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Punk Panther Christmas Cracker Handicap

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Saturday 7th December 2024

Entries Open
Thursday 31st August 2023 at 18:00
Entries Close
Sunday 24th November 2024
Entries So Far
5 Participants
Entry Fees
19 Miles   £38.00   
Ultra 32 Miles   £70.00   
Contact
Race Director - Ryk Downes
Phone
07950008005

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Set on a mystery route that can change every year, Catch the Panther sees the slowest runners start first with subsequent starting positions based on the participants ' average pace in other Punk Panther races. The person who starts first is the person with the slowest average pace – can they be caught before they reach Otley? As well as race prizes there are awards for fancy dress.

There is also the "Half Ultra"  for those wanting to take part in a shorter but still brilliant race.

Distance: 18/32 mile
Climb:  2200/3400 feet

ITRA Points: 1/2
UTMB: Q20K/Q50K

Race Series: No
Maximum Entrants: 100

Event Closes: 18:00

Car Park: Opens 05:30 Craftsman Tools Car Park (owned by William Sinclair Stationers in Otley – both have kindly allowed us to use it for the race).  It is located at the end of Bremner Street off the A659 Pool Road LS21 1JD. ///judges.puncture.sofa
DO NOT USE THE RUGBY CLUB CARPARK - EVEN FOR DROPPING OFF.

Toilets:
At Registration

Registration: From 05:45 at Otley Cricket Club, Cross Green, Otley, LS21 1HE ///obtain.unpacked.chest
PLEASE NOTE DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT REGISTRATION IN THE CLUBHOUSE.

Trackers: All ultramarathon entrants will be supplied with a tracker. Trail race (18 Mile) runners can hire a tracker when entering for £15. When you collect your tracker at registration it will already switched on and you will be given instructions on where to carry it. During the race the tracker will show on the Christmas Cracker 2024 Tracker Screen You can share this link with your friends and family so they can see how you are doing. If you click the podium icon on the tracker screen it will show you each runners ETA at the CPs and their projected finish time based on their current speed. Please note there is a big button on the front of your tracker, if you need emergency help, provided the tracker is in range press it and remain where you are, this ends your race.  

Route: Provisional GPX files of the route and route description are available from the GPX tab on the event page on the website. The final version will be emailed to all competitors with the Final Race Instructions the week before the event. You MUST use the email version as this will take into account any last minute diversions.

Taping: We will NOT be marking this event.

Kit list: We will not be doing a kit check at registration, but you will be expected to always carry the following as a minimum for your safety. (You are responsible for your own safety). We will be carrying out random kit checks on the course and if you are found not carrying your full kit, you will be disqualified. 
        
*** THIS KIT LIST APPLIES TO ALL DISTANCES ***      

  • Suitable Bag for all your kit (not a carrier bag!) 
  • Waterproof Jacket with taped seams.
  • Enough fluids to get you to the next CP.
  • Cup to enable you to get drinks at CPs.
  • Energy Bar/Nutrition.
  • Survival/Bivvy Bag (not just a sheet).
  • Whistle.
  • Mobile phone with race director’s number: Mark 07702 021156 Ryk (07950 008005) stored in it. 
    PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PHONE ON AT ALL TIMES SO THAT WE CAN CONTACT YOU IF NECESSARY.
  • Tracker for Ultramarathon (supplied by us) MUST be always worn.
  • Hat/buff.
  • Gloves.
  • Personal First Aid Kit.
  • Hard copy of the Map/Route description (Details will be sent with final competitor instructions see below)
  • Head Torch

NB: Dependent on the weather this list may be amended when the final competitor instructions are sent out.

Start: Otley Methodist Church, Rear Entrance, Walkergate, Otley, LS21 1HB. ///hippy.original.monorail
From 06:00 onwards (depending on handicap - your handicap will be available from 14/11/23).

Checkpoints: Each checkpoint has a selection of items including water, coke, fanta, energy bars, snacks, crisps & more. There are vegan options at all checkpoints.

There are three Checkpoints in total for the race.

The 32 mile route visits CP1, CP2, CP1 (again) & CP3.
The 19 mile route visits CP1 & CP3 only.

Cut - Offs: If you arrive at a CP after it is closed you will be retired from the race.

Support Crews: Please ensure any support crews avoid official CPs. Anyone breaking this rule will result in their runner being disqualified. If you have a support crew there are plenty of other places to meet you on the route. This is due to a lack of space that we need for our marshals and medic.
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32 Mile Ultra Marathon Checkpoints (Opening times will be confirmed with the start list)
CP1: Timble 9 miles Open 09:00 ///showering.crazy.snack
CP2: Langbar 15.5 miles Open 10:30 Cut Off 14:30 ///investors.repeated.soon
CP1: Timble 22.5 miles Open 09:00 Cut Off 15:30 ///showering.crazy.snack
CP4: Lindley Bridge 28 miles Open 12:30 Cut Off 16:30 ///slate.overpaid.worksheet
Finish: Otley Methodist Church, Rear Entrance, Walkergate, Otley, LS21 1HB. ///hippy.original.monorail 

18 Mile Trail Race Checkpoints (Opening times will be confirmed with the start list)
CP1: Timble 9 miles Open 12:30 Cut Off 15:30 ///showering.crazy.snack
CP4: Lindley Bridge 14 miles Open 12:30 Cut Off 16:30 ///slate.overpaid.worksheet
Finish: Otley Methodist Church, Rear Entrance, Walkergate, Otley, LS21 1HB. ///hippy.original.monorail

Support Crews: Please ensure any support crews avoid official CPs. Anyone breaking this rule will result in their runner being disqualified. If you have a support crew there are plenty of other places to meet you on the route.

Finish: Every finisher receives a medal and an event T-Shirt (unless you opt out). There is carrot and coriander soup, cheese toasties, 10 bean chilli, (suitable for vegan and Gluten Free) in addition to hot drinks, snacks & mince pies at the finish.
PLEASE NOTE DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE FINISH IN THE CLUBHOUSE.

Final Competitor instructions: These will be emailed to all competitors the week before the event.

Results: Previous results can be found here: Christmas Cracker Results and will be updated during the event.

Course Records: can be found here (please note courses may vary from year to year): Course Records

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This event offers the option to purchase XCover, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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