Dirt Half Challenge Frequently Asked Questions


You can make changes to your entry until 27 October at midnight by logging into your account.

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.

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.

Yes, this event is suitable for beginners.

Yes, you can transfer your place to someone else until 27th 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.

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.

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 ♻️

The time limit to complete the race will be 3 hours and 30 minutes.

You will receive your race number and race instructions by post approximately 7 to 14 days before the event.

Your iTab will automatically be posted to you after the event. You do not need to do anything.

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 from 08:00 on the day of the race.

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.

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.

Yes, subject to availability, check the event page for details closer to race day.

Safety pins will be available from the Race HQ.

Yes, you will be able to buy bobble hats, t-shirts, and hoodies at the Race HQ.

  1. Requests to defer your entry to the same event in the following year must be submitted via e-mail at least 30 working days before the date of the event. We reserve the right to refuse deferral of your entry at any point.
  2. We do not accept deferrals within 30 days of the event.
  3. A place that has been deferred once may not be deferred again.

You have the option to protect your booking with Active Protect for a small fee. Receive a full refund of the purchase price and processing fee should you be unable to attend the event due to a specified reason, such as:

  • Injury or illness
  • Vehicle breakdown or theft
  • Adverse weather resulting in travel warnings
  • Work relocation

Please note that cover is void if the event is canceled or postponed. You will be able to select this option at the checkout stage and download the latest coverage details. Registration protection is provided by Active.com, and you should contact them directly about your policy and how to claim. This insurance policy is not offered or sold by the event and is an agreement between yourself and Active.com.



No problem. Even though we’re excited about the virtual race experience, we understand that it may not replace the in-person experience for everyone. If you’re not interested in the virtual race, you would have two weeks after the cancellation date to defer your entry free of charge to the following year, or request a refund.

We are developing a number of different and flexible event plans to suit a range of possible scenarios, which may include…

  • Reducing the number of entries
  • Setting up the Race HQ outside in the fresh air
  • Staggered race starts
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Reducing or removing ‘contact points’ at the event

If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations, participants will have the option of a deferral or a voucher code up to the amount of the entry ticket to be used towards a future event. Refunds will not be given.

Please do not attend the event if ANY of the below applies to you:

  • You have received a positive test result
  • You are displaying symptoms for COVID-19
  • You have displayed symptoms for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, leading up to the event

If the event falls within your isolation period you will be offered a deferral to the following year.

Please include proof of a positive test result/contact tracing if applicable.

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