Rules

CYCLING CONDUCT

Cycle Numbers

Participants shall clearly display their numbers at all times, on the front of your bike, and shall maintain the number in an unaltered, unobstructed and readable state at the Start and Finish, in the transitions and on the route. Race belts can be worn.

Propulsion

All cycles shall be propelled only by human force and human power. Other than pushing a cycle, any propulsive action brought on by use of the hands is prohibited. Participants shall not make any forward progress unaccompanied by their cycle.

If a cycle is rendered inoperable, a participant may proceed on the cycling route, running or walking, while pushing or carrying the cycle, so long as the cycle is pushed or carried in a manner not to obstruct or impede the progress of other participants.

Knowledge of Course

The sole responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed cycling course rests with each participant. No adjustments in times or results shall be made for participants who fail to follow the proper course for any reason whatsoever.

Highway Code

All participants must obey the Highway Code while on the cycling route. All participants shall come to a complete stop when required by a traffic sign or traffic control device and shall not proceed through any intersection unless such intersection is clear of oncoming traffic. In no case shall a cyclist cross a centre white line or to the opposite side of the road.

Helmets

All participants shall wear a protective head cover, undamaged and unaltered, which meets or exceeds safety standards. Approved cycling safety helmets of ANSI Z90 4, SNELL B90, EN 1078 or an equivalent national safety standard must be worn (NB: a CE mark is NOT a approval mark). It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that their helmet meets the required standard. The helmet strap must be fastened before taking the bike from the rack in the transition. It cannot be unfastened until there is no longer any contact with the bike.

Bikes

Bikes must be well maintained and roadworthy, it is the competitor's responsibility to ensure that their bike meets the required standard.

 

RUNNING CONDUCT

Running Numbers

Participants shall plainly display their number at all times, pinned to the front of their running vest. Participants shall maintain the number in an unaltered, unobstructed and readable state at the start and finish, in the transitions and on the route.

Permitted Conduct

A participant must run, walk or crawl the entire portion of the run leg. Except for reasons of safety and when no advantage is gained, all runners shall follow and remain within the prescribed route. A participant may carry a water bottle on the run portion of the course, provided that the container is not made of glass. Glass containers are prohibited. Race belts can be worn.

Knowledge of the Course

The sole responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed running routes rests with each participant. No adjustments in times or results shall be made for participants who fail to follow the proper course for any reason whatsoever.

Highway Code

All participants must obey the Highway Code when travelling along public roads. Whenever possible keep to the right hand side of the road and use pavements when available.

Disclaimer

FirstGroup makes no express or implied warranty, guarantee or representation regarding the degree of safety, which may or may not result from compliance with the competitive rules or sanctioning criteria. Examinations of race courses and inspections of equipment are undertaken solely to monitor compliance with the event rules and guidelines and do not guarantee or ensure safety from personal injury or property damage. Safe participation in any event and the safety of race equipment is the sole responsibility of each and every participant. Organisers will take no responsibility for damage caused to personal property, including cycles, which are left with event organisers or officials over the event weekend. Participants should consider insuring their bike before the event if they do not already possess bike insurance.
The organisers reserve the right to take you off the course if they believe that your health could be compromised. Any team still on the course will be immediately withdrawn from the race.
If a member drops out before the event you can replace them with another member. However, you will need a full complement of four in your team to compete.
You have to be 18 years old to enter the event. Although there is no upper age limit you should be able to run 10km and cycle 20km. Like all events, entry fees are used to hire land, equipment etc. Therefore, we do not issue refunds after entry.

 

POINTS TO REMEMBER BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE EVENT

  • Read these instructions again! Take particular note of sections on safety.
  • Get dressed in tried and tested gear, pin your number to your running vest and remember to take your timing dibber when leaving home or your accommodation.
  • At the start please be ready to board your designated bus promptly to be taken to the start of your first leg.
  • Lubricate all moving parts liberally with Vaseline.
  • Ensure you re-hydrate fully in the days before the event and drink regularly along the route especially in warm weather.
  • Do take it easy until you are well past the halfway mark of each leg. You should be able to have an intelligible conversation with those around you!
  • We hope your training has gone well, and would like to remind you that if you have recently had a bad cold or have been ill it is important to seek medical advice prior to the event. Also if your training has not gone to plan we ask you give serious consideration to your ability to complete the First Monster.
 
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