Lakes Sky Ultra™ is designed to compare favourably with the original ethos of SkyRunning™. It is an authentic test of strength, endurance, speed, balance and skill, it is uncompromising in precision of foot and hand placements. This will challenge climbers and mountain runners alike. There is nowhere to hide once committed to the route. The race directors have to ensure that the route is as safe as possible. However, that is not to take away from the inherent risk factors and appeal of the race.
You must be confident in your ability to enter and complete the race.
- All competitors must be confident in their ability to move across exposed ground in all but the harshest of weather conditions;
- There are sections of the route where one wrong foot placement, one incorrect handhold, one loose rock could result in a serious mountain incident. Competitors must be experienced enough to eliminate their own risk and that towards others;
- There will be multiple manned control points on the course, and there are 'bail out' routes for anyone who picks up a walking wounded injury. These escape routes will be detailed at the pre-race safety talk;
- Competitors must take responsibility for themselves, and fellow racers, during the race. The ability to exercise Sound Mountain Judgement is vitally important. Small incremental errors can lead to disaster.
Any runner must halt their race to offer help to any fellow competitor who is in trouble or injured. As race directors we will reward anyone who does stop. Anyone who is found not to have helped a fellow competitor may be disqualified and barred from entering any future Mountain Run events.
Bad Weather Course
There will be a bad weather course. If the race directors decide to implement this, it will be announced at the earliest possible opportunity (usually at the race safety talk the evening prior to the race).
The race will utilise SI timing boxes, checkpoints and dibbers. These are a tried and tested method of allowing the race directors, from their remote location, to understand what is happening on the hill. There will be a number of control boxes on the course. Competitors must dib their dibbers in these boxes. A small sound and a flash of a light will confirm the dib.
Not dibbing at any of these control boxes will result in being timed out of the race, and ultimately, a disqualification.
Competitors must understand and know how to cope with the common injuries such as sprains, cuts and dehydration. They must be able to identify the signs of hyper- and hypothermia (elevated or lowered body temperature). They must also understand the onset of hyper- and hyponatremia (excessive or low levels of sodium in the blood), and have an understanding of the symptoms of rhabdomyalgia (breakdown of muscle tissue resulting in the release of muscle fibres into the bloodstream).
Competitors must be fit and in good health on race day.