Most races you will ever do under 10k ish, will have no feed, water or aid stations on the route, usually if you are lucky water will all be waiting for you at the finish line & possibly a snack!
The athlons all have a water/feed station every 2 miles or less, stocked with plenty of water and nibbles etc, and then;
Wine at the WineAthlon* Chocolate at the ChocAthlon Beer at the AleAthlon Pie's at the PieAthlon Cake at the CakeAthlon
(*An optional wine sample for those that want it, hence the name 'wine station')
All the athlons are easy trail run/walks for beginners right through to seasoned athletes, the concept is simple; Cross the start line, follow the well marked off road routes to the first feed station, have a snack then away you go again following the route to the next station, then onto the finish.\
Fancy dress, although not compulsory it is encouraged and the best on the day will be rewarded.
Photos, all the athlons have professional photographers who's photos of you on race day, will be available free to download within a few hours of your finish, these will not be the usual finish line photos!
Due to the availability of alcohol at the WineAthlon and AleAthlon events we have to say Strictly NO under 18s, our policy is simple; if you are not 18 years of age or older on event day you will NOT be taking part, ID may be requested by any member of our team.
For the ChocAthlon, PieAthlon and CakeAthlon, no age restrictions, all under 16's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult
The wine is available for sampling purposes only, a single sample of wine will be available for each competitor, taking more than one will mean someone else missing out!
I am unable to compete - Can I give my place to another person?
The simple answer is NO, it causes far too many issues with registration both prior too and on event day, causes issues with timing and as a result means we do not offer this option. Please don't ask!
What is a wine sample (WineAthlon only)
A single sample of wine will range from 15 to 20 ml (a small glass of wine served in a pub is 125ml) each wine sample is roughly equivalent to one 1/2, UK unit of alcohol. For the facts and more visit; www.nhs.uk (some of the wines available will be dealcoholized)
What is the terrain?
Depends on the event, see individual webpage for further details... generally tracks and trails with as few road sections as possible
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. Each event will have its own needs. The following list is just a suggestion of what we have found useful - talk to other wine 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. * Map of how to get to the event venue. Mandatory kit - unless the weather forecast is very bad there is no mandatory kit however if the weather forecast is bad (blizzards, heavy rain/winds etc) full body cover (long sleeve windproof top & bottoms) will be required. We will try and notify you by text & or email if we are expecting this but it is suggested you bring it just in case, you can always leave it in your car or with luggage storage, if you do not need it.
How can I check race results?
Race results will be published within two days after the race ends, on our website under the 'Event Results'. On the day results will be available from the Race Results centre - Somewhere near the Finish Line. we may even email result to you but we cant promise this! it is your responsibility to visit the website if you want them in a hurry!
Cut off times?
Cut off times are final they are not negotiable they are there for your and our safety so please do not put us in the awkward position of having to justify them to you.
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. You will also need to provide proof of UKA club affiliation if you are using it.
BUT BE AWARE THAT YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF AGE (WineAthlon, GinAthlon and AleAthlon)
Are there any water / feed station?
Yes there are plenty of them. All feed stations stock water and nibbles.
The following is TBC depending on each event, but use as a guideline for now. Water / feed stations are manned by volunteers (many from local running clubs and the local community) Key points to remember:
Don't crowd around at the start of the drinks stations - Grab your drink/snack and keep moving!
Wine is there for sampling purposes only, you will be refused more than one wine sample (WineAthlon only)
If you are going to stop, look behind you and move to the side. Don't suddenly stop in the middle of the station or anywhere on the course.
Take as much water as you require.
Don't drink it all. Take a few sips at every station, but don't overdo it.
Try to hit the rubbish bags with your cup or discard your cup carefully. Look where you're placing it and think of others.
Be careful at all times. It’s easy to trip over a discarded cup or bump into another runner.
USE BINS PROVIDED!
Where do I park?
Most venues have limited parking but we often arrange alternative parking less than ten minute walk from the start & registration area, see relevant map for details
When and where is the prize giving?
The prize giving will be in the event centre or outside (weather permitting) at about TBC see individual webpage for details.