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:
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
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Race Director: email – firstname.lastname@example.org / mobile – 07900670356
The details from Bulletins 1/ 2, Route descriptions and weather forecasts are available here:
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.
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.
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.
Please put the emergency number 07731902956 on your mobile phone under ICE (in case of emergency).
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.
If we are subject to severe winter weather, we reserve the right to cancel the event.
Sport Sunday will be around the route taking photos. Please apply direct to their website for copies.
Entrants can change route at CP4 if they so wish but must tell the marshal. This may change for the 2021 event.