West Highland Way CHALLENGE Race
96 Miles - Tough & Rugged
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Safety and Rules



RACE RULES

The following rules/instructions are very important.  Please remember them and follow the agreed process during the race.  All competitors by entering and taking part in the West Highland Way Challenge Race agree to follow ALL rules for the entire duration of the event.


1. ANY COMPETITOR WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE WILL BE REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW AT A CHECK POINT OR WATER POINT.  IF UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO A CHECK POINT OR WATER POINT THEN CONTACT THE RACE ORGANISERS BY PHONE AND CONFIRM YOUR LOCATION.  IF POSSIBLE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE NEAREST MAIN ROAD, WHERE YOU WILL BE UPLIFTED AND TRANSFERRED TO FORT WILLIAM.

EACH COMPETITOR
 ON WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE MUST HAND THEIR RACE NUMBER TO A RACE MARSHAL.   THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND EACH COMPETITOR ENTERS THE WEST HIGHLAND WAY CHALLENGE RACE ON THIS UNDERSTANDING.  A 
COMPETITOR WILL STILL BE CLASSED AS IN THE RACE AND UNACCOUNTED FOR UNTIL THEIR RACE NUMBER HAS BEEN HANDED TO A MARSHAL.  A COMPETITORS FAILURE TO CONTACT A RACE OFFICIAL (either in person or by phone) AND HAND OVER THEIR RACE NUMBER COULD RESULT IN POLICE AND MOUNTAIN RESCUE BEING INFORMED THAT A COMPETITOR IS MISSING, SO PLEASE ADHERE STRICTLY TO THIS RULE.  AS SOON AS YOU LET US KNOW, WE (WHW CHALLENGE RACE SUPPORT TEAM) CAN SUPPORT YOU ACCORDINGLY.


2.    Each competitor is required to be aged 18 years or over on race day.

3.    Registration closes at 23:00 hours on the Friday night (emergency registration closes 23:50 hrs) one hour before the start of the WHW Challenge Race.  We encourage all competitors to register in good time before 11pm.

4.    Race number must be worn at all times and clearly visible (name and number) on your front.

5.    In the event of unpredictable weather the organisers reserve the right to group competitors into minimum groups of 2 for travelling through exposed area. These groups must remain together, or until they are split at a Check Point by a race marshal. The race cut-off time of 35 hours can be extended in adverse weather.

6.   The following items must be carried/worn at all times during the race: 
  • Fully WATERPROOF HOODED JACKET with taped seams (this does not include a Pertex only garment or other shower proof only  garments.  Pertex Shield is acceptable] 
  • WATERPROOF TROUSERS
  • HAT
  • GLOVES
  • HEAD TORCH with spare batteries
  • FIRST AID KIT - to include blister plasters, sterile dressings and tape as minimum
  • EMERGENCY WHISTLE 
  • COMPASS (mobile app not accepted)
  • BASE LAYER TOP
  • INFORMATION SHEET - check point details, emergency contact numbers
  • MAP of the full W.H.W. ('Harveys', or 'Footprint' provide these maps.)
  • MOBILE PHONE (fully charged at start of race and switched on for the entire race).
  • Your accurate mobile number must be provided to the race organisers on the Entry Form. If a phone number has changed since submitting your entry form, please advise the race organisers by phone or email before race day.  Alternatively inform the race organisers at Race Registration.


                                                                                                       
Top of the Devil's Staircase.  Approx. 10.15pm.  Sun is about to set and a second night on the trail is about to begin.
Small emergency rucksack on my back and looking forward to the descent into Kinlochleven guided by a trusty head torch (and back up batteries).



7.   For your SAFETY, at registration competitors must provide to the organisers a SMALL EMERGENCY RUCKSACK containing an sleeping bag weighing a minimum 800 grams and an orange type, heavy duty, emergency 'Survival Bag'.  This rucksack will be re-issued to the competitor at Check Point 5:  Bridge of Orchy Hall  (60 miles) and must be carried to the Finish in Fort William.  Please note your emergency rucksack MUST also have capacity for you to transfer ALL essential items listed in point 5 when you arrive at Bridge of Orchy check point.

8.  BEFORE THE RACE all competitors must read all of the information contained in this website.  Please take quality time to read, learn and prepare accordingly.  It will increase your chances of success on race day.  It also helps to ensure the spirit of fairness to all, one team approach and respect to others.


OTHER INFORMATION


Any race packs, running packs, bum bags used on arrival at Bridge of Orchy can be left and will be returned to the finish at Fort William.  The emergency rucksack must also be carried by competitors climbing Ben Nevis (see earlier notes).   This safety measure is to ensure outer waterproof, windproof and insulation cover are provided to the competitor until help arrives, in the event of the competitor being immobilised.

Note for NOVICES: Please don't turn up with heavy rucksacks which have everything including the kitchen sink.  There is no need during the race to be carrying a rucksack weighing more than 10lbs, including water.  We (the race organisers) strongly recommend you train with your running pack and safety ruc-sac.  Get familiar with them.  Learn how to best pack your kit and how it feels on your back.  Then come race day you will be sorted and in a good frame of mind. 
Spare shoes, towels, change of clothing, etc. should be put in the drop bags.  Please be smart and make effective use of the Drop Bag option. Smart drop bag planning can increase your chances of finishing the race.

SHOWER : There is a shower at the Bridge of Orchy Village Hall (Check Point 5), so if you want a quick shower to get refreshed, or cool off, then put a towel and soap in that drop bag for Bridge of Orchy.  This is often a very smart move as it allows you to get fully refreshed before the final third of the course. Remember there are plenty of competitors in the race so please do not sing in the shower for too long! Thanks in advance.

AS PER RACE RULE NUMBER 8:  PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITE.  IN PARTICULAR THE 'FURTHER RACE DETAILS' WEB PAGE.  THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CHANGES TO THE WEBSITE AND RACE DETAILS SO IT IS IMPORTANT ALL COMPETITORS (Experienced Ultra Competitors to Novices) TAKE TIME TO READ ALL THE INFORMATION.  THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT.



The handsome Arnold brothers!  Andy (back) has completed many of the toughest Ultra events in Europe and 4 successive WHW Challenge Races (great effort).  Steve (front) has recently taken up long distance events.  2019 race was his first big Ultra.  This photo captures the guys with 30 miles achieved and 66 miles to go!  Big smiles!  Steve & Andy worked as a team.  They had ALL the right gear for tough wet and windy conditions later in the race (very smart guys, good planning).  Their strategy was not to achieve PB's and get exhausted but to stay smart and pace it out.  They both finished the race in 32 hours and 36 minutes.  Excellent effort!  They aim to be back for future races.



The beauty of a new day dawning!  Sunrise near Conic Hill.  The variety of nature and changing light conditions whilst enjoying the race are simply wonderful.  Makes you feel great to be alive!