The Hebden 2021 – an update and pre-selection list

As it currently stands, we are unable to confirm whether The Hebden 2021 event will go ahead on Saturday 16 January 2021.

The primary concern is of course the health and safety of all entrants and all our volunteer team.

Currently, there is no certainty around us being able to hold the event and we would need a change to the current UK Government guidance to allow us to hold such a mass gathering event, allow use of the Headquarter facilities and then for us to consider whether we will have sufficient volunteers in place, without putting anybody at risk. 

As at 1 August 2020, based on the current guidance and the fact pattern outlined above, I think it is unlikely that we will hold the 2021 event, however at this stage we do have still have some hope and we do however have several months before we do need to decide.

On this basis, rather than open up the entry list as normal, I am opening up a pre-selection entry list on 1 August 2020 via SiEntries, where you can enter as normal but there is no guarantee of being offered a place and no payment is required at this stage.

This will ensure that we have sufficient interest to consider holding the event, allow us to communicate easily with those on the pre-selection list and keep you all fully informed of the plans for the events in 2021 and 2022.

Should we then confirm that we will open up entries, which I expect to be either 1 October 2020 or 1 November 2020, I can use the pre-selection list and this will give us sufficient time to arrange the event and consider what additional costs may be incurred. Depending on this, we may need to uplift the fee from £15 to £20 to cover the expected additional safety measures. I can then outline the process and timeframes for those invited to enter.

This will also avoid the need to take payments now and avoid the need for refunds later which will be a time-consuming process and incur bank charges and fees.

Any questions then please let me know.

Take care and please look after yourselves and others.

Kind regards

Gaz

Gareth Baigent

Race Director

gazbaigent@gmail.com

The Hebden 2020 – Bulletin No. 4

The Hebden 2020 – Saturday 18 January 2020

Bulletin – No. 4

Thursday 16 January 2020

Just a brief note to confirm The Hebden will start as intended at 08:00 on Saturday morning. Check-in will be open from 06:30.

Please ensure you are aware of the content of the previous Bulletins, prior to the start of the event on Saturday.

There will be no entries on the day.

The forecast is for a clear, bright, crisp day but it is expected to be partly cloudy by lunchtime, followed by sunny intervals in the afternoon.

An overnight frost on Friday evening is expected so please be careful on untreated surfaces.

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcw9f91h5#2020-01-18

https://www.yr.no/place/United_Kingdom/England/Mytholmroyd/

Sunrise is 08:15 and sunset 16:23 and chop times will be cognisant of daylight hours.

This message is available on the website and has been emailed to all registered entrants (including those who may have drop out or transferred a place, please ignore if no longer relevant).

Gaz Baigent

Race Director

06:30, Thursday 16 January 2020

The Hebden 2020 – Bulletin No. 3

The Hebden 2020

Bulletin – No. 3

Thursday 9 January 2020

This bulletin is going to all registered SiEntries entrants including those that have subsequently dropped out or transferred their places (as all entrants remain on the list). Please ignore this message if you have dropped out or transferred your place.

Just an update with just over a week to go until the main event.

Please read and review Bulletins 2 and 3 prior to the event.

There will be no entrants on the day as we have a full field and still a 100 entrants on the waiting list.

Chop times will be based on the slowest speed of 3mph and 8 hours maximum time permitted (i.e. 08:00 to 16:00), cognisant of daylight hours. Our last competitor in 2019 was back at HQ by 15:40.

There will be some provisions at CP1/2/4/6 (mainly sweets), CP3 will be the main feed station with some provisions at CP5. Do not rely on us for food, please take appropriate provisions with you to consume around the route.

Route changes/ OS map

The route description has been updated – please see the website for the latest version:

https://thehebden.co.uk/the-routes/

Note: The only significant amend is that entrants are asked to remain on the road from Old Town to Pecket Well and avoid the chapel route at Old Town past Wainsgate Farm to avoid disturbing the horses at the farm. See photo below.

Route amend – slight route change is as per the photo below. Original route marked red, new route via road is in blue.

The OS map app and the GPX route file is strongly recommended for any new entrants or those unfamiliar with the route. The route is not waymarked and requires navigational ability.

We had some entrants who got lost last year, mainly due to a lack of understanding of the route and lack of carrying a physical Ordnance Survey map – the OS App is excellent and recommended, it costs just £4 for a single month or £23 recurring annual or £30 annual subscriptions and the route can be downloaded from our website: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-maps-online/subscriptions.html

Registration

The check-in desk will be split by entrant surname as follows: A-D, E-J, K-R and S-Z.

Please go to your relevant desk and collect your race pack consisting of a numbered tally on a string, race number and safety pins.

Tally’s must be worn and carried round the route, presented if requested and handed back at the finish or to the checkpoint officer if you retire on the route. Any missing tally’s will be charged for or entrants will be disqualified/ banned from the 2021 event! Short route entrants will be given a second tally so that we can monitor short and long route entrants more easily.

Race numbers should be displayed so that checkpoint officials can clearly see your race number to facilitate monitoring throughout the course.  Race numbers can be kept as a momento (these may be branded/ sponsored next year!).

Flood works

Please be aware that there continues to be significant flood works in Mytholmroyd and there are temporary traffic lights at the main junctions. Whilst the race starts early, please be mindful that the traffic lights may lead to a longer than expected journey time and factor this in to your arrival.

If you can, please try and not travel through the traffic lights and park your side of the traffic lights from whichever direction you are travelling from. There will be a short walk to the venue, wherever you park. There is no on-site parking on the Race HQ. See below for parking options.

Travel

Where possible, please car share as there is limited parking in and around the village, see below.

The HQ is on a main bus route from Hebden Bridge/ Sowerby Bridge/ Halifax and is also next door to Mytholmroyd train station, where possible please use public transport.

Parking

Given that the usual carpark at the community centre forms part of the site office for the ongoing flood works, there are no spaces at the Community Centre.

I have negotiated for parking at Orchard Business Centre (bottom of Scout Road). The car park will be locked promptly at 17:30.

In addition, I have negotiated with Calder High School (Brier Hey Lane, HX7 5QN) to use their new lower site car park on the Saturday (access to the car park is via Appleyard Road directly off Burnley Road).

As you would expect, use of the car parks are completely at the owner’s risk and they accept no responsibility for any damage or loss arising. 

There is also on street parking, not limited to but including Cragg Road (near Royd Ices), Caldene Avenue, Midgley Road and Scout Road.

If you park on the street, then please be mindful of local residents, leave access for resident cars, ensure pedestrians/ prams etc can get past your vehicle on pavements.

All parking is at your own risk and if you park in a business car park and not on the street, please be mindful of your expected or unexpected finish time

Clearly, all parking is on a first come, first served basis.

Route feedback

CROWS (Community Rights Of Way Service), have put a significant amount of work in to the route over recent years.

We are not aware with any issues with the route but please feedback to the checkpoint officers or at the finish if there are any suggestions or problems.

If there are any particular sections that require some attention or you think would be beneficial then please let checkpoint staff know or let the officials know at the finish.

Should you wish to volunteer or support via a donation, the website is crows-coop.co.uk

Forecast

The current forecast is for a bright but cold day, with possible light showers in the early hours of the morning, which may lead to icy patches on untreated surfaces: https://www.yr.no/place/United_Kingdom/England/Mytholmroyd/long.html

This message is available on the website and has been emailed to all SiEntries.

Any questions or queries then please contact via the details below. 

Gaz Baigent 

Race Director: email – gazbaigent@googlemail.com / mobile – 07900670356

Other matters:

The details from Bulletins 1/ 2, Route descriptions and weather forecasts are available here:

Bulletins: https://thehebden.co.uk/

Routes: https://thehebden.co.uk/the-routes/

Retirements

Any entrant who arrives at a checkpoint after its scheduled closing time may be asked to retire. If you need to retire you should do it at a designated checkpoint and tell the marshal you have done so and hand in your tally. Transport will be arranged to the finish if requested.

Rules: All entrants are advised to wear appropriate clothing for winter conditions and to carry the recommended equipment of map, compass, whistle, survival bag, hat, gloves, mug, torch and mobile phone as a safety measure. FRA mandatory minimum kit is strongly recommended. Emergency rations are advised.  

At the discretion of the organisers, any entrant considered to be under prepared will not be allowed to start and withdrawn from the official race.

All entrants enter at their own risk in line as agreed to as part of the SiEntries disclaimer and sign up process.

If we are subject to severe winter weather, we reserve the right to cancel the event on the grounds of safety and no refunds will be given.

Additional entries – there will be no additional entries available on the day.

Route

The route is available via the website (some minor changes & an amend to the Old Town route): https://thehebden.co.uk/the-routes/

The route continues to ensure that walkers do not mix with runners – the flat runout to the first hill gives plenty of opportunity to find a comfortable position without continuously blocking runners on narrow paths which is dangerous and frustrating.

Therefore would all entrants please start on time at 08.00.

Local Residents

We continue to build relationships with the people who live on the route.  We visit them both before and after the event. Please allow us to sort out complaints if you are confronted by any individuals on the route.

Emergency number

Please put the emergency number 07731902956 on your mobile phone under ICE (in case of emergency).

Toilets

There are men, women and unisex toilets in the Church Hall at the start and finish. There is also a toilet available at CP3 courtesy of Steve the workshop owner. The National Trust usually open their toilets over the bridge at Gibson’s Mill at 08:30.

Weather forecast

If we are subject to severe winter weather, we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Photos

Sport Sunday will be around the route taking photos. Please apply direct to their website for copies.

Route Selection

Entrants can change route at CP4 if they so wish but must tell the marshal. This may change for the 2021 event.

The Hebden 2020 – Bulletin No. 2

The Hebden 2020

Bulletin – No. 2

Monday 23 December 2019

This bulletin is going to all registered SiEntries entrants including those that have subsequently dropped out or transferred their places (as all entrants remain on the list). Please ignore this message if you have dropped out or transferred your place. 

Event

The event will start at 08.00 from St. Michael’s Church Hall, Mytholmroyd, SE 013259, with parking at the Community Centre, HX7 5DY.

Please report for registration between 06.30 and 07.45. Late registrants will not be permitted to start unless given permission to do so.

You will be given a race number and a numbered tally at registration. Please display your number using the safety pins provided and ensure that the marshal at each checkpoint records your number.

Any entrant who arrives at a checkpoint after its scheduled closing time may be asked to retire. If you need to retire you should do it at a designated checkpoint and tell the marshal you have done so and hand in your tally. Transport will be arranged to the finish if requested.

Rules

All entrants are advised to wear appropriate clothing for winter conditions and to carry the recommended equipment of map, compass, whistle, survival bag, hat, gloves, mug, torch and mobile phone as a safety measure. FRA mandatory minimum kit is strongly recommended. Emergency rations are advised.  

At the discretion of the organisers, any entrant considered to be under prepared will not be allowed to start and withdrawn from the official race.

All entrants enter at their own risk in line as agreed to as part of the SiEntries disclaimer and sign up process.

If we are subject to severe winter weather, we reserve the right to cancel the event on the grounds of safety and no refunds will be given.

Entries

Entries were made available on 1 August 2019 and 450 places (higher than usual) were sold out in 36 hours. An additional 50 places were made available to the waiting list in December.

Entries are now closed and all transfers and course swaps have been completed. The field has been frozen other than to swap any entries from long route to short route which can be done prior to the event or on the day, but only if either myself or a checkpoint officer is appropriately informed.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer any deferrals or refunds.

Please add a reminder on 1 August 2020 to your diary for next year’s event entries going live.

Additional entries – it is expected that there will be no additional entries available on the day.

Route

The route remains unchanged from prior year & is available via the website:  

https://thehebden.co.uk/the-routes/

The route continues to ensure that walkers do not mix with runners – the flat runout to the first hill gives plenty of opportunity to find a comfortable position without continuously blocking runners on narrow paths which is dangerous and frustrating.

Therefore would all entrants please start on time at 08.00.

The route is not marked out and participants are expected to be able to navigate.

Route maintenance and repair

We have continued to use CROWS Co-op, a group of volunteers in Calderdale, to carry out maintenance and repairs to the footpaths, on the route, during the last twelve months.

The event provides a significant donation each year to fully or partly fund their work which is at very reasonable rates.

Parking

Parking will be available at Orchard Business Park, Calder High School or on the public roads around the area, please park sensibly and consider residents/ other people.

Local Residents

We continue to build relationships with the people who live on the route.  We visit them both before and after the event. Please allow us to sort out complaints if you are confronted by any individuals on the route.

Emergency number

Please put the emergency number 07731902956 on your mobile phone under ICE (in case of emergency).

Showers in the Community Centre

We have asked whether we can use the showers in the community centre. There are separate facilities for men and women. Please bring your own towel.

Toilets

There are men, women and unisex toilets in the Church Hall at the start and finish.

There is also a toilet available at CP3 courtesy of Steve the workshop owner.

The National Trust usually open their toilets over the bridge at Gibson’s Mill at 08:30.

Checkpoint Closing Times

The checkpoint closing times are as follows but these will be confirmed prior to the start on the day:  

  • CP2 – 11:00; CP3 – 12.30; and CP4 (must do short route) – 13:45 onwards.

Anyone arriving late at CP2 and CP3 will be withdrawn at CP3 and directed back along the canal. Anyone who arrives late at CP4 must complete via the short route.

Checkpoints

There will be complementary tea, coffee and toast at the start.

Hot and cold drinks and light refreshments will be provided at CP3 at 10 miles.

Drinks and less substantial refreshments will be provided at other checkpoints but do not rely on these as sustenance.

A hot meal will be provided at the finish (including a vegetarian option).

We cannot guarantee the food provided is suitable for those with allergies so please provide your own food as necessary.

Weather forecast

At this stage we are expecting glorious sunshine and crisp conditions. This will of course be updated prior to the event.

If we are subject to severe winter weather, we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Photos/ certificates

Sport Sunday will be around the route taking photos. Please apply direct to their website for copies.

Certificates will be available for those that request one and will be emailed over after the event.

Route Selection

Entrants can change route at CP4 if they so wish but must tell the marshal.

Any questions or queries then please contact via the details below.

Gaz Baigent

Race Director

email – gazbaigent@googlemail.com / mobile – 07900670356

The Hebden 2020 – Bulletin No. 1

Friday 29 November 2019

This bulletin is going to all registered SiEntries entrants including those that have subsequently dropped out or transferred their places (as all entrants remain on the list). Please ignore this message if you have dropped out or transferred your place. 

Entries:

As of 29 November 2019, we have 450 participants registered and 150 entries are on the waiting list. The 450 places were sold out in August 2019 in just 36 hours!

In prior year, we released 400 places in August and a further 50 in December.

With this in mind, I will be releasing a further 50 places on Monday 4 December to those on the waiting list – these will be in order of the waiting list and will give an access link for a period of 48 hours.

Once those 48 hours have elapsed and if there are links that have not been used, additional places/ links will be sent to the next entrants on the waiting list until the additional 50 places have been filled.

After this, any places will be subject to transfers or cancellations as outlined below.

Transfers and cancellations:

To date, all requested transfers have been made. Transfers can be made between Friday 1 December 2019 and Thursday 12 December 2019 via email.

The deadline for transferring places for free is 00:00 on Friday 6/ Thursday 12 December.

After this date, all transfers on or after Friday 6/ 13 December 2019 are at the discretion of the organisers and an additional administrative charge of £5 will be made to transfer any places.

The additional fee must be settled before a transfer can take place.

Additional information:

Additional race information for all entrants will be released before Christmas.

At this stage, the route remains unchanged and chop times will be based on the slowest speed of 3mph and 8 hours maximum time permitted (i.e. 08:00 to 16:00), cognisant of daylight hours. Our last competitor in 2019 was back at HQ by 15:40.

Gaz Baigent

Race Director

email – gazbaigent@googlemail.com / mobile – 07900670356

The journey continues

Thanks for taking the time to view our webpage.

Before the event, we will use this page and also our Facebook page to help promote and keep you all up to date on progress.

We also aim to help you prepare for The Hebden with helpful links to blogs, posts and events.

Any suggestions please contact us.

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