A 50km, 75km or 90km Ultra
Drovers Ultra 2021: Final Information
Wee Run events is back with our first post Covid race!!
We were expecting to be doing the Ben Vorlich ultra on the 28th of August but after juggling our calendar and working with venues we ended up with our new Drovers Ultra on this date.
Our last race was in Feb 2020 so please bear with us as we are a bit rusty.
Covid hit us hard Ben has had Long Covid and as a family we have had a lot to deal with, so we are really pleased to get back to normal and seeing all our lovely runners again.
Below is the important information for the event so please read it carefully and then if you have any questions please do get in touch.
Thank you for entering the Drovers Ultra, we appreciate your support in choosing our event.
Ben & Nic
You should find all the pre-run information you need here but do feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions although don’t leave them till the last minute as we will get busy with set up.
Changes or Withdrawals
We are no longer able to process changes or withdrawals as per our terms and conditions which can be viewed here: http://weerunevents.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/
All distances start together at 7am in a mass start. We will not need to start you in waves.
(All routes have the same first check point.)
The start and finish are at the Glenturret distillery just outside Crieff.
Their website for extra info (there is a cafe there) https://www.theglenturret.com/our-visitor-centre
If you are coming from the south you will come up from Braco on the A822, please stick to the main road even if your sat nav tries to take you on a short cut, there shouldn’t be much farm traffic early in the morning but you can never tell.
All other routes come along the A85 from the West or East. There have been a number of roadworks on this road recently and parts have been affected by flooding so please leave plenty of time just in case.
There is plenty of parking at the Distillery but we may be asked to use the overflow parking first as they are still open for visitors so please listen to any marshals.
We have a small number of entries so there is plenty of space.
We will follow the latest guidance on Covid which means masks must be worn indoors and continue to social distance. Remember some people may be more nervous than you so please treat people with respect.
Registration and check points will be minimal contact and we will ask you to pick up your own drop bags at the check points rather than handing them to you. (we will point them out to you)
Registration will be open at 6am. Please follow directions and listen to the instructions.
Please keep your bags small and label them clearly with your bib number.
All bags will be returned to the finish after the check points close.
If you don’t want to wait for your items to return, we will take them back to our house in Perth and keep them for 2 weeks. You can make arrangements to collect belongings from us during that time after which they will be disposed of or donated to charity.
All food not consumed will be disposed of or if suitable taken to the Perth food bank.
Check Points\Water Stations
You must check in at the check points.
At some you may have to double back on yourself to get back on the route.
If you miss the check points you will be DQ’d as this is unsafe behaviour.
We will only have water available at the check point and we will ask you to fill your own flasks.
There are 4 checkpoints on the 90km, 3 on the 75km and 2 on the 50km - these are where your drop bags will go.
They are all approximately 20km apart.
Please note: there is no toilet facility at checkpoint 1 (and we don't have permission to put a portaloo there, sorry) but there are toilet facilities available at all the other checkpoints.
All of our marshals are volunteers and we are always happy to have more.
It is surprisingly difficult to get good volunteers so please tell any you see how awesome they are. If they make a mistake remember they are human and laugh it off.
They are giving up their time for you and without them there would be no race.
If any friends or family want to help out on race day please put them in touch with us.
Emergency contact info
We will provide you with our contact details on race day and instructions on what to do in an emergency. You should also add your own emergency contact details to this.
You will be in the mountains and safety is important. If you come across a fellow runner in distress you must stop to help as we are in remote areas. Failure to do so will result in a DQ.
We will also ask you to provide contact info at registration.
All participants will be tracked by GPS. This is good for you as your spectators and supporters can see how you are getting on and work out when to leave the café or pub to cheer you on.
It is also vitally important to us from a safety point of view. We will make sure you stay on track and contact you if you stray off course.
The routes mostly stay in the glens which is what the Drovers would do and most are popular walking routes however the Section from Ardeonaig to Glen Lednoch is not well used and is mostly used by sheep!!! I will try and mark as well as possible using our lollipops but you will need to pay attention. At the top of the saddle on this section I will mark the best route to the hydro power station but if you don’t follow it exactly it will not matter.
There are a reasonable amount of road sections so please wear bright and visible clothing.
Please make sure you leave the first check point in the right direction as this is where the 3 distances split. Don’t worry the marshals will be there to help you!
ESSENTIAL KIT LIST
- Head torch (can be left at CP4 in your drop bag)
- Mobile phone (fully charged)
- Emergency blanket
- Emergency Food and Drink
- All runners will be issued with a GPS tracker which MUST be carried (relay runners should pass this as a baton at the checkpoints)
- Emergency Contact information on your route map
- Waterproofs may be compulsory if the weather is inclement as some of the course is over high tops and can be exposed.
- First aid kit
- Spare clothes especially socks as there are wet sections (can be left in your drop bags)
The course in general follows the old Drovers roads, however these paths vary considerably from tarmac to narrow hill paths, and farm tarcks. Some sections follow minor country roads and urban roads.
The terrain is very varied, there are farm tracks, gravel paths, grassy paths (some rather overgrown), tarmac roads and a few more!
The course has very varied terrain and this dictates what type of marking we can use
- Where possible we will use A5 size blue arrows on a white background.
- Over the exposed hill we will use lollipops in the ground and temporary paint on the ground
- Some red and white tape on trees/fences
- Larger A4 or A3 black arrows on a luminous yellow background at key turnings
PLEASE NOTE: we aim to use less signs and route markers than in previous races to make things easier to clean up afterwards.
If you do think you are lost then we recommend returning to the last marker you saw. Or phone the number on the route map so we can check your GPS position and help.
We will be keeping an eye on all of you too so if we see you go wrong we will call!
There are parts of the route where you may have limited or no phone signal - if you are lost we'll be able to see via your GPS information and if we can't get through to you we will try and find you.
Please listen to our marshals who are there for your safety especially on road sections however, it is your responsibility to ensure you are traffic aware on the roads. Most roads are minor single track but they may have large farm machinery so please give way. If a road has a pavement please do use it!!!
Check Point (Relay Change Overs)
You must check in at the timing point by scanning your chip past the antenna before doing anything else. If you are handing over in the relay you must scan first then hand over the GPS tracker.
At each check point bottled water will be provided, if you use it to fill your own containers please put the empty bottles in the bins provided.
Your drop bags will be available please only take yours even if someone else has better looking sandwiches....
The check point details are:
Check Point 1 - 50km, 75km and 90km
Check Point 2 – 90km
Check Point 3 - 75km and 90km
Check Point 4 - 50km, 75km and 90km
Laggan Park, Comrie
Please label your bags clearly with your name/number and CP1, CP2, CP3, CP4 and Finish.
We will have water at checkpoints.
We recommend using plastic “baggies” not anything that you would be distraught to lose!
These should be placed in the appropriate sack so it is transported to the correct checkpoint.
These big sacks will be available the registration point.
We recommended you give your GPS detail to your supporters so they can track your progress on the course via the tracking website and try and catch you at the check points.
We will be displaying the GPS tracking at the Glenturret Distillery at the start/finish so spectators are welcome to base themselves there.
All 3 distances will start at the same time: 7am
Registration is at Glenturret Distillery from 6am onwards - look out for signs and follow what the marshals say.
The Glenturret Distillery, The Hosh, Crieff, PH7 4HA
The finish will also be at the Distillery - so if you have spectators coming to cheer you over the finish line this is where they can hang out. There is a cafe onsite and our timing company KitST (Keep it Simple Timing) will display real-time results so you will be able to see times/rankings etc.
Please supply your supporters with the GPS info (usually shared on FB at the start of the run) so they will be able to see where you are on the route.
You can choose whether you wear your timing chip on your ankle or wrist but it must be scanned at each Check Point and the Finish
Your GPS tracker will need to be turned on at the start and remain ON for the duration of the race, this is part of our safety system and the mountain rescue team will also have access to the data. It is best if the GPS tracker is carried at the top of your rucksack as it ‘talks’ to things in the sky.
You must return your timing devices at the finish (even if you retire) if you take them away or lose them you will be charged the replacement costs (Lost chip cost: £10, lost GPS cost £100).
The link for the GPS tracking will be shared in the days running up to the run on the Drovers Ultra and Wee Run Events Facebook page.
- Do not Litter - take it home with you or put it in bins at the Check Points
- Close all Gates behind you even if you find it open. (If it is marshalled you will not have to do so)
- We share the trails and paths with others so if you are in a group make sure you leave room for other users
- Some fields may have farms animals please be considerate.
- If you retire from the race please go to the nearest road so we can make arrangements to pick you up if required. You must return timing chips to the finish and let us know that you have retired.
- Please do not wear headphones on the road sections so that you can hear vehicles approaching
- Walking/Running poles are allowed (for running please do not trip your competitors!)