Sunday 2nd May 2021
The Grove, Hamsterley Forest, Durham. Grid reference: NZ 063 300. Pinpoint on a Google Map found here. There will be sign posts on the main roads leading to the forest. Please note that the event is not at the main forest car park/area.
What are the distances?
There is a single 8 mile lap. You need to do as many as you can in 8 hours.
Marshals will be positioned all along the race route for the safety of the riders. There will be a feed station to top up your water and get some nibbles. Apart from the mandatory kit it’s entirely up to you what you take round with you.
Entry includes an event memento, safety team, marshals, sign posted route, comms cover, feed/water station, lots of prize categories for the race, bucket fulls of climbing.
06:00 – Registration opens in Event HQ
07:30 – Registration closes
7:45 – Safety briefing
08:00 – Start of Hammers 8!
Finish 8 hours later. Any laps completed after this point do not count.
There is ample parking available on the grass field where the event is held.
Registration will take place at the event HQ which will be a marquee in The Grove. You’ll get your number, cable ties and timing chip.
There will be an option for camping available from the Forestry Commission. This is really helpful for those who need to travel from distance. You will be able to book this via editing your sientries details once we’ve added the camping details at a later date. We’ll let you know when you can do this.
The route revolves around a single 7 mile lap with a mix of popular singletrack and forest trails. A full page dedicated to the route will be produced once signed off by the Forestry Commission.
There will be one feed station near the highest point for those in need of some nutrition after a big effort.
Electronic timing will be used to gauge your position and all details will be available once they are posted online after the event. Due to the lack of signal in the valley live timing is not available. If you drop out of the event at any time after you have registered and collected your number, then you must go to the nearest checkpoint/marshal or Registration and let them know you are dropping out. Everyone needs to sign out whether you finished or not. Please hand in your timing chip or be charged for a replacement.
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