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The HEINEKEN Race to the Castle 2021 will take place over the weekend of 26th – 27th June 2021.
Start address: Kirkharle Courtyard, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE19 2PE
Basecamp (midway point and Day 2 start): Morwick Farm, Acklington, Morpeth NE65 9DG
Finish address: Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, NE69 7DF
Participants must be aged 18 years or above by the start of the event to be allowed to enter the event.
We welcome teams on the event! Please see below for more info.
Teams of friends: As we need all medical and dietary info from each participant we need each individual to register individually. There will be a section on the registration form that allows you to write in your team name, so that we can link you with your other team mates. This is important so that we know to put you in the same camping zone for the event.
Corporate teams: If you are interested in entering a corporate team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can invoice your company for the places to the individuals don’t have to pay on registration when signing up. We will also let you know how we can support your pre-event experience on elements such as kit design and training days.
You need to pay the full amount when you sign up to the challenge, which you can do on the Individual Entry page. You can pay by credit or debit card, but you have to use the online system, as we don’t accept payment over the phone.
Yes, you can transfer to another package if it is not sold out.
This must take place before midnight on Sunday 20th June 2021. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further details.
The closing date for entries is Sunday 20th June 2021 at midnight and no entries will be accepted after this time. If the event is sold out, the registration form will close earlier.
Your race packs will be posted out to you around 1 week before the the event start date.
If you are travelling from overseas, you will not receive your pack in the post and you will need to pick it up from the registration desk on the day. This is also the case for anyone who registers after Friday 28th May 2021.
The race pack will include your bib number with safety pins, a luggage label and your participant wristband. If you booked parking before 28th May you will receive your permit in your race pack.
If you have any questions about your pack, please head to the Info Desk on the day of the event.
Shuttles will be available to/from key locations.
Further information on shuttle timetables will be published closer to the event.
You will then be able to book these through your “MyEvents” portal.
Parking will be available at the below locations. This MUST be pre-booked and all permits visible on the dashboard on the day:
Further information on parking options will be published closer to the event. You will then be able to book these through your “MyEvents” portal.
We have a drop-off zone where your friends and family can drop you off for the event at the start and finish.
They are able to wait and watch you start/finish provided they are no longer than 30 minutes.
There is parking available at the basecamp where your friends and family can stay for a few hours, provided they have vacated the basecamp by 10pm.
There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. There is nowhere where this rings truer than England so you need to be prepared for anything from hot sun to torrential rain.
We will send a kit list before the event with more detailed guidance but basic kit should consist of: trail trainers / boots, socks, a short and long sleeve breathable sport top, a waterproof shell jacket, sun hat, woolly hat, gloves.
We provide transport for a bag to the finish line, so you don’t need to carry too much.
Any lost property found on the event will be handed to the Info desk for you to collect at the Start, Basecamp and Finish. We will take this back to our office after the event so please send us an email if you have lost anything. Please note, any unclaimed lost property will be disposed of after 2 weeks.
We will be running a staggered start so as to reduce congestion on the first part of the route.
Waves will be given in your race packs and assigned based on the estimated completion time given at registration. Runners will be assigned start times between 7:30-7:55am and walkers will be assigned waves between 8:05-8:25am. Please note this is subject to change.
Once allocated we are unable to change wave times. On the day you will be able to move back to a later wave but not to an earlier wave. We recommend you arrive 30-45mins before you start time.
On the Sunday participants can start any time between 6am and 7am (there are no designated start times per person).
We will be awarding prizes for the fastest males and female for each distance.
To compete for first place, and be in with a chance of winning the trophy you will need to set off in the first wave group (A).
Please see the Rules and Regulations for more information.
We will transport your bag for you from the start to your final destination each day. In your registration pack you will be given a luggage label with your participant number on it to attach to any luggage so it is easy to find at the end of the day. You’ll just need to drop your bag with us in the morning and it will be there for you to pick them up at the other end.
We would advise that you carry a small rucksack with you containing essentials such as a water bottle, first aid kit, spare pairs of socks and another layer of warm / waterproof clothing in case the weather changes.
Please note: Non-stop participants will be able to drop their bag at the start and this will be available for them at the finish. There is no bag drop or collection available for non-stop participants at the midway Basecamp.
No, your tent will be pitched ready and waiting for you when you arrive at basecamp and you will collect your sleeping mat when you check in to tent allocation.
You will need to bring your own sleeping bag.
Tents are 2 man pop up tents (allocated one per person) so if you are participating in a couple you can opt to put your bags in one tent and yourselves in another.
You are not permitted to provide your own tent and camp on site.
All basecamp space is reserved for the event set up and event vehicles. If you wish to camp overnight on site you will need to book the relevant package.
Yes, they are! Spectators are allowed into the basecamp. Limited parking will be available for them.
All non-overnight participants will need to be off the basecamp site by 10.00pm.
Due to Covid, we are unable to confirm if we will be able to offer massages for the 2021 event for the overnight packages. We will update this section as and when we know more.
Yes, the route will be fully signed.
This is dependent on how much exercise you do currently. We provide you with comprehensive training plans for all distances for both running and walking.
You will also be provided with training advice to ensure you are in the best possible shape. Other than that we recommend regular, consistent training – give yourself enough weeks to train but don’t overdo it!
For those running Non-Stop there will be approximately 9 pre-determined pit-stops
WEEKENDERS / 1 – DAY
Each day there will be approximately 4 pre-determined pit-stops.
All the pit-stops provide snacks, drinks, toilets and first aid facilities. These are designed to give you a short rest break (max 20mins) and refuel you for the next stage of the event. The exact distances and cut off times will be shared with you in the lead up to the event.
Please note: We do not publish the exact locations of pit stops due to very limited space and private access. In order to gain the necessary permissions to run the event, we ask that you do not arrange to meet friends and family at pit stops. Friends and family are welcome to meet you at basecamp.
The route is open from Saturday 26th June, 7.30am until Sunday 27th June, 8.00pm
WEEKENDER / 1 – DAY
The route is open from 7.30am to 10.00pm on Saturday 26th June, and Sunday 27th June from 6.00am to 8.00pm
Please note: Each pit-stop will have a cut off time (determined closer to the start of the event). If you miss the cut off time, regardless of the route opening times, you will be liable for disqualification.
We will have medics out on the route to help with any significant issues, but we do ask all participants to bring a small first aid kit to be able to deal with their own minor issues e.g. blisters, chafing.
If for some reason you can’t complete the challenge you will be provided with an event control number, which you must ring to tell us you are pulling out of the event.
If it is deemed a medical emergency then we will arrange an evacuation for you. Otherwise, you will have to sort out your own transport and repatriation. This includes transport from the overnight basecamp to the finish if you decide that you do not want to continue after Day 1.
Please note: if you aren’t able to complete the full package you signed up for, then we cannot guarantee you a medal that shows the distance you did achieve.
In partnership with Open Tracking, you can now hire a GPS tracker for the duration of the event!
Your tracker will provide accurate location data, available online for your friends and family to view, so they can see how well you’re progressing along the route. This is NOT linked to your event timing but it does mean your supporters can see more accurately where you are throughout the event and how close you are to the finish line!
Visit Open Tracking to book now.
Check out this video to see how the trackers work.
3 UTMB points were awarded for participants who completed the full, non-stop course in 2019.
The points on offer for 2021 are still to be confirmed.
Your friends and family are welcome to come and see you along the route, but we ask that they avoid pit-stops as these areas are for participants only. A more specific breakdown of the route will be published closer to the event.
Dogs (aside from assistance dogs) are not permitted on the route as part of the event, due to the volume of people on the trail and the challenging nature of the course. Participants will do a lot of training in the run up to the event, and we cannot ensure that dogs have the stamina to complete the route or be responsible for them.
Dogs are only allowed on certain basecamps due to the health and safety regulations on the farms, so please email us directly if you would like to find out which basecamps they will be able to visit.
We operate a 7-day cooling off period – during the first 7-days after registration your fee if fully-refundable should you change your mind. After this point your entry fee becomes non-refundable under any circumstances, including illness or injury. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further details.
We do provide some options for you if you cannot attend, and they are listed in the following sections.
You can transfer your place to another event within our Threshold Trail Series. This can be done via your MyEvents portal.
This must take place before midnight on Sunday 30th May 2021 for Race to the Tower, before midnight on Sunday 13th June 2021 for Race to the King and before midnight on Sunday 20th June 2021 for Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones, and there is a fee to do this. This must be made payable to the Event Organisers. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further details.
Please note: if your place was deferred from 2020 this process is slightly different. Please see below section for more information.
You can defer your entry to 2022*.
This must take place before midnight on Sunday 20th June 2021 and there is a fee to do this. This admin fee can be paid under the ‘Additional Purchases’ section of the your MyEvents portal. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further details.
Please note: you may only defer once, so if you have already deferred the previous year, this option no longer applies to you.
You can transfer your place to another participant. This can be done via your MyEvents portal.
This must take place before midnight on Sunday 20th June 2021 and there is a fee to do this. This must be made payable to the Event Organisers by the outgoing participant. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further details.
Please note: if your place was deferred from 2020 this process is slightly different. Please see below section for more information.
No you are not. We have reserved a place for you in the 2021 event however we need you to complete the 2021 registration form so that we can capture the most up to date details for yourself.
We sent a link to the 2021 registration form out at the end of August 2020. If you have not received this, please let us know and we can re-send.
You need to redeem your link by the 6 October 2020 to guarantee your place for 2021.
In the first instance, please check your junk mailbox as these links are generated and sent directly from our registration system and can sometimes be flagged as spam.
If you still can’t find the link, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll re-issue it.
No, you will need to re-purchase these.
You should have received a full refund for these earlier in the year. If you have not, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To process this change, please submit your request via this CHANGE FORM.
A member of the team will process your request within 5-7 working days.
We are waiving all of our usual administration fees for this process up until 31st December 2020.
Please note, requests are subject to availability.
We’re afraid not. As your link is free of charge, the system does not recognise any value to insure against.
We take your safety on event very seriously and we will ensure that we adhere to all Government and WHO guidelines at the time of the event.
Staggered start lines, social distancing, posted registration packs and increased safety measures at pitstops are just some of the measures that will be implemented.
For more information, please visit our dedicated Safe and Secure in 2021 page which will be regularly reviewed and updated.
If due to COVID-19, you need to self-isolate, are subject to a local lockdown or international quarantine restrictions, we will waive the Administration Fee for either a Deferral to the following year or Transfer to another Threshold Trail event later that year (subject to availability).
The participant must notify Threshold via email by the time that registration commences on the live event and provide evidence of the situation.
Please read the Rules and Regulations for further information.