The Wadi Rum Ultra is the ultimate test of organisation.
You will naturally alter your pace as you get used to the conditions. It is important to calculate your water, electrolyte and food requirements prior to the race.
A participant who has planned and trained meticulously is likely to be a successful one.
Whilst it will be your savior, your equipment can quickly become an irritant.
As participants must carry their essential equipment and water whilst on the course, it is important that everything is weighed and that you are used to carrying the weight. Weight management is crucial and you are advised to do away with anything which is not essential to your health and comfort, such as ‘lucky mascots’.
You must also ensure that your pack does not rub and cause you irritation and pain.
Before leaving for Jordan, check that:
Your vaccinations are in date. See Health advice for travellers on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. You must have a medical check-up and ECG done by a doctor to make sure that there is no condition which could inhibit your participation in the race.
You will need to be self-sufficient from Sunday 7th October to lunch time on the 12th October.
Between those dates you must provide all your own food. Due to weight, dehydrated or frieze dried food is recommended. It is high in energy and protein and is also very light.
Two good companies in the UK are Expedition foods and Be Well Extreme food.
It is important you sample this dehydrated food before you decide upon a brand and meal. You should bear in mind that your taste preferences may change in the desert. It is advised that you have a good balance between breakfasts, savoury meals and sweet dishes.
To avoid either carrying to much or being hungry, you should calculate the calories: You are advised to carry a minimum of 2000 calories per day, for each day of the race.
Cooking your food
The race organisers will provide you with hot water with which to rehydrate your meals.
This is the process where a race organiser will make sure you have the essential kit and are carrying the correct number of calories.
This process will take part the day before the race (Sunday 8th) and you will be penalized if you are caught throwing away equipment or food after that phase. To make this process more efficient, each food must contain a sticker or mark on it, stating the number of calories it contains.
With foods which have been ‘made-up’, a sticker estimating its value must be added.
We cannot emphasise enough the importance of selecting your meals and snacks well. As you will naturally be burning more energy than you can consume, your evening meal should replace as much lost energy as possible so you are ready to take on the next stage.
Ultra running can destroy your feet, however, it doesn’t have to be like this.
To ensure you are not spending all your evenings in the medical tent you must not only take care of your feet during the race but pay extra attention to toughening them up during your training. You can use surgical spirit as well as any other useful methods you find.
Socks must be worn and you should try and select those that are comfortable and work for you well before the start of the race. During the race, blister treatment after each stage will affect how you do in the race. Neglect this area of maintenance and you will likely have to give up.
It will be beneficial to learn how to strap your feet and treat your toes. This is an area where speaking to others will help greatly. Shoes at least one size if not two sizes bigger than your normal will do you good as your feet swell under the heat and pressure. If you look after your feet, they will look after you!
Bear in mind that our medical team are there to help you. If you have questions, niggles or injuries, consult them. It is vitally important than when you get a niggle, you address it. There is being tough and pushing through the pain and then there is stupidity. If you own up to your medical issues and do something about them before they get worse, then your chances of completing the race are far better. The vast majority of race dropouts are due to feet and hydration neglect. You should aim to stay on top of these controllables, and be prepared for what else may come your way.
Due to the sandy conditions, we recommend the use of gaitors. These, depending on style should be fastened well with the use of stitching and glue just above the sole.
Upon finishing each stage you must clean your feet rigorously.
Pay special attention to removing any grains of sand which have found their way in between your toes and under your nails.
Once your feet are cleaned thoroughly, dry them out well. If they remain wet from sweat or water, this is how infection and a weakening of the skin starts.
Address these issues straight away, do not wait until the second stage to work on your feet as by then it will be too late.
For obvious reasons you should not walk bare foot around the camp.
Insurance for this event is a requirement. If you do not have it you will not be allowed to race.
Repatriation (European) is included in the entry fee, but the overall cost of the event is significant and if cancellation is needed, you need to be covered.
It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance around 3 months before the event.
The E.C.G and Medical Certificate (required to be seen before departure to Jordan) can also identify potential problems which can prevent you from competing.
You will need to bring a second bag or suitcase which the race organizers will look after during the stages.
This case should contain clothes for the flight, for after the race and any extras you think you may need. You will have access to the bag throughout the week.
We advise that your bag is lockable.
Your two bags, (suitcase and running pack) must not exceed 20kg in total, although some airlines may be stricter.
What you run in is up to you.
You should try different options and work out what you feel comfortable with.
At night the desert temperature will drop and so you should bring a warm fleece or technical shell to sleep in.
This should allow for maximum warmth with minimal weight.
This is an obligatory item.
Our definition of this piece of equipment is lose but bear in mind that you will pay the price for selecting an ultra light one for warm weather as the temperature during nights in the desert does drop significantly.
Your accommodation for the week will come in the form of a traditional Bivouac or tent, depending on which day it is.
These are portable and easily erected by the organiser. Each ‘tent’ will home between 2 and 10 competitors.
Your tent family will be selected at random and once you are allocated one, you must not change this throughout the entire race. This is so the organizers can find you should we so need.
Rubbish disposal areas will be made readily available.