hazards, together with the appropriate actions or considerations required to ameliorate the risks in so far as is reasonably practicable within the context of this event.
There are four legs in each of the two relays, making eight in total. Teams can therefore have a maximum of up to eight members. However, as the two relays are run in real time, with no gaps or overlaps between their component legs, runners can elect to do multiple legs, either consecutively or non consecutively with rest gaps in between.
It is possible for a team to consist of a single 'ultra' runner, but we would recommend a realistic minimum of at least two competitors of marathon fitness. We would anticipate most teams choosing to go with between four and eight members.
Each Team must have a Captain to coordinate with the race Organisers on the day. The Captain will be required to complete and sign 'Part A' of the 'Team & Time sheet' before the start to identify the names of all their runners and to also confirm that they are sufficiently fit to compete and that they do so at their own risk. Click this link for the Team & Time sheet
Although this trial is being run is a social event, hence without bib numbers, it would be helpful for teams to wear club/group colours to help the Organisers and supporters to follow their progress.
Route Planning & General Information:
No additional directional signing will be provided along the route. Competing teams will need to navigate using a combination of the directions and route maps given in the pages for the individual Legs, together with information gleaned from Ordnance Survey maps and from Somerset Council's own maps and guides for the Trail.
There will be some discrepancies between the sources of information about the route of the trail. Where the 'Directions' given in the leg information pages give particular advice, that will take precedence, otherwise teams will need to use their sporting discretion.
It is however most strongly recommended that those individuals planning to run certain legs undertake a reconnaissance of those parts before the day of the race.
Running the Race:
This is a baton style relay and it is effectively the team's baton that the race organisers will be timing. The organisers will be recording only the start and finish times at the beginning and end of the two relay races. Hence, because of it's key role, a penalty of 30mins will be incurred by the offending team if their baton is lost!
There will be cut off times for the finishes, which are likely to be 14:00 and 17:00 for relay one and two respectively. A penalty of 30mins will be added for each cut off missed.
Handover points between legs will be in normal public access areas and will not have active marshaling, although there may occasionally be 'observers' checking that the route has been reasonably adhered to.
So that a full results listing can be prepared for posterity and for individual runners to compare their performance, each team will need to record their separate leg times on 'Part B' of the 'Team & Time sheet' which should be hand over to the Organisers at the finish.
Quick links to leg pages:
|Overview of event|
|Relay 1||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Leg 4|
|Relay 2||Leg 5||Leg 6||Leg 7||Leg 8|
|Key notes & information