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Rules

Please read both of these sections carefully before entering the event. 

RULES & GUIDANCE 

See also the “Timetable” section for details of what you will need to do on the day. 

1. Competitors must read and comply with all Safety Notes (see below). 

2. The entry fee is £6.

3. The START is by Hartfield House (Venture Trust). The FINISH is just before the Applecross Inn.

4. The event can be done as a RACE, starting at 1.30, or as a CHALLENGE, starting at 12.30. The CHALLENGE is the better option for anybody who is not confident of completing the course in under 3 hours 30 minutes and certainly for those who plan to walk some or all of the route.

5. JUNIOR, under 16, entrants are very welcome, with appropriate consent from a responsible adult.

6. A list of entrants will available via Sientries from when entries open.

7. Registration (from 10.45), tea after the event (from 4.00) and prize giving (5.30) will all be at the Community Hall, approximately 1 mile south of the Applecross Inn.

8. Parking space at the START is limited so please share transport where possible. There will be a free mini bus shuttle from the Hall.

9. “Competitor Numbers” for wearing will be issued on the day, at Registration. They must be pinned to your front for both the run and the cycle. At the FINISH it can be very difficult for the timers to see your number, particularly if you finish fast, with your head down or wearing a jacket over your number. Please try to ensure that your number is seen. There will be a “funnel” in operation – please dismount and walk through in your finishing position. 

10. We would like everybody to complete the event and be at the Community Hall no later than 5.00 so that you can enjoy the tea and prize giving and allow the Marshals to do the same. The Finish will, therefore, close at 5.00.

11. Bikes should be left at the CHANGEOVER, at Arrina, any time after 10am on the day of the event. An official will be present to ensure their safety.

12. Kit you require at the CHANGEOVER should be in a bag attached to your bike. Any kit you leave at the START or at the CHANGEOVER should be put in a bag labelled with your NAME. 

13. Kit left at the START or CHANGEOVER will be brought back to the Community Hall. Each year several items of kit are left behind – please remember to take your kit home with you. 

14. Water will be available at the START and at the CHANGEOVER.

15. Please follow the Country Code and, in particular, leave no litter. Bin bags will be available at the START and at the CHANGEOVER.

16. Slipstreaming or drafting is not permitted.

17. Competitors will need to travel a further mile from the FINISH to the Hall. If you plan to spend time at the FINISH you may wish to carry some cash and leave some spare clothing with your “support team”. 

18. Prizes for the Race will be awarded in the following categories: Open (male & female), Veteran ie over 40 (male & female), Super Veteran ie over 50 (male & female) and Vintage ie over 60 (male & female). The winner of the Mens Open prize receives the Garry Innes trophy. In addition the following prizes are available for  competitors in either the Race or the Challenge: first “Local” (male & female) and for the outstanding performance by an under 16 competitor. The under 16 prize winner receives the “Architects Trophy”, donated by Greig and Kathleen Munro. The “Local” prize is for those on the Applecross electoral role and for others on a discretionary basis. Finally, there is a /prize, donated by Charlie & Carla Hornsby, for the day’s most notable contribution to the event.

19. No entrant will be eligible for more than one award.

20. The Event Organisers reserve the right to alter or amend the rules and route as circumstances dictate and their decision on any event-related matter is final.

21. In most parts of the peninsula there is no mobile phone signal.

22. Any “profit” from the event will go to support the Applecross Community Hall.

SAFETY NOTES

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BARBARA BERX & JO YATES 2013 CHALLENGE

1. This is a strenuous event, much tougher than the total distance suggests, particularly in wind and rain – don’t take part if you are injured or feel unwell.

2. Make sure you fully understand the event details, know the terrain and distances. The track / path is  marked  but it is advisable to study the OS map and course description. A simple rule on the track and path is, “KEEP LEFT at all times”.

3. Make sure you have suitable kit for remote, hilly terrain and changeable weather. In the event of injury you may have a prolonged wait before assistance arrives. Carrying a waterproof / windproof jacket is mandatory.

4. The path is mostly firm but some sections are rough and / or steep. Care must be taken to avoid falls and twisted ankles.

5. In wet conditions there may be several stream crossings. Caution is required whenever wet rocks are used as stepping stones.

6. A cycle helmet must be worn when cycling.

7. Make sure your bike is well maintained and safe. There are some testing hills and bends. Brakes must be efficient, particularly if it is wet.

8. A puncture repair kit (or spare tubes) and basic tool kit are strongly advised.

9. The road is mostly single track with passing places. Competitors must comply with the Highway Code at all times. Be alert to cars trying to overtake you and the possibility of oncoming cars in the middle of the road. Please be courteous to other road users and, in particular, do not cycle abreast. Cattle and sheep are also commonly encountered on this road. Applecross sheep are very unpredictable in their movement!

10. There will be water available at the START and at the Changeover. You may wish to carry additional fluid and / or leave some fluid and snacks with your bike at the Changeover.

11. You must display your “Competitor Number” (on your front) at all times. Please try to ensure that it is seen at the FINISH.

12. Highland cattle and, possibly, a bull may be grazing around the first mile or two of track, after the START, and also around the final 2 – 3 miles before the road is reached.

13. If you are injured or need help inform the nearest Marshal or ask a fellow competitor to do so.

14. If you pass an injured competitor please note their “Competitor Number” and rough details of their injury and inform the next Marshal you pass.

15. It is VITAL that any competitor retiring after REGISTRATION informs an official as soon as possible. Officials will be present at approximately 2, 6 & 8 miles on the path and at the CHANGEOVER. An official will “sweep” the run section. There will also be officials patrolling the road by car.

 

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