Dirt Half Challenge is a very scenic 13.1 mile race

Q. How old must I be to compete?
A. The event is open to runners aged 17 or over on the day of the race.

Q. Can I make a change to my entry?
A. You can make changes to your entry by logging into your account.

Q. What footwear should I wear for the races?
A. The course is multi-terrain, mostly on canal towpaths, woodland trails with some grass and we recommend you wear your running trainers or trail shoes. Runners should expect some uneven paths.

Q. Can I raise money for charity?
A. Of course, you are also welcome to raise money for a charity of your choice by asking people to sponsor you for the race, in which case you will need to contact your chosen charity for a sponsor form or to set up an online sponsorship page.

Q. Are the races suitable for beginners?
A. Yes, this event is suitable for beginners.

Q. Can I transfer my place onto someone else?
A. Yes, you can transfer your place to someone else until 29th October at midnight. You can make the change [ HERE ]. Once the new runner has registered, signed the waiver and paid the entry price the original entrant will receive a refund minus a £5 admin fee. After this date, the Runner Numbers will be prepared and posted and no further changes nor refunds can be made by us.

Q. Can I enter on the race day?
A. Yes, subject to availability, check the event page for details closer to race day.

Q. Can I run with someone else’s number?
A. No. Any runner found running with a number in another runner’s name or without a valid entry will be disqualified and may be banned from future events. This is in accordance with UKA guidelines.

Q. Are there drinks stations?
A. There will be water stops at approximately Mile 3, 7 and 10 and at the finish. Water will be given in biodegradable paper cups. They are manufactured from recycled materials, which makes them a better option for the environment ♻️

Q. Is there a cut off time for finishing the race?
A. The time limit to complete the race will be 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Q. When do I receive my race number?
A. You will receive your race number and race instructions by post approximately 7 to 14 days before the event.

Q. I purchased an iTab, when will I receive it?
A. Your iTab will automatically be posted to you after the event. You do not need to do anything.

Q. Can I enter from overseas?
A. We often welcome runners from overseas to our races. You may enter online, however you must give a UK address for your race pack, alternatively you may collect your number and chip from the Race HQ on the day of the race.

Q. Is the race distances exact?
A. The race is being run under UKA rules and have permits from the Trail Running Association. The course is approximately the distance stated or slightly longer. This also assumes that the runner is following the race line at all times.

Q. Can I wear headphones?
A. We do not recommend the use of personal MP3 players on the course as you need to be aware of other runners and to hear marshals instructions. If you do wear headphones then it’s at your own risk.

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If you have any questions or queries regarding the Dirt Half Challenge please refer to our comprehensive FAQS section of our website: http://dirtrunning.org.uk/faqs/

Email: dirthalf@dirtrunning.org.uk