The need for the compulsory kit cannot be underestimated and is there for your own safety. There will be a compulsory kit check for all distances over 11km and participants arriving at the start without all the compulsory equipment may not be allowed to participate and will be not entitled to a refund.
There will also be spot checks on the mountain and at the finish. The kit has been rated either Category 1, 2 or 3, anything found missing in Category 1 will result in disqualification, Category 2 will induce a 30-minute time penalty, anything found missing in Category 3 will induce a 15 minute time penalty. These regulations have been put in place for your own safety and we trust you will adhere to them.
Compulsory kit listed will only be altered on race day and announced 1 hour before the start:
PERSONAL TRAIL GEAR MATRIX
24km JMC Lite
|11km JMC Run
11km HMC Run
|Backpack or similar mountain running gear carrier||C (2)||C (2)||O|
|Waterproof jacket with hood||C (1)||C (1)||O|
|Long sleeve wind breaker shell||C (2)||C (2)||O|
|Microfleece long sleeve||C (1)||H||O|
|Buff or similar||C (3)||C (3)||O|
|Beanie/fleece hat or band||C (2)||H||O|
|Emergency/Space Blanket||C (2)||C (2)||O|
|Whistle||C (3)||C (3)||O|
|Mobile phone, charged and with the emergency number||C (1)||C (1)||C (1)|
|Race nutrition||C (3)||H||O|
|Water + minimum||C (2) 1.5 litre||C (2) 1 litre||O 500ml|
|Basic first aid & personal medication||C (2)||C (2)||H|
|Trail running shoes||H||H||O|
|Chemical hand warmers||H||O||O|
|Dry bags/zip locks||H||H||O|
|Backpack or similar mountain running gear carrier
Fitting snug around your body is key, right along side accessibility. Good brands for this include First Ascent Salomon, Osprey, Ultimate Direction.
|Waterproof rain jacket
100% waterproof, hood with drawstring, built-in visor, closure on cuffs & waist, Goretex® best, volume (go bigger rather than smaller). Good brands: First Ascent, Columbia, North Face.
|Long sleeve wind breaker shell
Treated rip stop nylon, 3/4 zip, drawstring waist, collar, 85g. This is what you will wear in weather 99% of the time, essentially protects from wind chill. Good brands: First Ascent "Paceline", Capestorm 'Helium'.
Microfleece long sleeve
|Buff or similar
Really good at just about anything from keeping the sun off your neck to protecting your head from cold.
Beanie/fleece hat or band
Flimsy piece of space-aged foil that could just save your life. Buy them from us at registration or any Cape Union Mart and/or most pharmacies.
When you are lost in the mist or fallen off the path out of view this number will save your life. Three blasts of three seconds each is the international emergency call.
|Mobile phone, charged and with the emergency number
If you can use an old phone with a number pad. They are cheap, reliable and you can use them when your fingers are wet. Make sure the emergency number is on your phone, which is on your race number: Wildrunner Emergency: 072 438 3242.
Whatever your favourite is make sure you have enough!
|Bladder carrier for water
There are plenty of manufacturers out there these days, be sure to read your reviews before buying. Top of our list are Source bladders but whatever you carry your water in make sure it's accessible but out of your hands (so you can use these!)
|Basic first aid
Pain killers, anti-inflammatories, rehydrate (or similar), plasters, First Aid dressings, wound dressing, antiseptic cream, zinc oxide tape, cotton wool, cable ties.
|Chemical hand warmers
When it's really cold slip these numbers into your gloves to help keep your fingers flexible enough to open food. Available at the Wildrunner Trail Store, most Cape Union Mart stores, some pharmacies.
|Dry bag or zip locks
We recommend a dry bag for the wetter weather. Zip Lock bags work as well, but for things like phones put a bit of kitchen towel in to soak up any leaks.
Be sure to check out MSC exclusive technical product sponsor, First Ascent online store for a great selection of all your necessary technical trail running gear.
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