Beyond The Far Side - 22nd & 23rd Jan 2021
Sadly this event is now CANCELLED and we have closed entries
Another victim of the Covid uncertainties.
Please see our Facebook page for a fuller update.
Thank you. Neil Turnbull (RD)
We will be back again for the fourth annual running of this challenging, friendly, but fun......don't forget it's fun, event. Some say they perhaps glimpsed a bit of mud and a slight mound or three in the ground on previous outings........but we just think it was a trick of the light.
So what is the challenge? That's easy (to explain.......not the challenge itself.......that's not easy!!) You will be running in a part of the Wiltshire countryside encompassing the edge of Salisbury Plain. The route covers approximately 5.30 miles with an overall elevation of 850ft per circuit. You can chose to enter for 6hrs, 12 hrs or 24 hrs and attempt to complete as many circuits as you can in that time. Sounds straight forward doesn't it. Oh, hang on......there is more. Each circuit will consist of 3 descents from the Plain back down to civilisation. "Not bad" I hear you say. Well............it kinda is really, because after 2 of these descent you have to turn around and go straight back up the hill that you have just ran down. Fun or evil....you decide. You will meet runners on the way down as you are coming back up the same hills. You will also rub shoulders with runners as they are outward bound and you are heading homewards. "Rubbing shoulders" is not a euphuism either .........some of the tracks are quite narrow.
For those that elect to take the 24 hrs option we will also be introducing the 'BTFS 24 hrs Holy Grail'........24 laps in 24 hrs. That is 127.2 miles and 20,400 ft elevation in 24 hrs!!! It's a tall order. A really tall order. A really really tall order. Can it be done? Will take a special kind of nutter we feel. So with that in mind anyone who completes the Holy Grail will have their entry fee refunded and automatically have free entry to the following years event. You can of course just enter the 24 hrs and NOT do 24 laps.....just like every other kind of regular, every day, nutter.... we aren't gonna ask you to pay again or anything cos of that ..... hmmm.... but then again
You will find a fully stocked aid station in Race HQ where you can feast yaself as much as you wish. Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free runners will also be fully catered for.......you won't just find a handfull of Twiglets as your only option!! A vegan friendly hot meal will be provided for the 24 hrs runners and will be available from 10 pm onwards. A bean hotpot will also be provided for all runners the following day from 6 hour point onwards as well.
A unique and bespoke medal also awaits you.......and in case you find yourself victim to a scary gang of badger hoodies (or twist an ankle, etc) then our own in-house medical team will also be present throughout the entire event.
Start times are as follows:
24 hrs - Fri 22 Jan 2021 (8pm)
12 hrs - Sat 23 Jan - 0700 hrs (7am)
6 hrs - Sat 23 Jan 2021 - 0700 hrs (7am)
Cost per person
6 hrs - £35
12 hrs - £45
24 hrs - £65
Please note: Entries are exclusively on-line via Entry Central. A service charge of 4% (min 50p) is accordingly levied by them.
Entrants must be a minimum age of 20 years on the day of the event
The start point and finish point for each circuit is at the Leighton Sports Centre, Wellhead Ln, Westbury BA13 3PT .Parking will not be available at this location however parking is available in the public car park on Warminster Road, Westbury - a short 5/10 min walk from the start point. There will be a fully stocked aid station at that location, and a runners rest area where you may wish to restock your own supplies, change socks, have a sleep, etc, prior to commencing your next circuit.
The astute amongst you will have cottoned on to the fact that regardless of which event you are doing.......... there will be some running in the dark. Bring a headtorch.....and warm clothing.......and a change of clothing..........and waterproofs..........and as many pairs of shoes that you think you may want to use (you will need off road shoes). The course will be fully marked and Marshals will be out on the route to point a finger in the vague direction that you need to head in (you won't need a map, or a compass, or any map reading/self navigating skills in the slightest ).
There is also medical cover for the duration of the event in case you twist an ankle, get ravaged by a badger,.....or a squirrel....or a deer, fall off a stile, get sooooo rungry that you eat a mouthful of stinging nettles, etc, etc.
So for a small outlay you can run up and down the same hills over and over again for many hours, gorge yourself at our mouth watering aid station, meet fellow like minded idiots, and support a worthwhile cause.........buying memories!!
Find a link to the route here:
The following conditions are compulsory for everyone that has entered:
You should NOT attend the event if:
1. You have a fever of ≥38°C on the day of the event.
2. You have had any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days before the event. ie: a new continuous cough, fever, change/loss of taste/smell.
3. You have been in contact with anyone who is sick
(symptomatic) in the previous 14 days before the event.
4. You have travelled within the previous 14 days before the event to any international location with widespread ongoing local COVID19 transmission.
In the event that you have entered but can no longer make the day then transferring your place to someone else is permitted and is the preferred option. To that end please contact us prior to arranging your own transfer. Any reimbursement of the entry fee then becomes a matter between yourself and the replacement runner. However if we have sold out the event and have a waiting list in operation then transfers will not be permitted and priority will be given to those on the waiting list. Any transfers will not be permitted less than 7 days before the event.
In the unlikely event that the race has to be cancelled, delayed, or postponed, due to circumstances beyond our control - no refunds will be payable.
Terms of Entry Disclaimer
When you enter a Crooked Tracks Wiltshire Event you the participant agree to the following Disclaimer on entry:
I declare that I will not compete in the race unless I am medically fit on the day of the race and that, in any event, I will compete at my own risk. I accept that the organisers / sponsors / partners / marshals will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise as a consequence of my participation of the event. Entries are personal to the applicant. They cannot be sold or transferred without prior permission from the event organiser. I also hereby give my permission to Crooked Tracks Wiltshire to use my name, quotes and photographic likeness for marketing and promotional purposes. I also understand that the entry fee is non-refundable once entered.
You agree not to hold the
organisers, marshals, volunteers, sponsors or any associated company or organisation working within the framework
of the event responsible for any personal injury, sickness or accident suffered, nor the loss of any property on the
course, changing areas or event centre. You participate entirely at your own risk and agree not to take part if you are
unwell or injured. You understand that the entry fee is non-refundable. You understand that participation is highly
individual and as such entries and race numbers are non-transferable.
Participants must be 20 years or over on the race date to take part in the event. All runners must attend the race brief and have registered 15 minutes before the start. Participants grant permission for photographs or films to be taken during the event and Crooked Tracks Wiltshire reserve the right to use such photographs for publicity or promote future events. All data is stored securely and will not be supplied to any third party. On race day you must complete personal details including any health issues and medication on the reverse of the race number. The race number must be worn at all times and visible for the duration of the race. Runners must follow any instructions given by event officials/marshals. Participants can complete as many circuits of the route as they wish within their selected time frame (6,12, or 24 hrs). Participants must ensure that they do not commence on the final lap if they cannot complete it within that time frame. Any Participant who retires during the event must ring the race day number or inform a marshal that they have done so. Crooked Tracks Wiltshire reserve the right to alter or amend race information or rules before the event and any changes will be published. Failure to follow event rules may result in disqualification.
1. Not litter the route and must use bins provided
2. Keep to the trail route and public paths so there is no impact to the environment
3. Give way to members of the public (runners do not have right of way on the course)
Failure to follow these rules will result in instant disqualification from the event!