1) Will there be accommodation and corralling available at the start and finish?
There will be hotel and camping at both Glen Clova and Nethy Bridge. Also, a list of suitable hotels and B&B’s. can be obtained from the tourist information offices at each location. We will have a limited number of stables and corralling at the start and the finish for both the 100 and 75 miles classes.
2) What are the vetting procedures?
These will be very similar to any other long distance endurance ride protocol; we have an experienced group of endurance vets who will be on course during the whole weekend. During the ride we will also be having a number of mandatory rest periods, for horse and rider. In addition, there are a number of “tack on trot throughs” as part of our vetting procedures. In all the horses will be checked seven times during the ride.
Full details of vetting procedures will be included in the pre ride information pack. The important thing to remember is the that any rest period is the minimum, not the maximum—if riders feel they need to take longer at any particular hold, then they can do so although keeping in mind 100 miles is to be achieved in 24 hours!
There will be an arrival cut off times at the Tomintoul and Dorback Vet gates, any arrival after that time will not be allowed to continue.
3) How often will my crew be able to see me?
Due to the nature of the terrain in the Cairngorms, your crew will not be able to see the riders at all of the vet gates or trot throughs, however, there will be helpers available to assist the riders at these points. They will also transport a crew bag with food and drinks for both the rider and horse to the 70 mile remote Vet Check at Loch Builg. In general, there will be no crewing other than at vet gates or the odd designated points.
4) What time is the start, and will I be riding in the dark?
Start time is 03:30 am for the 100 miles on the 3rd July. In the north of Scotland, it will be light at about that time but by the time the riders reach the first obstacle, the Caple Burn, it will be fully light. Slower riders will be finishing in the dark so all riders will need to have good head torches. The 50 milers will start mid-morning, so you will have the full light of day, however all riders must have a head torch as part of their ride equipment just in case.