Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where is the race held?
A: The race venue is Charmouth Primary School near the end of Lower Sea Lane (the road to the beach from the centre of Charmouth Village. The address is Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6PG. Start Grid Reference SY 36528 93268.
Q: Is there parking?
A: There is no parking at the school. There is a large gravel car park just past the school on the left hand side. Further on there is a large grass car park on the right and a smaller 'pay and display' on the sea front. Normal parking charges will apply. Coaches must take the first turning on the right once in Lower Sea Lane and use the large council car park there. This car park should also be used if you are late. It will be less congested and both runs will pass it shortly after the start
Q: What time does the 6 July 2013 race start?
A: The Fun Run is due to start at 1400 with the Challenge at 1430. The start times are important in ensuring the safety of the senior and junior runners. These times may change due to the necessity to shut public roads. Please check the website for the exact start time for each race two weeks prior to the race itself. This is a change from previous years so please make sure you leave enough time to travel, park and register.
Q: Where is the race HQ?
A: The enquiry desk, information point, registration desk will be situated in the main part of the school. It will be open from 1230. Information will be relayed via the public address system on the day so please listen out for announcements
Q: Are changing rooms available?
A: Limited changing and toilet facilities are available at the school. Unfortunately, there are no showers at the school. There are also public toilets next to the car parks. Although all reasonable care will be taken of clothing etc., participants are requested to avoid leaving valuables in the changing area. The organisers cannot accept responsibility for any loss. It would help if all local runners changed at home and came prepared for the race.
Q: What do I do when I get a race number?
A: Your race number is your official acceptance for the race. Numbers must be pinned to the FRONT of your running top. You are strongly advised to write (in waterproof ink) on the reverse of your race number, your full name, any medication you are taking and a contact number in case of emergency. It is essential that your allocated race number is not transferred to any other person. Under no circumstances must you give your number to another person; it could cause a major problem in the event of an emergency.
Q: How do I know how far I have run?
A: Distance markers will be provided at each mile point. Fun Run markers will be orange and clearly marked 'Fun Run' and should not be confused with the fluorescent yellow Challenge markers.
Q:Are there any drinks stations?
A: Drinks stations will be located at approximately 1.3 miles and 4.7 miles from the start. They will distribute still water only. Water will be supplied in plastic cups. The course is run in a World Heritage site so please do not drop litter around the course
Q: What happens if I get into difficulty?
This is a RUNNING race and a cut off time of will be applied. For the health and safety of all competitors and marshalls, 'slow runners' who have not reached The Bog at Copse Mead (3.3 miles) by 1520 will be directed on a shorter route back. Your number will be marked and you will be allowed to finish as normal. This shorter route back misses out the 122 metre climb of the Golden Cap and reduces the course by roughly 1.25 miles.
There will be a ‘sweeper’ marshall following the back of the field that will be able to advise anyone retiring from the back of the pack. In the interests of their own safety, runners are asked to comply immediately with the advice of the ‘sweeper'. Anyone ignoring a marshall’s advice may be disqualified from the race and will continue the course at their own risk.
If you do retire from the race, please advise the marshalls in the ‘finishing area’ or the race director. This is for your own safety and ensures that all competitors are safe and not experiencing difficulties on the course.
Q: What is the course?
A: A map showing the courses will be on display at registration. A copy is available at www.charmouth.dorset.sch.uk or www.charmouthchallenge.co.uk . This is a multi – terrain course and conditions underfoot will vary. We strongly recommend footwear with good grip such as fell studs or trail shoes but not spikes.
The course will be partially marked with high visibility tape and arrows, marshaled at certain key points. Emergency assistance will be available, but competitors must take primary responsibility for their own safety. Navigational skills are not required for either race, but care and common sense is essential, especially in the latter stages of the course where the path is close to the cliff edge. If visibility is very poor, there will be a checkpoint at the top of Golden Cap. The course always tries to make the most of the South West Coast path. However, this does mean that the route of the course will change occasionally to accommodate the ever-changing coastline
Q: What happens at the finish area?
A: Make sure you enjoy the moment of finishing the race but please obey the direction of the marshalls and keep moving through the finishing funnel. Please do not re enter the funnel. Once you have finished the race, it is advisable to remove your race number as this avoids the possibility of your finishing twice! .
Q: Where and when will the results be published?
A: Provisional results will be posted shortly after the race at about 1530. If you would like a hard copy of the results please leave a self-addressed envelope and 50p at registration desk. Results will also be posted at www.charmouth.dorset.sch.uk or www.charmouthchallenge.co.uk
Q: What time is prize giving?
A: All presentations will take close to the finishing area at approximately 1630.
Q: Are there any rules?
A: The Charmouth Challenge is an official FRA fell race grade BM, held in accordance with FRA rules and safety requirements, (www.fellrunner.org.uk). Further details will be available at the Race HQ. In particular, runners’ attention is drawn to the following rules.
· All runners must complete the medical details on the reverse of their race number.
· No dogs, wheeled vehicles, tobacco, alcohol or other drugs are permitted.
· Runners may not be followed or accompanied by cyclists.
· Runners must abide by the event rules, instructions and marshals' directions.
· Once race applications have been processed, entry fees cannot be refunded if applicants do not eventually take part.
· Runners are NOT required to sign in. If a runner has already received a race number, there is no need to register again on the day.
· The Organisers reserve the right to limit and refuse entries.
· The Organisers will not accept responsibility for incomplete entry details.
· Runners will only be able to receive prizes in one category – e.g. someone winning a veteran category but also placed within the prizes of the open race would only be entitled to the open race prize.
· Runners' numbers are NOT transferable under any circumstances. Runners must undertake not to pass their number to another person if they are unable to compete on the day – this can cause extreme difficulty in the event of an emergency.
· All competitors take part at their own risk and undertake not to participate if they are medically unfit to do so.
· Whilst all reasonable precautions have been taken, the race organisers shall not be liable for any accidents, injuries, loss or damage as a consequence of either race.