DirtRun Mortimer Madness Trail Half Marathon
Welcome to the Mortimer Madness Trail Half Marathon – one of the toughest trail halves!
This run takes in all of the Mortimer Forest’s best features, it’s beautiful yet challenging terrain provides us with a route through ancient trees and super high landscapes that will test your legs and lungs to the limit!
It is “madness” because it’s tough – for this event we’ve added an optional Bergen category for those hard as nails military types who what to challenge themselves weighted down with a pack! Running this category is ideal training for those training for the toughest events such as the Fan Dance in Wales. We will have a kit check at sign in on the day.
Have no doubt even if you “just” run this race in your normal trail running gear, this is a tough trail run – which for our DirtRunners, makes it all the more essential to enjoy!!
Thanks to the Forestry Commission team at the location, we have created a challenge you will remember – running it in winter provides the potential for a memorable painful day so it’s guaranteed fun!!
Our popular DirtRuns pack in the following so why not come and join in the fun:
- Special finishers medals for all
- Race timing
- Category prizes
- Medical support & tail runner
- Public Address and Commentary “shout-outs”
- Fully signed and marshalled routes
- Water stations
- Insurance cover
This run is for over 17s only.
Drover cafe will be on site for us and be open for coffee, tea, great cakes and a fab service.
As this is remote location with no vistor centre, we will be providing toilets and a group shelter- this is no “bog standard” event 🙂
Race starts at 09:30
Registration opens 08:30
All routes take in the best scenery the location has to offer and are classed as multi-terrain. We recomend trail shoes for sure footed running in all conditions.
This run is a great step up from our 10k trail runs and great prep for our Ultras!
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Junior minimum age is 4, Youth 11, Adult/Seniors 16. Unless otherwise stated.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Extensive car parking is available on site, fees vary from site to site so please check you entry confirmation email for information. Participants travelling sustainably by walking or cycling to our events pay no parking fee and qualify for Pulse Points
What do I get for my entry fee?
What you get can vary from event to event depneding on the type and scale of the event. However all events (unless otherwise specified) provide:
- Varied race distances (across ages) in great locations
- Clear route directions and marshals
- Special finishers medals and goodies for all
- Category prizes
- Race timing
- Refreshments at all locations
- Medical support and first aid
- Public Address and Commentary “shout-outs”
In addition, our larger events will offer additional benefits specific to the event
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or via facebook direct message @pulsepursuitsuk
What’s the refund policy?
No refunds are given. We do accept applications to transfer fees to events of the same value. Transfers of entries between competitors are not permitted. Please enquire via email@example.com
What about Registration?
Event registration opens ONE hour before the first race of the day and closes 15 miuntes before each race category of the day. Times are posted at the registration point.
Can I help out at an event?
Yes, of course you can. If you’d like to come along on the day and help out in anyway we’d really appreciate it and we’ll make sure you’re well looked after. Just contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How much of my registration fee goes to charity?
We give £1 for each senior entry direct to a charity partner. Our charity partners vary by event location. Charities for 2017 include: Deaf Direct, Mary Stevens’ Hospice, St Michaels Hospice, St Richards Hospice, The Midlands Air Ambulance and The Royal Life Saving Society. Each event supports one of these charities. In addition, some of our locations are charities and we also donate to them. You can make additional charity donations on-line if you wish.
Can I get a club affiliation discount?
No. We operate across a wide range of event formats with our own compehensive insurance so an insurance affiliation does not apply.
Is there medical cover?
Pulse Pursuits takes the safety of our event participants extremely seriously. When you enter our events you do so in the knowledge that you are fit and healthy, without any conditions that could affect you adversely. It is essential that any conditions that may affect you are brought to the attention of our registration team, who will assess whether you should take part in our event. You should remember that our events take place over various terrains, roads and water. Pulse Pursuits provides medical cover for our events but cannot be held responsible for any injuries suffered. We strongly recommend that you hold your own personal insurance.
Do you offer category prizes?
Whilst our events are run for enjoyment and personal achievement and in most cases we provide a bespoke finishers medal or momento, we give prizes in each race for First, second and third in each category. Prizes and categories vary from event to event.
What should I wear?
- For DirtRun events: Our trail events are mixed terrain and elevations and we suggest you dress appropriately. You should, especially, wear suitable running footwear with good grip for varied conditions. Generally trail shoes are recommended for all our locations. For our longer Ultra events specific kit lists are required, details of which will be issued directly to participants.
- For JustRide events: Cycle clothing varies across event type and conditions. For all cycle only and duathlon events, it is mandatory that riders should where a correctly fitted cycle helmet whilst on the bike.
- For PaddleSprint events: During regattas using Bellboats we provide bouyancy aids which must be worn to participate. During Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) events, bouyancy aids must be worn, these will will be provided to particpants ihring a board and paddle only. Paddlesprint events temperatures will vary throughout the year, we advise being prepared for all seasons especially when participating in a SUP event where a full or shorty wetsuit may be required.
- In the unlikely event that damage occurs to your clothing, footwear or accessories during one of our events Pulse Pursuits will not be held responsible.
What about spectators?
We love spectators and actively welcome them, especially those that cheer on participants! Due to the nature of the locations we may have to restrict spectator access but this will be clearly signed. We respectively ask all specators to keep away from the race course, transition and safety support areas. We ensure that spectators can see the start, finish and as much of the race as possible. Also our live commentary ensures that they feel part of the action.
Are children welcome?
DirtRun: So that the whole family can join in the fun we offer, where possible, a Junior race from age 4 to 10. On some occasions the entry list may be limited to 20 Juniors to fit in with the overall race shedule. This is a shorter flat race and parents are welcome to accompany their children. We charge just £5 for each entry online and £7 for on the day entries and this includes finishers medals and goodies. This race is entered on the day at the registration. There may be uneven and slippery ground at the event and may be open water near by, so we ask that children are supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
JustRide: We do not hold Junior cycle races at all our cycle events unless specifically advertised.
PaddleSprint: We enable Juniors from 4-10 to participate in our Regattas using Bellboats as long as there are two adults per crew in addition (total of 8 max). We do not offer SUP racing for Juniors.
Is there a bag drop?
There will be a covered bag drop area available at each event and whilst we take every care possible of your kit we cannot be held responsible for any loss.
What are the car parking arrangments and charges?
There is ample parking at our events and charges vary by location. For some events we obtain a special discounted rate of £1 per car, some locations charge £3 for each car, and others charge per person unless stated otherwise. We make clear the specific arrangements for each location inadvance. We encourage car sharing.
Additional Terms and Conditions
To ensure all our events run successfully for all involved it is important that you communicate any changes, transfers and cancellations in a timely manner. As race numbers are printed 4 weeks before each event any changes cannot be made in the four weeks prior to each event.
Race alteration and cancellation
Pulse Pursuits reserves the right to refuse or cancel entry applications, to alter the date of the event, course route or distance. Should the event be forced to be cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond our control, eg environmental, Governmental or land/stock disease (e.g. foot and mouth), a partial refund or transfer will be offered where possible.
Any competitor found to be using someone else’s number will be disqualified.
Any competitor found to be purposefully littering will be disqualified.
Any competitor behaving in an unsportsmanlike manner (e.g. cheating, being rude and/or obstructive to any other people) will be disqualified and asked to leave the event.
Any disqualified competitor will not be eligible for a refund of any kind.
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