Valleys 100 - Rules for the Marshals' Event

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The Event Start Number of Entrants      Cost
Conditions of Entry Kit Required Maps Required Baggage
Conduct of the Event Retirements Recceing the Event Cancellation & Withdrawal
Privacy, Data Protection & Personal Information    
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The Event:

  • The Valleys Marshalls 100 is open to entrants aged 18 years or over on 3rd May 2014.
  • The aim is to complete, on foot, a defined route of 100 miles within 48 hours starting at 10am or
    2pm on Saturday 3rd May 2014. Entrants may use either of the start times, except that runners
    should start at 2pm.
  • All entrants must finish by 10am on Monday 5th May 2014.
  • Checkpoint opening and closing times will be clearly posted in the route description and will be
    enforced – be aware of these when choosing your starting time.


  • Woodlands Field Recreation Park Community Centre, Folly View, Penygarn, Pontypool, NP4 8BU.
    GR SO 287014.
  • Free car parking is provided.

Number of Entrants:

  • The registration period for the Valleys Marshalls 100 opens on Monday 14th October 2013.
  • Only LDWA members may enter the Valleys Marshalls 100.
  • 50 places will be available on the Valleys Marshalls 100.


  • The entry fee is £25.00
  • Payment will be made either by the online event SPORTIDENT page or cheque (which should be
    made payable to “Valleys 100”)
  • The entry fee includes all refreshments provided during the event including a meal at the breakfast
    checkpoint, transport for retirements, a meal at the finish, a certificate for all starters and a badge
    for all finishers. Transport of entrants’ own food to checkpoints for those with special dietary
    requirements is included in the cost provided the food is supplied and labelled with their name,
    walk number and checkpoint number to be delivered to, and the organisers are notified in advance.
  • It also includes production of the event report and results which will be published on the event
    website soon after the event.
  • There will be a range of other merchandise available at extra cost.
  • Entries will be acknowledged via email.
  • If entrants do not use email, then entries / payment will NOT be acknowledged unless a stamped
    self-addressed postcard or sealed envelope marked “Entry Received” or “Payment Received” is
    forwarded with the entry. The SAE’s will be posted on the 29th November 2013 once it is known
    that an applicant has either been accepted on the event or not. (subject to the ballot)

Conditions Of Entry:

All entrants must:

  • Be a LDWA member.
  • Be aged 18 years or over on the 3rd May 2014.
  • Finish by 10am on Monday 5th May 2014.
  • Checkpoint opening and closing times will be clearly posted in the route description and will be
    enforced – be aware of these when choosing your starting time.
  • Have the skills to navigate and read a map.
  • Provide evidence of having completed an event of at least 50 miles, or completion of 50 miles of an
    event of longer than 50 miles, after 1st January 2013. If entering by post this can be a photocopy of
    a certificate or results sheet. If entering online, this can be a link to an event website results page.
  • Conditional entry on the basis that a qualifying event will be completed in the future will not suffice.
    Entries will only be accepted when evidence is produced that a qualifying event has already been
  • Be aware acceptance of an event not included in the list of qualifying events shown on the event
    website will be at the discretion of the organising committee. However the event should enable the
    entrant to display the necessary stamina and fitness and navigate the required distance including
    during the hours of darkness.
  • Have completed an official entry form (or copy) with one person per form OR entered online via the
    event SPORTIDENT page.
  • Have paid the required entry fee.
  • Agree to comply with the event rules.
  • Will undertake to assist on the main event which is held from 24th - 26th May 2014.

Kit required:

Please note that the Valleys 100 route is an exposed route, and in bad weather will become very testing. The
kit that is required below is the bare minimum expected. You can expect to be subject to a kit check at some
point during the event.

  • Route Description.
  • Maps as specified below.
  • A full set of waterproofs.
  • Sweater/fleece.
  • Trousers to be carried if shorts are worn.
  • Compass and whistle.
  • A working torch with spare batteries and bulb if not an LED device.
  • Adequate survival bag. Space blankets are NOT accepted.
  • First Aid kit, which at a minimum must include plasters, adhesive dressing, antiseptic wipes, fixation
    tape and low adherent dressing.
  • A cup or mug (none will be provided on route)
  • Emergency food and drink.
  • Suitable footwear in good condition to be worn.
  • Reflective clothing or reflective markers on rucksacks/backpacks. These must be visible when walking
    at night.
  • Money/Debit/Credit card or mobile phone for emergency use.

Maps Required:

  • OS 1:25,000 Explorer 152, 166 & OL13 or
  • OS 1:50,000 Landranger 161, 170 & 171 or
    NB – Both the above list of maps can be bought cheaper as a bulk option from
  • Bespoke Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map centred on post code NP24 6AY which can be obtained from
  • Computer-generated versions of these maps printed in colour at a scale of not less than 1:50,000,
    waterproof and covering at least 1 mile either side of the route will be acceptable or
  • Maps in electronic format will also be allowed provided durability and adequate power supply can be
    demonstrated if requested by a marshal.


  • A baggage service is included. A single small bag marked with your walk number should be deposited
    in the area provided at Woodlands Field Recreation Park Community Centre, and will be transported
    to the breakfast stop at Tredegar. It will then be taken back to Woodlands Field Recreation Park
    Community Centre  for collection at the finish. You undertake not to leave cash or valuables (e.g.
    mobiles/GPS) in it.
  • Please keep the size and weight of your bags within a maximum permitted size 22” x 18”x 10” and
    maximum weight 13lbs.
  • Your bags will be weighed and measured and bags exceeding this size or weight will not be
    transported. No plastic sacks or bin liners will be accepted, nor items other than those wholly
    contained within the bag. This includes walking poles.
  • All bags must be collected by 11.00am on Monday 5th May 2014.

Conduct of the Event:

  • Throughout the event each entrant must follow the route description provided including any late
    changes notified at the start or en route by marshals, and get their time recorded and tally punched
    at each checkpoint, including any self-clip.
  • Pass through checkpoints in order. In the event that they deviate from the route they must get back
    on route by the shortest practical means without trespassing on private property. (Deliberate
    deviation from the route to gain advantage will result in disqualification)
  • Complete the event exclusively on foot unless for safety reasons on a marshal’s instructions.
  • Comply with the Countryside Code and do nothing to bring LDWA into disrepute.
  • Be especially quiet at night, in particular whilst near residential property.
  • Obey directions given to them by marshals, and hand in their tally and retire from the event if so
    directed by a marshal.
  • The organisers reserve the right to vary the route for any reason such as adverse conditions or road
    closures, in which case entrants will be informed of the variations by marshals.
  • Marshals shall be entitled to group entrants for reasons of safety, for example during adverse
  • No dogs are permitted on the event.


  • Retiring entrants should hand in their tally card at a checkpoint and wait for transport to be arranged
    to Pontypool. In an emergency, if retiring entrants cannot reach a checkpoint they should pass their
    tally to another person to hand in, or call the emergency telephone number. Under no circumstances
    should anyone retire from the event without ensuring the organisers are informed. Checkpoint
    marshals shall be entitled to retire entrants who in their opinion are behind schedule or who appear
    to show signs of distress going beyond normal fatigue or to require medical attention. However they
    have no obligation to do so, and entrants must not rely on checkpoint marshals as to the state of
    their own fitness.
  • No entrant shall be allowed in a checkpoint other than during the official opening times of the
    checkpoint. These times will be displayed on the event web site and in the route description.
  • Any entrant arriving at a checkpoint after that checkpoint has closed will be retired.
  • Checkpoint marshals will retire any entrant remaining at a checkpoint for more than 2 hours.
  • In all matters connected with the event the decision of the organisers is final. At checkpoints the
    decision of the marshals is final.

Recceing the Event:

Accepted entrants who wish to recce the event should please note that the route may be subject to
alteration and that some of the route crosses private land or land that has restrictions on access.
Permission is required for organised groups to cross this land and such permission has been granted at the
required times during the event only. Any person who is identified as trespassing on land where access has
been negotiated for the duration of the event only, may be subject to disqualification.

Cancellation & Withdrawal:

  • The event is organised by unpaid volunteers who have made reasonable endeavours to organise
    the event.
  • If the event is cancelled for any reason we will do our best to contact you before you start your
    journey, using the contact details that you have provided to us. We will also put a notice on our
    website and we ask you to check this before you depart. Cancellation of the event will be at the
    discretion of the organisers and your entry fee will be refunded less a proportional amount for costs
    incurred etc.
  • If you withdraw your entry on or before 31st March 2014 we will refund your fee, less £5 for
    administration. There will be no refund if you withdraw after 31st March 2014.

Privacy, Data Protection & Personal Information:

  • For operational and safety reasons we need to store your personal information on a computer. This
    is a pre-condition of entry and by signing the entry form you agree to this storage. This information
    will be held by the teams helping to plan and run the event and will be erased after the report and
    results have been published.
  • You should however be aware that the LDWA maintains a Hundred Database held on the hard drive
    of a personal computer of the Keeper of the Database. This database is also stored on a re-writable
    disk. The Hundreds Database contains names, gender, local group, age (where declared on entry
    forms), number of Hundreds started and finished, and years and times. It does not include
    addresses or telephone numbers.
  • If you do not want your name to appear on the Entry List, the Results List or you do not want your
    personal details to be stored on the Hundreds Database, then please enter via post ONLY and tick
    the appropriate boxes on the Entry Form