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WHY MANDATORY KIT?

The T-Series races are challenging ultra events which involve competitors being out in the open day and night from 16 hours during the T60 race and up to 80 hours for the T184 race.

Whilst the T-Series of events are designed to be tough Ultra distance races, we take the safety of all our competitors seriously and require each person to carry mandatory items of equipment which will vary depending upon the length of the race.

Please refer to the rules booklet for each race which list the specific mandatory kit requirements of each race. A brief explanation of these is detailed below.

Running Kit & Footwear

Why?

Well, you need to wear something!

What?

A running top (short or long sleeve), shorts or tights/leggings, socks and your choice of running shoes/boots (trail shoes recommended).

The Thames Path has a mixture of paths, fields and trail and choice of footwear will depend upon the weather and ground conditions.

Waterproof Jacket/Trousers

Why?

Rainfall is common in the UK and a good waterproof is essential to keep your body warm and dry especially if you are travelling at night.

What? 

The jacket/trousers should be a waterproof (as opposed to shower or wind proof) with taped/sealed seams.

 

Hat & Gloves

Why?

The purpose of the Hat & Gloves is to keep your extremities warm especially when travelling at night.

What?

A woolly hat, cap, skull cap or buff are all acceptable forms of headwear.

Any type of gloves are all acceptable.

Spare Warm Layer

Why?

An additional spare layer should be carried which could be worn if the temperature drops.

What?

A base-layer, long sleeved top, mid-layer or jacket are all acceptable as long as these are not worn from the start.

Bivvy Bag

Why?

This will act as your sleeping system for the T184 event in combination with a sleeping bag (optional) and is essentially a waterproof jacket for a sleeping bag.

What?

This should be a good quality bivvy bag which is waterproof. Emergency survival bags or foil divvy bags are not considered acceptable.

Note: This is not required for the T60 or T100 Challenges.

Hydration Pack

Why?

This will be used to carry your water between checkpoints along with your other food and equipment.

What?

A hydration pack can hold either bottles or a water bladder but should be sufficient to hold 2 litres minimum (3 litres recommended) and be large enough to carry the rest of your kit.

Mobile Phone

Why?

A mobile phone is required in case either you need to call or or we need to call you in an emergency.

What?

Any type of mobile phone is sufficient. Please ensure that this has sufficient battery life to last the duration of the event.

Maps & Compass

Why?

To help you travel in the right direction! A compass may be required to take your bearings especially if you have slept overnight

What?

A map of the Thames Path and an orienteering type compass.

Note: Runners to provide their own maps.

 

Food

Why?

Water will be supplied at each Checkpoint but competitors must carry sufficient food (approx 2000 cals per day) for the duration of the event.

What?

The choice of food is down to the individual competitors.

Coupled with a portable stove, freeze dried meals can be obtained from our partner Extreme Adventure food.

GPS Device (Supplied)

Why?

All T-Series races are GPS tracked thanks to our partnership with Go-Tek. This will enable friends and family to track your progress in real time minute by minute during the race.

What?

A small waterproof GPS device will be given to competitors at the start of the event and should be carried until completion of the race or retirement.

Headtorch & Spare

Why?

Each T-Series race will involve competitors travelling through the night so a portable light source will be required for competitors to see where they are going.

What?

A headtorch or hand torch of sufficient power to be able to navigate at night is required along with a second backup light (in case the first one fails) and enough batteries to last for the duration of the event.

Survival Blanket

Why?

A survival blanket or bag is required to keep competitors warm should they have to stop or retire from the event.

What?

A survival blanket, bag or foil blanket is considered sufficient.

(Note:) This is not required for the T184 Challenge where competitors are required to carry a bivvy bag.

Travel First Aid Kit

Why?

A small medical kit is required to enable a competitor to deal with minor injuries during the race.

What?

A small First Aid kit containing items such as plasters, medical wipes, a wound dressing, microporous tape and a bandage is considered suitable.

Waterproof Map Case

Why?

To keep allocated map dry from the elements.

What?

A waterproof map case designed to keep your maps dry.