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Mercia Hill Trial

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Sunday 20th January 2019

Entries Open
Friday 4th January 2019 at 21:00
Entries Close
Friday 18th January 2019 at 18:00
Courses
Medium; Long
Entries so Far
74 Entries
Entry Fees
Entry Fee (per person)   £10.00   
Contact
Race Organiser - Jim Tinnion
Phone
07790 938447

The Mercia Hill Trial is a navigation event taking place on the Shropshire Hills. It is suitable for fellrunners and fast hillwalkers. The 2019 event will take the form of a linear orienteering course. As you start, you will be provided with a map showing the checkpoints/controls and the order in which you must navigate between them. The route you take between checkpoints is up to you. There will be two courses:
Medium course – planner's route approx. 11.0km/6.8 miles and 710m/2,330’ of ascent;
Long course – planner's route approx. 16.4km/10.2 miles and 1,020m/3,350’ of ascent.

You can compete individually or as a pair. You (or at least the lead entrant if entering as a pair) must have previous experience of winter fell race at a similar event such as Kinder Trial, Gritstone Tryal, Dark and White Mini Mountain Marathons, or any full Mountain Marathon. If you don’t have the relevant experience, and have no potential partner who does, we may be able to pair you up, please email the event organiser (secretary@merciafellrunners.org.uk) before trying to enter online.

The event takes place in January. The 2013 event was successfully completed by all the entrants despite blizzard conditions. Full kit as per the Welsh Fell Running Association’s safety rules will be mandatory and, additionally, the outer layer must comprise waterproof, not just windproof top and bottoms and runners must carry a spare insulating layer (spare = not worn whilst waiting to start).
Registration will be at the Scout Hut in Church Stretton from 08:45. There is a surprise in this year's format, so to help us facilitate the smooth running of the event we are asking that you specify when you would like to start - the more flexibility you show here the more likely we are to be able to accomodate everyone's wishes. Slower runners and walkers should aim to start earlier, the courses close at 3:00pm and competitors must be back by then otherwise they will be presumed lost! A list of start times will be emailed out to competitors and posted on the evening of Friday 18th January.

Important: PLEASE PARK CONSIDERATELY IN THE TOWN. DO NOT BLOCK ENTRANCES AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES PARK IN PRIVATE PARKING AREAS WHILST YOU ARE COMPETING IN THE EVENT. There is plenty in town centre car parks or in Cardingmill Valley.


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