Winter Half Marathon – 22/01/17
Looking for a way to blast off those cobwebs following the festive season? Here’s a half marathon for the hardy souls only – summer runners look away now! Hedgehope is the second highest peak in the Cheviots and is regarded by many as the jewel in the crown. It’s domed summit provides a hard climb no matter how it’s approached. Winter in the Cheviots can be a sun-drenched frozen wonderland or it can be howling winds and Arctic temperatures. For this reason we’d highly recommend that you be an experienced trail/fell runner with a knowledge of cold weather running. The safety kit is mandatory and everyone will be checked before they head out into the hills.
The event will be held at Ingram Cafe which gives you plenty of opportunity to grab hot food and drinks before and after the run. In return for entering you’ll get the support for a dedicated safety team out on the route, an event mug with free soup and winners prizes for all the racing snakes out there. Bask in the satisfaction of completing this tough run with a mug of hot soup inside you when it’s all over.
With over 2500 feet of climbing and variable terrain you’ll need to be steady on your feet and pretty determined. People can go out and do this route any time they wish but to do it as part of an event gives you a safety blanket should things go wrong. A number of tents can be found on route and you can feel free to dive into one should you need to. The team is there to help and a medic will be on hand and emergency services pre-notified. Not that you’ll need them! The run is a straight up and down to maximise use of marshals and increase peoples ability to follow the right directions.
|Info pack||Sent out 1 week prior|
|Registration times||7am til 9am|
|Off road||97% off road / 3% on road|
|Course records (long)||NA|
|Parking||Limited parking at event HQ. Dedicated parking a short walk away. All free.|
|Prizes||Event cup and free hot soup from the cafe for everyone. Overall winner. 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd Male. 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd Female. 1st V50 Male. 1st V50 Female.|
Entries full but feel free to join the waiting list Open via sientries here. £22. For terms and regulations regarding the event please click here. Just to be clear, NO transfers, deferrals or refunds available.
No cut offs in place for this run. Take as long as you like. The only reason we’ll pull you out is on medical grounds.
The route will be fully marked. Marshals will line the way. GPS files of the exact route will be sent out with the info pack.
The only checkpoint of significance will be on the summit. We will get some sweets up there as extra motivation
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 List
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.
Maps of the route can be seen here.
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 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.