FAQ's

The challenge will start at 09:00 and your last lap needs to be started at 14:59:59 at the latest. This means you could do 1 lap and be done by 09:50 or you could try and do 15+ laps and run 40+ miles! It's completely up to you. You might just want to run for 3 hours, whatever you want to do is your decision. Only complete laps will count towards your official time/distance however. Once you're out of the race you're out of the race, you can't run one lap, go home have a cup of tea and then come back and run some more! Once you have the medal around your neck you are signed out and finished. Check the inpidual event pages to see how many laps are needed to complete half , full and ultra marathon distances.

Do I need to qualify or be very fit?

The idea behind Big Bear Events is to hold races for everyone to take part in. As long as you can put one foot in front of the other you should be fine! You can walk, jog, run or sprint the route. Do as much or as little in the 6 hours as long as you complete 1 lap. If you fancy doing an ultra distance run you don't necessarily need to have run a race before - but it might be wise! You need to be fit enough to run the distances you want to run.

What do I get?

Entry into an event that could give you a bargain price of about 30p a mile! 
Event specific finishers medal (a nice one too!)
Some sort of specially crafted liquid and solid goodies! Details will be dependent on each event, but in the past we have had beer, cider, flapjack and apple juice.
The great feeling of being part of a different event!
A fully stocked aid station on each lap. Think kids picnic rather than water station! Once you enter an event if you have requests let us know at info@bigbearevents.net and we'll do what we can.

Can I transfer my entry or get a refund?

Please see our refund policy

Are there awards for winners?

No. Our events are for everyone to enjoy, if you run a marathon distance in 5:10 but someone completes 1 more lap in 6 hours who is the winner? If you complete your first ever half marathon at the age of 60 are you not a winner too? With these events potentially there could be 5 or 10 people who feel like winners (fastest marathon, fastest lap, fastest half marathon, longest distance etc.) and as such it would somewhat spoil the occasion. Technically the 'winner' is the person who covers the most distance on the day but everyone has different goals - achieve that and you're a winner in our eyes!

Can Nordic Walkers enter these events?

Most definitely! Our events are suitable for Nordic walkers, all we ask is that you start at the back and make space for faster entrants. Essentially the same as we'd ask of any slower movers to be honest. With a huge range in abilities and people running different distances on the day we expect the field to spread out pretty quickly so it shouldn't impact you as a walker or other competitors after the first 30 seconds. You don't need to tell us beforehand and there is no special walkers entry, just sign up with everyone else!

Can I race with my dog?

No. As a UKA/TRA event dogs are not permitted at our events. We know some organisers of similar events might turn a blind eye but we wont be permitting dogs at our events. We aren't equipped to deal with dogs and our arrangements with the landowners is on the condition of dogs not being at our events.

Will your races count towards the 100 Marathon club?

The short answer is yes. The races meet all of the criteria as soon as 55 people start the event. Up take on races has been good and so we don't expect that to be an issue and the same applies to every race not just ours. All of our events will be listed on the 100 marathon club website too.

Do I have to raise money for charity?

No not at all. If you'd like to then that's brilliant but all of our events are about the running and countryside first. We will be looking to put on some events in the future where money from the event will go directly to local worthwhile causes - check our upcoming events.

Your events are during the week and not in the holidays?

Yes! We appreciate this is different to the standard Saturday/Sunday morning run slot. That is sort of the point! Not everyone works 9-5 Monday to Friday, people work shifts, flexi-time etc. or can take a day of holiday for the event. If that doesn't work for you, then our events won't work for you at the moment. As the company grows and our race calendar grows then maybe we'll entertain weekend events. However the venues we use are considerably busier at the weekend, this could result in many issues for our events. It's not quite as simple as it may seem! 

Will there be medical cover?

There will be people present with emergency first aid training. Don't be a fool - do not push yourself beyond your limits! Of course trips and falls will happen, especially with our off-road courses, but please try to be safe. If you are feeling unwell or you do injure yourself, end your race and have a sit down. It's not worth it, there is always another race day. We ask all of our runners to let us know if there is any medical information we need to be aware of (asthma, diabetes etc.) to enable us to try to keep everyone safe.

Will I get lost?

I would hope not! The course will be fully signposted and given the nature of a lap event you'll know where you're going after the first lap.

Do I need a map?

No. The courses are contained within country parks or forests, marked and on clear footpaths. 

Is there mandatory kit?

No. Although you could be doing ultra marathon distances, with the lapped nature of the course and being signposted there is no mandatory kit. All we request is that you dress for the weather. If it's cold, add a layer, if it's hot be sensible. It's up to you to dress accordingly. In terms of footwear, look at the pictures on the event pages. We are trying to get to the venues a year in advance to take pictures of the conditions you are likely to face.

How is the event timed?

The race will be semi-manually timed. We'll be using a computer but a human will be operating! With the small field size the traditional difference between 'chip' and 'gun' time will be single digit seconds, you aren't entering the London Marathon! It does mean we can give you splits for each lap however and we should be able to get the results published relatively quickly (hopefully that night). We'll explain how it will work on the day but essentially you'll run trough a funnel at the end of each lap where you'll be clocked. Very simple.

Is there somewhere secure for me to leave my bag?

The short answer is no. We will have a small area under the gazebo where the aid station is where you can leave a bag but it is not "secure" so it is left at your own risk entirely. Big Bear Events does not accept responsibility for any items that go missing or are broken. We will try to keep the bags covered from the elements where possible but the aid station and the race will be our priority. I would suggest that as the car parks and HQ are never more than a few hundred meters away to keep a change of clothes and a chocolate bar for after in the car, not in a bag!

Race day details

Registration will be clearly signposted from the car park, you should see our flags and gazebo too. HQ will usually be close to the toilets at each location.

Unless stated on the event page the race day will be as follows;
Race Registration opens at 08:15
Race Briefing at 08:50
Race start at 09:00
Last runner leaves HQ at 14:59:59
Race finishes at 15:00
Race team put there feet up at home and have a beer 19:00

Terms and conditions?

The terms and conditions of all of our events are the same, unless explicitly stated on the event page. They should be as you would expect from a small event organiser. You can view the T&C's

Is there a big book of rules?

As our licences for our events will be form the TRA our races run under UK Athletics (UKA) rules. This is the rule book!

Contact

If your question hasn't been answered of you are still unsure of anything please contact us at info@bigbearevents.net where we'll do our best to help.


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