As in previous years, we are insisting that every runner carries a lightweight space blanket throughout the race. These only cost a couple of pounds from any outdoor shop, and could make a significant difference if you are unfortunate enough to have a fall, particularly if it is in a remote part of the trail.
We are also insisting that every runner carries a mobile phone, with the following emergency numbers programmed in to it:
- Sean Stone, Race Safety Officer – 07768 642314
- Ian Beattie, Race Director – 07939 535523
In the event of an emergency, Sean should be the first point of contact. He will then liaise with the Mountain Rescue team or other emergency services as appropriate. If contact cannot be made with Sean, Ian is the second point of contact.
There are other items of kit that you must have available if directed by a race official, although whether you need to carry them on the day will depend on the conditions at any particular time. These include the following:
- A head torch, with spare batteries;
- Full body waterproof clothing;
- A whistle.
Other recommended items include:
- Harveys map of the West Highland Way
- Small Rucsac/Bumbag or both
- A number of complete changes of clothes
- Various pairs of shoes
- Sunhat/Woolly Hat
- First Aid Kit
- Insect Repellent
- Blister Repair Kit
- Water Bottles
- Bladder and Drinking Tube
- Skin Care
- Toilet Roll
Remember, conditions can vary considerably throughout the course of the race and it is better to carry too much kit in your support vehicle than find yourself short.