The Drop - Manchester (October)
Possibly the most challenging event in the UK! Choose your distance on the day: 10 or 15 miles. You will hand over all electronic devices, phones, watches and money! In return you will be given a GPS tracker, a race number and an emergency bag. You will be placed on our bus, blindfolded and then driven to your drop location. Here you will be released, all you have to do is make your way back to the event centre. Simple! No Map. No GPS. No Route. No Help. No Compass. You are fully self sufficient from the moment you leave the coach. So run, walk or crawl your way back.
Transport to the start location
Support vehicles out in the area to collect the... let's be clear, we wont be collecting you!
Up & Running - 133 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WR
By car: Manchester is accessible from the M62/M60/M56. Use postcode M3 3WR for your Satnav.
By train: Manchester Piccadilly Train station is a 6 minute walk from event HQ, with long-distance, intercity and cross-country services to destinations across the UK.
By Bus: Manchester central bus station is a 4 minute walk from event HQ
Parking is available in the City centre, please park sensibly near by, preferably arrange to car share. Be aware how long you could be parking for.
Registration opens 08:00.
Bus leaves at 10:00. Start when we reach the start
Cut off times? 5 Hours (10 mile) If you can't make the generous cut off time, DO NOT enter this event, you will be putting yourself and our team at risk. (10 miles as the crow flies could end up being 20, depending how lost you get)
Blindfolded - we will be using blackout safety goggles, we appreciate that some people may have problems but don't worry we have an alternative!
Hot drinks and snacks, Jacket potatoes and a whole heap of other foods are available next to the finish line. Bring some £
The following will get you disqualified;
Using a gps device. Recording your progress is acceptable, but the device you use will have to be sealed in the emergency bag. (We will supply this and seal it for you!)
Using a map other than any that we choose to give you, or not give you!
Using anything except your own two legs to get you to the finish!
Breaking the seal on the emergency bag
What support is available along the route?
There is NO support available after the start, NO first aid, NO physio, NO toilets NO water etc, if you don't like this, don't enter.
There will be NO sweeper vehicle, you have to make your own way back.
What is the terrain?
How the heck do we know, the route is entirely your choice, hills, moors, canals, tracks and road... You decide
What kit do I need to bring on the day?
There are several things that you will need on the day to help you to perform your best. The following list is just a suggestion of what we have found useful - talk to other athletes, Join a local club who will be able to give you some great advice and develop a list to best suit you.
* Warm/suitable clothes for prior to and after the event, these can be left on the bus and will be at the event centre on your return.
* Race numbers - pinned/attached to your race t-shirt/top or race belt, and any medical conditions clearly written on the back of your number.
You will need to show your race numbers for the duration of the event and at prize giving.
Map of how to get to the event venue!
Mandatory kit - Mandatory Kit list regardless of the weather for all competitors, this is the minimum we will expect you to have.
- Waterproof jacket - not a log flume poncho or super market fashion jacket, it has to have a waterproof membrane with taped seams
- Waterproof trousers see point 1
- Long sleeve top
- Hat and gloves
- Torch and spare batteries Back light or Glowstick (advisory 10 - compulsory for the 15)
- Foil blanket
We will be doing spot checks on the day, anyone who does not have this minimum kit or in OUR opinion is not prepared for the weather / event will NOT be starting.
Glow sticks / Foil blankets can be purchased on the day £2.50 each
How can I check race results?
If, you finish, race results will be published within hours of race ending, on our website under the 'Results'. On the day results will be available from the race results centre - Somewhere in the event centre. It is your responsibility to visit the website if you want them in a hurry!
Can under 18-year olds enter your events?
We are sorry but due to Child Protection and Insurance restrictions, we do not currently allow any under 18-year olds to enter our events. But keep in touch or drop us an email as this might be changing.
Do I need to bring any forms with me?
No, at registration you will need to provide your name and address details & an emergency contact. If you have decided to give your place to someone else it is important that you let us know at registration so that we can update our records in case of an emergency, and for timing purposes.
Are there any water / feed station?
NO, there will be no refunds. from the moment you enter we start to incure costs.
Change of participant
If you wish to have another competitor take your place a £5.00 admin charge will be made.
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