competitor information


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Welcome to the Water Wipeout – 8th July 2017, please take time to read this notice in full to ensure you are prepared for event day.

Start Times – The race is organised in groups of 400 runners every thirty minutes, start times will be published approximately one month before the event.
Directions – National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Nottingham, NG12 2LU.
By Car – If you are using a Sat Nav to find us, we advise that you use the name ‘National Water Sports Centre’ rather than the postcode as some Sat Navs will direct you to Colwick Race Course as opposed to the Centre. As you approach Nottingham, follow the brown tourist signs for the National Water Sports Centre which will direct you to the site.
Late Entries – If this event becomes SOLD OUT, contact us HERE to enquire about on the day entries.
Race Pack – Your tee shirt, number and wrist band will be available for collection from registration on event day. Medals will be given out at the finish line. If you forget to collect your t-shirt or medal we won’t be able to mail them out after the race, sorry.
Arrival Times – Please aim to arrive at least one hour before your race start time and sign in at registration.
Bag Storage – Bag storage will be located in the event village, please ask at registration for details. Please note that the event organisers cannot be held responsible for any losses.
Changing Rooms / Showers / Washing Facilities – Cold showers and changing rooms will be located in the event village. They are basic – literally a marquee tent, one for men, and one for women. There are hot showers available at the main centre gym, these are £5 per person payable on the day at the main centre reception.
Parking – There will be a £5 charge per vehicle, payable in cash only on the day. You will be given a £5 discount voucher as a receipt. The vouchers are redeemable on race day only, at the X-Runner merchandise store, this will be located in the main event village. Please note one voucher per vehicle, minimum spend £20. Vehicles are left at your own risk.
Event Village – There will be an event village offering the following;- Food Stalls, Merchandise Stalls, Charity Stalls, Live PA,  and Pyrotechnics, Washing Facilities and Toilets.
Goodies – Whats Included – All entries will receive a Technical T-Shirt, Finishers Medal and Wrist Band. All items MUST be collected on the day, if you forget to collect on the day we will not be able to post them, sorry!
Key Storage – Will be located by the bag store. Please note that the event organisers cannot be held responsible for any losses.
Numbers & Timing – Race numbers should be pinned to the front of your running vest. This event is not timed.
Photography – We will have a team of photographers around the course so make sure you keep smiling. Photographs will be on sale here around 48hrs after the race. Photos will be tagged with your race number so make sure this is visible, if you can also write your race number on your forehead this will make it much easier to identify your photographs.
Accommodation National Water Sports Centre have a range of accommodation options, see here for details

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Safety Brief – There will be a mandatory safety briefing and warm up for each race, please make sure you are at the start line 20 minutes before your race is due to start.
First Aid – The first aid post will be located near the start/finish line. There will be Paramedics at the race along with four wheel drive ambulances, response vehicles and first aiders around the course.
Fitness Level – You don’t have to be an experienced distance runner or gym fanatic but we recommend that you are in good physical condition and are running regularly.
Safety – Key Points – None of the obstacles are compulsory, we will encourage but not force you to try every obstacle, however if there is something that you feel unable to do, then you can simply walk around, the choice is yours.
Distance – All our events are 5k or 10k, each race is made up of five kilometre laps containing around thirty obstacles, you can decide on race day if you want to complete one or two laps.
Climbing – There are several obstacles that will involve climbing, the most important consideration is to maintain three points of contact at all times when climbing to avoid falling.
High Obstacles – In short DO NOT JUMP off any obstacle. When exiting an obstacle above ground level lower yourself to the ground carefully, if you do jump (not recommended) then do so with both knees and heels together, this will greatly reduce the risk of injury.
Terrain – You must be aware that this is natural terrain with the typical hazards you would expect in open countryside. There are many trip and slip hazards and foot placement will be key to avoid injury
Terms and Conditions | Disclaimer – By entering this event you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions and Disclaimer. Please read our full terms and conditions here. Read our general disclaimer here.
Medical Conditions and Disabilities – If you are pregnant you should NOT participate in this race! It is your responsibility to notify us of any medical conditions or disability that might affect your ability to take part in the race. If you suffer from any medical conditions you should seek advice from your GP before taking part in the event. Any severe conditions or disabilities may require a letter from your doctor.
Minimum Age – The minimum age for the 5k is 15yrs and the 10k is 18yrs, this is for insurance reasons. If you are under 18yrs you MUST bring a completed parental consent form to the race. If you do not have one please download one HERE

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course map

Provisional CourseMap
37 or 74 obstacles 5k or 10k.

1, Hurdles 2, Hurdles 3, Zig Zag 4, Water Splash 5, Vertical Walls 6, Cargo Net Crawl 7, Over and Under 8, Open Water Swim 50mtrs 9, Mud Trenches 10, Balance Beams 11, Hopping Mad 12, Tight Fit 13, Water Slide 14, Swim 30mtrs 15, Cargo Net Crawl 16, Mud Crawl 17, Cargo Net Climb 18, Over and Under 19, Mud Moguls 20, Hopping Mad 21, Tunnel Vision 22, Vertical Walls 23, Water Cage 24, Commando Crawl 25, Wild River Rapids – Swim 26, Inclined Walls 27, Climbing Zone 28, Jacobs Ladder 29, Monkey Bars 30, Swim 30mtrs 31, Inclined Walls 32, Water Slide 33, Swim 30mtrs 34, Avalanche 35, Tunnel Vision 36, Cresta Run 37, Free Fall

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Swimming – This race does involve four short open water swims (approx 20 meters each) buoyancy aids available but are not compulsory for these swims. As with all our obstacles and challenges nothing is compulsory, if you cant swim or are not confident in open water you can walk around each obstacle.
Wild River Swim – This obstacle involves swimming in powerful moving water, buoyancy aids are compulsory for all competitors on this obstacle.
COLD WATER SHOCK Please note the water will be cold and as such you can expect to encounter cold water shock. Symptoms;- as you first enter the water your body’s reaction will be to gasp for air, you will then experience increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, blood flow to your limbs will be reduced as your body goes into survival mode. The most important thing is DONT PANIC, these symptoms usually pass quickly as your body adjusts. Water Safe UK Search and Rescue will be on hand to assist you whilst in the water.

Water – Enter water with extreme care, DO NOT DIVE or JUMP unless instructed to do so. Water exits will become extremely slippery so exit with caution to avoid slipping.

Water Quality – Water facilities are supplied from a variety of sources including surface streams and the River Trent. The waters have fluctuating levels of bacteria and are similar to those found in UK coastal sea bathing waters. The water is tested regularly and prior to the event to ensure they are within parameters.

If you fall ill with symptoms after the event, particularly from 3-19 days following, then see your doctor immediately. Common symptoms could include sudden onset of fever, diarrhoea, intense headache, if you suffer any of these symptoms please consult your GP immediately.


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Reducing the risk of illness

Before you swim:
• cover cuts, scratches or sores with a waterproof plaster before swimming
• consider wearing appropriate protective clothing such as a leggings and gloves.

While you are swimming:
• try to avoid swallowing and/or splashing water or mud into your mouth
• observe safety breif & information signs
After swimming:
• ensure you clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water after swimming and before handling/eating food
• thoroughly clean cuts or abrasions using soap and water
• handle your kit with care after use. Rinse it with clean water as soon as is practicable after swimming. Clean with detergent and rinse as advised by the manufacturer. Always wash your hands with soap and water after handling or cleaning your kit. Allow to dry thoroughly before reuse.

Avoid water – As with all our obstacles nothing is compulsory, if you want to stay dry and avoid the water altogether there is always an alternative route, the choice is yours.

READ MORE HERE – Swim Heathy

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what to wear

Shoes – Cross country, trail or fell running shoes with a grippy sole would be ideal. Expect the surface to be wet, muddy and very slippery! Be aware, any shoes that would be dangerous to other participants will not be allowed. We have inflatable obstacles, so in short NO SPIKES!
Clothes – Lightweight stuff that dries quickly. Even if it’s a cold day, heavy or thick clothing will just retain water and make you colder. Long sleeve tops and bottoms can help give some extra protection from scratches. Please remember to bring a warm change of clothes for after the event so you can enjoy the atmosphere in the event village.
Gloves – This one is more debatable. Some people swear by them, others prefer to go glove-less (faster drying). If you go with gloves, be sure to grab tough, thick ones to prevent burns from the ropes and splinters from the walls.
Fancy Dress – Whilst we welcome the brave ones in fancy dress you must be aware from a Health and Safety angle that your costume should not hinder your ability to run, climb, crawl or swim! If in doubt please ask a member of staff for further advice!
Wear clean dry kit – Look after the environment, there is a risk of cross contamination to and from other parts of the country. To minimise this risk it is imperative that all competitors have clean kit and footwear that has been thoroughly washed and dried.  If you arrive in dirty kit you will NOT be allowed to race.

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Spectators – are welcome free of charge, please be aware that this is natural terrain with the typical hazards you would expect in open countryside and as such you enter at your own risk. Please keep clear of the running course and obstacles at all times and remain in the designated spectating areas. Children must be under close supervision at all times.
Spectator Parking – There will be a £5 charge per vehicle, payable in cash only on the day. You will be given a £5 discount voucher as a receipt. The vouchers are redeemable on race day only, at the X-Runner merchandise store, this will be located in the main event village. Please note one voucher per vehicle, minimum spend £20. Vehicles are left at your own risk.
Disabled Spectators – Disabled parking is available near to the event village, the area around the event village can all be easily accessed by gravel and tarmac paths, most of the area is fairly level.
Pets – Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times, please ensure you clear any dog waste.
Family Activities – The National Water Sports Centre has a range of other activities to keep the whole family entertained, please visit there website for full details.

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