Are you tough enough to take on the Abominable Snowman course?
Choose the 'standard' 10km distance, or for the really brave, there is a 10 mile option!
It will be wet, it will be muddy, it will be cold and it will be steep - add in some natural obstacles and this will make for the most challenging of cross country runs.
Set in the spectacularly rugged grounds of Cheverton Farm, Shorwell, the course will test your fitness and your resolve - can you take on and beat the 'Snowman'
Plus! We will stage a 'Mini Snowman' for children. Using 1km of visible trail, kids can have a go at an organised adventure run for FREE! Supervision is required.
***Please note: All distances are approximate and may be modified in accordance with the conditions of the terrain on the day.
How do I get to Cheverton Farm?
By Road: Cheverton Farm is approximately 1 mile from Shorwell on the Bowcombe Road (the road between Carisbrooke and Shorwell). As you approach the farm, you will see event signage and traffic marshalls. Please follow all instructions issued by the marshalls to ensure an efficient trafiic flow in and out of the site.
Coming from the mainland? No problem. Red Funnel operate a vehicle ferry service from Southampton, and Wightlink offer vehicle ferry services from Portsmouth and Lymington.
Click here for a Google Map of the location.
Ample parking is provided in the same field as race control. Access to the site is via a gravel access road which is uneven in places, and the parking area is on grassland that is again uneven in places. The area is extremely well drained and so is suitable for almost any vehicle. Please follow all instructions issued by the traffic marshals.
Spectators are welcome and we hope to encourage as many to attend as possible to add to the atmosphere of the event. Spectators can watch the event from any vantage point on the site. For security and safety, spectators may not access the course itself at any point.
You will be issued with your race number once you have registered and signed in at race control on the morning of the event. You must display your race number clearly on your chest. If you enter the event before the day (saving yourself some money in the process) you will just need to sign in on the morning, which will save you some time.
What personal equipment do I need?
It is your responsibility as a competitor to ensure you are properly equipped to take on the course.
Trail running shoes or fell running shoes are advised as the course covers some extremely challenging terrain.
Bring enough water and energy supplements for full race distance. There will be on-site catering, however this may not be suitable as 'race food' so come prepared.
Clothing is personal choice, however please consider that parts of the course are on open downland and shelter may be limited. It will be cold, and inclement weather is a real possibility, so please come equipped for a range of potential weather scenarios. You will get wet and muddy, so wear race kit that you don't mind getting dirty or ruined, and bring a full change of warm clothes for after the race.
Food and drink
There will be an onsite caterer providing hot food, as well as a range of snacks and hot and cold beverages.
Safety is our priority. There will be marshals stationed around the course should you require any assistance.
There will be a medical team on-site for the duration of the event, with a command centre adjacent to race control and members equipped with all terrain vehicles giving access to the entire site.
There will be toilets on-site, based near to race control.
Saturday 29th December 2018
09:30 - Site opens.
09:30 - 11:50 - Race control opens for competitor registration and sign-in. Competitors will be issued with their race number once they have signed in. Please note all Mini Snowman competitors will need to sign in before 10:05.
10:10 - Mandatory briefing for all Mini Snowman competitors and supervising adults.
10:15 - Mini Snowman race start
10:55 - Mandatory briefing for all 10 MILE competitors.
11:00 - 10 MILE Race start.
11:55 - Mandatory briefing for all 10 KM competitors.
12:00 - 10 KM Race start.
13:30 - 14:00 (approx) - Prize draw.
New for 2018, prizes will be awarded by race number lottery. Everyone who starts the race will have a chance at winning one of our lovely prizes, with race numbers drawn at random after the race (results and category positions will still be published after the race - there will be no podium presentations on the day). We will award trophies on the day for the first man and first woman in each distance.