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F50K Falkirk 50k Ultra Challenge

01 Mar 2020

Organiser's Description

As you’ll see from the page banner, there’s some very recognisable and familiar landmarks shown. The route of this challenge takes you past, through and along some of the Falkirk area’s most stunning features. But it’s not just a walk in the park, this is a tough, challenging route.

This challenge can be:
- Run solo, or
- Run as a 2 person relay team, or
- Run as a 3 person relay team, or
- Cycled solo.
Although timed (manually), it is intended for participation enjoyment and not deemed as a ‘race’.

The start, finish will be in front of the Kelpies at the Helix Park in Falkirk (FK2 7ZT). We have secured the Kelpies Visitor Centre for Registration and Challenge HQ for the duration of the day. This will also double as a place for participants to grab something to eat both before and after the 50k, a discounted breakfast and lunch option is built into the online entry site.

The 50km clockwise un-marked route will head away from the Kelpies along the bank of the Forth & Clyde canal in the direction of the Falkirk Wheel.
The route will then become a mix of every terrain imaginable and all participants will be expected to self-navigate the route, checking in at all 10 No. marshalled checkpoints and 5 No. un-marshalled checkpoints at locations explained below.

All participants will be running or cycling at their own risk.
All paths/trails/roads are open/available to the public & live traffic, there are no first aid provisions anywhere along the route, there will be no broom wagon, a fully charged mobile phone is a must, a first aid kit is highly recommended, being dressed appropriately for the conditions is a no-brainer and not to forget, sufficient fuel to get you round the course, however, there will be 7 refuelling stations at locations explained below. For participant safety, headphones are banned from being used at any point on this course.
Participants are required to navigate by what ever means they wish and can work with other participants to get round the course. There will be no directional signage or event in progress signage anywhere on the route.
Below are a list of Latitude and Longitude bearings for all checkpoints, which hyperlink directly to google when clicked on.
Please also check the photo albums within the FB page for maps and elevation graphs of the shortest route, larger maps of each checkpoint to checkpoint and checkpoint to checkpoint maps with scenery images.
It is all participants responsibilities to read, research and familiarise themselves with the route and take their own copies/notes with them on the day. No maps or routes will be provided at Registration or at any Checkpoints.

- Runners get to go first:
Rather than a set time, there will be a starting window of between 8.00am & 8.30am which runners can decide when to start. When ready to go, runners to approach the startline, their number shall be recorded and they shall start on the next whole minute. For participant safety, headphones are banned from being used at any point on this course.
~Solo runners will have the option to deposit kit during registration, which can be taken to the 32.2km checkpoint at junction of Plean Branch & B9124 (56.0714° N, 3.8717° W).
From this point on, the terrain is paved roads/paths all the way to the finish.
~2 Person Relay teams will have the choice of their relay handover at either; the 22km checkpoint at the bottom of Castlerankine Road, Denny (56.0205° N, 3.9212° W), or, the 30km checkpoint at Plean House, Plean Country Park (56.0581° N, 3.8804° W). The 2nd relay runner must make their own way to their handover and likewise, the 1st relay runner must make their own way back to the finish.
~3 Person Relay teams will have their handovers at the 16.6km checkpoint on the bridge over Forth & Clyde Canal, Longcroft (55.9854° N, 3.9421° W) and at the 32.2km checkpoint at junction of Plean Branch & B9124 (56.0714° N, 3.8717° W). The 2nd & 3rd relay runners must make their own way to their respective handovers and likewise, the 1st & 2nd relay runners must make their own way back to the finish.
Runners will share the route with participating cyclists and courtesy between all is a must.

- Cyclists will head off second:
Rather than a set time, there will be a starting window of between 9.45am & 10.00am which cyclists can decide when to start. When ready to go, cyclists to approach the startline, their number shall be recorded and they shall start on the next whole minute. For participant safety, headphones are banned from being used at any point on this course.
Bike and tyre choice is key, the mix of terrain from smooth flat roads, to muddy off-road trails, to 25% road climbs, to rooty technical fast descents will make cyclists think a lot of what kit and bike setup they will need. There will be no mechanical support, cyclists will need to come prepared for all that this challenge has in store for them. Cyclists may draft or work with other cyclists (that includes helping with punctures and/or mechanicals), cyclists must cycle considerately with due care and attention to others around them and abide by all laws and Highway Code where applicable. Cyclists will encounter runners on the course and must exercise caution when approaching and overtaking. Courtesy between both runners and cyclists is a must.

- 10 No. Checkpoints that are marshalled are at the following distances and locations:
8km - Rough Castle Roman Fort (55.9979° N, 3.8554° W)
11km - Lochgreen/Beam Road crossroads (55.9761° N, 3.8715° W) - Fuel Station.
13.3km - Turn off to Castlecary High Wood (55.9757° N, 3.9066° W)- Fuel Station.
16.6km - Bridge over Forth & Clyde Canal, Longcroft (55.9854° N, 3.9421° W)
19.7km - Top of Station Road, Longcroft (56.0065° N, 3.9367° W) - Fuel Station.
22km - Bottom of Castlerankine Road, Denny (56.0205° N, 3.9212° W) - Fuel Station.
27.5km - Tappoch Broch Torwood (56.0434° N, 3.8743° W)
30km - Plean House, Plean Country Park (56.0581° N, 3.8804° W) - Fuel Station.
32.2km - Junction of Plean Branch & B9124 (56.0714° N, 3.8717° W) - Fuel Station.
39.5km - The Pineapple, Airth (56.0760° N, 3.7862° W) - Fuel Station.
At these checkpoints, marshals shall note your event number at the time that you arrived at the checkpoint, this information will then be relayed back to Challenge HQ to track everyone’s progress on the route.

- 5 No. Checkpoints that are un-marshalled are at the following distances and locations:
14.1km - Castlecary High Wood Hilltop (55.9736° N, 3.9179° W)
26km - Blue Pool, Torwood (56.0344° N, 3.8797° W)
41.5km - Hilltop entry to Castle View, Airth (56.0648° N, 3.7712° W)
43.8km - Dual Carriageway flyover, Kincardine (56.0580° N, 3.7473° W)
46.7km - Corner of Brackenlees Road, Skinflats (56.0364° N, 3.7341° W)
At each of these checkpoints, a book will be left in a protective cover and each participant is to tear out only the page corresponding to their race number and retain it for handing over at the finishline. If you’ve seen the Barkley Marathons documentary, you will be familiar with this method.
Relay teams to “baton” their collected pages on to their next relay team members at handovers, so that 5 No. pages are in the possession of the relay teams’ runner crossing the finishline.

Event Schedule(s):

- 7:00am - Registration/Cafe doors open.
- 7:06am - Sun rise.
- 5:51pm - Sun set.

- 7:05am - Registration for Solo & Relay runners opens.
- 7:45am - Runners registration closes + Runner’s briefing.
- 8:00am - Runner’s START window opens.
- 8:30am - Runner’s START window closes.

- 9:00am - Registration for Cyclists opens.
- 9:30am - Cyclists registration closes + Cyclist’s briefing.
- 9:45am - Cyclist’s START window opens.
- 10:00am - Cyclist’s START window closes.

Parking:
We have been fortunate to secure early access and free all day car-parking at the Kelpies Visitor Centre car park. If using sat-nav, please use postcode FK2 7ZT.

Bike Security:
It is recommended to bring a bike lock with you for locking your bike up to one of the many bike racks outside the Kelpies Visitor Centre whilst you are inside the centre during registration, briefing, getting some food or visiting the loos. You can leave your lock on the rack during the 50k to save having to haul it round the course.
There is also a static track pump beside the racking for those last minute tyre pressure adjustments.

Pre & Post Challenge Refreshments:
Participants can chose the option of adding a discounted breakfast and lunch to their entry order. If chosen, a breakfast and lunch token will be given out with their event number at registration.
The breakfast token can be exchanged for a hot filled roll and hot drink at the cafe checkout from 7am, when we have sole use of the facility.
The lunch token can be exchanged for Soup and a Sandwich at the cafe checkout after the 50k challenge. Please note that we shall be sharing the facilities with the public come this time.

Challenge branded T-shirts:
Participants can chose the option of adding a discounted event t-shirt to their entry order, these shall be handed out at registration.
There will be no further event memorabilia or a finishers medal given out.

Awards and Results:
As the event is intended for participant enjoyment we shall not be awarding any "fastest time" awards. We will have some spot prizes and special awards, so please check back in at Challenge HQ after your 50k.

Prices

Until
31 Jan 2020£39.00
Until
31 Jan 2020£36.00
Until
31 Jan 2020£33.00
Until
31 Jan 2020£25.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 01 Mar 2020

Closing Date: 31 Jan 2020

Status: Open

EventAvailable/Total
F50K Falkirk 50k Ultra Challenge (3 Person Relay)??/25
F50K Falkirk 50k Ultra Challenge (2 Person Relay)??/25
F50K Falkirk 50k Ultra Challenge (Solo Run)??/25
F50K Falkirk 50k Ultra Challenge (Cycle)??/25

Organiser

Shaun O

07759845293

 
Visitor Centre The Helix Falkirk FK2 7ZT