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Race to Remember

JOIN US FOR OUR RACE TO REMEMBER AND GO THE DISTANCE FOR VERTERANS MENTAL HEALTH

Walk 36km, run 36km or take on the 75km ultramarathon

On Saturday 13 November, the day before we honour all servicemen and women who sacrificed so much for our nation, show how much you care by taking on one of our toughest challenges yet.

You can choose one of three options - walk 36km, run 36km or take on the ultimate physical endurance race - a 75km ultra-marathon. 

Where: Aldershot to Portsmouth

When: Saturday 13 November 2021

Ultramarathon: £75 sign-up fee + £375 fundraising target
36km Run or Walk: £36 sign-up fee + £375 fundraising target

If you have signed up for this event and have any questions please email Kate at Kate.McKeand@combatstress.org.uk

If you would like more infomation on the 2021 Race to Remember please email challenges@combatstress.org.uk for more infomation

Support Veterans' Mental Health

Now more than ever, veterans rely on us and we rely on our supporters. Demand for our services has remained high throughout COVID-19, and with many events cancelled this year, we need your help to raise vital funds so that we can continue to provide our life-saving mental health treatment to veterans.

Whether you’ve been training for an event that’s been cancelled, or are just looking for a new challenge to get you out of the lockdown slump, this is the event for you, no matter your fitness level. However you choose to race, we’ll support your fundraising journey every step of the way.

Please note: We will be following Government guidance at the time and will ensure a COVID-19 safe environment.

The route

 

Participants taking part in the ultramarathon will start from Aldershot, the home of the British Army.  Those taking on the 36km challenge will start further down the route in Petersfield.

The runners depart from the Aldershot PE grounds and, having passed through suburban Aldershot and Farnham, hit the trails along the edge of the army’s military exercise zones. 

At the 13km mark, the route enters the woods and its' forestry trails (a mix of hardpack, sand, mud and gravel) all the way to Petersfield at the 40km mark, where the walkers will start from.

After a well-earned hot lunch stop in Petersfield for the ultrarunners, it’s time to hit the South Downs. Those taking on the 36k walk or run will start at this point in Petersfield.

A real test of endurance is in store for all our participants with a steep climb through Elizabeth Park and up to Butser Hill, the highest point of the South Downs sitting at almost 900 feet and its’ tough ascent, especially for those now hitting the 50km point. 

From the top of the downs the Solent and landmarks of Portsmouth come into view, with the finish point visible in the far distance - some 30km away.

Runners and walkers alike continue on the descent of the Downs through fields and woods to the picturesque town of Rowlands Castle. Here there will be another well-earned break point for refuelling. 

As we continue towards the coast, the route takes you through a mix of suburbs and trails until you reach the coast. 

After a final rest-stop, it's a matter of following the coast (hopefully with a tail wind pushing you along) until you reach the outskirts of Portsmouth. 

Finally, weave through the city to the finish at the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Victory, in the National Museum of the Royal Navy, in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Earn Rewards

The fundraising target for this event of £375 - enough to fund six veterans to have a private therapy session with one of our specialist psychotherapists, helping veterans to live a fulfilling life again.

To help you stay motivated and smash your target, we're offering you a different reward each time you reach set milestones!

  • First donation - wristband
  • £75 - keyring
  • £150 - neck warmer
  • £375 - technical t-shirt
  • £750 - extra-cosy hoodie

Any Questions?

Our Challenges team is here to provide you with all the support you need throughout your fundraising journey. We'vwe put together some FAQs for the race but if you have any questions that we've not answered below please give us a call on 01372 587 140 or drop us an email at challenges@combatstress.org.uk and we'll get back to you ASAP!

FAQS

WHEN DOES RACE TO REMEMBER START & WHAT ARE THE CUT OFF TIMES?
The 75km Race to Remember will start from 6.00am and we expect runners to finish between 15:30 and 19:00.  The 36km walk will start at 9.00am and the 36k run will begin at 10.30am and we expect participants to finish between 15:30 and 17:00.

We are still in the process of finalising the refreshment stops so the distance/time may need to be adjusted slightly, however for planning/training purposes the rough cut-off times below will give you an idea of the level of fitness required:

75km run
23km by 09:00
32km by 11:00
42km by 13:00
58km by 15:00
66km by 17:00
Finish by 19:00

36km walk
Start 09:00
16km by 12:00
26km by 15:00
36km by 17:00

36km run
Start 10:30
16km by 13:00
26km by 14:30
36km by 17:00

HOW WILL YOU KEEP ME AND OTHER RUNNERS SAFE?
We're working closely with our race partner, Classic Challenge, to ensure all social distancing regulations are adhered to, including staggering start times. We will closely monitor the Government's guidance on outdoor events to ensure the event can go ahead safely.  

A full list of Covid guidelines to be communicated to participants in advance of the race and below are some of he measures that will be in place:

  • On arrival at the start line, any bags to be transferred will be clearly labelled by participants in advance and will be sprayed with disinfectant before being loaded into our vehicles.
  • Any staff member handing personal belongings will wear a face mask and gloves.
  • All event rules and joining instructions will be emailed to participants prior to the event, including emergency numbers with instructions for participants to make their own hard copies of emergency contacts to minimise contact on the day.
  • Event brief will be sent in advance and the event brief given on the morning will be done in a socially distanced manner, with participants in their smaller start groups.
  • Reduced start waves - staggered with groups of six at three-minute intervals and a maximum participant number of 50.
  • At all break sites participants will be served by event staff and have no contact with items – everything must be handed over or filled up by staff.  All staff will wear PPE.
  • Breaks will be socially distanced with barriers and have a one way flow.
  • Participants will be ask to bring their own supply of hand sanitizer and stations will also be set up with sanitizers or hand washing facilities.
  • Any medical incident will be seen to by an event medic in full PPE.
  • The celebration at finish will be socially distanced, with the same rulings as the break stops.

WILL THIS BE A CLOSED COURSE?
The course will be open to traffic and on public trails, 85% of the course is on trails. The route will be clearly marked and marshalls will be positioned along the course to keep everyone safe and on track.

WILL THERE BE REFRESHMENTS ALONG THE ROUTE?
Yes, there will be six refreshment stations along the route for the ultramarathon route and two for the 36km route. A detailed route map will be sent to you the week before the race.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
We welcome participants aged 16 years and over. However anyone aged under 18 will need to provide written parental consent to our Challenges team upon registering.

WILL THE RACE INCLUDE TIMINGS?
The race will not include chip timings. We encourage you to sign up to Strava to track your route and race times.

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered above please email challenges@combatstress.org.uk or you can give us a call on 01372 587 140, we're here to help you every step of the way!