SEA TO SUMMIT CHALLENGE 2024
Take up the Sea to Summit challenge with #TeamDWT and help families escape poverty. Funds raised from this challenge will provide food, water, and financial aid to victims of war, conflict, injustice, and poverty. The Poverty Relief Fund aims to assist as many families as possible in leaving poverty behind and embarking on the road to prosperity.
WILL YOU CONQUER BEN NEVIS TO RELIEVE POVERTY?
The high point of the entire UK needs no introduction and topping out at this trig point will be an enormous accomplishment for anyone who lines up on this stunning west coast Highland startline. The manner in which our route starts out is not the normal way you’d ascend “The Ben,” commencing as it does out on the wild Atlantic coast of Loch Linnhe with views stretching all the way to the west over dramatic Highland landscapes. Boasting 95% trail, you will pass through ancient woodland, past thundering waterfalls, gorges, hidden Lochans and over remote moorland as you wind your way ever closer towards “The Ben.”
SEA TO SUMMIT CHALLENGE FAQ
How far is the run?
At least 29 miles + 6000ft Elevation. The exact distance will be announced as we reveal more of the route, but you should be prepared for no less than 29 miles + 6000ft Elevation with significant ascent (well, from sea level to the summit of Ben Nevis for starters!), some steep terrain and some varied mountain weather. This is a full day’s outing on rugged ground.
How fit do I need to be?
Well, you should be prepared for a long day on your feet. Certainly, you should be able to comfortably complete a half marathon and you should practise being in the mountains, whether that’s hiking, or running up them. But, this event is not designed solely for whippet-y fell runners. It is a unique proposition. Being way-marked (which means no map and compass required) allows you to concentrate on the task at hand – which is covering the distance, looking after your nutrition and making sure you are comfortable – good footwear and the right clothing to put on if the weather turns a bit iffy. This is a step-up for 10k road runners but it’s achievable and is built to be so.
Is this one of those obstacle runs?
Kind of. But the obstacles are provided by Mother Nature. You could say that we have taken the concept of obstacle-based runs and put it into the hills. The concept is to provide a solid running challenge that links up a few obstacle encounters: These will be exhilarating and largely provided by the landscape, as opposed to being built.
Is this a timed race?
DWT’s ethos has always been about inspiring folk to undertake challenges in awesome outdoor locations. Our events are not formal race environments and there are no winners and losers and we do not award prizes for the fastest folk. We think of them as races with a small ‘r’. We publish the times captured by our tracking system in alphabetical order for your information and comparison as we know everyone does their best and many want to see how their efforts compare to others. DWT totally appreciate the incredible commitment of those taking on the challenges we lay down and each participant is as important as the next regardless of how fast you can run.
In delivering these unique challenges we prioritise factors such as safety, camaraderie and environmental concerns. Respecting the wishes of landowners and environmental stakeholders with our route management and litter policies is vital in being able to bring folk together and have this common experience. In terms of safety, we are often operating routings in exposed and remote locations and putting in place obstacle challenges that require attention to be given to the directing staff instructions, with completion not compulsory if a participant is not confident.
To reasonably balance all these factors, we emphasise that the event is not a formal race environment, rather it is a challenge in the great outdoors where great folk come together with a common purpose. Caring for fellow competitors, litter control, closing gates and taking care on road crossings is what the event is about, rather than being the fastest around the course.
What kit do I need for this?
This is an example kit list for our mountain events and it will be very similar to the kit list issued for the UK Sea to Summit Trilogy.
Subject to small changes depending on weather conditions.
- Ultra running vest or Multisport backpack
- Trail running shoes
- Hydration bladder or bottle with a capacity of at least 1L. We will increase this to 2L if the forecast is hot and dry.
- Snacks or sports nutrition totalling a minimum of 400kcals on you at all times as emergency supplies.
- Hat or buff
- Collapsible cup for hot drinks
- Waterproof jacket with taped seams
- Survival bag NOT blanket
- Basic first aid containing at least a roller bandage, paracetamol, assorted adhesive dressings, sterile absorbent materials such as gauze to compress bleeding wounds.
- Fully charged phone
- Method of payment, card, cash, Apple Pay or similar
- Full-leg cover such as leggings (they can be the ones you are running in)
- GPS Tracker (picked up at Registration)
- Event number (picked up at Registration)
We reserve the right to add additional items if the forecast is looking turbulent, these may include but are not limited to:
- Waterproof leg cover
- Thermal mid-layer
Will my running rucksack get wet?
You will carry your rucksack for the duration of the run route. At our event obstacles that result in full immersion, there will be an option for you to remove your bag while completing the obstacle. Where there are wades there is the chance that slipping over could result in your bag getting submerged. We recommend you have all valuables and electronics stored in waterproof drybags. After all, if it rains as heavily as it can do in any challenge then your bag getting wet is inevitable.