1-3 May 2020
Cannock Chase

10km, half marathon, marathon races

Saturday & Sunday races

MAKE IT A WEEKEND

Friends & family camp for FREE with competitors

THE FIRST INCLUSIVE TRAIL RACE

All abilities welcome

The races in detail…

A weekend of trail races in the stunning Cannock Chase forest. The three courses will be fully flagged so you can focus on trails. The half & marathon courses will be on the Saturday. Whilst the 10km will be on the Sunday.

We welcome non-competitors to camp with the competitors for free all weekend.

Saturday evening in our big heated marquee there will be food, bar and workshops for you to enjoy the evening ahead of the 10km race on Sunday.

EVENT DETAILS

Trail Race Rules

In order to create a fair and equitable competition for each participant of the Outdoors Magic Trail Races and to guarantee the safety of the participants, these rules have been created. Any participant who breaks these rules can be disqualified from the current competition and also from future competitions.

  1. The Golden Rule: When a competitor has registered they must report back to the event centre in accordance with course closure times and return their timing tag. If this does not happen, it is automatically assumed that this competitor is missing and a search is instigated. If the timing tag is not returned before leaving the competition area and therefore a search is made, the resulting costs can be transferred to the competitor.
  2. Minimum age for all trail race participants is 18 years.
  3. Competitors must follow the race route and check in at any designated checkpoints.   Random manned checkpoints may be set up along the route to ensure this happens.
  4. If a participant decides to withdraw from the race, he or she must notify the closest manned checkpoint or telephone the emergency number on the race bib and MUST report back to the Event HQ to return their timing tag.
  5. In an emergency, participants should provide assistance to other competitors.
  6. This is a self-sufficient race. Water stops are provided. Supporters are welcome but, to keep it fair for all, must not assist competitors by providing them with food and drink on route or run alongside (this does not apply to disabled athletes who may have a helper run with them).
  7. All mandatory kit must be carried or worn at all times. A kit checklist and declaration must be signed by each participant and handed in at registration. Participants must, on request, allow their equipment to be inspected by officials.
  8. Race Numbers must be worn in a visible place.
  9. All rubbish must be disposed of correctly.
  10. The following may lead to disqualification:
  • Finishing the race after the cut-off time
  • Taking short cuts or leaving the paths and trails.
  • Ignoring marshal instructions
  • Dropping of any rubbish
  • Using any means of transport during the race
  • Competitors who, in the opinion of the organisers, act in such a way to bring the event into disrepute or unnecessarily endanger or disrespect other competitors, race officials or members of the public.
Event Site Rules

11.  Dogs – Well behaved dogs are welcome but are NOT allowed to accompany competitors on the course or be inside the Event Marquee or be left unaccompanied in tents/cars.  They should be kept on a lead at all times.

12.  Fires – No open fires or charcoal BBQs permitted at the Event HQ/camping field.

13.  No private generators or sound systems.

14.  Illegal drugs – Illegal drug use will not be tolerated at the OMM Festival. Please do not bring and/or take drugs.  Any drug use will be reported to the police.

14.  U18s. Children must be accompanied by a suitable and responsible adult guardian.  The guardian is responsible for the welfare of the child.

EVENT HQ LOCATION

We’re delighted to be having this year’s OMM Festival back in the rolling hills of Cannock Chase.

Tackeroo Site
Penkridge Bank Rd,
Rugeley
WS15 2UA

We’ll have a big heated marquee, with food and bar (See ‘Food and Drink’ section). You’ll also find registration and information desk here for last minute advice and kit to purchase at the OMM shop (we’ll have a few special offers, perfect for rewarding yourself after a hard weekend!)   Toilets and drinking water will be provided. Physiotherapy/Sports Massage available all weekend – more details in the ‘physio’ section below.

HOW TO GET THERE

Access to parking, camping and the Event Centre will be clearly signposted.

Camping or arriving in a vehicle you will be sleeping in?  You must also read the section below ‘Camping, Campervans and accommodation’

By Car. 

The Event HQ is located between Stafford and Cannock to the East of the A34.  Access to the Tackeroo Event Site is from Penkridge Bank Road and will be signposted.   When you arrive you will be met by our friendly volunteer marshals,   please follow their instructions.

By Public Transport.

The nearest Stations, dependent on where you are travelling from are Rugeley Trent Valley and Rugeley Town, Hednesford and Cannock.  The closest is approx 3 miles from the event HQ.

IS CAMPING INCLUDED IN MY ENTRY FEE?

If your are entering an event on both days (Trail races or OMM Lite or Bike) space for 1 x tent or campervan for Friday and Saturday night is included for each competitor but you must book this on your entry form.   Those entering for only one day, e.g. 10k on Sunday only, camping is NOT included.   If this is you and you would like camp contact emma@theomm.com to book (£15 for the weekend).

Family and friends are more than welcome to come along, but there is a small charge of £15 for any extra tent or campervan space.  To book please email emma@theomm.com

WHAT TIME DOES CAMPING OPEN?

Camping and parking open at 15:00 on Friday.   You will be met by our friendly volunteer marshals who will guide you to your parking/camping space.  Please follow their instructions.  If you arrive after 22:30 you should follow the instructions posted on the main entrance gate.

WHAT IS THE CAMPING AREA LIKE?

The Tackeroo camping area is set within a beautiful forested area with grassy spaces in between the trees.   Please don’t expect a perfectly flat field!

Due to the nature of the area it is not possible to mark out pitches.  Tent/campervan spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.   If you wish to camp as a group you will need to arrive together, spaces/pitches cannot be held.   If you arrive after your friends/family and there happens to be a space for your tent next to them, please park where you are asked then walk with your kit to pitch your tent – it won’t be far!

We will provide water and toilets (no showers) and the main marquee will be close by.

No fires or BBQ’s (other than gas)
No private generators or sound systems

CAN WE BRING CAMPERVANS/CARAVANS?

Yes, you can bring your campervan or caravan, there is an area of hardstanding that will be used on a first come first served basis but be aware that you may be on grass and no electric hook ups.   Caravans owners may be asked to park their car separately.   Any vehicles over 6m should contact us in advance

CAN WE STAY OFF SITE?

Yes, if you’d like to sleep in a little more luxury then you are welcome to stay in one of the many B&Bs or hotels in the area.  Lots more information here.

REGISTRATION

You can register for your race at the following times, please remember to bring along your signed declaration that can be downloaded and printed here:

Fri 1st May – 3pm-10pm
Sat 2nd May – 7am – 10:15 am
Sun 3rd May (10K only) – 7am – 10:15am

START/FINISH LOCATIONS

The race brief will take place at the Event HQ marquee before all competitors make their way to the start line approx 800m away over flat ground (see map).  The road crossings will be manned by marshals so please take care and listen to their instructions.   The finish will be close to the Event HQ Marquee.

TIMINGS

Marathon and Half Trail Marathon – Sat 2nd May

Compulsory Race Brief – 10:30 @ the Event HQ
Start Time – 11:00

10K Trail Race – Sun 3rd May

Compulsory Race Brief – 10:30 @ the Event HQ
Start Time – 11:00 – wheelchair users
– 11:10 – all other runners

CUT OFF TIMES

There will be generous cut off times for safety reasons – these will be as follows:

Half Marathon

Must leave water stop at approx 14km by 13:35
Must finish in 4 hours – 15:00

Full Marathon

Must leave water station at approx 20km by 14:20
Must leave water station at approx 24.5km by 15:05
Must leave water station at approx 34km by 16:40
Must finish in 7 hours by 18:00

10K

Must finish in 3 hours (course closes at 14:40)

RECORDING YOUR TIME

Each competitor will be issued with a Sport Ident (SI) timing tag/dibber. These are small plastic pegs which have an electronic chip in one end that will be attached loosely but securely to your wrist with a band.  Unfortunately, If you lose, break or take a tag home with you the charge will be £35.00.

Your SI-tag should be placed into the control box at each checkpoint and at the finish in order to register your time and splits; it gives an audible bleep and a visual flash to confirm that it has been successful.

MANNED CHECKPOINTS/WATER STOPS

There will be manned checkpoints on each course with water, 5 on the marathon, 3 on the 1/2 and 1 on the 10K.  The locations will be shown on the map and at registration and on the OS maps in the ‘Route Information’ section above.   To minimise use of plastic we will be dispensing water in reusable cups, if you prefer to bring your own cup please do so.

FINISH LINE

At the finish line you MUST place your SI-tag in the finish box to record your time.  Officials will be there to ensure this happens.  Once you cross the Finish line you will be directed to the download desk where you will download your SI-tag to register your race and be given a print out showing your time.  Your tag will then be removed.

SAFETY

Your SI-tag is the way we can tell who is still out on the course. Therefore, all tags MUST be returned to the event centre as soon as you finish to avoid unnecessary search parties!

The routes will be fully marked with flags and arrow signs.

The basic outline of the routes are shown in google maps at the top of this page – please be aware that the route is subject to change due to forestry work and final permissions from Forestry Commission/land owners to ensure minimal ecological impact on the area.  Once confirmed .gpx files will be added for you to download.  Thanks for your patience!

1/2 Trail Marathon – Saturday 2nd May 2020

Elevation: Approx 400m

Map: Half Marathon OS map

Route Profile:

Click here

GPX File:

To follow

Full Trail Marathon – Saturday 2nd May 2020

Elevation: Approx 750m

MapTrail Marathon OS Map

Route Profile:

Click here

GPX File:

to follow

10K Trail Race – Sunday 3rd May 2020

Elevation: Approx 200m

Map:  to follow

Route Profile:

Click here

GPX File:

to follow

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DISABLED ATHLETES

We are very pleased to say that this year’s 10K trail race will once again be all inclusive.

Please read on for some important information that you MUST be aware of before entering.

Chris Nicholson, who summited Snowdon in his wheelchair, has been the inspiration for the all-inclusive race, along with our desire to get as many people as possible out enjoying physical challenges in the hills and mountains.   Together with Chris we have put to together some information about the event that you should read before entering.

THE ROUTE

Rather than have a separate wheelchair route we have one all-inclusive route, with wheelchair athletes starting a few minutes ahead of the runners.

This is most definitely a trail race, it is challenging.   There are several steep sections (both up and down) and the ground includes everything from well maintained, flat fire roads to narrower tracks with gravel, grass, the odd tree root and a bit of mud!  Please note the 2020 course does not include the steep grass section from 2019.

There will be a water station at the 5km point which is next to a car park.

Chris has tested the route and details of the equipment he recommends can be found below.  The basic route can be seen on the google map above and OS map of the route will be available shortly along with photographs.    Please do contact emma@theomm.com if you would like more information.

KIT/EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Off road tyres with front wheel add-on (rear heel strap must be in place).
  • Water carrying capability
  • Full leg cover
  • Helmet (must be worn at all times whilst on the course)
  • Basic tool kit

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

You will need to be proficient in moving your wheelchair over technical off-road terrain and if you would like someone to run with you and/or assist this is not a problem.  Miles without stiles are a good starting place.    We suggest you should already have completed 10km of trail in approx 2 hours. (although we will have a generous cut off of 3 hours).

ASSISTANCE ON THE COURSE

You are welcome to be accompanied/assisted by someone during the race (at no extra cost) this is not a problem, please email emma@theomm.com for a free entry code for them and then enter as a ‘team of 2’.

If you are unable to get back into your wheelchair unaided after a fall, you must bring someone to run with you to help in the case of a fall.

FACILITIES.

We will have disabled toilets on site and at the start.   If you have any specific requirements please get in touch with emma@theomm.com and we will do our very best to help.

INSURANCE/LIABILITY

OMM will not be responsible for any damage to your wheelchair or other equipment so we strongly advise that you have your own insurance to cover this.   All competitors are asked to sign a declaration confirming they are aware of the rules, equipment requirements and safety information before taking part.

If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with emma@theomm.com

Mandatory kit for all trail races:

  • Clothing and footwear suitable for trail running

plus the following for 10k wheelchair users (you MUST also read ‘information for disabled athletes/wheelchair users’ section):

  • Water carrying capability
  • Full leg cover
  • Helmet* (must be worn at all times whilst on the course)
  • Basic tool kit
  • Highly recommended due to terrain – off road tyres with front wheel add-on (rear heel strap must be in place).

Advisory Kit for all:

  • Taped seam waterproof jacket
  • Mobile Phone (fully charged) for use in an emergency
    Hat (this could be a buff) and gloves
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Cap and suncream in warm weather
  • Whistle
  • Water carrying capability
  • Emergency food – one muesli/power type bar or similar

The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitors who, in their opinion, are not wearing/carrying the appropriate kit.

All competitors are required hand a signed Kit Check List and Safety Declaration to Registration before competing

Prize ceremonies will be held by the marquee at approx. 14:00 on Saturday/Sunday.

Prizes will be awarded for the following:

Marathon Half Marathon 10k
1st Male £50 £40 £35
2nd Male £40 £30 £25
3rd Male £30 £20 £15
1st Female £50 £40 £35
2nd Female £40 £30 £25
3rd  Female £30 £20 £15
1st Male Vet £40 £30 £25
1st Female Vet £40 £30 £25

Veteran = 40 years or over

We are very pleased to have Carl and his team of physios back at this year’s OMM Festival.  They will be available throughout the weekend for physio appointments including sports massage.

For more information or to pre-book please contact him directly.  Lots more info and contact details here!

Key Times for OMM FESTIVAL

Friday

15:00 Registration, parking and camping opens

16:00 Food and bar available

22:00 Catering Closes

23:00 Bar Closes

23:00 Registration Closes

Saturday

07:00 –  Registration opens

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available

08:30 – 10:15 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

10:30 Pre race brief for Marathon/Half Marathon (at the Event HQ)

11:00  Trail Marathon/Half Marathon Start*

13:00 Food and bar available

16:00 Kids 2k fun trail race (enter on the day)

22:00 Catering closes

23:00 Bar closes

*prize giving for the trail races will take place in the afternoon – timings TBC

Sunday

07:00  Breakfast/hot food available

07:00-10:15 Registration open

08:00-10:00 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

10:30 Pre race brief for 10k (at the Event HQ)

11:00 Trail 10k Start – Wheelchair users

11:10 Trail 10k Start – Runners

14:00 approximate time for OMM Lite/Bike and 10k Prize Ceremony

NAME AND COURSE CHANGES

Up to 17 April 19.  Changes to any of your entry details and to the race you have entered can be made by emailing emma@theomm.com

After 17 April 19. Changes to any of your entry details and to the race you have entered can be made at registration.

CANCELLATION OR DEFERMENT OF ENTRIES

For any cancellations received up to  2 March 19, a refund (minus 10% admin fee) is made.

AFTER THIS DATE WE CANNOT OFFER A REFUND OR TRANSFER/DEFER YOUR ENTRY

At this point we have already paid for your entry.  The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs low is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible, hence why it usually becomes more expensive to enter as we get closer to the event.

ORGANISATION AND PLANNING

The organisation of the competition is conducted by a small army of unpaid volunteer helpers drawn from a wide variety of clubs and organisations, including the many faithful stalwarts who help out every year and without whose experience it would not be possible to conduct such an event.  These teams of volunteers allow us to keep the entry fees as low as possible to benefit you.

The officials listed are the principal organisers and team leaders:-

Event Director: Stuart Hamilton stuart@theomm.com

Event Coordinator : Emma Gill emma@theomm.com

Race Planner:  Sion James and Paul Dodd

Event catering: Matt and Fi, Barrett’s Kitchen and Bar, Ingleton

Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and team, North Yorks Scouts Event Support Team

Parking: Ryan Greenwood and team, East Lancs Event Support Team

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES

Includes entry into the event
FREE Friday night camping pitch
FREE Saturday night camping pitch
SPORTident timing chips
Event centre activities
Event photographs
Hot meal after the event
Free parking at event centre

FRIENDS & FAMILY CAMP FOR FREE WITH COMPETITORS!!

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