Friday, 14 March 2014

Final Newsletter - The Welsh Ultra / Marathon / Trail Running Series - Round 1

WHEN: Saturday March 22nd 2014

EVENTS: Ultra Marathon - 40 Miles / Marathon - 26 Miles / Trail Run - 10 Miles




REGISTRATION: Tower Hotel, The Square, Talgarth, Powys, Wales. LD3 0BW - Friday March 21st 6:00pm – 9:00pm and Town Hall (opposite Tower Hotel) - Saturday March 22nd: 6:30am – 7:45am. 

Latitude 51:59:46N (51.99604) Longitude 3:13:57W (-3.23246) Grid Reference SO154337


RACE START: Ultra 08:00 / Marathon and Trail 08:15


PARKING: Is approx. 5 minute walk from Tower Hotel & Town Hall – parking in the town square is hard to come by and NOT advised. There will NOT be parking available at the Tower Hotel.

CHANGING & KIT: If desired you will be able to get changed in the Town Hall (opposite Tower Hotel). There are separate changing rooms for men and women and you may leave kit there until after the event. Please note that there are no showers at the finish unless you are staying at The Tower Hotel.

FOOD: Bacon rolls, toast and coffees are available Saturday morning. After midday food is available at the Tower Hotel - it is also a pub and has some fantastic ales which they brew on the premises and has won some prestigious awards in recent years – well recommended!

ROUTES: All of the routes are very nearly all off road and tricky underfoot in certain sections. Please ensure that you have footwear appropriate for off road conditions.

*Please be aware that routes may alter if weather conditions dictate but it takes a lot for this to happen – a bit of rain and some wind does not count!

KIT: Must be adhered to in all classes. Please ensure that you have all the required kit. Assume that you need everything including options such as waterproof trousers. We won’t have an accurate view of the weather until the day in question when we can make a final decision. Head torch and waterproof trousers will be compulsory for ultra, regardless of the forecast.

Failure to comply could mean disqualification from the event. Random kit checks are possible. This is for your safety.

Ultra kit list can be downloaded here.
Marathon kit list can be downloaded here.
Trail kit list can be downloaded here.

CUT OFF: For the Ultra there is a cut-off at CP6 @ 16:00 / 25 miles in 8 hours.

SMILE: As usual our fantastic photographer Jon will be chasing around the hills in a quest for the perfect shot! Photographs will be available after the event. For as taste of Jon’s results to date and a view of what you might be in for check out his work here: http://www.muen.co.uk/


Please don’t hesitate to contact us (preferably not on Friday night!) if you have any further questions or queries at events@mightcontainnuts.com

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Final Newsletter - Wye One Way 50 Ultra and Trail Marathon



Just one week to go until the Grand Day Out! Signage is already starting to go out in some places of the course. Recent rainfall has meant that the summer dust has definitely disappeared and true to form mud in places is guaranteed. Weather conditions for the forthcoming week look fairly mild and settled.

You can keep an eye on the weather forecast here

Please check out the minimum kit list requirements and make sure you conform as we don’t want you to be in the embarrassing situation of not being able to take part

Compulsory kit list here

We have had a strong response to the event and as such there are limited numbers still available for transport and accommodation. If you still require either of these options then please confirm or book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We will be closing both options on the evening of Tuesday 8th

Please check your entry and ensure your booked options are represented quickly, if you spot an error please let us know ASAP and we will get it corrected.

Final entry list for the ultra can be found here.

Final entry list for the trail marathon can be found here.

Please note that we will not take any further bookings after this time. If you have not booked transport by this time then we are assuming you will be finding your own way to the start.

Registration is available as follows;

For the Ultra Marathon
Fri evening, 18:30 to 21:00 at Woodlands House, HR3 5LP 
Sat morning, 05:00 to 05:45 at Woodlands House. HR3 5LP
Sat morning 06:00 to 07:00 at Llangurig Car Park (The Start, SN 908 796)
Organised transport leaves Woodland House at 06:00 Sharp!
RACE START TIME: 7:15


For the Trail Marathon
Fri evening, 18:30 to 21:00 at Woodlands House, HR3 5LP
Sat morning 09:00 to 09:45 Llanwrthwl village Hall (The Start, SN 974 638)
Organised transport leaves Woodland House at 09:00 Sharp!
RACE START TIME: 10:15

Please do not arrive at Woodlands House before 17:30 on Friday as school groups will be vacating the building and you will be requested to wait in your car until they have left.

As part of the registration process you will be required to fill out 2 pieces of paperwork. It would be appreciated particularly if you are registering in the morning for the ultra marathon that you bring the forms already completed to save time and faff.
  • Entry Form can be downloaded here
  • Compulsory Kit List can be downloaded here
FAQ’s

Q: Do I really have to take all the compulsory kit? (It has been asked!!!)
A: Mmmmm … a clue is in the ‘compulsory bit’ ….. YES!

Q: Can I leave bags at the start?
A: A small bag can be left in the designated vehicle at the start of the Ultra or the village hall for the Trail marathon start. Bags should be no bigger than 15L and we cannot guarantee the return of any lose items.

Q: Will the bags find their way back to the finish?
A: Yes, but might be an idea to make sure that they are properly marked. There is a small possibility of you arriving at the finish before your bag if the vehicle is diverted to deal with an incident.

Q: Can I leave a drop bag on route or have mates hand out food?
A: The official answer is “No” as you need to be self sufficient rather than relying on others whom in their best interests might not be able to find you. The odd jelly baby here and there is deemed acceptable.

Q: Can we buy stuff on route?
A: Theoretically possible but as above not to be relied on and not deemed to be in the spirit of the event – the only town is Builth Wells and you’ll have to go off course to find a shop in any case.

Q: Will there be kitchen or food to use?
A: Yes, there will be meals available on the Friday evening and on the Saturday afternoon and evening. There will be great portions at reasonable prices so you might want a few quid handy. If you want to cook your own you can but you need to supply all ingredients in this respect. 

Please note that you will need to make your own breakfast arrangements on the Saturday morning if you are up early enough you are welcome to use the facilities.

Q: Will there be toilets at the start?
A: Yes, At the Ultra there will be approx. 3 portaloos. The Marathon will have slightly posher options at the Village Hall. 

Q: Will there be beer at the finish?
A: Unfortunately not as we’re not licensed but feel free to bring a few “swifty’s”. We were hoping that the local refurbished pub might be open in time but looks like we’re still a month away from completion. There is however another in Glasbury village about a mile and a half away.

Q: Is bedding provided?
A: Yes, everything is provided but of course you can bring your own.

If you do have any further questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch but please be aware that the sooner the better as towards the end of the week we may struggle to get back to you as we’ll be busy laying the course out.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Newsletter - Wye One Way 50 & Wye Valley Trail Marathon


Hopefully all competitors in either the The Wye One Way 50 Ultra or The Wye Valley Trail Marathon received the news of the date change. The date for both events is the 12th October.

Accommodation option;

Race HQ Woodlands House will make an excellent centre for the weekend and two nights accommodation (Friday & Saturday) can be booked at a total cost of £35. Why not make a weekend of it and include a recovery walk in the local Black Mountains, a boat trip down the River Wye or maybe a visit to local towns Brecon or Hay on Wye, all within 5 to 30 mins of HQ.

Transport Options;

If you have not already we would urge you to seriously consider your transport plans to the start of the event. What makes both events different from most is the liner course and the sense of a journey this provides. The organised transport options will leave Woodlands House (the finish) in good time to get you to the start. The cost is probably less than the cost of petrol and removes all of the logistical challenge. Transport can be booked here for both events. The coaches for the Ultra will leave Woodlands House at 06:00 for a 07:30 start. The coach for the Trail Marathon will leave Woodlands House at 09:00 for a 10:00 start.

Registration is available as follows;

For the Ultra;

Fri evening, 18:30 to 21:00 at Woodlands House.
Sat morning, 05:00 to 05:45 at Woodlands House.
Sat morning, 06:00 to 07:00 at Llangurig Car Park (The Start)
Organised transport leaves Woodland House at 06:00.

For the Trail Marathon;

Fri evening, 18:30 to 21:00 at Woodlands House.
Sat morning, 09:00 to 09:45 at Llanwrthwl (The Start)
Organised transport leaves Woodland House at 09:00.

Series Points update;

The Wye One Way 50 Ultra is round 3 of 4 and will go a long to shaping the series competition this year. To qualify for a series ranking you must complete 3 of the 4 rounds or all four in which case your best 3 points totals of the series will count. Your points total is calculated based on your time relevant to everyone else racing on the day, plus bonus points for a podium finish. Series scores from the first two rounds can be found here.

Entries available;

Entries are still available for both the The Wye One Way 50 and Wye Valley Trail Marathon and can be booked here.

Please note entries for The Ultra Brecon 40 - Winter have surpassed the 200 limit, we have extended entries to allow for drop outs but will be closing entries soon. If you want to be on the startline don't hang around!

Retail update;

With summer now behind us we are having a clear out resulting in some great bargains including 30% off all Craft, 20% of all trail & barefoot shoes, 25% off all Camelbak, 20% off all tents, up to 25% off sleeping bags, 20% off all Mountain Hardwear, up to 30% off OMM and 25% off all Extremities. As a competitor past or present you are entitled to a further 10% off using discount code ' MCN_10% '. There are some great deals take a look here

There will be a final newsletter nearer the event with any last minute updates, in the meantime hope your training is going well and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us either via email or our Facebook page.

See you in October.

The Might Contain Nuts Team.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

URGENT Breaking News! Date change for the 'Wye One Way 50' and 'Wye Valley Trail Marathon'

This is not a decision we have taken lightly however the next round of the Welsh Ultra Running Series and the Wye Valley Trail Marathon of 2013 is to be changed from October 5th to October 12th

Despite being confirmed we recently received news that our planned event HQ is no longer an option. This is due to external reasons beyond our control and is not related in any way to MCN or our involvement there in previous years. We have desperately attempted to stick to the same date and find an alternative venue which works to provide minimal change and disruption but after exhausting all potential options have eventually had to succumb to the fact that we either have to cancel the event or change the date. Regulars of our events will know that cancelling an event will always be a last resort thus the decision to change the date to October 12th.

For those of you who can’t make the revised October 12th date we can only profusely apologise and offer you a complete refund (or free transferable entry into Round 4 in the Brecon Beacons on December 7th). On the positive note you may now have one week extra in which to train!

The new venue will be Woodlands Outdoor Centre again at Glasbury less than ½ mile from our original venue. It is a similar type of set up to Glasbury House and accommodation options will continue as they have been previously. Please note that accommodation options are now available again after we dropped the option until we could establish the revised HQ.

The 50 mile ultra course will remain largely unchanged though there are some small changes to drop yet another couple of miles of tarmac from the route which makes it approximately 80% off road and the tarmac that does exist is limited to shorter sections of quiet back lanes where there is simply no alternative.

The Ultra will start from Llangurig as before (GRID SN 908 796) at 7am. Coaches will leave Woodlands at Glasbury at 6am sharp. Please note that this is a linear route. The start and finish are approx 50 miles apart! Note that transport is an additional option that must be booked prior to the event for £8. If you are have not booked transport it is assumed that you have your own method of getting to the start.

The Trail Marathon option will start – you guessed it! -26 miles north of Glasbury from the village of Llanwrthwl (GRID SN 974 638) at 10am. The start and finish are approx 26 miles apart! Transport for the trail marathon option will leave Woodlands at 9am sharp. The Trail Marathon Route follows the same final 26 miles as the Ultra Route.

There will be further newsletters and information available with regards some of the finer detail of both the Wye One Way  50 and the Wye Valley Trail Marathon. In the meantime and once again our sincere apologies for the date change and any disruption it has caused. We will do everything in our power to help accommodate and resolve any issues. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at events@mightcontainnuts.com

Best Wishes

Might Contain Nuts


Saturday, 20 July 2013

Final Newsletter - The Welsh Adventure Racing Series - Round 2


First of all a “Hats off” to you for taking the plunge and signing up to what promises once again to be a truly epic day out! We notice that there as some familiar names in the mix as well as some new ones. All of us here at Might Contains Nuts wish you all a very warm welcome.

This round explores some of the more intricate parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park and in particular the lesser known Black Mountains which has been a favourite ‘back garden’ for our training for more years than we care to remember. The terrain is tough and gnarly in places with lots of contours which will provide a challenge, particularly for those seeking the more remote checkpoints. There will however, be some less demanding options for those new to adventure racing.


All of the stages are compulsory and competitors must collect a minimum of 1 checkpoint from each stage. Failure to do so will incur a 200 point penalty. For the whole event there will be a maximum of 2000 points on offer but it is not expected that the course will be cleared!

Maximum time allocated is 12 hours. (Or 6 hours if this option is selected)

The aim is to gain as many points as possible in the allocated time.

Any time over this limit will incur penalties of 5 points per minute. Controls will range from 10 – 100 depending on their perceived difficulty in obtaining them!

The highest score in the allocated time wins!

REGISTRATION:

Saturday 27th July from 06:45 until 08:00.

Maps will be distributed at 07:15.

12 hour Start Time: 08:30, New Court Farm. 12 hour Finish Time: 20:30, New Court Farm.

6 hour Start Time: 08:30, New Court Farm. 6 hour Finish Time: 14:30 New Court Farm.

Entry List

Please check the entry list here to ensure your entry / category is listed correctly, if not please contact us ASAP as this may effect the boats we have available, thanks.




HQ and how to get there:

The event registration start & Finish is at the lovely New Court Camp Site only a mile or so from the base of the Black Mountains. Please report to reception upon arrival. As well as our HQ it is also a campsite so feel free to bring a tent and pitch up the night before or perhaps stay on after the event (cost of camping not included and must be paid direct to campsite owners).


Newcourt Farm Campsite, Felindre, Three Cocks, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0SS

There are hot showers (for 50p) always loads of change available and obviously there is a camping option if you want it and we already know that many of you have sorted out. There is also a lovely country pub less than a mile away (Three Horse Shoes Inn) which is well worth a visit and bearing in mind it has some great ales on tap is probably more suited to the Saturday night for those that are easily swayed. 





EVENT OVERVIEW:

The route is a very demanding one both in terms of hills and conditions under foot. Weather will also play an important factor in how challenging the route on the day is. There will be some sharp rates of ascent and descent with some slippery and technical sections present in places.

You will require a decent tread on whatever footwear you decide to use and similarly bike tyres. The vast majority of the foot sections are off road though there are limited sections of tarmac in places.

An approximate breakdown of the days activities are as follows. Please note that the times are only a guide – you may wish to alter them / skew them and will depend on your fitness, preference and strategy (or mistakes!). However, the boat window is fixed!

For 12 hours;
  • Stage 1 MTB Approx 4 hours
  • Transition 1 at HQ (Bike to Run) – Your bike and bike kit will be transported to T4
  • Stage 2 Run Approx 1 hour
  • Transition 2 Glasbury (Run to Canoe)
  • Stage 3 Canoe Approx 2 hours
  • Transition 3 (Canoe to Run)
  • Stage 4 Urban Transition Run Approx 10 mins (no CP’s)
  • Transition 4 (Run to Bike)
  • Stage 5 Bike Approx 1 hour
  • Transition 5 (Bike to Run/Hike) Your bike and bike kit transported back to finish.
  • Stage 6 Run / Hike Approx 4 hours
  • Finish!
*Please note that there will be a ‘window of opportunity’ to start the canoe leg. This will be between 13:30 and 14:30 departure time from Transition 2.
  • If you arrive before 1:30 you won’t be allowed on the water.
  • If you arrive after 2:30 you also won’t be allowed on the water and will incur a 200 point penalty.
We very much encourage you to errr on the side of caution!

Pairs / three’s will be in open canoes – Solo's in Sit on Top Kayaks.

For 6 hours;
  • Stage 1 Run or MTB approx. 3 hours
  • Transition 1 at HQ (Bike to Run)
  • Stage 2 Run or MTB approx 3 hour
  • Finish!

    Please note there is no boat stage for the 6 hour race.
Kit List:

Please acknowledge that some sections of your day will incorporate and open hill and some remote sections. With this in mind there is a compulsory kit list:
Compulsory Kit List for everybody!
  • Backpack or suitable means of carrying required kit (as listed below)
  • Food and means of carrying water.
  • T – Shirt, shirt or equivalent.
  • Additional Layer
  • Waterproof / Windproof Jacket / Shell
  • Shorts, leggings, or equivalent.
  • Whistle
  • Compass (which can take bearing) (1 per team or solo)
  • Space Blanket or Emergency Foil Bivy
  • First Aid Kit (1 per team or solo)
  • Footwear with adequate grip for potentially slippery off road conditions.
  • Bike!
  • Bike Helmet.
  • Bike tools, pump, puncture patches, tubes, chain link extractor etc.
  • Map (supplied)
*Please note that whilst the above is compulsory, it and the advisory are by no means exhaustive. Please make sure that you are confident of coping with the conditions and or in the unlikely event of a canoe capsize.
Advisory Kit: (Depending on conditions)
  • Waterproof Trousers (depending on conditions on day)
  • Buff and or Hat
  • Sunscreen (depending on conditions on day)
  • Sunglasses (depending on conditions on day)
  • Bike Gloves Thermal and or fleece top (in addition to compulsory long sleeve top)
  • Hydration tablets or similar
  • Money
  • Mobile Phone
Optional Kit:
  • Spare socks
  • GPS (NOT a substitute for a compass also NOT for NAV folk!  )
  • Camera
  • Whatever you feel will make your experience all the more enjoyable!
Controls:

These will be marked with a small orange and white orienteering flag. You will have an orienteering stamp card which you will punch with the ‘stamp’ once the control is found, Each control has a unique identity.

Food & Water:

It is up to individuals if they want to add their own hydration supplements to the plain bottled water provided at each transition. Just to clarify; competitors must take care of their own food from the start. This is not a supported event in this respect. Make sure you have enough food to last you the event. There are no facilities which we know of for at least for the first three stages. There may be some options at the end of the canoe leg in Hay on Wye for those not watching the clock.

Water and gels will be available at all transitions.




Kit Boxes:

In short we will transport bike kit only with bikes. At the start transition boxes / bags can be left at Transition 1 as you will return to it after the first bike leg. We will transport your bike and bike related kit to the second bike leg. After the second bike leg is complete (Stage 5) we will return your bike and bike kit back to the finish. Please note that we won’t transport your run kit at any point so you need to make sure that you have it with you (if different from your cycling kit) when you leave Transition 5.

Please help us to help you by having some sort of labelled container or bag to transport your kit rather than loose helmets / shoes etc floating around – Thanks!

Retirements:

If you do retire before completion of the event, please do so either at a checkpoint or inform us of your actions so that you can be accounted for. Please, Please, Please, do not just disappear without notifying a member of the organisation of your actions. We will assume you are missing and send out a search party.

Results & Prizes:

We will announce the leading results & prizes as soon as everybody is in. We suspect this will be around the 21:30 mark.

Food Before & After the race:

Food is available at the local pub - The Three Horse shoes. It is about 15 mins walk from the campsite. Technically they stop serving food at 21:00 but have been most encouraging in try to help us out and thus there may be some options after this time but if you want to arrange something amongst yourselves then give Paul or Jenny a ring on 01497 847304 – they’re great people!

Other options are about 4 mile away in Hay on Wye where there are several food options from pub food to curry house.

Other things and FAQ’s:
  • Be prepared for hills and & Welsh mountain weather!


  • Plenty of food! – 12 hours in the hills and on the river is a big day out!


  • Bring pens / highlighters etc– very useful to mark the map


  • Consider MTB Map holders (Might Contain Nuts have some great ones in stock ) and or also perhaps something to put them in for the run / canoe stage. The maps provided however will be printed on A3 waterproof paper.

  • How will my bike ‘move around’? – We will transport them. As bike geeks ourselves we will do our utmost to keep them in as pristine condition as when they arrive. We have cardboard to pack between them etc but cannot absolutely guarantee that they will remain showroom – but we’ll try our best!
  • Be nice to marshals (they have given up their valuable time to support you) If you do have any grievances then please take that up with the race organisers who will do their best to resolve any problems (Matt or Barry)

  • Remember to smile!




Friday, 17 May 2013

Newsletter - Round 2 The Welsh Ultra Running and Trail Marathon Series

Not sure what you guys think but we may have to think of renaming the “Summer 40”!




We certainly weren’t short changed when it came to the weather; high winds, big rain, sharp hail, thunder, and a smattering of sun thrown in for good measure were all part of the course. With the wind-chill below freezing on the high ridges there were several retirements along the demanding 40 mile ultra course particularly at the 22.5 mile mark near Storey Arms. The challenge saw 129 starters lined up ready to go of which 112 determined athletes would survive to see the finish line.


Nevertheless Hugh Aggleton showed everyone else a clean pair of heals finishing in a remarkable time of 6 hours 17 minutes and 35 seconds. The only other competitor to break the 7 hour barrier was Patrick Devine-Wright in 6:58:50. Duncan Steen took third spot with 7:04:20. First male veteran (over 45 years old) took 5th place overall in a time of 7:17:00.



In the women’s race Katie Roby didn't have it all her own way running in third and second place during the day but demonstrated her endurance by coming through to claim the women’s top spot in a time of 7:41:00 and finish 15th overall. Lizzie Wraith took second and Natalie Taylor third. Natalie was running as part of team Endurance Life warming up for an Adventure Race later in the year in Costa Rica, I use the term warming up with some irony. First 'Lady of a certain age' was Lynette Porter in 8:03:00 who finished 20th overall.


In conditions as they were, finishing is no mean feat so give yourselves a pat on the back  and check out the full results here.

Trail Marathon runner Andy Watkins braved similar conditions for the majority of the route and brought the field home just outside the 5 hour mark in 5:04:00. First lady home and 5th overall was Belinda Manning in 5:25:00.

Full Trail Marathon results here.

We are also in the process of working out the series scores as they stand after two rounds, to qualify for a series placing you must complete 3 rounds. If you complete all 4 then your best three scores count.


There are several fantastic blogs and reports on our Facebook page of which a lot can be learnt for future events so may well be worth having a read.

Despite the fact we’re sure the day will be etched permanently in the brain for some of you there are some fantastic photographs captured by our resident photographer Jon. These may be viewed here and purchased at a very reasonable price to ‘treasure’ the moment forever!



We would also like to say a big thanks to GU Energy for providing enough gels to keep you going and also Vivobarefoot for providing the winning prizes and making sense of Barefoot Running. If you need any more info then get in touch and we’ll gladly send out some info.


We’ll have a bit of a summer break now from the running events but we do have 2 Adventure Races on the calendar with the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the Welsh Adventure Race Series on July 27th and September 14th with 6 and 12 hour options. If you fancy mixing it up either as a solo or as a team with mountain running, mountain biking, canoeing and a bit of navigation thrown in then check out the races here. Any questions give us a shout as always and we will do our best to help you out. We are also checking dates to find some free weekends for a couple of trail running training weekends.

Keep an eye on our FB page for latest news, offers and general going's on!

Thanks for coming and hope to see you soon,

The MCN Team

Friday, 3 May 2013

Final Newsletter - Round 2, The Welsh Ultra Running and Trail Marathon Series



It is just over a week to go until Round 2 of The Welsh Ultra Running and Trail Marathon Series kicks off with arguably the toughest routes of all the rounds! We have a brand new marathon route which we’re sure will challenge even the fittest.



We are also delighted to say that the Ultra Brecon 40 (UB40) - Summer Edition is also part of the UK Ultra Running Championships (as is Round 3) so for so some there is a double incentive to perform well. For others it may be your first attempt at an ultra marathon and we would like to welcome you aboard. Whilst it isn’t the easiest one to kick off on but we’re certain with enough grit and determination you’ll be able to make the grade. If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch (preferably not the night before!) and we will do our best to address them.

We can also confirm that the UB40 is a 2 point qualifier for  UTMB events (as are round 3 & 4).

The Route:

The route is a pretty demanding, both in terms of hills and in places conditions under foot. There will be some sharp (and long) rates of ascent and descent with some slippery sections present in places. Almost the entire route (over 95%) is off road though there are some very short sections of tarmac where it is impossible to find an alternative. The majority of the route consists of open hill but there are sections of cinder track, stony sections, peat bogs and muddy sections – its all in there! It is very much advised that you should have a decent off road tread on whatever footwear you decide to use. Poles may be useful for those that have some experience of using them, as there are some severe gradients in places.

We will aim to sign the route as best as possible especially at key junctions. This event is not designed to be a navigational one, but it is recommended that you have a basic idea of map reading and compass skills if the visibility is poor on the day.

Checkpoints:

There will a number of manned checkpoints on route most of which will have plain bottled water available in 2 litre bottles. For the Ultra competitors CP 3 & 5 are on the mountain and so there won’t be water available at these points – these is clearly marked on the route map here. All 3 marathon checkpoints have water. A number of CP's will have free energy gels from our fantastic sponsor GU, again these will be marked on the map.

It will be the case that the marshals at checkpoints will need to record your number as you pass through. It is requested that you have your number clearly displayed at all times. This information is recorded for your split times and more importantly your safety. Please don’t make a number up as it gives the organisation team a massive headache if we have to scour the hills to find a missing person who happens to have finished hours ago and is enjoying a pint in the pub - this has happened before!

Food and Water during the Event:

It is up to individuals if they want to add their own hydration supplements to the water provided. Just to clarify; competitors must take care of their own food from the start. The spirit of the event requires one to be self-sufficient. Make sure you have enough food to last you the endurance. It has been know for the odd competitor to sneak a bacon roll or ice-cream at Storey Arms, however this should not be relied on as a strategy as the bacon roll hut / ice cream van is not always there!


There will be gels supplied by GU Energy at checkpoints 2, 4 & 6 for Ultra Competitors.

There will be gels supplied by GU Energy at checkpoints 1, 2 & 3 for Marathon Competitors.

Time Restraints:

Ultra Competitors must clear Checkpoint 4 by 4:00PM (22.5 mile)

Ultra Competitors must clear Checkpoint 6 by 6:00PM (28 mile)

It is anticipated that all competitors (except retirements) will have completed the entire course by 10:00PM, but if any are still any ‘die hards’ still out on the course at this time, they will politely be asked to retire.

Trail Marathon runners must finish by10:00PM

If you must retire before completion of the event, please do so either at a checkpoint or inform a member of ‘Might Contain Nuts’ of your actions so that you can be accounted for. Please, Please, Please, do not just disappear without notifying a member of the organisation of your actions as we will assume that you are missing in action and send out a search party.

Weather Conditions:

Conditions over the last few weeks have been very dry and the outlook appears favorable. However these are the highest mountains in Southern Britain and as such conditions can change by the hour. We tend to find that mountain forecast the best, keep checking in closer to the time as it like the weather changes! Have a look here.

Compulsory Kit:

Competitors will need to sign a disclaimer to say that you are carrying all compulsory kit during the entirety of the event. In addition to this there will be random checks at the finish. Please, please don’t put us in the embarrassing situation of telling you that you can’t race or your result is null and void because you haven’t got the correct equipment. Please remember that in addition to comply with our event insurance, the kit requirement is there for your own safety.

The compulsory kit list is here (it is the same for both distances) and you might note that some items have been relaxed slightly since the arctic conditions have left us. That said, the route does cover exposed sections of open hill in places and the weather can be very changeable. We would like to stress that the compulsory kit is there as a bare minimum and is by no means exhaustive. You need to adapt your kit to match your experience, expectations and the conditions on the day.

*Note there are some items which will depend on the conditions on the day – so you need to bring these along and be prepared to use them.

Registration & Kit:

Registration consists of a little form filling, although you can download them and fill them out beforehand which should make things a bit quicker. We would very much appreciate it if you could register the night before if at all possible, directions herePost Code is LD3 7YP.

Registration requires 2 forms: 1 x Registration Form, 1 x Compulsory Kit Declaration

Download Registration Form here

Download Compulsory Kit List Declaration here

Registration Friday evening:

Registration will be open between 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Talybont Outdoor Education Centre on Friday evening.

Registration Saturday morning:

Registration will also be available from 6:15am – 7:45am at Talybont Outdoor Education Centre on Saturday morning.

Start

We will start the event 8:00am sharp so please give yourself some time to park and register or you may well have to play catch up!

Race briefing is at 7:55 am at the start line which is in the lane behind trace HQ (about 2mins walk)

Finish:

Where you started, final time cut-off 10:00PM

Parking:

There is limited on site parking available for both nights for those staying at the centre.

However, in addition to this we have been very kindly given permission for additional parking to use in the form the cattle market which is approx 200 meters up the road on the right hand side the . This will be signed. Please allow 10 mins to walk back to the centre after parking.

Please DO NOT park cars on the pavements and in the road outside the centre and along the road to the village. Residents of Talybont and the Police have been very supportive of our events and we would very much like to keep it this way.

Race HQ & Accommodation:

The Old Railway Station makes an excellent HQ. It also has accommodation where the standards are much higher than would normally be expected of a typical bunkhouse. Take a look here if you need any more info. There are still beds available either for both Friday & Saturday night at £35 (for both nights) or for a single night at £20, if you wish to book a bed take a look here.

Might Contain Nuts Retail:

Might Contain Nuts will have a limited range of items available to buy during the registration period should you wish to do so. A few of you have already mailed through some requests for kit which we will bring along on the day.

Prizes:


Prize Giving will be in the HQ centre at approx. 4:00PM. With great prizes from our sponsor Vivobarefoot and more.

Food & Beer:

We are delighted to announce that Luffy will be coming along to provide smashing meals of generous proportion at lean prices so keep a few quid to hand if you want to test his culinary delights, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

There are 2 brilliant pubs about half a mile up the road from the event centre which should quell your thirst particularly for those staying over.

Summary:

We hope all of the above makes sense, but please don’t hesitate to contact at events@mightcontainnuts.com or visit our Facebook page if you have any questions or queries. It would be appreciated though if you can do this sooner rather than later as the 2 days before the event is very much involved with running around getting everything organised – Thanks!

Be nice to our fantastic marshal team (they have given up their valuable time to support you). If you do have any grievances then please take that up with the race organiser who will do his utmost to resolve any problems (Matt).

Remember to smile!