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Mandatory Kit for Helvellyn Sky Ultra

Helvellyn Sky Ultra is a mountain race over technical terrain. In order to ensure the safety and smooth running of the race, each participant MUST carry with them all items and at all times, the items listed in the mandatory kit list below, even if the runner is not using it. Full kit checks will be carried out at registration, and spot checks at the finish. If you don’t have the kit, you will risk penalties up to disqualification. Please don’t try to take short cuts with your mandatory kit, this is for your safety. No kit, no race.

If you are in any doubt about any aspect of the mandatory kit requirements or suitable footwear, please email us at enquiries@mountainrun.co.uk well in advance of the race.

Must be worn:

Must be worn or carried:

  • Waterproof jacket with hood and taped seams (water resistant products are not acceptable) e.g. RAB Men's Phantom Pull-On Jacket or RAB Women's Kinetic Ultra Jacket
  • Waterproof trousers with taped seams (water resistant products are not acceptable) e.g. RAB Phantom Pants
  • An Additional Spare Long Sleeved Base Layer Top (NO COTTON)
  • Hat, Buff or similar e.g. RAB Transition Windstopper Beanie or RAB Transition Headband
  • Gloves e.g. RAB Transition Windstopper Gloves
  • Head Torch
  • Survival Bag (space blankets are not acceptable)
  • Whistle (to be used in case of distress: 6 long blasts on the minute, every minute)
  • 200 Calories of emergency food (must be unused at the finish unless you had a real emergency)
  • GPS [GPS watch device is acceptable] and/or Map** & Compass [**Race Map is supplied at registration and must be carried]
  • First aid kit (minimum contents: triangular bandage, roller bandage, roll of tape, safety pins (Please note: If carrying pain killers, please do not use ANTI INFLAMMATORIES [NSAID's] as these have been known to cause renal failure in race situation)
  • Race Vest, Race Pack or Race Waist Pack
  • Safety pins x 4 (or other device for attaching race number)

In addition to the items listed above, we strongly advise you take account of the prevailing weather conditions & dress accordingly. Your kit should be sufficient to keep you warm in the event that you are injured and have to make a long, slow walk back to safety.

The Race Director reserves the right to ask for additional warm clothing (e.g. tights or insulating jacket) to be worn or carried if, in his judgment, the weather conditions on race day demand it. You will be informed of any additional requirements at the pre-race safety talk, with a final decision being made 30 minutes before the start.

PLEASE ARRIVE PREPARED.

Self-sufficiency on the course:

There is one supplied food aid station at Ambleside.

We recommend that you do not rely exclusively on this and that you must carry whatever additional food and drink you feel that you will need to complete the route safely.

Please note that this is in addition to your 200 calories of emergency rations, which must be unused at the finish line.

The feed station is designed as a safety net where by you can pick up some supplies if you have got your race nutrition incorrect. It is not designed for you to be reliant on thisin order to complete the race.

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