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Here is some useful information about the event which will help you to plan your entry. If you need any further advice, please contact us on info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk or call us on 01588 676060 or go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/shropshirewy80kfestival   

  • When is the festival?     It will take place on the 6th April 2019
  • What are all the events? There is the SW80K, Mammothon, Tusker 10K and the fun-run. SW80K is a 50-mile, self-led route; Mamothon is a full-distance trail marathon, 26.2 miles with race timing and gpx files for navigation; the Tusker 10K is a beautiful, fully waymarked, off-road 10K route with over 300m of ascent and full electronic race timing and the fun-run is a gentle 3.5KM self-led route along the Onny valley.
  • Where does it start and finish?  The event is hosted by Grow Cook Learn, the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS. This is the start/ finish point for all events in the festival.
  • What time does it start? The SW80K starts at 09.00 on the Saturday morning. You have 24 hours to complete the course. The Mammothon starts at 10.00 with a 12-hour time limit; the Tusker 10K starts at 14.00 with a 2.5 hour time limit and the fun-run is a self-led anytime challenge.
  • How do I get there? Craven Arms is on the main railway line between Cardiff and Manchester.  The Discovery Centre is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. There is a bus from Shrewsbury and Ludlow (Route 435) which stops directly outside the centre. Please think about car share or public transport. Be green!
  • What level of fitness do I need to have? Obviously, SW80K is not a beginners’ event. Covering 50 miles is a big challenge for all but the very fittest. You will need to be an experienced walker with a reasonable level of fitness to take part, but with the right mental preparation and some training over the winter, this is much more manageable than you may think. You will need to have walked 25 miles comfortably in your training and will need to do some speed work, walking an hour or so three or four times per week. You should have experience walking in different seasonal conditions, in hilly areas and know how to read a map and compass. You will also need to feel confident walking and navigating in the dark. Mammothon entrants will need some experience of outdoor walking in all conditions and be familiar with upland terrain. You need to know how to read a map and compass. For the Tusker 10K and fun run, no particular experience is needed.
  • Do I need any specialist equipment? All participants in the SW80K will be sent a mandatory kit list including first aid kit, compass and torch. This is to satisfy our risk assessment and you will not be allowed onto the event unless you comply with this list. Mammothoners will need to carry a map and be expected to carry equipment needed to keep them safe according to the conditions on the day. Remember that conditions in early April can vary enormously and you should know how to keep warm, dry and comfortable in cold, windy and wet conditions. Similarly, you should be aware of how to protect yourself from sunburn and high temperatures. Fun-run and 10K have ne mandatory kit.
  • How much does it cost? The cost of entry is £40 for SW80K; £25 for the Mammothon; £17 for the 10K and £5 for the fun-run
  • What does this include? The cost includes parking, food and drinks at our checkpoints along the course, professional first aid support around the course and repatriation to the Discovery Centre should you need to retire. You will also receive a memento of the event and a certificate.
  • How do I enter?  You enter by visiting the bookings page at SI Entries at www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4690
  • What maps do I need for this event? The fun-run has its own map included in the entry price. Tusker 10K is fully waymarked, so no map required. Mammothon route is covered by OS Explorer sheet 217 and the SW80K route is covered by Harveys Shropshire Way map at 1:40000 scale or OS Landranger sheet 137 at 1:50000 scale.
  • What about navigating? Fun-run and Tusker 10K will be completely waymarked. The Mammothon route will have GPX files as well as a written route description. This will be published on the website early in the New Year. We do not produce GPX files for the Sw80K as it is an official qualifier for the LDWA 100 and as such may not offer gpx navigation. We will provide a full written route description for you. All entrants in the Mammothon and SW80K will need to carry appropriate maps.
  • What food will there be along the route? There are watering stations and food stops at suitable points on all the routes. Details of these will be provided in the participant guide which will be sent out to all participants. Suffice it to say that you will not need to carry any food other than emergency rations.
  • Is there a list of rules? Yes. There is nothing out of the ordinary; just common-sense rules to make sure you are safe. All participants will be sent a pack in January with all this information.
  • Do we have to be grouped up at night? No! Although you are all welcome to pal up with fellow competitors at any time of the day or night, there will be no compulsory grouping in this event
  • Can I sleep at the Centre after the hike? Yes, the event does not finish until 9.00 on Sunday morning, so the centre is open through the night. You will need to bring a sleeping back and bed down in our luxury classroom.
  • Can I “reccy” the route prior to the event? Of course. All the route follows public footpaths, so you can use them whenever you like. Please remember to follow the countryside code.
  • I have a disability. Can I enter? Yes. The nature of this event means that it will not be suitable for everyone, but we welcome entries from a wide range of people.  If you have a disability and are interested in taking part, we would be happy to discuss any adaptations we may need to make to accommodate you.

    Here is some useful information about the event which will help you to plan your entry. If you need any further advice, please contact us on info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk or call us on 01588 676060 or go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/shropshirewy80kfestival   

  • When is the festival?     It will take place on the 6th April 2019
  • What are all the events? There is the SW80K, Mammothon, Tusker 10K and the fun-run. SW80K is a 50-mile, self-led route; Mamothon is a full-distance trail marathon, 26.2 miles with race timing and gpx files for navigation; the Tusker 10K is a beautiful, fully waymarked, off-road 10K route with over 300m of ascent and full electronic race timing and the fun-run is a gentle 3.5KM self-led route along the Onny valley.
  • Where does it start and finish?  The event is hosted by Grow Cook Learn, the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS. This is the start/ finish point for all events in the festival.
  • What time does it start? The SW80K starts at 09.00 on the Saturday morning. You have 24 hours to complete the course. The Mammothon starts at 10.00 with a 12-hour time limit; the Tusker 10K starts at 14.00 with a 2.5 hour time limit and the fun-run is a self-led anytime challenge.
  • How do I get there? Craven Arms is on the main railway line between Cardiff and Manchester.  The Discovery Centre is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. There is a bus from Shrewsbury and Ludlow (Route 435) which stops directly outside the centre. Please think about car share or public transport. Be green!
  • What level of fitness do I need to have? Obviously, SW80K is not a beginners’ event. Covering 50 miles is a big challenge for all but the very fittest. You will need to be an experienced walker with a reasonable level of fitness to take part, but with the right mental preparation and some training over the winter, this is much more manageable than you may think. You will need to have walked 25 miles comfortably in your training and will need to do some speed work, walking an hour or so three or four times per week. You should have experience walking in different seasonal conditions, in hilly areas and know how to read a map and compass. You will also need to feel confident walking and navigating in the dark. Mammothon entrants will need some experience of outdoor walking in all conditions and be familiar with upland terrain. You need to know how to read a map and compass. For the Tusker 10K and fun run, no particular experience is needed.
  • Do I need any specialist equipment? All participants in the SW80K will be sent a mandatory kit list including first aid kit, compass and torch. This is to satisfy our risk assessment and you will not be allowed onto the event unless you comply with this list. Mammothoners will need to carry a map and be expected to carry equipment needed to keep them safe according to the conditions on the day. Remember that conditions in early April can vary enormously and you should know how to keep warm, dry and comfortable in cold, windy and wet conditions. Similarly, you should be aware of how to protect yourself from sunburn and high temperatures. Fun-run and 10K have ne mandatory kit.
  • How much does it cost? The cost of entry is £40 for SW80K; £25 for the Mammothon; £17 for the 10K and £5 for the fun-run
  • What does this include? The cost includes parking, food and drinks at our checkpoints along the course, professional first aid support around the course and repatriation to the Discovery Centre should you need to retire. You will also receive a memento of the event and a certificate.
  • How do I enter?  You enter by visiting the bookings page at SI Entries at www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4690
  • What maps do I need for this event? The fun-run has its own map included in the entry price. Tusker 10K is fully waymarked, so no map required. Mammothon route is covered by OS Explorer sheet 217 and the SW80K route is covered by Harveys Shropshire Way map at 1:40000 scale or OS Landranger sheet 137 at 1:50000 scale.
  • What about navigating? Fun-run and Tusker 10K will be completely waymarked. The Mammothon route will have GPX files as well as a written route description. This will be published on the website early in the New Year. We do not produce GPX files for the Sw80K as it is an official qualifier for the LDWA 100 and as such may not offer gpx navigation. We will provide a full written route description for you. All entrants in the Mammothon and SW80K will need to carry appropriate maps.
  • What food will there be along the route? There are watering stations and food stops at suitable points on all the routes. Details of these will be provided in the participant guide which will be sent out to all participants. Suffice it to say that you will not need to carry any food other than emergency rations.
  • Is there a list of rules? Yes. There is nothing out of the ordinary; just common-sense rules to make sure you are safe. All participants will be sent a pack in January with all this information.
  • Do we have to be grouped up at night? No! Although you are all welcome to pal up with fellow competitors at any time of the day or night, there will be no compulsory grouping in this event
  • Can I sleep at the Centre after the hike? Yes, the event does not finish until 9.00 on Sunday morning, so the centre is open through the night. You will need to bring a sleeping back and bed down in our luxury classroom.
  • Can I “reccy” the route prior to the event? Of course. All the route follows public footpaths, so you can use them whenever you like. Please remember to follow the countryside code.
  • I have a disability. Can I enter? Yes. The nature of this event means that it will not be suitable for everyone, but we welcome entries from a wide range of people.  If you have a disability and are interested in taking part, we would be happy to discuss any adaptations we may need to make to accommodate you.

    Here is some useful information about the event which will help you to plan your entry. If you need any further advice, please contact us on info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk or call us on 01588 676060 or go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/shropshirewy80kfestival   

  • When is the festival?     It will take place on the 6th April 2019
  • What are all the events? There is the SW80K, Mammothon, Tusker 10K and the fun-run. SW80K is a 50-mile, self-led route; Mamothon is a full-distance trail marathon, 26.2 miles with race timing and gpx files for navigation; the Tusker 10K is a beautiful, fully waymarked, off-road 10K route with over 300m of ascent and full electronic race timing and the fun-run is a gentle 3.5KM self-led route along the Onny valley.
  • Where does it start and finish?  The event is hosted by Grow Cook Learn, the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS. This is the start/ finish point for all events in the festival.
  • What time does it start? The SW80K starts at 09.00 on the Saturday morning. You have 24 hours to complete the course. The Mammothon starts at 10.00 with a 12-hour time limit; the Tusker 10K starts at 14.00 with a 2.5 hour time limit and the fun-run is a self-led anytime challenge.
  • How do I get there? Craven Arms is on the main railway line between Cardiff and Manchester.  The Discovery Centre is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. There is a bus from Shrewsbury and Ludlow (Route 435) which stops directly outside the centre. Please think about car share or public transport. Be green!
  • What level of fitness do I need to have? Obviously, SW80K is not a beginners’ event. Covering 50 miles is a big challenge for all but the very fittest. You will need to be an experienced walker with a reasonable level of fitness to take part, but with the right mental preparation and some training over the winter, this is much more manageable than you may think. You will need to have walked 25 miles comfortably in your training and will need to do some speed work, walking an hour or so three or four times per week. You should have experience walking in different seasonal conditions, in hilly areas and know how to read a map and compass. You will also need to feel confident walking and navigating in the dark. Mammothon entrants will need some experience of outdoor walking in all conditions and be familiar with upland terrain. You need to know how to read a map and compass. For the Tusker 10K and fun run, no particular experience is needed.
  • Do I need any specialist equipment? All participants in the SW80K will be sent a mandatory kit list including first aid kit, compass and torch. This is to satisfy our risk assessment and you will not be allowed onto the event unless you comply with this list. Mammothoners will need to carry a map and be expected to carry equipment needed to keep them safe according to the conditions on the day. Remember that conditions in early April can vary enormously and you should know how to keep warm, dry and comfortable in cold, windy and wet conditions. Similarly, you should be aware of how to protect yourself from sunburn and high temperatures. Fun-run and 10K have ne mandatory kit.
  • How much does it cost? The cost of entry is £40 for SW80K; £25 for the Mammothon; £17 for the 10K and £5 for the fun-run
  • What does this include? The cost includes parking, food and drinks at our checkpoints along the course, professional first aid support around the course and repatriation to the Discovery Centre should you need to retire. You will also receive a memento of the event and a certificate.
  • How do I enter?  You enter by visiting the bookings page at SI Entries at www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4690
  • What maps do I need for this event? The fun-run has its own map included in the entry price. Tusker 10K is fully waymarked, so no map required. Mammothon route is covered by OS Explorer sheet 217 and the SW80K route is covered by Harveys Shropshire Way map at 1:40000 scale or OS Landranger sheet 137 at 1:50000 scale.
  • What about navigating? Fun-run and Tusker 10K will be completely waymarked. The Mammothon route will have GPX files as well as a written route description. This will be published on the website early in the New Year. We do not produce GPX files for the Sw80K as it is an official qualifier for the LDWA 100 and as such may not offer gpx navigation. We will provide a full written route description for you. All entrants in the Mammothon and SW80K will need to carry appropriate maps.
  • What food will there be along the route? There are watering stations and food stops at suitable points on all the routes. Details of these will be provided in the participant guide which will be sent out to all participants. Suffice it to say that you will not need to carry any food other than emergency rations.
  • Is there a list of rules? Yes. There is nothing out of the ordinary; just common-sense rules to make sure you are safe. All participants will be sent a pack in January with all this information.
  • Do we have to be grouped up at night? No! Although you are all welcome to pal up with fellow competitors at any time of the day or night, there will be no compulsory grouping in this event
  • Can I sleep at the Centre after the hike? Yes, the event does not finish until 9.00 on Sunday morning, so the centre is open through the night. You will need to bring a sleeping back and bed down in our luxury classroom.
  • Can I “reccy” the route prior to the event? Of course. All the route follows public footpaths, so you can use them whenever you like. Please remember to follow the countryside code.
  • I have a disability. Can I enter? Yes. The nature of this event means that it will not be suitable for everyone, but we welcome entries from a wide range of people.  If you have a disability and are interested in taking part, we would be happy to discuss any adaptations we may need to make to accommodate you.

    Here is some useful information about the event which will help you to plan your entry. If you need any further advice, please contact us on info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk or call us on 01588 676060 or go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/shropshirewy80kfestival   

  • When is the festival?     It will take place on the 6th April 2019
  • What are all the events? There is the SW80K, Mammothon, Tusker 10K and the fun-run. SW80K is a 50-mile, self-led route; Mamothon is a full-distance trail marathon, 26.2 miles with race timing and gpx files for navigation; the Tusker 10K is a beautiful, fully waymarked, off-road 10K route with over 300m of ascent and full electronic race timing and the fun-run is a gentle 3.5KM self-led route along the Onny valley.
  • Where does it start and finish?  The event is hosted by Grow Cook Learn, the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS. This is the start/ finish point for all events in the festival.
  • What time does it start? The SW80K starts at 09.00 on the Saturday morning. You have 24 hours to complete the course. The Mammothon starts at 10.00 with a 12-hour time limit; the Tusker 10K starts at 14.00 with a 2.5 hour time limit and the fun-run is a self-led anytime challenge.
  • How do I get there? Craven Arms is on the main railway line between Cardiff and Manchester.  The Discovery Centre is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. There is a bus from Shrewsbury and Ludlow (Route 435) which stops directly outside the centre. Please think about car share or public transport. Be green!
  • What level of fitness do I need to have? Obviously, SW80K is not a beginners’ event. Covering 50 miles is a big challenge for all but the very fittest. You will need to be an experienced walker with a reasonable level of fitness to take part, but with the right mental preparation and some training over the winter, this is much more manageable than you may think. You will need to have walked 25 miles comfortably in your training and will need to do some speed work, walking an hour or so three or four times per week. You should have experience walking in different seasonal conditions, in hilly areas and know how to read a map and compass. You will also need to feel confident walking and navigating in the dark. Mammothon entrants will need some experience of outdoor walking in all conditions and be familiar with upland terrain. You need to know how to read a map and compass. For the Tusker 10K and fun run, no particular experience is needed.
  • Do I need any specialist equipment? All participants in the SW80K will be sent a mandatory kit list including first aid kit, compass and torch. This is to satisfy our risk assessment and you will not be allowed onto the event unless you comply with this list. Mammothoners will need to carry a map and be expected to carry equipment needed to keep them safe according to the conditions on the day. Remember that conditions in early April can vary enormously and you should know how to keep warm, dry and comfortable in cold, windy and wet conditions. Similarly, you should be aware of how to protect yourself from sunburn and high temperatures. Fun-run and 10K have ne mandatory kit.
  • How much does it cost? The cost of entry is £40 for SW80K; £25 for the Mammothon; £17 for the 10K and £5 for the fun-run
  • What does this include? The cost includes parking, food and drinks at our checkpoints along the course, professional first aid support around the course and repatriation to the Discovery Centre should you need to retire. You will also receive a memento of the event and a certificate.
  • How do I enter?  You enter by visiting the bookings page at SI Entries at www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4690
  • What maps do I need for this event? The fun-run has its own map included in the entry price. Tusker 10K is fully waymarked, so no map required. Mammothon route is covered by OS Explorer sheet 217 and the SW80K route is covered by Harveys Shropshire Way map at 1:40000 scale or OS Landranger sheet 137 at 1:50000 scale.
  • What about navigating? Fun-run and Tusker 10K will be completely waymarked. The Mammothon route will have GPX files as well as a written route description. This will be published on the website early in the New Year. We do not produce GPX files for the Sw80K as it is an official qualifier for the LDWA 100 and as such may not offer gpx navigation. We will provide a full written route description for you. All entrants in the Mammothon and SW80K will need to carry appropriate maps.
  • What food will there be along the route? There are watering stations and food stops at suitable points on all the routes. Details of these will be provided in the participant guide which will be sent out to all participants. Suffice it to say that you will not need to carry any food other than emergency rations.
  • Is there a list of rules? Yes. There is nothing out of the ordinary; just common-sense rules to make sure you are safe. All participants will be sent a pack in January with all this information.
  • Do we have to be grouped up at night? No! Although you are all welcome to pal up with fellow competitors at any time of the day or night, there will be no compulsory grouping in this event
  • Can I sleep at the Centre after the hike? Yes, the event does not finish until 9.00 on Sunday morning, so the centre is open through the night. You will need to bring a sleeping back and bed down in our luxury classroom.
  • Can I “reccy” the route prior to the event? Of course. All the route follows public footpaths, so you can use them whenever you like. Please remember to follow the countryside code.
  • I have a disability. Can I enter? Yes. The nature of this event means that it will not be suitable for everyone, but we welcome entries from a wide range of people.  If you have a disability and are interested in taking part, we would be happy to discuss any adaptations we may need to make to accommodate you.

    Here is some useful information about the event which will help you to plan your entry. If you need any further advice, please contact us on info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk or call us on 01588 676060 or go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/shropshirewy80kfestival   

  • When is the festival?     It will take place on the 6th April 2019
  • What are all the events? There is the SW80K, Mammothon, Tusker 10K and the fun-run. SW80K is a 50-mile, self-led route; Mamothon is a full-distance trail marathon, 26.2 miles with race timing and gpx files for navigation; the Tusker 10K is a beautiful, fully waymarked, off-road 10K route with over 300m of ascent and full electronic race timing and the fun-run is a gentle 3.5KM self-led route along the Onny valley.
  • Where does it start and finish?  The event is hosted by Grow Cook Learn, the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS. This is the start/ finish point for all events in the festival.
  • What time does it start? The SW80K starts at 09.00 on the Saturday morning. You have 24 hours to complete the course. The Mammothon starts at 10.00 with a 12-hour time limit; the Tusker 10K starts at 14.00 with a 2.5 hour time limit and the fun-run is a self-led anytime challenge.
  • How do I get there? Craven Arms is on the main railway line between Cardiff and Manchester.  The Discovery Centre is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. There is a bus from Shrewsbury and Ludlow (Route 435) which stops directly outside the centre. Please think about car share or public transport. Be green!
  • What level of fitness do I need to have? Obviously, SW80K is not a beginners’ event. Covering 50 miles is a big challenge for all but the very fittest. You will need to be an experienced walker with a reasonable level of fitness to take part, but with the right mental preparation and some training over the winter, this is much more manageable than you may think. You will need to have walked 25 miles comfortably in your training and will need to do some speed work, walking an hour or so three or four times per week. You should have experience walking in different seasonal conditions, in hilly areas and know how to read a map and compass. You will also need to feel confident walking and navigating in the dark. Mammothon entrants will need some experience of outdoor walking in all conditions and be familiar with upland terrain. You need to know how to read a map and compass. For the Tusker 10K and fun run, no particular experience is needed.
  • Do I need any specialist equipment? All participants in the SW80K will be sent a mandatory kit list including first aid kit, compass and torch. This is to satisfy our risk assessment and you will not be allowed onto the event unless you comply with this list. Mammothoners will need to carry a map and be expected to carry equipment needed to keep them safe according to the conditions on the day. Remember that conditions in early April can vary enormously and you should know how to keep warm, dry and comfortable in cold, windy and wet conditions. Similarly, you should be aware of how to protect yourself from sunburn and high temperatures. Fun-run and 10K have ne mandatory kit.
  • How much does it cost? The cost of entry is £40 for SW80K; £25 for the Mammothon; £17 for the 10K and £5 for the fun-run
  • What does this include? The cost includes parking, food and drinks at our checkpoints along the course, professional first aid support around the course and repatriation to the Discovery Centre should you need to retire. You will also receive a memento of the event and a certificate.
  • How do I enter?  You enter by visiting the bookings page at SI Entries at www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4690
  • What maps do I need for this event? The fun-run has its own map included in the entry price. Tusker 10K is fully waymarked, so no map required. Mammothon route is covered by OS Explorer sheet 217 and the SW80K route is covered by Harveys Shropshire Way map at 1:40000 scale or OS Landranger sheet 137 at 1:50000 scale.
  • What about navigating? Fun-run and Tusker 10K will be completely waymarked. The Mammothon route will have GPX files as well as a written route description. This will be published on the website early in the New Year. We do not produce GPX files for the Sw80K as it is an official qualifier for the LDWA 100 and as such may not offer gpx navigation. We will provide a full written route description for you. All entrants in the Mammothon and SW80K will need to carry appropriate maps.
  • What food will there be along the route? There are watering stations and food stops at suitable points on all the routes. Details of these will be provided in the participant guide which will be sent out to all participants. Suffice it to say that you will not need to carry any food other than emergency rations.
  • Is there a list of rules? Yes. There is nothing out of the ordinary; just common-sense rules to make sure you are safe. All participants will be sent a pack in January with all this information.
  • Do we have to be grouped up at night? No! Although you are all welcome to pal up with fellow competitors at any time of the day or night, there will be no compulsory grouping in this event
  • Can I sleep at the Centre after the hike? Yes, the event does not finish until 9.00 on Sunday morning, so the centre is open through the night. You will need to bring a sleeping back and bed down in our luxury classroom.
  • Can I “reccy” the route prior to the event? Of course. All the route follows public footpaths, so you can use them whenever you like. Please remember to follow the countryside code.
  • I have a disability. Can I enter? Yes. The nature of this event means that it will not be suitable for everyone, but we welcome entries from a wide range of people.  If you have a disability and are interested in taking part, we would be happy to discuss any adaptations we may need to make to accommodate you.

    Here is some useful information about the event which will help you to plan your entry. If you need any further advice, please contact us on info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk or call us on 01588 676060 or go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/shropshirewy80kfestival   

  • When is the festival?     It will take place on the 6th April 2019
  • What are all the events? There is the SW80K, Mammothon, Tusker 10K and the fun-run. SW80K is a 50-mile, self-led route; Mamothon is a full-distance trail marathon, 26.2 miles with race timing and gpx files for navigation; the Tusker 10K is a beautiful, fully waymarked, off-road 10K route with over 300m of ascent and full electronic race timing and the fun-run is a gentle 3.5KM self-led route along the Onny valley.
  • Where does it start and finish?  The event is hosted by Grow Cook Learn, the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS. This is the start/ finish point for all events in the festival.
  • What time does it start? The SW80K starts at 09.00 on the Saturday morning. You have 24 hours to complete the course. The Mammothon starts at 10.00 with a 12-hour time limit; the Tusker 10K starts at 14.00 with a 2.5 hour time limit and the fun-run is a self-led anytime challenge.
  • How do I get there? Craven Arms is on the main railway line between Cardiff and Manchester.  The Discovery Centre is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. There is a bus from Shrewsbury and Ludlow (Route 435) which stops directly outside the centre. Please think about car share or public transport. Be green!
  • What level of fitness do I need to have? Obviously, SW80K is not a beginners’ event. Covering 50 miles is a big challenge for all but the very fittest. You will need to be an experienced walker with a reasonable level of fitness to take part, but with the right mental preparation and some training over the winter, this is much more manageable than you may think. You will need to have walked 25 miles comfortably in your training and will need to do some speed work, walking an hour or so three or four times per week. You should have experience walking in different seasonal conditions, in hilly areas and know how to read a map and compass. You will also need to feel confident walking and navigating in the dark. Mammothon entrants will need some experience of outdoor walking in all conditions and be familiar with upland terrain. You need to know how to read a map and compass. For the Tusker 10K and fun run, no particular experience is needed.
  • Do I need any specialist equipment? All participants in the SW80K will be sent a mandatory kit list including first aid kit, compass and torch. This is to satisfy our risk assessment and you will not be allowed onto the event unless you comply with this list. Mammothoners will need to carry a map and be expected to carry equipment needed to keep them safe according to the conditions on the day. Remember that conditions in early April can vary enormously and you should know how to keep warm, dry and comfortable in cold, windy and wet conditions. Similarly, you should be aware of how to protect yourself from sunburn and high temperatures. Fun-run and 10K have ne mandatory kit.
  • How much does it cost? The cost of entry is £40 for SW80K; £25 for the Mammothon; £17 for the 10K and £5 for the fun-run
  • What does this include? The cost includes parking, food and drinks at our checkpoints along the course, professional first aid support around the course and repatriation to the Discovery Centre should you need to retire. You will also receive a memento of the event and a certificate.
  • How do I enter?  You enter by visiting the bookings page at SI Entries at www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4690
  • What maps do I need for this event? The fun-run has its own map included in the entry price. Tusker 10K is fully waymarked, so no map required. Mammothon route is covered by OS Explorer sheet 217 and the SW80K route is covered by Harveys Shropshire Way map at 1:40000 scale or OS Landranger sheet 137 at 1:50000 scale.
  • What about navigating? Fun-run and Tusker 10K will be completely waymarked. The Mammothon route will have GPX files as well as a written route description. This will be published on the website early in the New Year. We do not produce GPX files for the Sw80K as it is an official qualifier for the LDWA 100 and as such may not offer gpx navigation. We will provide a full written route description for you. All entrants in the Mammothon and SW80K will need to carry appropriate maps.
  • What food will there be along the route? There are watering stations and food stops at suitable points on all the routes. Details of these will be provided in the participant guide which will be sent out to all participants. Suffice it to say that you will not need to carry any food other than emergency rations.
  • Is there a list of rules? Yes. There is nothing out of the ordinary; just common-sense rules to make sure you are safe. All participants will be sent a pack in January with all this information.
  • Do we have to be grouped up at night? No! Although you are all welcome to pal up with fellow competitors at any time of the day or night, there will be no compulsory grouping in this event
  • Can I sleep at the Centre after the hike? Yes, the event does not finish until 9.00 on Sunday morning, so the centre is open through the night. You will need to bring a sleeping back and bed down in our luxury classroom.
  • Can I “reccy” the route prior to the event? Of course. All the route follows public footpaths, so you can use them whenever you like. Please remember to follow the countryside code.
  • I have a disability. Can I enter? Yes. The nature of this event means that it will not be suitable for everyone, but we welcome entries from a wide range of people.  If you have a disability and are interested in taking part, we would be happy to discuss any adaptations we may need to make to accommodate you.

    Here is some useful information about the event which will help you to plan your entry. If you need any further advice, please contact us on info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk or call us on 01588 676060 or go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/shropshirewy80kfestival   

  • When is the festival?     It will take place on the 6th April 2019
  • What are all the events? There is the SW80K, Mammothon, Tusker 10K and the fun-run. SW80K is a 50-mile, self-led route; Mamothon is a full-distance trail marathon, 26.2 miles with race timing and gpx files for navigation; the Tusker 10K is a beautiful, fully waymarked, off-road 10K route with over 300m of ascent and full electronic race timing and the fun-run is a gentle 3.5KM self-led route along the Onny valley.
  • Where does it start and finish?  The event is hosted by Grow Cook Learn, the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS. This is the start/ finish point for all events in the festival.
  • What time does it start? The SW80K starts at 09.00 on the Saturday morning. You have 24 hours to complete the course. The Mammothon starts at 10.00 with a 12-hour time limit; the Tusker 10K starts at 14.00 with a 2.5 hour time limit and the fun-run is a self-led anytime challenge.
  • How do I get there? Craven Arms is on the main railway line between Cardiff and Manchester.  The Discovery Centre is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. There is a bus from Shrewsbury and Ludlow (Route 435) which stops directly outside the centre. Please think about car share or public transport. Be green!
  • What level of fitness do I need to have? Obviously, SW80K is not a beginners’ event. Covering 50 miles is a big challenge for all but the very fittest. You will need to be an experienced walker with a reasonable level of fitness to take part, but with the right mental preparation and some training over the winter, this is much more manageable than you may think. You will need to have walked 25 miles comfortably in your training and will need to do some speed work, walking an hour or so three or four times per week. You should have experience walking in different seasonal conditions, in hilly areas and know how to read a map and compass. You will also need to feel confident walking and navigating in the dark. Mammothon entrants will need some experience of outdoor walking in all conditions and be familiar with upland terrain. You need to know how to read a map and compass. For the Tusker 10K and fun run, no particular experience is needed.
  • Do I need any specialist equipment? All participants in the SW80K will be sent a mandatory kit list including first aid kit, compass and torch. This is to s

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