The DROP -
A different kind of race
Using a little bit of military know how we have come up with possibly the most challenging race in the UK!
The April 22nd 2017 - The Drop 50, has two options 50 miles or 50 kilometres
Solo or 2 person teams.
At registration you will hand over all electronic devices, phones, watches and money! In return you will be given a GPS tracker, a race number and an emergency bag*.
You will be placed on our bus, blindfolded** and then driven to a location 50 miles away (as the crow flies) from the event centre. Here you will be released at 2 minute intervals, all you have to do is make your way back to the event centre.
You are fully self sufficient from the moment you leave the coach, make your own way. So run, walk or crawl your way back.
Be warned now, the distances are as the crow flies
*emergency bag contains; a bottle of water, food, £10.00, an emergency mobile phone, and a map/compass. if you open this bag you will be disqualified!
**blindfolded, we will be using blackout safety goggles, we appreciate that some people may have problems but don't worry we have an alternative! Questions and one or two answers
These will depend on the exact location of the drop, expect this to be 9:00am we will be sending you off at 2 minute intervals from the bus. You will need to be signed in and ready to leave on the vehicles at 8:30.
Cut off times?
14 Hours If you can't make the generous cut off time, DO NOT enter this event, you will be putting your self and our team at risk. (50 miles as the crow flies could end up been 60 depending how lost you get)
Men: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Women: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
What support is available along the route?
There is NO support available after the start, NO first aid, NO physio, NO toilets NO water etc, if you don't like this don't enter. We will have a sweeper vehicle but if you use it you are out.
What is the terrain?
How the heck do we know, the route is entirely your choice, hills, moors, canals, tracks and road... You decide
What kit do I need to bring on the day?
There are several things that you will need on the day to help you to perform your best. The following list is just a suggestion of what we have found useful - talk to other athletes, Join a local club who will be able to give you some great advice and develop a list to best suit you.
* Warm/suitable clothes for prior to and after the event, these can be left on the bus and will be at the event centre on your return.
* Race numbers - pinned/attached to your race t-shirt/top or race belt, and any medical conditions clearly written on the back of your number.
You will need to show your race numbers for the duration of the event and at prize giving.
Map of how to get to the event venue!
Mandatory kit - Mandatory Kit list regardless of the weather for all competitors, this is the minimum we will expect you to have.
- • Waterproof jacket - not a log flume poncho or super market fashion jacket, it has to have a waterproof membrane with taped seams
- • Waterproof trousers see point 1
- • Long sleeve top
- • Hat and gloves (not for August)
- • Torch and spare batteries Back light or Glowstick
- • Foil blanket
- • Whistle
We will be doing spot checks on the day, anyone who does not have this minimum kit or in OUR opinion is not prepared for the weather / event will NOT be starting.
Glow sticks / Foil blankets can be purchased on the day £2.50 each
How can I check race results?
If, you finish, race results will be published within two hours of race ending, on our website under the 'Results'. On the day results will be available from the race results centre - Somewhere in the event centre. It is your responsibility to visit the website if you want them in a hurry!
Can under 18-year olds enter your events?
We are sorry but due to Child Protection and Insurance restrictions, we do not currently allow any under 18-year olds to enter our events. But keep in touch or drop us an email as this might be changing.
Do I need to bring any forms with me?
No, at registration you will need to provide your name and address details & an emergency contact. If you have decided to give your place to someone else it is important that you let us know at registration so that we can update our records in case of an emergency, and for timing purposes.
Are there any water / feed station?
Please leave a drop bag at the event centre, you are welcome to find a quiet space on the floor for a few hours recovery! (NO space Christmas edition)
Where do I park?
The venue this is a town centre location and as such there are parking restrictions/charges. Bus and Train stations are less than 1 minute walk from HQ
When and where is the prize giving?
The prize giving will be in the event centre as you pass through the finish line.
NO, there will be no refunds. from the moment you enter we start to incure costs.
Change of participant
If you wish to have another competitor take your place a £5.00 admin charge will be made.