PIT STOPS AT THE WALL
WE’RE FIRM BELIEVERS THAT A GOOD FEED IS THE KEY TO RUNNING ULTRAMARATHONS, SO OUR PIT STOPS AT THE WALL ARE SOMETHING SPECIAL INDEED! CHECK OUT WHAT’LL BE WAITING FOR YOU AT EACH OF THE STOPS…
‘Pit Stop’ is the name for a service area where the event organisers, support vehicles, and runners all meet up. Pit Stops are the ONLY places where runners are allowed to take external support from friends & family. This is both part of the ethos of the challenge and a measure to prevent excess traffic mixing with runners on the route. The Pit Stops also mark the division between stages.
At The Wall we operate 4 Pit Stops where participants showing their number can access food, water, toilets and medical provision. We will have the minimum of the following choices of food and drink:
Water – Ensure you have enough to get you to the next Pit Stop.
Sports Ration Pit Stop Bars – Yummy flapjacks.
Sports Rations Isotonic Energy Drink.
Salty snacks – such as crisps and peanuts.
A fruit option – Either oranges or bananas.
Sweets – such as Haribo and Skittles.
A variety of sandwiches, pastries and cakes.
Hot drinks will be provided at Pit Stops from Cawfields onwards.
Our Pit Stops are there to help supplement any personal sports nutrition plan you may have. If you have any special dietary requirements then please plan for this and pack your kit accordingly and use the Bag Drop system to ensure you have supplies that suit you. Rat Race aim to offer Pit Stop snacks that are tasty and functional for as broad a mix of needs as possible. We have options available that are suitable for vegetarian and vegans and availability of this will depend on demand. If peanuts are served these will be in individual portion bags to reduce the chance of contamination but Rat Race cannot guarantee that the food does not contain contamination from allergens such as nuts or gluten in its preparation or serving. If you want to use Sports Rations products in your training and preparation they can be purchased from www.ratracestore.com
Please take care when consuming food with dirty hands. Please please please take care with litter and help us in our aim of leaving our venues and routes tidier then we find them.
Here is an example of food and drink we have had in the past at Pit Stops:
Pit Stop 2 Cawfields 27 miles.
Water, squash, Sports RATions ISO Energy drink, tea, coffee, bovril, hot chocolate, Sports RATions Pit Stop Bars, cake, biscuits, bananas, sweets, crisps, variety of sandwiches, sausage rolls, sausages, chicken drumsticks, samosas.
Pit stop 3 Hexham 44 miles.
Water, squash, Sports RATions ISO Energy drink, tea, coffee, bovril, hot chocolate, Sports RATions Pit Stop Bars, scampi fries, pork scratchings, hot soup & roll, crisps, biscuits, bananas, sweets, chocolate, cake, nuts, quiche, pork pies, corned beef pie, sausage rolls, shandy!
Pit Stop 4 Newburn 62 miles.
Water, squash, Sports RATions ISO Energy drink, tea, coffee, bovril, hot chocolate, Sports RATions Pit Stop Bars, dandelion and burdock, chocolate, bananas, sweets, crisps, sandwiches, biscuits.
JUST THINK OF THE FOOD…
‘Checkpoints’ are in addition to Pit Stops and act as enhanced marshal points that enable us to check you through or you can alert the marshal if you are in difficulty.
Checkpoints are deliberately discrete and we ask that drivers/support DO NOT attempt to reach these locations. WITH ONE EXCEPTION – Walltown Quarry near Greenhead. At this location there is parking. No external support is allowable at checkpoints. No external support is allowable at checkpoints. Checkpoints are just to grab a quick drink and a handful of sweets. Water is available by the cup and this is NOT the spot to refill bottles or hydration bladders.