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Essential Items

You should carry with you everything that you need to keep safe and comfortable during the event (with the exception of water, food, and for 50-100km challengers a “half way” bag). There are no indoor or undercover resting areas during the event, (only at the start and finish), so you need to prepare to be outdoors for the entire event.

The list below has been prepared following the advice from the International Trail Running Association, the Fell Running Association of the UK, and qualified event staff. Our only motivation in designing this list is your safety; there is nothing unnecessary on it. The amount of kit is neither excessively heavy, nor expensive. Going without all of this kit increases your risks whilst taking part in the event.

Each participant must be equipped with:

  • Waterproof jacket with taped seams and hood. Softshell or “coated” products are not suitable.
  • Waterproof trousers with taped seams.
  • Walking boots or shoes with a good tread and ideally with high ankle support.
  • A warm jumper/fleece/primaloft, in addition to what you’re wearing to start the event, and initially carried in your bag. Real down not sufficient.
  • Any personal medication you need, eg Inhaler, Epipen.
  • A headtorch per person (Compulsory, for all challenges except Copper. Strongly recommended for Copper). A good quality headtorch will make a big difference to your speed and safety overnight, and we’d particularly recommend the Petzl Nao and Myo headtorches. Expensive, but really worth it. Sunset on 19 September 2020 is at 7.11pm.  
  • Drink bottle and personal snacks (you can top-up with food and water every 2-3 hours on average). 
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Face covering (Tube scarf sufficient, can be same item as your “hat”)
  • Personal hand sanitiser
  • Event Wristband (Delivered with route guides, or collect on the day)

Each self-navigating team (including teams of 1) must also carry:

 Solo entrantsTeams of 2+
Bronze and Copper Challengersa) Survival Bag or
b) SOL Emergency Bivi
a) Survival bag each or
b) SOL Emergency Bivi each or
c) Group bothy bag
Silver and Gold Challengersa) Survival Bag with Sleeping Bag or
b) Emergency personal shelter providing significant thermal protection: eg 3-layer Blizzard Bag, or SOL Escape Bivvy, or SOL Escape Lite Bivvy.

NB: SOL Emergency Bivi, or lightweight “2 layer” Blizzard Bags are not acceptable; Nor are any other bag not pre-authorised prior to registration.
a) A “Solo” shelter as listed in the left column, for EVERY member of your party, or
b) One bothy bag large enough for your whole team AND one “Solo” shelter as listed in the left column (for an injured member of your team.)
Back Before Dark 10km ChallengersStrongly recommended, but not compulsory are:
a) Survival Bag or
b) SOL Emergency Bivi
Strongly recommended, but not compulsory are:
a) Survival Bag or
b) SOL Emergency Bivi

Optional items to consider

Bearing in mind that minimising weight will maximise your speed and comfort:

  • A pair of walking poles
  • Lightweight camera
  • How much water is appropriate, based on the conditions on the day.
  • Suncream and sunglasses.
  • Dry socks and a change of shoes (Only on 50-100km distances, we can drop these off for you at a “half way” checkpoint if you bag them up and clearly label them. Bags must be as secure and well-labelled as they would be to be checked in for a flight. There is no facility for “half way” bags to meet you on 10-25km routes).
  • Lightweight travel cup to mitigate the event’s environmental impact. Available for sale at Registration.
  • Powerbank for your phone if you won’t be keeping it turned off.