OMM and Outdoors Magic have teamed up to bring you three epic trail races around Cannock Chase.
Starting close to the Festival HQ; the course will lead runners through forest and over hills, discovering new routes for all. The route will be flagged and marshalled with GPX files available for download prior to the race day. OMM’s ethos is to encourage responsible enjoyment of the countryside, as such, competitors will be expected to carry sufficient food and emergency kit for their individual requirements but there will be water stations along the routes.
We spend the months prior to the event gaining the relevant land permissions so you can enjoy the race in the knowledge that you will be having a minimal ecological impact on this beautiful area. You’ll be cheered back into the event centre by the 1000 other competitors competing in the various other activities on offer at the festival.
Events are taking place on Saturday and Sunday so why not take advantage of the free camping/campervan space for each competitor and stay for the weekend! Non competing supporters are welcome and food and drink will be available all weekend.
Date: 2nd-3rd May 2020
Location: Tackeroo Site, Cannock Chase, Nr Rugeley WS15 2UA
Date: 2nd-3rd May 2020
Distances: 10K – Half Marathon – Full Marathon
Elevation: 10K approx 200m, Half Marathon approx 400m, Marathon approx 750m
Start Times: Saturday – Marathon/Half Marathon 11:00am (compulsory race brief 10:30)
Sunday – 10K 11:00am (compulsory race brief 10:30)
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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.
- 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.
- Minimum age for all participants is 18 years.
- Competitors must follow the race route and check in at any designated checkpoints. Random checkpoints may be set up along the route to ensure this happens.
- If a participant decides to withdraw from the race, he or she must notify the closest manned checkpoint or telephone the emergency number and MUST report back to the Event HQ to return their timing tag.
- In an emergency, participants should provide assistance to other competitors.
- 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).
- 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.
- Race Numbers must be worn in a visible place.
- All rubbish must be disposed of correctly.
- Well behaved dogs are welcome at the event HQ but must be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are NOT allowed to accompany competitors on the course.
- Sport Ident timing cards are issued to each team at registration (attached to the wrist). Competitors will be charged the cost of replacement (currently £35.00) for any loss or damage to these.
- 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.
We’re delighted to be having this year’s trail races in the rolling hills of Cannock Chase.
The Event HQ will be located at:
Penkridge Bank Rd,
Access to parking and the Event Centre will be clearly signposted.
Parking/camping will be open from 3pm on Friday and registration from 3pm-11pm on Friday, from 7am on Saturday and between 9-11am on Sunday (10k only)
There will be a big heated marquee with plenty of seating, catering and bar. Toilets and drinking water will also be provided. We’ll also have Physiotherapy/Sports Massage available all weekend – more details in the ‘physio’ section below.
FOOD AND DRINK
We’re pleased to say that Matt, Fi and the team from Barrett Kitchen and Bar will be returning to this years OMM Festival. All competitors have a hot meal and drink included in their entry fee which will be served at the Event HQ at the end of each race. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available and should be requested on your entry form.
Food and a bar serving a selection of drinks will also be available all weekend, here’s there amazing menu. We try hard to encouraging recycling and sustainability and to encourage this a deposit of £1.50 for a reusable pint pot is now required when purchasing drinks from the bar.
THE OMM SHOP
As ever there will be an opportunity to stock up on race goodies. Alongside the OMM range, we will have a great selection of accessories from plenty of great brands. And of course we’ll have a few special offers, perfect for rewarding yourself after a hard weekend!
For any non competitors there are several biking and walking routes suitable for all ages right on the doorstep of the event centre.
Space for 1 x tent or campervan is included for each competitor and you will have booked this on your entry form.
Family and friends are more than welcome to come along, but there is a small charge of £15 per extra tent or campervan space. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping is in the forest next to the Event HQ and you can park next to your tent. We provide toilets and drinking water. No fires or BBQ’s (other than gas) please. You can also bring your campervan or caravan, just be aware there may not be hard standing and no electric hook ups.
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.
The Event HQ is located between Stafford and Cannock to the East of the A34. Access to the Tackeroo Event Site is from the North and will be signposted.
The following is for information only you MUST check with transport provider for current timetables.
By Train. 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.
Mandatory kit for all trail races:
- Clothing and footwear suitable for trail running
plus the following for 10k wheelchair users (see also ‘information for 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).
- 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
- Emergency blanket or bag.
- Water carrying capability
- Emergency food – minimum 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
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 as we are awaiting final permissions from Forestry Commission/land owners to ensure minimal ecological impact on the area. Thanks for your patience!
1/2 Trail Marathon – Saturday 2nd May 2020
Elevation: Approx 400m
Map: Half Marathon OS map
Full Trail Marathon – Saturday 2nd May 2020
Elevation: Approx 750m
10K Trail Race – Sunday 3rd May 2020
Elevation: Approx 200m
Map: 10k OS map
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DISABLED ATHLETES
We are very pleased to say that this year’s 10K trail race will be open to disabled athletes.
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 this change, 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.
Rather than have a separate wheelchair route we have one all-inclusive route, with disabled 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 and a bit of mud! Please note the 2020 course does 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 email@example.com if you would like more information.
- 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
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 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). We are hoping to have a skills session with Chris Nicholson on Saturday at the Event HQ (time TBC).
ASSISTANCE ON THE COURSE
You are welcome to be accompanied by someone during the race (at no extra cost) this is not a problem, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free entry code for them.
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.
We will have disabled toilets on site and at the start. If you have any specific requirements please get in touch with email@example.com and we will do our very best to help.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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-11pm
Sat 2nd May – 7am – 10:15 am
Sun 3rd May (10K only) – 8am – 10:15am
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.
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 – runners
The race brief will take place at the Event HQ marquee before all competitors make there way to the start line approx 800m away over flat ground (see map). The road crossing will be manned by marshals so please take care and listen to their instructions.
CUT OFF TIMES
There will be generous cut off times for safety reasons – these will be as follows:
Must leave water stop at approx 14km by 13:35
Must finish in 4 hours – 15:00
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
Must finish in 3 hours (course closes at 14:40)
TIMING TAG/DIBBER (SI-TAG)
Each competitor will be issued with a Sport Ident timing card/dibber. These are small plastic pegs which have an electronic chip in one end that will be attached 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 hole on each checkpoint and at the finish in order to register that you have visited the location; it gives an audible bleep and a visual flash to confirm that it has been successful.
There will be checkpoint control boxes at each of the water station (these will be marked on the map) and at each one you must ensure that you record your visit by placing your SI-tag into the hole on the control station (see more info below).
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.
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 station where you will dib your tag and be given a print out showing your time. Your tag will then be removed.
Each competitor will be issued with a timing tag. Your 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!
We are very pleased to have the team from Achilles Physio at this year’s OMM Festival. They will be available throughout the weekend for physio appointments including sports massage and gait analysis. There will also be a workshop on gait analysis in the marquee at 8pm on Friday.
For more information or to pre-book please contact Achilles Physio direct. Lots more info and contact details here!
The prize ceremony will follow the hot meal and will be held in the marquee at approx. 14:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Details to follow…
Key Times for OMM FESTIVAL
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
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
22:00 Catering closes
23:00 Bar closes
*prize giving for the trail races will take place in the afternoon – timings TBC
07:00 Breakfast/hot food available
08:00-10:00 OMM Lite and Bike Starts
08:00-10:15 Registration open for 10k
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
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NAME AND COURSE CHANGES
Up to 17 April 2020. Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing email@example.com
After 17 April 2020. Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made at registration. at the event.
CANCELLATION OR DEFERMENT OF ENTRIES
For any cancellations received up to 1 March 2020, a refund (minus 10% admin fee) is made. After this date we cannot offer a refund as we have already paid for your attendance. The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs as low as possible is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible. For these reasons we are also unable to defer entries to future events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Coordinator : Emma Gill email@example.com
Race Planner: Sion James
Event catering: Matt and Fi, Barrett Kitchen and Bar
Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and team, North Yorks Scouts
Car Parking: Ryan Greenwood and team, Bowley Scouts
EVENT ENTRY INCLUDES
- Includes entry into the event
- FREE Friday night camping
- FREE Saturday night camping
- Fully flagged routes
- Race timing tags
- Event centre activities
- Event photographs
- Hot meal after the event
- Free parking at event centre
FREE camping with every entry, non competitors welcome.
*includes 1 x tent or campervan per competitor.