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Race Day Schedule 

Saturday  19th March 2016


Registration will open from 08:00hrs please try to arrive as early as you can. 


• 08:00 - 09:30 Teams arrive, registration & kit check
• 08:00 - 09:30 Issue of race  bibs, route instructions & timing chip per team member

• 09:30 - 09:45 Final race briefing inside hall

• 10:00 - 10:00 Starts & map issue a short distance away
• 15:00 - 15:00 Teams finish

• 15:00 - 16:30 Post race refreshments


Event Centre
Benburb Castle will be the event HQ

Directions

Address for those with Sat Nav.

89 Milltown Rd 

Benburb, 

Dungannon 

BT71 7LZ,

Northern Ireland



And route planner links below for those without Sat Nav.

AA Route Planner


RAC Route Planner

Benburb Castle 

Benburb Castle is a castle situated in Benburb, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is a plantation bawn built in 1611 by Sir Richard Wingfield. It is an irregular four-sided bawn with the entrance in the north wall. There are large rectangular flanking towers at the north-east and north-west corners and a smaller round tower at the south-east corner It is built on a limestone cliff overlooking the River Blackwater, the border between County Tyrone and County Armagh. A 19th-century house occupies the south west area of the bawn. The castle is in excellent condition having been recently restored and stands in the grounds of the imposing Servite Priory, a religious order based in the village. 


Parking, Registration & Kit check


Parking

Car Parking for the event will be in the sailing club carpark.


Registration
Registration will take place in the hall, toilets will be available inside. You will also have to sign on for the event so please come

together with your team mate. We will then issue you with your SI card (timing chip) and race bibs, both these need to be returned after the event. We will also give you your route details for the day, this will give you you're first sneek preview of the route ahead.

Kit Check
There will be a spot kit check on some of your safety items.


Transition Area

There will be more than one transition area, more details on the day.


Start Area
The race will start from Benburb Castle grounds.

 

Sportident Timing System

Many of you will of used this timing system before but some may not of used it, if you're not sure about it make sure you let us know when you arrive and we'll give you a quick demo, it's really simple to use so there's nothing to worry about.

The timing chips are expensive so if you loose yours you will have to pay for a replacement which depending on the type we use will cost between £30-£60.

At certain stages of the race you may also have to use the old orienteering punches, details of when you need to use these will be on your route instruction sheet which you will get before the start of the event.


Finish & Download

The finish will be back at the castle, once you've finished you will need to make your way to the event HQ and head to the download point where you have to download and return your Sportident timing chip plus both of your race bibs. It's very important that you return here even if you do retire from the event, do not remove your timing chip, we will do this for you.

Showers
Showers WILL NOT be available after the event.


Post Race Food
We will have soup, sandwiches and the normal spread after the race, so join us for a bite to eat and a cup of tea.

Prizes

We'll have the prize giving ASAP after the last team crosses the finish line. Thanks to the help from Jackson Sports the winning teams will get shopping vouchers.

Mandatory Kit List


Team Kit

• 2 X Map (supplied at or near start)
• 1 X Indelible felt tip pen (you will need this for marking up your map)
• 1 X Mobile phone (make sure you bring a means to keep it dry, as part of the mandatory kit you will need to carry it at all times, this includes kayaking and tasks which may involve water)
• 1 X First aid kit (1 crepe bandage, 1 triangle bandage, 2 safety pins, 1 wound dressing & 6 adhesive dressings as a minimum)
• 1 X Bike repair kit (at least sufficient to repair puncture)
• 1 X Compass (Recommended not Mandatory)
Individual
• 1 X Mountain bike
• 1 X Cycle helmet
• 1 X Rear light for bike
• 1 X Bell for bike
• 1 X Space blanket/bag (foil type or orange bag)
• 1 X Whistle
• 1 X Waterproof coat and waterproof trousers. *
• 1 X Spare base layer top
• 1 X Small rucksack (Recommended not Mandatory)
• 1 X Full change of clothes for after the event (Recommended not Mandatory)
• Drink (Recommended to bring enough to last 5-6 hours)
• Suitable food / energy source (Recommended to bring enough to last 5-6 hours)
Unless it is otherwise stated all the above kit is Mandatory. Mandatory means you must come to the race with it and carry it at all times.
* Depending on the weather we might make everyone wear waterproof coat & waterproof trousers for the kayak stage make sure you don't forget them.

FAQ's

Which shoes and tyres should I use?
A large part of the route will be on sealed surfaces but we will be taking advantage of as much off road as we can in the area. It's your call what type of tyre you use. Again the run section/s will be mixed although a trail shoe may the best option here.

Do I need to carry my running shoes during the bike sections?
Yes.

Can you tell me more about the route?
More details to follow but in the meantime it may be useful to read the following Highway Code.