FInal Event Information
This is the Final Event Information and supercedes any other information on the website. Please have a careful read as this will help the whole weekend run smoothly for all. We are looking forward to seeing you all this Saturday!
There are some complex logistics (multiple buses, courses and locations) over the weekend and we will not be able to delay bus departure times etc for late arrivals! Please be on time!
The gate into the Event Centre field will NOT be open until after 1000 on Saturday morning.
Saturday 16th August 2014
1000 Car Park Opens
1100 Registration Opens
|Black Course||Red Course||Blue Course|
|1230 - Registration Closes||1300 - Registration Closes||1330 - Registration Closes|
|1300 - Bus Departs||1330 - Bus Departs||1400 - Bus Departs|
|1400 - Race Starts||1430 - Race Starts||1500 - Race Starts|
1700 Overnight Campsite (Chop Gate) opens for friends & family of competitors
1800-2100 Meal available to purchase
1900-2100 Local folk music in the village hall
Sunday 17th August 2014
0600-0830 Breakfast available to purchase
0700 Black Course – Chasing Start Begins
0800 Red Course – Chasing Start Begins
0800 Blue Course - Bus Departs for the start
0830 Blue Course - Second Bus Departs for the start
0900 Blue Course – Chasing Start Begins
1200 Prize Giving Ceremony
1300 Courses Close
1500 Car Park Closes
At Registration competitors will need to sign a disclaimer confirming their agreement with the event Terms and Conditions. Competitors overnight bag will be weighted before being accepted for transport. Competitors will be issued with their race number: these are colour coded for each course. The race number includes a detachable luggage lable, which should be attached to competitors' overnight bag. We will hand out overnight bags at the Overnight Camp to competitors with a matching race number. At registration competitors will also be issued with an SI Timing 'Dibber' (the timing chip): full instructions will be given. Finally, competitors will also be able to collect their free Berghaus Trail Chase t-shirt, Chia Charge bar and race map.
Bus Journeys / Start
The bus departure time for each course is shown in the table above. The busses will leave exactly on time! The journey times to the start locations are approximately:
- Black Course - 1 hour
- Red Course - 40 minutes
- Blue Course - 1 hour
Once you arrive, the start will follow very promptly. Limited toliet facilities are available at each start location.
Food and Drink
We will be providing free tea, coffee and hot water to all competitors over the weekend. This will be available at Registration on Saturday morning and at the Overnight Campsite. If you would rather buy your own hot food rather than cook at the overnight campsite we will be providing a very tasty, high calorie vegetarian meal for £5. Available for sale at the Overnight Camp will be:
- Vege Sausage Casserole with Cheese and Bloomer Bread - £5
- Flapjack, Fruitcake and Chocolate Brownies - £1 (optional dairy/soya custard for an additional £0.50)
- Selection of two Ales and one Cider from the excellent Wylam Brewery - £2 per pint
- Selection of snacks (chocolate bars, crisps and cans of drink) - various prices
- Breakfast: UHT milk, fried egg babs, cereals and muesli
Flapjack, Fruitcake, Chocolate Brownies and the various snacks will also be available to purchase at Registration on Saturday. There is a free finishers meal for all competitors on Sunday. This is mild vege chilli with cheese and pitta bread, plus a free cake of your choice.
Overnight Camping Equipment
The weight of competitors Overnight Bags is strictly limited to the following:
- Individual competitors may have one bag NOT weighing more than 15kg
- Competitors in Pairs & Teams may have one bag each NOT weighing more than 12kg
We insist on the maximum weight for all competitors' overnight bags for three main reasons:
- Fairness - Every competitor has the same maximum weight and sized bags.
- Safety - We need to lift and manoeuvre several hundred drybags twice per day.
- Transport – There is a maximum load limit that each vehicle must stay within.
We cannot emphasise enough that all bags will be weighed at registration and competitors' bags that exceed this weight limit WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the competitor will NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER. Competitors overnight camping kit will be stored OUTSIDE so please ensure everything is kept dry by using an waterpoof dry bag or carefully sealling everything in waterproof bags. If you are having trouble meeting these weight limits please conside sharing a tent with a running friend.
Mandatory Running Clothing and Equipment
Although the Berghaus Trail Chase™ is a summer event, poor weather is always possible and cold, wet and windy conditions on the hills can quickly lead to hypothermia. As such all competitors must take a small rucksack or bumbag containing the following items:
- sufficient food
- Mobile phone
- Waterproof jacket (with taped seams and a hood)
- Survival Bag
If unseasonably poor weather is forecast competitors will be required to also take additional safety items, so please come prepared, with these items in your kit bag:
- Waterproof trousers (with taped seams)
- Hat and Gloves (suitable for the forecast weather)
Any person, pair or team vying for a prize will be kit checked at the finish each day. There will also be random kit checks at the start for most competitors. Any competitor who does not have these mandatory items will be prevented from starting or disqualified… no excuses are accepted!
Competitor’s are also STRONGLY ADVISED to wear trail running shoes with a suitably grippy sole. Road running trainers are not appropriate and are more likely to lead to slips, trips and falls!
There are three different courses and the approximate distances and height gains are:
- Blue Course. Day One = 16.6km / 326m. Day Two = 10.1km / 291m. Total 26.7km / 617m
- Red Course. Day One = 25.3km / 801m. Day Two = 17.4km / 582m. Total 42.7km / 1,383m
- Black Course. Day One = 32.8km / 1,012m. Day Two = 21.3km / 814m. Total 54.1km / 1,826m
GPS Information / Download Tracks
The Zip file, HERE, contains .ADF and .GPX files of the various Berghaus Trail Chase routes. These routes have been plotted from mapping software rather than by recording a GPS track of a runner following the route, therefore they will be approximate. The organisers retain the right to alter the race route at any time. Competitors must follow the race signs on race day and NOT reply on a their GPS for the route.
The courses will be marked with a combination of coloured flags and occasional red/white barrier tape. The Blue Course will have blue flags, the Red Course will have red flags and Black Course will be marked with white flags... The black flags would have been too difficult to spot! The red and white barrier tape will be used only when needed in addition to the flags (for example at a turn, which is less obvious). When you are following the waymarking please remember that the distance between the flags will increase when you are following the same, obvious path or track in the same direction. However, the frequency of the flags will increase significantly when paths/tracks twist and turn. It should be obvious and certainly want it to be obvious!. There are seven people involved in marking the course from the Wednesday before the race. We know how important it is to get this right and be very focused on this pre-event. Example of the flags and barrier tape will be available at Registration. There are no distance markers.
There are NO aid stations on any of the courses and competitors need to be self sufficient for the duration of thier run. This means carrying sufficient water, food and spare clothing.
All competitors will be issued with a Race Map. Shown below:
Although it would be entriely possible to 'navigate' the route of each course using this map, this is not the intented use. Rather, we shall be issuing each competitor with a map at registration to help them orientated where each course goes, where the different starts are and where the Event Centre and Overnight camp are. There is also various essential safety information on the map. The map is NOT waterproof and we will also be providing a clear polythene bag to keep the map in. If competitors would like to purchase a second spare map they will be for sale at £2 each.
The Overnight Camp
We do not expect competitors to leave the Overnight Camp and return home if they happen to live close by. Whilst we won't actually stop competitors doing this, because it causes logistical and health and safety problem for us, and because it is unfair on the competitors who have no choice but to camp, any competitor who leaves the overnight camp (for the night) will be shown as 'noncompetitive' in the results. This means, regardless of the competitors finish time or position, they will appear as a noncompetitive runner without an overall result.
The Overnight Camp is big part of the nature of the event and with 150+ runners, live music and a bar it should have a great atmosphere. It would be a shame if you did not want to join us.
Water will be available at the Village Hall adjacent to the camping field. Very basic washing facilities (bodies and cooking utensils) will be in the stream at the bottom of the field.
The Chasing Start - Sunday Morning
- If you finished the Black Course in 03:00 and 1st place on Day One you would start first at 07:00
- If you finished the Black Course in 03:01 and 2nd place on Day One you would start second at 07:01
- And so on…
We have had some fantastic wooden trophies engraved from local and sustainable Sycamore. These trophies will be awarded for the following category results:
|Above: The Black Course Male Winners Trophy... perhaps you would like to have this on your mantlepiece!?|
Individuals - Black, Red and Blue Course Prize Categories
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Female
2-Person Teams - Black, Red and Blue Course Prize Categories
- 1st Male Pair
- 1st Female Pair
- 1st Mixed Pair
4-Person Teams - Black, Red and Blue Course Prize Categories
- 1st Team
Pre Event Contact
Please remember that we will be in the North York Moors preparing for Berghaus Trail Chase from Wednesday onwards with no access to email. If you have any questions... ask them now!