Winter Wipeout | FAQ
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Is The Route Fully Marked?

The course will be marshalled as well as having directional signs and tape on course.  It’s always a good idea to have some navigational sense though.

How Difficult is the Route?

Regardless of weather it’s going to be tough in terms of climbing as you’ll go quite high.  The ground can vary massively depending on rain.  Dry winters are perfect, wet ones make it hard going, snow can freeze your tootsies and wind can literally knock you off your feet.  There might be the odd man eating bog and don’t forget the ice cold water of the Breamish.  Sound good?  Champion.

Are There Cut Off Times?

There are no strict cut-off times in force, so take as long as you want, however, we do need to be at work on Monday!  We reserve the right to pull you out of the event on safety grounds if needed.

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes. All participants must enter in advance using our online booking.

What are the recommended kit requirements for the run?

Please wear clothing that you are comfortable running in but also suitable for the weather conditions and also the climatic changes which can take place over the duration of the event. Regarding footwear, it would be sensible to wear off road trainers/trail shoes given almost all of the routes are on this terrain. 

Mandatory kit MUST be taken on the hill.  No kit = no run.

  • Enough fluid for 2 hours of running
  • Emergency whistle
  • Full body waterproofing.  Upper and lower body.
  • Hat and gloves
  • Whistle
  • Emergency survival bag
  • Mobile phone
  • OS Map OL16 or an OS print out of the route

What does my entry fee provide?

As well as a very large Finishers medal, custom mug with gorgeous hot soup and a friendly, relaxed and professionally organised event, the entry fee provides you with a running number, full race support provided by mountain rescue and the event crew including assistance as necessary, such as race drop-out support, medical cover and route marking.  There will also be food out on the course, race timing and free to download high res photography.

What is the Maximum Number of Entrants for this Race?

The total number of competitors in the event will be limited to 400.

What is the Latest I can Sign Up?

We will close entry to the event 1 week prior to the event or when the maximum number of entrants is reached.

Can I Enter on the Day of the Race?

We may accept entries on the day if the event is not sold out. 

What happens if I drop out during the event?

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 at any point after you have registered and collected your bib number, then you must go to the nearest checkpoint/marshal or Registration and let them know you are dropping out. We will have a final count of who has finished so if you drop out and don’t notify us then we’ll presume you are missing and a lot of people will start looking for you!


There are no easy escape routes from this event.  This is why we are so strict with the mandatory kit.  If you become stationary out on the hillside you will get very cold.  We will come and get you as soon as possible.

If I need to withdraw before the day of the race itself, is there a refund policy?

There are no refunds or deferrals available once entered, however, you are able to transfer your entry to another person if you are unable to attend the event.

What happens if the event is cancelled or abandoned?

We may need to modify the route or even cancel the event, if circumstances beyond our reasonable control arise, such as, but not limited, to a force majeure (event that is a result of nature e.g. severe flooding). Should this arise and it is deemed to negatively impact upon the safety of the event we will communicate this to you as soon as practicable via the e-mail address you have provided. A decision to cancel the event may in extreme circumstances be taken on the day or during the course of the event. The safety of competitors, spectators and race officials and volunteers is our overriding priority.

Should the event be cancelled we will do everything possible to reschedule the event to a future date. All entries will be carried forward to this new date. Should the event be cancelled due to these circumstances and due to the fixed costs associated with the event we will not be able to provide refunds on this basis.

In the event of abandonment, postponement or cancellation of the event we will have no responsibility for any associated costs of competitors including travel and accommodation costs.  For full terms please see here.

Are there Age Limits for Participants?

All runners must be 18 or over on the day of the event.

Can I run with my dog?

Unfortunately, due to restrictions under UKA rules, dogs are not permitted onto the course.

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