Run & Ride Dirty Duathlon

Combining the best of our off road running and MTB event we're taking the event one step further for 2018 with a fun technical course to test every level of competitor! Young, old, experienced or newbie

Set in the outstanding area of natural beauty, Cannock Chase lends itself perfectly to off road running and cycling events. With its rolling landscape and mixed trails it has something for everybody. We will be designing a course to test everybody's ability yet still make it suitable and safe for beginners with easy lines should they be needed.

Expect twisty singletrack sections, hard lung busting climbs and exhilarating descents in a course designed for all weather conditions. Not doubt that there will be mud and puddles but we intend the bike course to be 100% ride-able.

As with all of our events you will find a relaxed social atmosphere to the day. We like it when the top guys and girls come and compete but they get the same support and acknowledgment as everybody else. We try to encourage all the family to come along and have a go so you will find race options for young children right the way up… racing for everybody!


Racing for all is what we promise....

Our categories are broken down in to Beginners (Short Course), Fun (Medium Distance) and Enthusiast and Team relays competing over the Long Course. We hope this will go some way to ensuring all get a great race where they can enjoy themselves fully without over stretching their fitness. We want riders to be tested and finish tired but not to a point where they are no longer enjoying themselves.

We aim to offer racing for all the family which is why we make a point of having races for all ages. The children’s races are a particular highlight of the day and the young boys and girls loved the challenge of the 2 disciplines. We make the course suitable for the age so not to put them in any danger but challenging enough to make it FUN!

If you're are unsure of which category to choose then these descriptions below should help.

Beginners Category (Short Course) - As the name suggests this is for beginners or those who like to take part but aren't looking to thrash everybody in the field. You may be trying this kind of event for the first time ever or just want to come along and take part. An opportunity to have a race over a short course without any pressure.

Fun Category (Medium Course) - You've got an average level of fitness but would describe yourself as a racer. Perhaps you've more of a bikers than runner or more a runner than biker but wouldn't describe yourself as good at both.

Enthusiast - The next step up. You'll have done a fair amount of racing in your time and most likely train a good few times a week. Performance is key and you aim to finish in as high position as possible, beating as many people as possible.

We also offer a relay category which is made up of a team of 2. 1 competitor will do the run sections and the other competitor the biking.

Race Distance

Long Course – 2 Mile Run / 9 Mile Bike / 2 Mile Run

Medium Course - 1Mile Run / 6 Mile Bike / 1 Mile Run

Short Course – 1 Mile Run / 3 Mile Bike / 1 Mile Run

U16s – 1 Mile Run / 6 Mile Bike / 1 Mile Run

U12s – .5 Mile Run / .5 Mile Bike / .5 Mile Run

Start Times

Short Course – 9.15am

Medium Course - 11am

U12s – 1pm

Long Course – 1.30pm

Venue

Cannock Chase is situated just north of Birmingham / south of Stoke On Trent. Located just 15 minutes from the M6 (Cannock from the South or Stafford from the north junction) or A38 from the East.

The area is a traditional forest and the course is run over man made hard trails and wild single track sections. The course is 100% fully off road. The event is held from Tackeroo camp site which will be open should you feel brave and want to camp in October.

For directions to the site use postcode: WS15 2UA and follow the sign from 2 miles out.

The Course

They will be a real trail run course and a real XC mountain bike course. Expect lots of tight twisty single track, short sharp climbs and fast and fun downhills. The ground in Cannock Chase is mostly sand and gravel based so it drains very well meaning its suitable for all year round riding. Its not very rocky and we will not be including any dangerous technical sections such as jumps or drops.

Extras

Each adult competitor will receive a medal on completion of the event. All U12's will receive a free gift on completion of the event

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 in each category. Price presentation will take place around 10minutes after the last person in that particular race finishes.

Results

The event will be electronically timed. Results with splits will be available 10 minutes after the last competitor finishes in each event. They will also be posted online by first thing Monday morning

Security

The transition area will be fully marshalled and open to competitors only. Competitors will only be able to enter or leave the transition area with their bike if the bike race number number matches their jersey race number.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Camping – Free camping will be available on the Saturday night
  • Parking – Lots of free hard stone parking 100 meters from the start
  • Food & Drink – We have caterers who provide high quality service. Real coffee and some of the best food you will ever taste at an event
  • Onsite drinking water – Number of taps of site which are free to use
  • Run and Ride store will be open onsite offering the essentials should you forget and dare we say break anything.
  • Professional photographer and commentator

Race Rules

  • Helmets must be worn at all times whilst you are on course with your bike
  • Your bike must be in good working order and suitable for the terrain
  • Suitable clothing must be worn
  • Abusive or offensive behaviour towards the organizers or other competitors will not be tolerated. Please refrain from using any offensive language
  • Please remember that you will be in a public place and whilst we have the backing from the Forestry Commission to use the land we must still share it with other members of the public
  • Please be courteous towards other competitors when passing. If passing a back marker please give them plenty of warning that you will pass on the left or right. You must then wait for a suitable moment.
  • Riding of bikes will not be allowed in the transition area
  • For the relay teams, one member must be on course at all times. The baton must be carried by the team member on course
  • For the relay team you must have one runner and one rider only
  • The paper race number is to be pinned to the front of your running top. The bike number is to be fastened to the front of the bike

Other Information

We will not be sending out race numbers prior to the event (pre email will be sent out 5 days before the event). Please arrive with enough time (we recommend at least 1hr before you start your event start time) to sign on and collect your race numbers. Signing on will open at 9am in the morning. At signing on you will need to find your name and sign next to it. You will then be given race numbers. Any U16s will need a parent or guardian to sign for them. By signing on you are agreeing to follow the rules of the event. You will be issued with two race numbers. One number will be for the runner and one for the bike. You will need to leave a £1 deposit for your race bike number.

Entries will be available on the day but will be subject to a surcharge of £5.00. Online entry will remain open until Midnight on the Thursday before the event.

Cancelations

We will be happy to process any cancellations (Subject to a £5 admin fee) up until 2 weeks before the event. You will also have the option to change details, move category or transfer entries to another competitor. This can be done via the Racespace website. There will be a small surcharge (1.00) for this. Again this must be done 2 weeks prior to the event.

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