This is typical of the sort of aid station supplies that we have at our events. Note things like cake, cookies, fudge, crisps and chocolate and the absence of anything involving "isotonic" "gels" or "usual running stuff." We like our goodies when we run!
The concept of runner friendly Challenge Events was created by our friends over at SVN, it basically means runners can choose to do what distance they wish within the time limits of the event. These are typically six hours or eight hours on hilly courses. A runner only needs to complete one lap to be an official finisher. We usually try to create loops that allow a runner to also finish a marathon type distance fairly closely. At the end of each lap a runner can choose to "ring out", ringing the bell to signify they are done for the day or carry on and complete another lap. If you complete over 26 miles then you're an official marathon finisher, over 27 miles then an official ultra finisher. (These are declared distances, not what it may say on a GPS device!).
This style of event is very popular as partners and friends can take part in the same event and complete different distances at different speeds, or runners can use them for "long runs" building up to marathon distance or just to run in a zero pressure friendly environment as there is no pressure to go fast or slow. Nobody minds how quickly or how slowly you go and indeed its very hard to figure out who is "first" or "last" and it really doesn't matter, the important thing being that runners enjoy themselves in a friendly environment.
Would parents please note that we do not provide creche services for children, nor is the base camp/start/finish area an entertainment area for children either. Please therefore do not leave your child alone in these areas for us to "keep an eye on" and don't let children entertain themselves around the runners, helpers and supporters. It may come as a surprise to some parents that runners with 20 or 30 miles on their legs actually don't enjoy stepping around children and we wish to maintain a safe environment for everyone and children in the vicinity of tired runners are both a hazard to themselves and to runners.
We do allow children to take part in our events with the following conditions.
1) They must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
2) They are subject to distance guidelines as generally recognised by the running community. These are as follows
Aged 11-12 5000 metres
Aged 13-14 6000 metres
Aged 15 years 10000 metres
Aged 16 years 15000 metres
Aged 17 years 25000 metres
Unfortunately you cannot run with dogs at our events. Running with dogs isn't included within the insurance coverage that we operate under and thus we can't allow this in case there is an incident or accident.
Although a few events do allow these we do not.
Firstly we simply disagree with them on principle, what event is an early start part of? Secondly it creates timing, logistical and safety issues, we're up early enough as it is on race days and it's unfair on helpers, volunteers, course markers and so on to be expected to be there even earlier, a six hour event can easily mean being on site for ten plus hours as it is. Thirdly, if you allow these things then events can quickly become farcical. If you have a one hour early start, people will start asking for two, a six hour challenge, becomes an eight hour one, then someone wants to start four hours early and so on.
Events have clear start times and time limits, no early starts.
Printed on your race number will be our contact mobile number, this is only for emergencies on the day. Text messages will not be answered and on all other days apart from race days it will be switched off.
We have lots of different badges to signify achievements so in time you'll be able to look back at your medal collection and easily be able to identify which ones were certain milestones. For instance, Half Marathon, Ultra, P.B etc.
If you've reached one of these milestones let us know when you finish and we'll pin the relevant badge on your medal ribbon!
We have a Facebook group for runners to chat about RunBelievable events. We're all grown ups so we're not going to police this hugely but please note any spamming, abuse or off topic things will likely just get deleted and/or earn people a ban. We're all just real friendly, low key and any one who isn't will wonder where the group vanished to as we'll just ban/block and that'll be the end of it! We also have a Facebook page where updates about our events will be posted.
From 2019 (and onwards) London Marathon required that only times submitted from UKA Licensed Road Marathons can be used. The requirements for these are far too onerous for a small events company like RunBelievable to accommodate, we like small, friendly events, not ones where we have to have race arbiters, race referees, lead bikes and everyone wearing day glow tabards.
There are maybe 30 events in the UK a year that have a UKA Road Licence so hopefully for our quicker runners you'll still be able to earn those cracking times at those events!
We currently have no plans to use a waitlist. If places become available for a sold out event, these will be posted on the Facebook page and will be given out on a first come first served basis.
Of course you will receive a bespoke medal for your efforts. Don't forget to let us know if you think you have earned any special RunBelievable badges.
You will also receive an extra special treat, which will more often than not be CHOCOLATE!
Our plan for our events is to be 100% rubbish free. We will be completely "cupless" which means we will not be supplying any bottles or plastic cups, instead we ask can all runners bring their own named bottle or cup which can be replenished freely at the water station. If after the event any runners or spectators have anything to dispose of, please could you take it home with you! All biscuits, cakes, sweets etc used on our aid station will be in Tupperware boxes which will be washed and reused for the next event.
We are really committed to this and believe together we can all make a difference, so we thank you all in advance for helping us eliminate waste and plastic usage!