The first Hangman Ultra takes place next Saturday. I hope your training is going well. I sent out a long email last week to all entrants, and I wanted to send an update so you have all the latest information.
The race will be low-key, with a great family atmosphere. The locals know we’re coming, and they’re welcoming. The course is quick if you are, and the cut-offs are generous if you are not. We are, in short, excited, and we hope you are too.
We want to make your day safe and enjoyable, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Please read the following information and drop me a line if you have any questions.
IF YOU DON'T READ ANYTHING ELSE, READ THIS:
- The Hangman is a long race, do not underestimate it. There are tricky sections and all sorts of surfaces including oozy mud, hard ground with gnarly tyre tracks, stony ground, ruts, hills, road, narrow areas, animals, stiles, gates... Basically be prepared for most terrain types that the English countryside can throw at you.
- It is LONGER THAN 50km. It's actually around 54km (33.5 miles). There are good reasons why it is longer. Please bear that in mind when running with a GPS device measuring distance travelled. Also, the distances measured on such devices can vary significantly, so don't be surprised if you measure it as less or more than 54km. You can download the provisional GPX route for your device by using the link below.
- The distances between aid stations are, respectively: 14.5km, 12.5km, 12.5km and 14.5km (9 miles, 7.8 miles, 7.8 miles and 9 miles). You MUST ensure that you are prepared for those distances and carry enough water. There is a 1 litre mandatory minimum of water, but if you feel you need more please carry it. There is no mandatory minimum for food, but again if you feel you need it, please stock up at the start and between aid stations.
- It is harvest time, and shooting season. Neither will take place on the footpath, but please expect farm machinery (avoid!) and periodic loud bangs. Please do not veer from the path onto crops, or you may experience the worst race hazard of all - an angry farmer.
- There are road crossings, and sections to run on road. There will be signs up to warn motorists that runners are around, but please be careful. Wearing high visibility clothing is advised.
- If you have friends or family coming to spectate, the Race HQ and the checkpoints have parking facilities. If you wish to direct them to a local pub for a drink while they wait for you, try The Plough in Longparish, or The George and Dragon in Hurstbourne Tarrant.
- Race date: 20th August 2016
- Organiser: ULTRA Evolution Ltd
- Website address: https://www.ultraevolution.com/hangman
- Race FAQs: https://www.ultraevolution.com/blog-post-355-hangman-faqs
- Race director: Andy Nuttall (07885 875657, email@example.com)
- Senior marshal: Maxine Rhodes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Race HQ location: Longparish Village Hall, Longparish, Andover, SP11 6PB (map link)
- Checkpoint locations – each with limited car parking facilities for supporters:
- Route link: GPS track (right-click and select download file)
- Runner car parking location: Longparish Village Hall car park, opposite the village hall – signposted and marshalled
- Paramedic: Teresa White (07792 975189)
- Nearest defibrillator location to Race HQ: attached to the wall at the front of the Longparish Village Hall
The details in this email are accurate as at the date of writing, 14th August 2016. However, some information may change a little before race day. This will be highlighted during the pre-race briefing.
2. Phone Numbers
A fully-charged mobile phone is part of the mandatory kit list. Please save the following numbers into it, just in case you need them:
Paramedic – Teresa, 07792 975189
Race Director – Andy, 07885 875657
3. Race numbers
Here is the entry list, showing your bib number:https://www.ultraevolution.com/product-details/NCM0e-ultra-:-the-hangman. This number must be used to label the bag you leave at Race HQ.
4. Event schedule/cut-offs
Registration is open on Saturday morning from 07:00 to 08:30. There will be a race briefing at 08:45 in the hall at Race HQ, and then we will all walk the short distance to the race start area. Race start is at 09:00. Please bring your mandatory kit to race registration, you will not be able to register without it.
|8:55am||Runners are walked to the start location|
|2pm||CP2 (27km, Combe Gibbet) closes – last runner must have left by this time|
|3pm-ish||Prize ceremony for 1st/2nd/3rd Male/Female|
|5pm||CP1/CP3 (14.5km/39.5km, Hurstborne Tarrant) closes – last runner must have left by this time|
|7pm||Race officially closes|
5. Getting to the start/what happens at the end
There will be parking at the Longparish Village Hall, post code SP11 6PB, with enough room for around 40 cars if you park sensibly and close to each other. The parking space can be seen here. It is across the road from the village hall and will be signposted/marshalled.
Please register with RaceLifts.org and see if you can arrange to car share with another runner or marshal. Use this link: http://racelifts.org/Hangman-Ultra-2016/
There has been one recent break-in to a car in the area, therefore drivers are urged to remove or hide all valuables while parked.
Runners may leave their bags inside the hall for the duration of the race, at their own risk. There will be race staff present at Race HQ at all times, and Longparish is a quiet village, but the organiser accepts no liability for items that go missing or get damaged unless by direct action from one of its staff. Please label the bags with your race bib number.
The hall is available from Friday evening at 7pm for those who wish to sleep over, for a nominal fee of £5 (which will go to the village hall fund). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag/pillow/bed roll etc.
Please consider how tired you will be following the race. If you finish at 7pm after running for 10 hours, be careful getting home. A runner died while driving home after the UTSW 100 race in 2012, we obviously don’t want anything like that to happen here. If friends or family can come and pick you up that’s great, but if you’re intending to drive yourself home then please be responsible. The hall is also available Saturday night for anyone who wishes to sleep over, again for £5.
We wish to leave the Race HQ how we find it – clean and clear. Please leave muddy shoes outside the hall before entering, and put rubbish in bins provided.
We’ll have copies of ULTRA magazine on sale at Race HQ, so if you’re missing any issues bring some cash along and save on postage.
During the race you are encouraged to carry some food that you know you will like and you have eaten during training. However, checkpoints 1, 2 and 3 will be well-stocked with water and Coca-cola, plus a selection of the following types of snacks:
- Jelly Babies
- Salted Peanuts
- Malt loaf
- Pork pies
- Mars bars
Hot food (suitable for both vegetarians and omnivores) will be provided to participants at the finish on production of your race number.
6. The Course
The course follows The Test Way trail, which is marked with posts and signs. Fingerposts are often marked with the words ‘TEST WAY’, and you will often see the distinctive green arrow with the letters TW marked, like this:
Most of the signs are obvious and apparent; others are more obscured so you need to keep your wits about you and keep your eyes open. We will be marking the course well using red and white plastic tape and ULTRA-branded arrows, and any areas of ambiguity will be well-covered with our signage so it should be straightforward to follow.
If you do find yourself off-track, retrace your steps until you find either a Test Way sign or some of ULTRA’s signage or red-and-white tape. Make a note of the order and positions of the various parishes – Longparish, St Mary Bourne, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Linkenholt and Combe Gibbet, as invariably locals will be aware of the direction of the next parish.
7. Country code
ULTRA Evolution is a responsible company, and we try to pay respect to the landscape on which we run, and the communities that live around it and use it. Local parishes and landowners have been informed that you are coming and will welcome you.
We ask you to follow the Countryside Code, in particular by doing the following:
- DO NOT DROP LITTER. We can’t state this clearly enough. If it’s accidental then fair enough, but wilful littering is not cool. That means banana skins as much as gel wrappers. If any participant is seen deliberately dropping litter by a race marshal they will be instantly disqualified from the race. I’m sorry, but that is how important this is to us. In fact, we actively encourage you to pick up other people’s litter where you have the capacity (and energy!) to do so. We will be giving a spot prize for the person who comes back with the most items of litter picked up.
- Hampshire is farming country, and August is harvest time. Please do not stray from the trail or tread down crops. Give way to farm vehicles.
- There are very few gates, but when you come across one please close it after you. Don’t leave it open for another runner unless you’re within touching distance. This is so important – it is the NUMBER ONE bugbear for landowners, and the one that is always complained about the most.
- Respect other trail users. You will come across walkers, dogs, horse riders, cyclists, other runners, and probably plenty of other activities. If you smile and say hello then it looks good for us, we’ll get a glowing report and we’ll be in a better position to organise the race again next year. One complaint from anyone can mean a difficult ride. ALWAYS slow down and walk past horses.
The Hangman Ultra takes place in August, and as such the weather is likely to be relatively mild. The race is almost all on trail and therefore does have hazards such as stony tracks and tractor tyre treads which can easily turn an ankle and end a race. It’s also very long! Even though you may have completed races of 50 miles or longer, do pay respect to the 50K distance – it’s still a long way and if you get pacing or nutrition/hydration wrong, or you pack minimal kit and the weather turns bad, you could be in for a rough time.
With that in mind, we have a small MANDATORY kit list as follows:
- At least 1 litre of water in either bottles or bladder
- Fully charged mobile phone containing the numbers for the race director and the paramedic as above
- Waterproof jacket
- Route map – hard copy
- Survival blanket or bag
- Base layer – although it’s August it *could* get quite cold and blowy in some of the more exposed areas of the land
- If you feel the cold, consider bringing a hat and gloves just in case
Car transport is in place for timed-out/injured runners from CP1, CP2 and CP3 back to Race HQ. Please be prepared for a wait, though. The race director is qualified in 8-hour Outdoor Emergency Action First Aid, and ITC Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) and we have a dedicated mobile paramedic on call throughout the duration of the race.
Please help other runners if you see them in distress during the race.
- A medal will be given to every participant who finishes within the 10-hour time limit.
- A trophy will be given to the winning male and female runner.
- Prizes for first, second and third males and females will be awarded, courtesy of ULTRAmarathonRunningStore.com. Note: where certain items are required to be sized, a voucher will be given that can be redeemed online in return for the prize.
10. Miscellaneous rules
Spectators are welcome to bring dogs on leads. However, no dogs are allowed in the village hall.
That's it for now! Apologies for the use of capitals occasionally in this email to stress certain points. This will be a very friendly race and there should be no issues as long as everyone reads and plays by the small number of rules.