FAQ’s

SPRING MONSTER 2017

FOR CHIP TIMING RESULTS SEE HERE

FOR FREE EVENT DAY PHOTO’S PLEASE SEE HERE

We’ve set out below answers to most of the questions you will have about Monster Race. If you have a question which isn’t covered please send an e-mail to us at contact@monsterrace.co.uk and we will respond as soon as possible.

What is Monster Race all about?

Having fun! We put on the best obstacle course and mud events in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Devon and West Yorks.

To be blunt running can sometimes be rather bland. Pounding away on roads or a treadmill mile after mile can leave something to be desired. Pumping iron in a gym is great but you don’t always have a target event to train for. Monster Race solves these problems by mixing a run with interesting terrain, obstacles to test all elements of your fitness and the fun of getting muddy and wet.

Why should I enter Monster Race and not another event?

Just check out this review by Run247 . It says it all! We are biased but we put on awesome events. Don’t forget our event photo’s are free of charge, spectator entry is free and our entry ticket prices is one of the most competitively priced on the scene.

Do I need to be super fit to take part?

No. The event is designed to be a challenge as well as a race. You are welcome to walk between obstacles if you do not fancy the idea of running the whole way.

What do I get for my money?

  • A tough challenge you will never forget
  • Free mud
  • A quality Monster medal….the best on the scene? We think so.
  • Chip timing – with instant results
  • Free event photo’s  – subject to our photographers zapping you as you go round
  • Free spectator entry – the more the merrier…..bring your granny along
  • A cool drink at the end

How do I enter?

Hit the ‘Register Now’ button on this website. To keep costs down we only accept online entry.

Is there somewhere to park my car?

Yes parking is available on site. A fee of £5 per car will be charged. Please have exact money ready and car share wherever possible.

Can I skip an obstacle?

The Monster won’t force you to do anything you don’t want to. We do encourage you to try every obstacle at least once though. You may just surprise yourself and ace it!

What should I wear?

Something you don’t mind trashing! Also do not wear cotton! You will get wet, muddy and will be sweating. Cotton will stay wet so won’t help your body regulate its own temperature. In addition it will weigh you down. You want to wear as little as you can possible get away with. The less you wear the less you will have to get wet and muddy. We recommend getting hold of a good quality baselayer. This will help wick water away from your body, won’t weigh you down and will minimise the risk of getting snagged on an obstacle.

On your feet wear a pair of trainers you don’t mind ruining! Ideally we recommend getting hold of a good pair of trail running shoes. You’d be amazed how much difference these will make in the mud.

Do I need to be able to swim?

We aim to use water sections that are walkable by most. You may have to be submerged in shallow water briefly for one or two of the obstacles. If you are unable to swim or do not feel comfortable with any part of the course featuring water you can simply skip it. Walk around routes will be available.

Will first aid be available?

Yes. First aiders will be on site all day.

Will there be showers?

Unfortunately not. Make sure you bring a change of clothes and towel to dry off get changed into after the race!

What time does the event start/finish?

Runners start in waves every 30 minutes. The first wave is normally at 10am. Note the earlier waves fill up fast and once full are closed to further entries. So if you want to run early sign up asap!

Is there a time limit?

No but the Monster Race event staff reserve the right to pull any participants from the course who they feel are struggling/are not medically fit to continue. We will also close the course before it starts to get dark.

Why do we start in waves?

This is so we don’t end up with bottlenecks at the obstacles. There’s nothing worse than starting an event and then at the first obstacle having to wait in line to tackle it. Having waves of people start the course every 30 minutes will avoid this. The event uses chip timing so your time will only commence once you’ve crossed the start line.

Will I get the wave time I requested?

We will do our best to allocate participants to the waive time they indicated they would prefer at the time of registration. This may not always be possible and we may need to move participants to another wave to ensure overcrowding on the course/at obstacles does not take place.

Will there be a water station?

For the 10k Monster there will be at least one water station. For the 5k course there will not be a station (water will be available at the end).

Can I get hold of event photo’s?

The Monster has arranged for photographers to be placed at key locations around the course. All the pictures these take will be uploaded to the web ASAP after the event. You will then be able to download these FOR FREE!

When will the results be available?

Results will be available live as you cross the line! We will also publish online the results immediately after the event.

How old do I have to be to enter?

You need to be 18 years or older to enter the 10k. We now have a dedicated teenagers wave for 13 – 18 year olds which gives access to the 5k adult course (see the kids/teenagers page for info) There is no maximum age limit (but please note you will have to sign a waiver which confirms you are fit and healthy enough to participate).

We also have a kids event for those aged 4 – 12 years of age.

Why is there a booking fee?

To keep costs down we only accept online registration. The booking fee you pay is the fee our 3rd party registration company charges for handling the transaction. We’ve teamed with one of the best value registration companies out there to keep your costs down as far as possible.

Are my personal details/card details safe?

Yes. Our registration partner ensures this.

Do I get a confirmation email?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email from confirming your entry into Monster Race.

When is the closing date for entries?

For the Winter Monster entry will close at midnight Sunday 6th November. Note all our previous events have sold out so entry has closed early. It will not be possible to enter after this. Note that the entry fees do increase closer to the event. Take a look at the Entry Fees page.

How can I get a discount?

Enter early to pay the cheaper entry fee. Also why not build a team with your mates/colleagues to have a further discount applied. There will also be a limited number of tickets available through our chosen charities (see below).

Can I raise money for charity?

Definitely! We really hope that you will use this event to raise some money for charity. We’ve partnered with some great charities and we really hope you will fundraise for these. See the charities page for more info.

Can I run for a charity?

We’ve teamed with a couple of great charities. These have a limited number of guaranteed tickets for the event. If you fancy helping raise some money for these great causes reach out to them and see if they can sort out a ticket for you. See the charities page for more info.

Will there be somewhere to leave my bag/car keys?

A bag drop and key drop will be available. All items will be left at the owners risk. A fee of £1 per bag will be charged 100% of which will go to charity.

Will food be available?

Yes. Food vendors will be on site selling food and drink on the day.

Can I bring my pets?

No. Our events are held private estates. Please do not bring any animals with you.

How do I volunteer?

Please go to our Volunteer page  for full information.

Can I get a refund or transfer my registration if I am unable to run?

Unfortunately not. We use the entries fees we receive to pay for the various event costs that need to be paid in advance. By signing up you are committing to taking part and are accepting that no refunds can be given.

Why do I have to sign a waiver?

You will not be able to take part in Monster Race unless you have signed and returned our legal waiver (we will collect these when handing out your timing chips on race day). Our waiver will be e-mailed to you prior to the event. Please read the waiver carefully. By virtue of the type of event this is you will be exposed to personal injury, hazards and extreme obstacles and terrain, by signing up and taking part you accept this.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Unless we are talking really severe weather such as a blizzard, gale or flood which makes the event unsafe it will be taking place. You aren’t afraid of running in a little rain are you?