We open our gates to public at 1600 on Friday. Please do not arrive early as we may still be setting up the site and some people may end up setting up in an area designated for something else.
You may park your car adjacent to your tent if running. If you are planning on coming and going from the site, or only staying for the day (12 hour runners) we ask you park your cars at the top end of the arena nearest the entrance and exit.
Short term visitors will be able to park their cars near the entrance/exit too. All drivers please adhere to the 5mph speed limit and take care when traversing the camp site and at the course crossing area.
Remember there are children around so take care and keep vehicle movements to a minimum.
On arrival, please identify an area to camp, then pitch up your tent. We have, in the past, had solo only areas. Now we have more solo runners than team runners, so camping space is not allocated.
Please leave space for vehicles to get in, and try and leave space between tents to reduce risk of any accidental fire spread.
Please keep noise to a minimum during the night particularly from 10pm onwards and respect your fellow runners, campers and visitors.
Yes, there is space for campervans and the arena area is flat. It also enables you a quicker take down after the event.
No, we provide generators for the event to our traders, but unfortunately we cannot provide electric hook-ups for campers or vans.
There are a number of drinking water taps along the edge of the arena adjacent to the gravel path running the full length of the site.
We provide toilets and urinals which are regularly checked and cleaned for your comfort. We ask anyone using them to leave the toilet rolls provided in situ, as we also restock these on a regular basis. We also provide alcohol gel across the site for use.
We do not provide showers, this is due the excessive cost and to provide these we would have to charge every runner an additional amount to cover the cost.
Yes, but we ask that you provide a bucket of water in case and do not leave them unattended, also raise them off the grass? If the weekend is warm, the radiant heat may cause the grass to catch fire, this can spread to tents quite quickly. Again, any disposable BBQ's or fire pit embers must be cooled before placing in the skip.
We provide a skip on site, we ask that you kindly place all rubbish in the skip during the event and when you leave. After a long weekend we have to return the site to a clean state and with a small team of volunteers you can assist by ensuring your pitch and area is clean when you leave. If you use BBQ's over the weekend, we ask that you place them in the skip after ensuring they are cool to remove any fire risk.
We welcome children to the event, but we must remind you that this is a private estate and there are a number of hazards on site.
In recent times we have had to remind parents/guardians of some of these risks, so please ensure your child treats the estate with respect and avoids damaging any of the property. There is running water adjacent to the arena in a small brook which the course will cross on the two bridges running off the site. During poor weather this brook can become a hazard due to the volume of water flowing. During dry spells the brook can be crossed using a number of fords. It is your responsibility to know where your kids are and that they are safe.
In addition, the owner of the estate lives on the site above the race village. We ask that children refrain from entering their property through the gate above race village at the top of the bank.
Yes, but we ask you to keep them on a lead and clean up after them. We only allow dogs on the course if they are on a lead and entrants running with a dog can do so but must start at the rear of the respective start line separate from the main bulk of runners at the start line. There will be a dedicated area for canicross runners to gather to await the start.
This is a private estate, but there is livestock (Sheep) and wild animals (Deer, Rabbits and Peacocks) on the estate so ensure your dog is under control at all times.
We have a number of food outlets covering a range of dietary requirements, be it pizza, hog roast, sloppy joes, pasties, jacket potatoes, cake, tea, coffee and alcohol.
Some of our food outlets will be available throughout the event. We are also aware that it is very difficult for them to gauge the amount they require to cater for, as some attendees will provide their own food. Therefore, there maybe times that outlets close to restock, rejuvenate, run or rest! Please be patient with them.
As a back up there are a number of food outlets locally that will deliver to site if needed.
We have a number of trade stands available selling a range of goods from trail kit, running fashion and nutrition (gels etc). Again, some of our traders are also running in the event as soloists or teams, so please be patient with them.
We will also be selling our own Hope Trail Festival and Hope24 merchandise on site throughout the weekend with most of the items on sale over the festival.
Most of our trade and food outlets and ourselves as event organisers will accept payment by card on the day. If you are bringing cash, please bring some change as getting hold of coins on the weekend is extremely difficult for all traders and ourselves.
We are acutely aware some of you will have run for up to 36 hours, which means your safety may be at risk by driving immediately. Therefore, there is no rush to leave the site. Some of the infrastructure remains on site until Monday and you are able to remain on site overnight on Sunday. All we ask is that you have vacated the site by 10:00 on Monday morning. This is also in case any future events need to commence their event build.