Dragon 100 FAQs

1)- How much ascent is there in the route ?   

There is approximately 3000 meters ascent for the 100miler and approximately 1700meters ascent for the 100k race. 

2)- Do I need to carry all the compulsory kit?

Yes. If you’ve entered this race you shouldn’t really be asking this question!

If you are in a team then all team members must carry the whole kit. This includes all of it!

3)-Will there be a kit check?

Yes. You will be required to show several random items from your kit before you can register and receive your race number.

There will also be kit checks on the course. You can expect them at at least 2 checkpoints. 

All podium finishers and random numbers will also be kit checked at the end.

4)-How hard is the navigation?

The route is marked with a mixture of Wales Coastal Path Signs, and Run Walk Crawl arrows around difficult sections or when you leave the Coastal Path. The Wales Coast path arrows are excellent and it is possible to follow most of the route just using these. We want the route finding to be easy so you can concentrate on looking after yourself and completing the race. In addition to the route markings you will receive a marked map and route description- on this will be clear guidance of when you are following the Wales Coast Path signs and when you are following our running arrows. You should download the Gps file onto your watch, smartphone or hand held device. If you lose your way or come off the route you can easily find your way back to it using the map or gps device.

The sections where you leave the Coast Park will be well marked with illuminous flags, tape and arrows.

5)- When will entries close?

Friday 2 weeks before the event or before if the event sells out.

6)- What are the entry limits?

2019- 100 entrants for each race distance.

7)- Is there a reserve list?

Yes. If you attempt to sign up after the event has sold out you will be added to a reserve list and if spaces become available you will be offered a place. No money is taken from your account until you have confirmed and registered that place with our online registration system.

8)- Can I enter & pay on the day?

No you must register using the online registration system at sientries system.

9)-I can’t do the event, can I have a refund or transfer to a different race?

As per our terms and conditions 'If competitors withdraw prior to the event, the following costs are incurred' 

-5 months before the event, 75% of entry fee will be refunded OR you can transfer the remaining cost (75% of entry fee) off a different event. 

-2 months before the event, 50% of entry fee will be refunded OR you can transfer the remaining cost (50% of entry fee) to a different race.

-1 month before the event, no refund is available. No transfer to another race is possible.

 10)- I can’t race can I transfer my entry to a friend?

 As per our terms and conditions, entries cannot be substituted (ie: you cannot ‘give’ your place to someone else if you are unable to attend the race).

 11)-Will I receive a medal for completing the event?

All entrants will receive a t-shirt, however only those who complete the course within the time limit will get a medal.

 12)- Can I walk the challenge?

 Yes the race is open to runners and walkers that can maintain the pace to reach the cut off times.

The Dragon 100 mile course starts at 1800 on the Saturday evening and you have 31 hours to complete the course- That’s 3.2 mph. Please remember that you would also need to factor in any checkpoint stops so realistically you should aim to maintain 3.5mph to complete in exactly 31 hours.

The Dragon 100 Kilometer starts at 0700 on Sunday morning and you have 18 hours to complete the course- That’s 2.9mph.    

13)- Are there cut off times and what happens if I miss the cut off times?

There are cut off times at various checkpoints. Please remember the cut off times are not there as pacing guidance- You should not aim to come in exactly (or leave) each checkpoint exactly on the cut-off, but aim to be ahead.

If you miss the cut off time, then you will be retired from the event. 

In addition if you are behind the pace required to get to the next checkpoint on time the safety team will collect you before the checkpoint.

14)- What is the terrain like and what type of trainers should I wear?

It is a mixture of hard trail, sand, muddy trail, tarmac, grass, mud. A trail trainer suitable for the distance would be best.

We would recommend a comfortable trail trainer with good tread. The tread does not need to be super aggressive like a fell/mud running shoe) and we would advise going for a hybrid/hard trail running shoe. Examples are the Hoka challenger atr or Speedgoat, the inov 8 Trailtalon or Roclite, the La sportive Ultra Raptor or Akasha, The Saucony Perigrine, or the Scott Kinabalu or Supertrac Ultra. Obviously, shoe choice is highly individual and depends on weather conditions.  

 

 

15)- Is there a drop bag facility?  

 

For the Dragon 100 Mile race there are two drop bags available at

- CP3 (the Mumbles) at approximately 25 miles

- CP8 (Dunraven/Southerndown) at approximately 71 miles

 

 

You must provide two individual drop bags – one for each location. They will be collected before the start at Rhossili.

 

For the Dragon 100K there is one drop bag available at the CP at Dunraven (Southerndown) at approximately 32 miles.

 

In addition we will transport one finish bag from the start location to the finish location. Again no bigger than 10litres! 

You will not be able to access these bags at other times during the race. The bags should be a maximum size of 10 litres each, and in a waterproof drybag and should not contain any valuable or breakable items. They may be stored outside on wet ground so they must be completely waterproof!

Drop bags will be returned and available for collection from the event finish from 1800 on Saturday!

*please do not keep your car keys, house keys or credit cards in the drop bags as if you drop out you will not be able to access the drop bag until Saturday at 1800!!!

 

 16)- When will final event details be sent out?

All final event details will be sent out to the e-mail address you registered with 2 weeks before the event date.

The Gps file and any further information will then be sent out the Monday before the race.

All other information is found on the event webpage or in the FAQs on this page.

If you have not received the details please check your junk e-mail folders, and check your e-mail address you registered with is correct. If you still haven't received it then please e-mail or contact us. 

We will also post the event details on the website, and Facebook page one week before the event.

17)- Where are the Checkpoints and what is available?

Checkpoint details are summarised in the list below. Final details including exact location, and food avaliable will be sent out in the pre-event notes approximately 2 week before.

 

CP1 Port Eynon 7.5 miles
CP2 Southgate 16.5 miles
CP3 Mumbles 25miles - DROP BAG for 100 Mile Race
CP4 Baglan 34 miles –
CP5 Bryn 44 miles (6miles)
CP6 Margam 52 miles (12.5 miles)
CP7 Norton 62miles (22.5 miles)
CP8 Dunraven 71 miles (31 miles) -DROP BAGS FOR BOTH RACES
CP9 Llantwit 78 miles (38 miles)
CP10 Barry  88 miles (51miles)
CP11 Penarth 95 miles (56 miles)

*Note Distances are approximate and rounded.

 

18)- The GPS file does not open?

To access a gps file you will first need to save the relevant file to your computer.  To do this right click on the download and choose 'save as' and save it to your computer. In order to view / use the file it will have to be imported onto a device that allows you to view & use it. Please Note-If you open the file on your computer it will appear blank / full of gibberish!  It can only be viewed by importing it onto a gps device (eg Garmin Fenix, Suunto Ambit etc) or by viewing it using a computer program that will access the information.

19)- What are the car parking facilities?  

There are 24hour car parking facilities around Cardiff Bay. Details are avaliable at the following link. 

https://www.q-park.co.uk/en-gb/cities/cardiff/cardiff-bay/

  

In addition there are regualr train and buses avaliable to take you to the Cuty centre and further afield. 

 

20)-What time and location is registration?

The Dragon 100mile Race Registration is at Rhossili at the Race start between 1630-1730. The race brief is at 1730 and the race start at 1800. 

The Dragon 100k race registration is at Afan Argoed 0600-0645. The Race Brief is at 0645 and the race start is at 0700.

 

21)- Will I receive a map and copy of route description?

Yes, you will receive a waterproof copy of the route description and a map at registration. 

22)- Will I be tracked?

There will be trackers on both races. The link will be sent out will be sent out with the on the Monday before the event. 

 

23)- Where are the best places for my friends and family to support? 

More information about the best locations to support will be sent out with the pre-event notes 2 weeks befor the event.  However, one of the best parts of the route is the great facilities for spectators along the entire route.

 

24)- Can you use local shops around the course to buy supplies/refreshments?

Yes this is acceptable, although please do not rely on them being open and ensure you carry enough food for between checkpoints.

 

 


 

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