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High Fells of Hedgehope HM

14.01.18

14/01/2018.  Summer runners just look away now.  This is a proper winter fell race where the conditions could vary from a lovely clear winters day to a howling wind with sleet and snow.  To take this on we highly recommend that you have good fell running experience and that you can handle yourself in cold weather.  In 2017 the weather was pretty kind with single figures at the cafe area and -7 C and sleet on the summit.

 

The route takes a direct path up to the summit of the magnificent Hedgehope, the second highest summit in the Cheviots and offering fantastic 360 degree views.  On the way you’ll pass the rugged Cunyan Crags, fight through the bogs of Dunmoor and finally climb the rocks near the top to reach the summit.  To finish things off you may well be dumped into the tropical Breamish river if it is not in spate.  All just to clean your shoes of course.

 

The area was cherished and documented by local farmer Sarah Wilson who passed away not so long ago, leaving her son and husband to carry on farming in Ingram.  The Sarah Wilson cup will be the prize on offer as well as ranking points for the High Fells Trail Series.  The event takes part at the Valley Cottage Cafe in Ingram and you’ll be doing your bit to improve the local economy whilst taking part in this slightly mad run.

 

This is an ideal opportunity to take on an extreme event in the knowledge that a safety team will be on hand with specialist medics, atv’s, 4×4’s and personnel to keep an eye on you.  Tents will line the route and a communications system allowing quick escalation procedures.  All you need to do is get out there and run!

14/01/18

£30

Key Details

Date: 14/01/2018
Info pack: Sent out by email 1 week prior
Registration times: 7am til 9am
Run start: 9:30am
Parking: Huge field for parking. Free.
Prizes: Badge plus technical tee for all. 1/2/3/V40/V50/V60 M/F
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Off Road

DISTANCE

13m

ASCENT

2600ft

GRADE

Tough

LAST ENTRY

08/01/18

Entries

Entries open via sientries here.  £30 per person.  You will get extensive winter safety cover, finishers medal, event mug and a free home-made soup to go in it.  Please read the full terms and conditions here before entering.  Just to be clear, there are no transfers, deferrals or refunds for this event.

Cut-Offs

There are no cut-offs for this event.  Take as long as you like.  We reserve the right to take you out of the event on safety or medical grounds.

Experience

This is a winter fell race and therefore not for beginners.  You need to have the equipment, knowledge, experience and mindset to cope with potential conditions.

Route Marking

The route will be fully marked.  A GPX file will be sent out in the info pack 1 week prior to the event.

Checkpoints

There will be one checkpoint and this will be on the summit of Hedgehope itself.  Expect a variety of semi frozen sweets.

Medical Info

If you have any medical conditions you must tell us in advance of the run. A professional medical team will be on site to deal with major incidents. First aiders can also be found around the course. Each runner will be given essential safety info to take round with them that has key details on it. Mountain Rescue are informed of the event. The nearest hospital is Cramlington Accident and Emergency Hospital.

Mandatory Kit

This is January in the Cheviots and although you do get still, sunny winter days you need to be experienced in and prepared for bad conditions. This can range from hail to snow to high winds. The run won’t be called off due to bad weather (lightning apart) so you’ll just have to deal with it. Here’s your list:

  • Enough fluid for 2 hours of running
  • Emergency whistle
  • Waterproof/Windproof jacket/gillet (can be one jacket)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Leg cover either in the form of running tights or waterproof covers.
  • Emergency survival bag – the plastic kind are just find and cheap as chips.
  • Food of your choice.
  • Mobile phone. It will only work when high up but it can be a vital lifeline in an emergency.
  • OS Map OL16 1:25,000

This kit will be checked before the run starts as no chances will be taken out on the hill.

Map

Hedgehope Route

FAQ

Got something on your mind? We might be able to help you here:

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes. All participants must enter in advance using our online booking. For registration info please see above.

Will we receive a map of the route?

You will be sent the map as part of the runner information pack around 1 week prior to the event. There will be a map of the route on display in the registration area. The route will be well marked but in the event of any issue refer to your map. The route is well sign posted with marshals at key points.

Are there Age Limits for Participants?

Yes. All runners must be 17 or over.

Should I bring my family?

Why not. They can walk around Ingram or sit in the cafe in the event of bad weather.

Can I bring my dog?

You can bring your bog to the event but not out onto the hills. This land is cultivated for game birds and as such the land owners request that dogs do not go out with runners on the event.

What Shoes Should I Wear?

Trail or fell running shoes are highly, highly recommended. Conditions under foot could be anything from deep bog to frozen ground.

Can we stay the night before?

There are plenty of places to stay in the area should you be travelling from further afield. Have a look at Wooler or Rothbury on Google for B&B’s.

Do I need a support team?

No. We will man the event and make sure you get round OK. You will need to bring essentials such as a kit list/compulsory items mentioned above.

What happens if I drop out?

We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits. Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event. If this happens on the course please go to the nearest checkpoint/marshal and let them know you are dropping out. If you only go to one checkpoint please try and make it the registration area as this is the final count of who has finished and left the area. If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and go on a man hunt! Always sign out of the event.

High Fells of Hedgehiope HM