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MAN VS COAST

ESSENTIAL EVENT INFORMATION 2023

ARE YOU READY TO TACKLE OUR SPECTACULAR CORNISH COASTAL ADVENTURE?


This is our Essential Event Information document, which contains a comprehensive round up of everything you need to know. Soon you'll be stood on that seaside startline gearing up for a wet 'n' wild 25 miles packed full of some of the UK's most beautiful trails and more than one dip in the sea...read on to find the answers to all your questions ahead of the big day!

This EEI was last updated on 24/05/23

PRE-EVENT ACTIONS
REGISTRATION REMINDERS:
  • Registration is Friday 30th June only in Penzance 

  • You must bring all your mandatory kit to Registration for kit check 

  • You must bring photo ID to Registration

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

•    Online Disclaimers must be completed before you come to Registration 

•    Registration is on the 30th June between 1400 - 2200 at Penzance Leisure Centre TR18 3QW

•    You will need to show us all your mandatory kit at our kit check before you are cleared for registration, please bring it all with you, including your trainers!

•    Adventure packs will be picked up at registration, you must bring photo ID, you cannot pick up someone else's pack for them
•    Trackers will be picked up at registration  
•    The start is at Station Car park TR17 0DA on the 1st July. The first wave is at 0900.

•    Bag drops and toilets are available at the start on the morning of the event

•    The transfer system for your entry closes on the 30th May, no entries can be transferred after this date

•    This event is fully waymarked please do not follow any GPX routes you may have downloaded online from previous editions

•    This event takes place on public paths, shared access trails and live roads. There are no closed road sections please always exercise caution

•    We have strict arrangements and routings agreed with landowners and authorities, it is important that you follow all RR signage you see including instructions. If we ask you to close a gate behind you please do! 

•    Please ensure your supporters follow our instructions as there are numerous points where the route is not accessible by vehicles or they are narrow/private roads.

•    The finish is at Land's End TR19 7AA

REGISTRATION INFO

Registration Info
HOW TO GET THERE 

Registration is at Penzance Leisure Centre on the 30th June ONLY between 1400 - 2200. There is no registration available on the 1st July before the start. 

Many people travelling by car can underestimate how long it will take to get to beautiful west Cornwall, especially on a Friday. We recommend taking the day off work and heading south-west early. Google might say that it’s 6hrs from London to Penzance but in our experience it’s closer to 8hrs on a Friday afternoon.

 The leisure centre has limited parking available but additional parking is arranged at the Penwith College car park across the road of St. Clare Street

The postcode for Registration is TR18 3QW

TRACKER

You will be issued with your Tracker from Open Tracking at Registration.


The trackers rely on GSM & satellite signal to report, (which is generally very good across a lot of our route) but there is a delay on tracking. Sometimes, our team back at base will increase or decrease the reporting frequency, so those watching at home will sometimes not see your dot moving, or see you moving very slowly. Or they may see you adrift from others in the group (for example if you have not turned the tracker on!). 


It is REALLY important that you ensure anyone watching at home knows this, for their own peace of mind and for our own safety systems. Experience shows that if someone watching at home does not understand this, they can sometimes unwittingly commence full rescue missions by panicking, calling in the cavalry and sparking confusion for us as organisers. As such, it really is a very important point to note.  


You must return this device at the end of the event there is a charge levied of £150 for any tracker that is not returned.


We recommend that people download the Open Tracking app for the best experience. The tracking information and links for family and friends can be found at: www.opentracking.co.uk 

MANDATORY KIT CHECK
There is a full mandatory kit check before you will be allowed to enter registration. Please bring everything on the list, including your trainers. We recommend just bringing everything in a large bag to enable you to show us everything easily. Event ready backpacks are a pain to unpack and repack with people watching! 

ONLINE DISCLAIMER

You must fill in your online disclaimer before you arrive at Registration. Click the button below to complete yours.

ADVENTURE PACK

Each person will receive an Adventure Pack at Registration this will contain: 

 

  1. Runner number and safety pins: please ensure you fill in the reverse with your emergency and medical information

  2. Bag Tags: these must be attached to the pack you are wearing for the event and your finish line bag if you are using this service.

  3. Your pre-ordered camping, parking and bus tickets.

INCIDENT CONTACTS DURING THE EVENT

1. For all incidents contact the Race Director or Medical Team

2.Failing this, In the event of a true emergency or serious incident call 999....Then inform the Race Director or Medical Team

 

NOTE: Emergency numbers are issued at Registration. Text or call back if you do not get through.DO NOT leave voicemails. The Rat Race phoneline is only active during this event.

KEY INFORMATION

KEY LOCATIONS 

Registration: Penzance Leisure Centre TR18 3QW

Start: Station Carpark, Marazion TR17 0DA

Finish: Land's End, Sennen, TR19 7AA

START WINDOW

 There will be limited parking available in this carpark. We have an additional car park 200m away, next to the Lodey Kite Loft, TR20 9TT, this will be signed.

 

All day parking is available very close by for £5 for the full day. All cars must be collected by 21:00 on Saturday 1st July. Cars MUST NOT be left overnight under any circumstances. They will be locked in. There will be toilets available at the start.

 

You should aim to be at the start one hour before your start time. There are 5 start waves (9:00,9:15, 9:30, 9:45, 10:00) and you will only be allowed to enter the wave that matches your wristband. 

EVENT VILLAGE

The finish is at Land's End which is also where the Man vs Coast campsite and finish line parking is. Parking is for the whole weekend and can be purchased on the day but is cheaper when booked in advance.

CAMPING

Weekend camping tickets are available to purchase via the Man Vs Coast ticket shop here. Please note our campsite is not suitable for campervans, motorhomes or tent box vehicles, we can only accommodate tents.

FOOD
Smashed Tomato Wood Fired Pizza
Brewing Duck Coffee

Serving Times/Places

30th June 5pm – 9pm (Campsite)

1st July 6am – 8am Breakfast Pre-Order Only (Campsite)

1st July 2pm-10pm (Event Village)

2nd July 7.30- 9.30am Breakfast Pre-Order Only (Campsite)

PRE-BOOK TAXIS

 Penzance Taxis offer a pre and post adventure shuttle service. These are coordinated with Penzance Taxis and not with Rat Race.

On the morning of the event, taxi's will be available from the event village in Land's End to the start for £11 per person. 

After the event taxi's will be available from the event village to Penzance Train Station for £8 per person. 

Shuttle tickets can be purchased at Registration but can also be pre-ordered with Penzance Taxis via laura@mountlidden.com and paid in cash on the day. Alternative destinations are available and can be pre-booked in advance or requested on the day. 

RAT RACE BUS TICKETS

You can book a seat on our buses leaving the event village for the start line. These are at 0700 and 0800. Book your seat here for £12.50 per person.

BAG DROP + ON COURSE INFO

We will transport a small bag from the start to the finish for you if needed max 20kg. Please ensure this is tagged with your bag tag and that it is waterproof as it will be exposed to the elements.

Please ensure the pack you are wearing during the event is tagged with your named bag tag. You will drop this at designated places before water activities and come back to pick it up. We recommend waterproofing electronics and essential kit with dry bags to protect it.

PRE-ORDER YOUR BREAKFAST

If you're camping with us breakfast is available to pre-order only with our caterers. You won't be able to purchase breakfast on the morning.

Pre-order collection times

1st July - 6am-8am

2nd July - 7.30-9.30am

 

Breakfast available

Wood fired Bacon or Sausage Rolls - £4

Granola and Greek Yoghurt - £4 (with fruit £1 extra)

Pastries - £2

Contact info@smashedtomato.co.uk with the below details:

  • Name

  • Order

  • Collection Time

 

Payment will be due on collection.

MANDATORY KIT LIST

MANDATORY KIT LIST

Some of the kit listed is to help you have a safe experience and have the best chance of finishing. Some of this kit is to ensure that if you are unable to continue without our assistance then we can be confident of you having the level of equipment required to keep you as comfortable as possible whilst you wait for that assistance. Spot checks are carried out throughout the event and you will not be able to continue if you are found to not be carrying the requisite items.

  • Trail shoes

  • Hydration bladder or bottles. A 2L carrying capacity is required.

  • Basic first aid kit containing a triangular or conformable roller bandage, assorted adhesive dressings including 1 at least 100mm x 100mm. Gauze or gauze bandage and paracetamol.

  • Spare food to be carried with you

  • Survival bag, NOT blanket

  • Whistle

  • Reusable cup suitable for hot drinks at Pit Stops

  • Insulating layer merino or synthetic similar 

  • Additional full length leg cover if you are running in shorts (eg a pair of leggings, if you are wearing leggings you do not need to carry a second pair)

  • Fully charged phone 

  • Method of payment (card/cash/apple pay)

  • Tracker (supplied)

  • Hat or buff suitable for weather conditions and a pair of gloves

  • Waterproof bag liner/dry bag to keep your kit dry

RECOMMENDED KIT

This kit is not mandatory but more 'common sense' additions.

  • Suncream/sunglasses

  • Blister treatment kit. Our paramedics will prioritise live cases and they are not a foot care service, we recommend that you know how to treat your feet if hot spots and blisters do occur and that you are self contained.

  • Waterproof leg cover - full waterproof  body cover, long sleeve jacket and full length trousers with taped seams may become mandatory if the weather turns nasty in July!

KIT CHECK NOTES AND TIPS
In order to speed up kit check at Registration we've put some common reasons people do not pass kit check first time to help you prepare 

Where we ask you to carry 2L this is a carrying capacity, you do not have to carry 2L of water with you at all times. But we need you to have the ability to do so should you need it. Please be ready to show us 2L not 1.5L.

 

Don't forget your shoes! Wear them to kit check.

Check your waterproofs are taped seams. You can do this by turning them inside out and it will look like someone has taped them.

Do not bring your kit 'race ready' and packed into your backpack, we are going to make you unpack the whole thing to check it. Instead bring it in a bigger bag (but bring your running pack!) to let you get everything out in one go then you can repack it at leisure without hundreds of people watching!  A bag for life is your friend here.

Please do not argue with our volunteers and staff. We are following a tried and tested procedure designed to keep you safe and help you succeed. Aggressively questioning the items on the list isn't going to change the list.

 

 

CHANGES TO THE LIST

We reserve the right to enhance the kit list if we feel it is necessary before the event due to the weather, this will be communicated via email so please ensure you have events@ratrace.com added to your whitelist so you receive any comms we send out.

OUT ON THE ROUTE

WAYMARKING

You will be shown examples of our waymarking at the startline briefing. This is predominantly hi-vis ORANGE arrows with the RR logo on, in addition you may see large hi-vis orange and yellow information signage or race tape. This will always have the RR logo on, please do not follow any signage that doesn't.

YOUR SAFETY ON ROADS

When running on public roads you should face oncoming traffic and travel in single file (on the right hand side). However, should you be approaching a blind bend or rise, carefully move over to the other side of the road temporarily. Our signage and marshals will occasionally direct you to do this too, please follow their instructions. Should there be two-way traffic we ask that you stop to allow the car to pass you, ensuring you do not force the car behind you into the path of oncoming traffic. If there is a path available please use it.

THE SEA, CLIFFS AND FORESHORE ROCK

The cliffs of Cornwall have a reputation for a good reason, and you need to exercise caution. With the safety of our participants as number1 priority, we have studied the environment to ensure that everyone makes safe passage and gets to fully enjoy this unique landscape. To achieve this, we may have to make dynamic changes to how the event progresses to take account of prevailing weather and sea conditions. Unfortunately, an accurate picture of what measures will be in place cannot be given until much closer to the event as it is the weather and the tides that will drive what action we take. IN ALL CASES, you must obey whatever instructions you are given at each activity location. Doing as you are told will keep you safe, our decisions will only be made on safety grounds and it is imperative that you trust us to keep you safe and that you play your part by following the instructions.

THE ROUTE

At 25 miles and over 3000ft of ascent this is a beast! The route will be fully waymarked so there is no need for navigation. We thoroughly recommend you keep your head up not only to see the signs but to also appreciate the magnificent views of Cornwall, from moor to cliff and sea, and the achievement of crossing Cornwall and reaching Land’s End in a day! Once you reach the North Coast, you will be predominantly following the South-West Coast Path, with some short excursions off of it – for some action! Whilst tide times are reliable sea states and swell predictions are not.

Your safety is always our priority so there maybe activities that are planned that we just can’t do on the day. Of course, we will do everything we can to give you all the activity we want to do but even Rat Race can’t control the sea. This means the actual route completed may differ slightly from this published version. Here is the planned activity list for the route, sea state allowing. These activities are a mixture of purely natural challenges and some where we have augmented the work of mother nature and are fairly spread across the route. Here is an overview and teaser of what to expect! Please remember that every activity can be bypassed if you are not comfortable taking part in it.

0-2 miles: Short Wade/Scramble activities.

SEVERAL PARTIAL IMMERSIONS

2.5 miles: River Scramble.

WET LEGS

11 miles: Hit the Beach.

FULL IMMERSION

12 miles: Foreshore scrambling

FULL IMMERSION

14 miles: Foreshore Scramble.

MAINLY DRY

16.8 – 17.4 miles: Vertical Kilometre

21 miles: Surf’s Up!

FULL IMMERSION

22 miles: Harbour Launch

FULL IMMERSION

22 miles: Foreshore scrambling and coasteering jump

FULL IMMERSION

 

The term ‘Scrambles’ is deliberate. Expect to use your hands. Activity supervisors are on standby to help you if needed.

PIT STOPS

There will be 3 Pit Stops at approx 6.5 miles, 12 miles and 17 miles. These will be stocked with an array of tasty small snacks, including hot drinks but please note this is not a full lunch provision! We endeavour to cater to a wide range of dietary needs but due to the nature of operation we are unable to guarantee there is no cross contamination. If you have a severe allergy we recommend bringing your own stash with you.

 

We do not provide sports nutrition products at our Pit Stops as these are a personal choice and you should have tried and tested supplements with you.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Unfortunately, these Pit Stops are not at locations where we can allow direct vehicle access for supporters however, Pit Stop 2 and 3 can be reached on foot from nearby villages. We do also have alternative advice where they can see you throughout the day, see below for more details.

 

CUT OFFS

Cut offs are enforced and they are applied to your departure time not your arrival time into the location. If you are cut off you will be transported forward on the course using our sweeper vehicle. If you have supporters they can pick you up if you wish.

PS1 6.5 miles Boskednan 1230

PS2 12 miles Pendeen 1430

PS3 17 miles Carn Gloose 1630

Sennen Cove (activity) 18:30

Course closes 19:30

LITTER

Please help us leave this beautiful part of the country litter free by ensuring you have a pocket ready for your on the move rubbish which you can then dispose of at the next Pit Stop. We will gladly take this from you, if you see a discarded gel or sweet wrapper we ask that you pick it up on behalf of your fellow #ratracer who we are sure dropped it by accident.

DROPPING OUT 

Once you have started, if you wish to drop out of the event at any point you must contact the Race Team to inform them and return your tracker to a member of staff, even if you do not need further support from us. If you do not have your own pick-up option (eg a support crew with you) we will arrange to collect you and move you forward along the course. We cannot move you backwards. Race Team numbers are supplied at Registration.

COURSE ETIQUETTE AND LIVESTOCK

Please ensure all gates are closed behind you and never climb over locked gates. This is to ensure livestock do not escape fields so please do not leave it open for the next runner unless they are right behind you.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIOSECURITY ACTIONS

The landscapes that we will pass through are exceptionally beautiful and all are delicate in some way. It is everyone’s duty to do what we can to protect them. In all cases, everyone needs to follow the countryside code as a minimum: Respect. Protect. Enjoy

 

Respect other people

Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors. Take great care when passing near other tourist walkers, not to cause them to take hurried steps to avoid you. Hail them and enable them to step onto secure ground OR that you pass around them beside the trail.· Leave gates closed and property as you find it and follow paths unless wider access is available.

 

Protect the natural environment

  • Where there are footing options on the ground do not tread on the more sensitive vegetation, flowers, or mosses.

  • If you detect that you are near a nesting or agitated bird, then take a very wide berth, sticking to a path where possible.

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.

  • Follow advice and local signs.

  • For this event there is an extra level of vigilance required with regards to biosecurity and the need to prevent invasive non-native species (INNS) from entering the local eco systems. To help prevent the spread of INNS, be prepared before you arrive. We ask that ALL your kit (shoes, shorts, bags etc) are CLEAN and DRY BEFORE you come to the event. This is simply the good practise and as we all know –clean kit is faster than dirty kit!

On completion of the event, please ensure that you wash thoroughly all your kit that has been in contact with water when you return home, especially before using it elsewhere.

 

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

SUPPORTER ACCESS

Bringing a supporter with you will help the logistics massively. This is a one-way adventure in a very rural location so it’s difficult to rely on public transport to move between the key locations. When you’re feeling at a low point, sometimes just a smile from a friend can be enough to pick you up and keep you going so it will be nice to see them as well!

 

We can recommend Supporter locations as follows:

Pit stop 1 is inaccessible to supporters.

Pit stops 2 and 3 can only be accessed on foot. They are a 10-minute walk from a village.

 

Pit Stop 2: Pendeen (Lighthouse). At 12 miles.

This MUST ONLY be accessed after parking in Pendeen village and then following signs to Pendeen Lighthouse. Pendeen village has many amenities.

 

Pit Stop 3: Carn Gloose. At 17 miles. This MUST ONLY be accessed either by parking in St. Just village main car park and then following signs towards Cape Cornwall – then Carn Gloose Road, or by parking at Cape Cornwall and then walking onwards on the route to the Pit Stop – 800m. At Cape Cornwall the National Trust (pay) car park has toilet facilities and the runners pass close by. St. Just is very well appointed with amenities.

 

Supporter Point Sennen Cove: At 21.5 miles. This busy village is an excellent location to watch the runners pass through, and along the beach. Your car parking options are best as:

  1. . The large field car park before the Cove, at the top of the steep hill TR19 7BT, then walking 1km downhill to the beach.

  2. The car park at the beach, TR19 7DG.

  3. The smaller Gwynver Beach surfer’s car parkat TR19 7BB.

  4. The smallest Harbour Commissioners car park at TR19 7DB.

  5. The Finish: Here we ask that you park in the designated event parking areas, charged at £5 per car for those that are there on Saturday afternoon only.

ANY QUESTIONS?

CUSTOMER SERVICE

If you have any questions not answered in here please do reach out to us on events@ratrace.com and our friendly team will get back to you as soon as we can. You can also use our live chat function to talk to us (not a robot!) on www.ratrace.com between the hours of 0900 - 1600 Mon - Fri.   

TRANSFER ENQUIRIES

If you need to withdraw from Man vs Coast and go through our transfer process this closes on the 30th May. After this time we cannot process any transfer requests. For all the information regarding transfers please click here. 

Please note that event credit is non transferable and is exempt from this process.

ONLINE DISCLAIMER

You must fill in your online disclaimer before you arrive at Registration. Click the button below to complete yours.

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