The Pagan Ultra – The entry process explained
How to enter, how much and what you get for your money
If you have looked at the cost and still think “blimey, that’s a bit pricey” then this post should help explain how we came to that price, and also a few ways to reduce the entry fee. If you’re here to find out how to enter then read on!
The Entry Types
We have tried to keep the entry process for The Pagan Ultra as simple as possible – you can enter as an individual or as a team, and the price is the same. However, the race support included in that entry fee is for only one participant at a time. So if you enter as a solo athlete you will receive everything paid for (medical support, bag transfer, GPS tracker, and so on). If you are racing as a team (pair, three or four) then you will only receive that support for one participant at a time – the rest of the team will need to transport themselves, feed themselves and move their bags forward independently. We do however offer options for teams to pay a supplementary fee for group bag transfer and support. Please Contact Us for more info.
If you are entering as a solo athlete you will need to get yourself to the start area (Chester) the night before the race for registration and safety briefing. The race starts at 0600 on Sunday 22nd May.
You will have a drop bag for your own support items (spare clothes, sleeping bag, food, gels etc) that will be transported along to each CP ahead of you (maximum 50L and 25kg size/weight).
There will be hot water and basic cooking facilities at each checkpoint but only water available along the route itself. There are however dozens of shops, cafes and other local businesses to buy food and drink from along the route. We use local providers and staff where possible and encourage Pagan athletes to support the local economy where they can.
There will be a small space to rest in vehicles along the route, and we will work with you to rest where you can, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag/mat with you. Ear-plugs would be a very good idea.
You will run/walk the section distance to the next CP carrying the required safety equipment and follow the Wales Coastal Path markers. The Race Team will track you through the GPS tracker, and you will pass through various safety checkpoints along the route. You will need to work out your own pace based on the route descriptions for each section, and we will help feed you information as the race progresses, including weather forecasts and safety information. As the race progresses there will be (generous) safety cutoff times for each section that will be made clear to you during the race. You will have to go through a basic medical assessment at each checkpoint.
At the end of the race you will need to arrange your own transport home from Barmouth – we will post links to public transport timetables etc as they become available.
If you retire from the race (either self-retire, by being deemed medically incapable or by missing a cutoff) then we will do what we can to assist in getting you back to the nearest bus or railway station.
As above, but you will need to arrange your own transport and support for the team members NOT competing in that leg of the race. The price is the same because we are supporting one athlete at a time.