RACE TO THE KING - START VENUE CHANGE

FAQS

We hope we can answer any questions you have here or on the site, but if you want to talk through what Race to the King is all about, please drop us an email.

Event postponement to 2022

What are my options for the postponed event to 2022?

There are a number of options available to you including transferring to another Threshold 2021 event or requesting a refund.

Please visit our Participant Platform for more information.

GENERAL - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

What date will the event take place?

The Race to the Tower 2021 will take place over the weekend of 5-6th June 2021.

What are the start/ basecamp/ finish addresses?

Start address: Bird in the Hand Farm, Main Road, Whiteshill, Stroud, GL6 6JR

Basecamp (midway point and Day 2 start): Colgate Farm, Ham Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL54 4EZ

Finish address: Broadway Tower, Broadway, WR12 7LB

Entry - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

Is there an age limit?

Participants must be aged 16 years or above by the start of the event to be allowed to enter the event.

Participants under the age of 18 years (but over the age of 16 years) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for health and safety reasons.

Can I enter as part of a team?

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 info@racetothetower.com. 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.

How do I pay to enter?

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.

Can I change my package?

Yes, you can transfer to another package if it is not sold out.

This must take place before midnight on Sunday 30th May 2021. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further details.

When do event entries close?

The closing date for entries is Sunday 30th May 2021 at midnight and no entries will be accepted after this time. If the event is sold out, the registration form will close earlier.

When will training plans be available to access?

All Training Plans can now be viewed via the Participant Information Platform here.

How do I get my race pack?

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 7th 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 7th 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.

Can I buy registration insurance after registering?

The option to purchase registration insurance is only available during registration and therefore we are unable to add this to your registration after signing up.

If you did want to purchase registration insurance, we suggest looking for independent insurance elsewhere.

What does my registration insurance cover (Active Refund)? 

A full overview of what your insurance policy covers can be viewed in your Active Refunds confirmation email. If you have any further questions, we recommend contacting Active Refunds directly.

PARKING & SHUTTLES - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

How do I book shuttles and how often will they run?

Shuttles will be available to/from key locations.

Our timetables with exact timings will be released in the new year. The shuttles will be running regularly during the day and slightly less regularly through the night. We don’t anticipate there will too long of a wait inbetween shuttle times.

These will be available to book via your ‘My Events portal”
in February 2021. We will keep you updated via our email comms.

How do I book parking?

Parking will be available at the below locations. This MUST be pre-booked and all permits visible on the dashboard on the day:

  • Start
  • Basecamp
  • Finish

Parking will be available to book via your ‘My Events portal”
in February 2021. We will keep you updated via our email comms.

Is parking available for family and friends?

START/FINISH

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.

BASECAMP

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.

Kit and Equipment - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

What kit should I wear?

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.

Where can I order event merchandise from?

Merchandise is available to order via your ‘My Events Portal’, or our online shop, which will be live in the new year.

When will I receive my merchandise?

Merchandise will arrive in the post to the listed on your registration approximately 2 weeks before the event. Be sure to check you have shared the correct address with us.

What is my luggage allowance? 

  • Camping: 10kg (e.g. airline hand luggage size)
  • Non-camping: 5kg (e.g. small day sack)

How do I claim my lost property?

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.

Fundraising - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

I'd like to fundraise for charity but my charity is not listed in the drop down list on the registration form – how can I fundraise for them?

If there is a charity close to your heart that isn’t yet registered as a non-partner of ours, you will need to get permission from them to part-fund your place. We have an easy 3 step process to get consent from a new charity to part-fund your entry:

1. Email the charity a link to our Non-Partner Charity Consent Form and ask them to complete it
2. Once they have completed it, your chosen charity will then confirm with you whether they can part-fund your place on the event.
3. When confirmed by the charity, after 5 working days they will then appear in the drop-down list in the Fundraising section on the Non-Partner Registration form.

To find out more information, please see the bottom of the Charity Entry page.

When can I create my fundraising page and start fundraising? 

You can get started as soon as you have registered! You don’t need to wait to be contacted by your chosen charity.

Your chosen charity will contact you as soon as possible to check in with how your fundraising is going.

Does the minimum fundraising target need to be met per person or can it be raised as part of a team?

You are required to meet the minimum fundraising target individually. Unfortunately you can’t split the total within your team unless you have prior agreement with your charity.

Can I set up a shared fundraising page with my team mate?

As the charity will be tracking your fundraising, we recommend contacting your chosen charity directly to ask them about this.

On the event - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

What is the start time?

SATURDAY
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.

SUNDAY
On the Sunday participants can start any time between 6am and 7am (there are no designated start times per person).

What if I want to compete?

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.

How do I transport my bag from the start to the finish?

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.

Can you recommend anywhere to stay in the area before / after the event?

We are unable to provide recommendation for accommodation in the area. We suggest looking at booking.com for advice or visiting our participant facebook forum, where other participants might be able to provide their recommendations.

Can I volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer on an event please visit the dedicated Volunteering page for more information or sign up here.

Basecamp - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

If I am staying overnight, do I need to bring my own tent and sleeping mat?

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.

Can I pitch my own tent?

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.

Can I bring my caravan to basecamp if I’m camping overnight? 

Unfortunately not, if you’re looking to use your own caravan, we’d recommend looking into our Weekender excl. camping package and staying overnight somewhere local.

Is is possible to have a tent next to my partner or friend?

Upon arrival into basecamp, head to our Tent Allocation team who will allocate tents to participants on a first come, first served basis.

When we issue race packs, participants will be allocated a colour. You will then be allocated a tent in this colour zone.

To ensure you’re in the same colour zone as your partner or friends, we would recommending creating a ‘team’. We will endeavour to ensure all team. members are allocated the same colour.

You can create a team through your My Events portal by clicking on ‘create a team’.

Are friends and family allowed to visit basecamp?

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.

Are massages still going to be available in 2021?

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.

On the route - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

is the route fully signed?

Yes, the route will be fully signed.

How much training am I expected to do?

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!

Are there pit-stops on the route?

NON-STOP
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.

Does pit-stop and basecamp food cater for different dietary requirements?

We have a variety of food on our pit-stops and at our basecamp that cater for everyone including gluten free, diary free, and meat-free and vegan options for you to enjoy.

If you have specific dietaries, please ensure that this is noted during your registration.

Sometimes, this food can be kept in a different section so please ask a member of staff if you can’t immediately see these options.

What is the cut off time?

NON-STOP
The route is open from Saturday 5th June, 7.30am until Sunday 6th June, 8.00pm

WEEKENDER / 1 – DAY
The route is open from 7.30am to 10.00pm on Saturday 5th June, and Sunday 6th 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.

Will there be medical support on the route? Do I need to bring a first aid kit?

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.

What happens if I have to retire from the event en-route?

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.

Will there be live tracking on the event?

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.

Are UTMB points available?

3 UTMB points will be awarded for participants who completed the full, non-stop course in 2021.

Can my friends and family come and see me along the route?

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.

Am I allowed to bring my dog?

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.

IF YOU CAN NO LONGER ATTEND - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022

What happens if I need to cancel my place?

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.

Event transfer

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 HEINEKEN Race to the CastleRace to the King, 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. 

Event deferral

You can defer your entry to 2022*.

This must take place before midnight on Sunday 30th May 2021 and there is a fee to do this.This admin fee can be paid under the ‘Additional Purchases’ section of the participant’s ‘MyEvents’ portal. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further details.

Participant transfer

You can transfer your place to another participant. This can be done via your MyEvents portal.

This must take place before midnight on Sunday 30th May 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. 

COVID-19 UPDATES

What measures are you putting in place to mitigate COVID-19?

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.

We are working closely with industry and COVID health and safety experts to maximise the chances of the events continuing as planned. We are giving focus to a range of measures whilst also working hard to ensure that none of the traditional Threshold magic and hospitality is lost.

For more information, including FAQs related to your entry, please visit our dedicated Safe and Secure in 2021 which will be regularly reviewed and updated.

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