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.
This Bulletin #3, HQ location and car parkingmap will be added to the website.
The details from Bulletins 1/ 2, Route descriptions and weather forecasts are available via the links below.
The Hebden 2019 edition
Just a brief note to confirm The Hebden will start as intended at 08:00 on Saturday morning.
National forecast is for severe wind chill at dawn easing by afternoon as a ridge builds in from the west. Locally expected to be a severe wind chill but soon easing. Largely dry with sunshine.
Sun – Occasional glimpses of sun breakingthrough. Visibility good or very good outside snow flurries.
Wind – negligible.
Precipitation – Isolated patches of snow, mostly flurries, tending to fizzle out through the day. Rain only on lowest slopes.
Cloud – A few patches will come and go across the hills at varying heights; perhaps locally persistent for a few hours. However, there will be many hills that will be clear,especially in the west.
Temperature – Max temps, 1 to 3C. Most terrain remaining frozen from lower slopes up.
Good luck to all entrants and enjoy the event.
09:00 Thursday 17 January 2019
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An update on key matters from previous Bulletins for reference:
The check-in desk will be split by entrant surname as follows: A-D, E-J, K-R and S-Z.
Please specify your surname, the distance (15 of 22 miles) and discipline (running/ hiking) to the check-in registration staff.
Please go to your relevant desk and collect your race pack consisting of a numbered tally on a string, race number and safety pins.
You will be required to sign a disclaimer and confirm your participation in the race.
Numbers should be worn on the front.
The event will start at 08.00 from St. Michael’s Church Hall, Mytholmroyd, SE 013259
Please report for registration between 06.30 and 07.45. Late registrants will not be permitted to start unless given permission to do so.
Tally & race numbers
A numbered tally 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 2020 event!
Race numbers should be displayed on the front of your kit 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 will be branded/ sponsored next year, any offers of sponsorship then please do get in touch!).
Flood worksPlease be aware that there continues to be significant flood works in Mytholmroyd and there are temporary traffic lights at the main junction. 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.
The HQ is also next door to Mytholmroyd train station, there continues to be some delays due to ongoing strike action on Saturday’s, particularly after 17:00 but where possible please use public transport.
Parking – see website for parking map (HQlocation/ three car parks and three roads (highlighted in aqua) all shown)
Given that the usual carpark at the community centre forms part of the site office for the ongoing flood works, there are only limited spaces at the Community Centre (an honesty box is in operation for parking fees, please contribute).
In addition, I have negotiated with Calder High School (Brier Hey Lane, HX7 5QN) to use their car park on the Saturday morning.
I have also negotiated for parking at Orchard Business Centre (bottom of Scout Road). The car park will be locked promptly at 17:30.
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 lossarising.
In addition there is on street parking, not limited to but including Cragg Road (near Royd Ices), Caldene Avenue 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.
Checkpoint Closing Times
The checkpoint closing times are as follows and any changes will be confirmed prior to the start on the day:
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.
There will be complementary tea, coffee and toast at the start.
Hot & cold drinks and light refreshments will be provided at CP3 at 10 miles.
Drinks and less substantial refreshments will be provided at other checkpoints.
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.
There are no changes to the previously publicised route or Checkpoints at this stage.
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 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.
All entrants are advised to wear appropriate clothing for winter conditions and to carry the recommended equipment of map, compass, whistle, survival bag, mug, torch and mobile phone as a safety measure.
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 theday.
Additional entries – there will be no additional entries available on the day.
The route remains unchanged from prior year & is available via the website:
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).
Showers in the Community Centre
You can shower in the Community Centre at a cost of £1.
There are separate facilities for men and women. Please bring your own towel.
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.
Certificates will be available for those that request one and will be emailed over after the event.
Entrants can change route at CP4 if they so wish but must tell the marshalls.
This may change for the 2020 event