The rules for the 2018 event are now final and can be found on the bottom of the page.
Each division has an estimated running distance, prescribed by the organising committee. These distances have been allotted by the committee in conjunction with experienced runners and course-setters. Courses have been designed the maximise trail and off-road running where possible. Please ensure your training prepares you adequately for this. For more information please refer to the Runners section of this website.
There is a list of equipment that you are required to carry for the duration of the Event. Please read it carefully in Schedule A of the Event Rules. There are additional limitations on prohibited equipment notified within the Rules.
Once you have been cleared through scrutineering, buses have been arranged to transport you to your designated drop-off zone. These buses will have ‘blacked-out’ windows. You will be required to wear blindfolds – please do not remove these blindfolds until you are instructed to do so by volunteers travelling with your division.
At the drop off zone, Teams may elect to ‘scout’ and pinpoint their location. Scouts from each Team will be allowed to leave the drop point to explore their surroundings and collect as much information as possible about the area. These Scouts must re-join their Navigators within the time frame specified by the Race Director.
While on course, your team may choose to run in any formation, however your team may be spaced no further than 50 meters apart. This is an important safety issue on and off roads. When your team perceives a vehicle approaching, the safest response is to stop running and get well off the road.
End Point is the finish line of the event. This is where students from every competing college wait for teams to arrive.
At the drop point, your team will be given an envelope. The envelope contains safety instructions should you need to withdraw. It also contains the drop-off locations, so DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE UNLESS YOU WISH TO WITHDRAW FROM THE COMPETITION. If you mistakenly open the envelope you will be disqualified.
This year, drivers are NOT to arrive without registration and an approval email, or time penalties will apply to your residence. There is a strict car limit and you will be turned away if not properly registered. In 2018 we strongly encourage spectators to take the supporters buses to and from endpoint for safety reasons.
The Referee is the Officer who is responsible for imposing penalties for breaches of the Rules.
If you believe another Residence has breaches the Rules, the Coach or College Coordinator of your Residence needs to make a written complaint to the Referee within 3 hours of the last Team finishing. The Referee will investigate the complaint and ask the accused Coach or College Coordinator to respond, before publishing their decision on this website.
We want every team to complete the race; however, we must balance this requirement with the safety of our officials, particularly with regard to driving and fatigue. Teams must reach Endpoint by 7pm on Saturday 6th October. If teams believe they are going to be late for this cut-off they must notify the race director by 6pm through either their mobile phone or the messaging system in the yellow-brick trackers. Failure to complete the race on these terms will result in the team being disqualified and penalties being imposed on the residence.
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