WHAT DATE IS THE EVENT AND WHEN DO REGISTRATIONS OPEN?
The 1st edition of the Wicklow Coastal Ultra will take place on Sunday 28th August 2016. Registrations now open:
HOW TOUGH IS THE COURSE?
The underfoot terrain is varied, but the majority is firm single track trail alongside good sections of soft sand and stone beach. Man made concrete coastal protection slabs are inter dispersed (approx 5% of the route) and tarmac road at Greystones (3% total). There are steep climbs and descents around the Bray Head section totalling up to 350M of gain and the same of loss, but ultimately the course is runnable and will make for a good event.
WHAT DO I GET FOR MY ENTRY FEE?
Principally you get a fully supported race day experience including:
6 fully stocked aid stations including the finish.
Live timings across race weekend for friends and family to track your progress.
Full Support in the form of dedicated roving vehicles as well as static first aid teams and medical volunteers
IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES INTO EACH DISTANCE/ CAN I ENTER ON RACE DAY?
Entries are open up to and including August 15 2016. No entries will be accepted after that date and there will be no entries on the day. The race will be limited to the first 150 entrants.
IS THERE A MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARD TO ACHIEVE BEFORE I CAN ENTER?
No – you may enter without having first qualified. However in order to start you must first present evidence that you have completed a minimum of a marathon distance race within the previous four years.
IS THERE MANDATORY GEAR TO CARRY ON RACE DAY?
Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times.
Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director (on the number you have given at registration)
Waterproof Jacket: Gore-tex or similar, minimum 10000mm+ & must have sealed seams.
WILL THERE BE LIVE UPDATES DURING THE RACE FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO FOLLOW?
There will be a live updates during the event. Live times will be published as runners come through major aid stations. Twitter updates will also be going out across the weekend. A link to the live site will appear on the homepage in the week leading up to the race.
ARE THERE ANY ROAD/RAIL CROSSINGS NEGOTIATE?
Yes. Whilst the event is predominantly trail, some small sections are along roads and there are some rail crossings on the route. Although the busiest junctions will be signed and/or marshalled, runners must cross all roads safely and take responsibility for their actions.
HOW MANY AID STATIONS ARE THERE?
There will be 7 aid stations including the finish.
WHERE IS THE START/ FINISH?
Registration, Race Start, Race Finish and Race HQ are at Wicklow Town, Leitrim Place, Co. Wicklow.
WHAT FACILITIES ARE THERE AT THE START/ FINISH?
Start/ Finish: Toilets, Water, Pop-Up Wicklow Coastal Run Running Store, Nutrition and Drinks (Runners only).
WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE START?
0800 on Sunday 28th August 2016. Your race number will not be posted to you before race day, you will be able collect it from registration. All timings are listed on the schedule page.
ARE CREWS ALLOWED?
Yes. If you want to have your crew, friends or family meet you you may have them do so but they may only attend to you at Race HQ, the start/ finish.
Our race depends on our positive interaction with the environment and communities through which we run. Any runner found to have crew violating this will be subject to the rule violation procedure.
CAN I LEAVE A BAG AT THE START/ FINISH?
Yes, please deposit these at registration labelled with your name and race bib number.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES/ AWARDS?
All finishers will receive a a finishers shirt and a medal. The male and female winners will take home first place prizes. There are no awards for non-finishers.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO DROP OUT DURING THE RACE?
If you have to drop please do so only at an aid station. Please inform the aid station captain on arrival that you intend to drop and whether you need assistance. If you need to drop out away from an aid station for medical reasons you must phone the race director immediately on the number provided at check in. A sweeper bus will operate throughout the race, collecting dropped runners. Please be patient with the volunteers if you need to wait for the bus. It travels with the cut offs.
WHAT FOOD AND DRINK WILL THERE BE ON ROUTE?
All aid stations will have a full selection of the usual aid station fare and a whole lot more. At a minimum you will be able to pick up Water, Coke, Energy Gels, Fruit, Chocolate, Nuts, Sandwiches/ Wraps and other sweet and savoury snacks.
WHAT LEVEL OF MEDICAL SUPPORT CAN I EXPECT?
Medical support is of paramount importance to us as organisers. Throughout the event there will be two roving medical teams out on the course and a static team at the finish line. Contact numbers for the medical team will be available at registration. They will be contactable round the clock for the duration of the race.
I NEED TO WITHDRAW, WHAT IS THE REFUND/ TRANSFER POLICY?
Withdrawals up to 8 weeks prior to race day are eligible for a 70% refund. Withdrawals after that time will not be refunded for any reason as all race day costs have been incurred by that stage and you will not be replaced. There are no deferals or transfers to alternative/ later events. You must acknowledge that you understand and agree to this policy during the registration process.
If you do not agree with the refund policy please do not enter the event.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE EVENT IS CANCELLED OR ABANDONED?
Race management reserve the right to modify, at any time, the course or aid station locations listed.
In the case of severe/ extreme weather conditions including but not limited to flooding after the event start, race management reserve the right to abandon the event at any time.
No refunds will be offered in that situation but a suitable alternative will always be sought. If the event cannot take place for reasons out of the control of race management including but not limited to flooding, severe weather or denial of access to the original course (foot and mouth outbreak for example), race management reserve the right to postpone the event to a later date and all entries will be carried forward to the new date. Refunds may not be offered under these circumstances. If the event is cancelled for reasons which require the event to be postponed indefinitely, race management reserve the right to retain all entry fees against costs incurred.
HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions at all.