Mandatory Kit Lists

The 100k and 50k races are long races and require some essential kit to be carried by the participants.  But we do not want to weigh you down unnecessarily with full kit on a hot summer day with a stable forecast.  Likewise the weather could be bad or turn during the race, so you will have to carry the bare minimum listed below on you at all times.  The Serpent Trail is not in a mountainous or wilderness area and never that far away from roads/civilisation and has good mobile phone coverage. 

It is unacceptable to participate without the specified kit for your race.  Disqualification will be the outcome should you not have the correct kit.  At any point of the race or at the finish line you may be asked to show you have the correct kit.


Drop Bags - The 100k race has 2 drop bags.  These will be supplied at registration and are large plastic sacks.  They are at the 20 and 40 mile checkpoints.


100k - This system is designed to allow you to run light and make your own decisions about what you need to have on your person between CP’s, but still have a good range of kit and warm/dry clothing etc at your disposal during the race.  ALL of the kit in both lists is MANDATORY for you to bring to the race.  The first list is kit you have to carry at all times.  The second list is the extra kit - how you decide to take with you and plan to carry or swap from a drop bag is your responsibility, as it is on any long training run you undertake on your own.  This allows you to take control and carry what you think is suitable and comprehensive for your needs and the conditions, allowing you to be safe but not be weighed down by unnecessary kit. 

100k - Mandatory Kit to be carried by participant at all times

- Waterproof Jacket (Windproof not sufficient, must be hooded jacket with taped seams)

- Hat (Buff style headwear acceptable)

- Foil space blanket

- First Aid Provision - Sterile dressing and bandage as a minimum

- Charged mobile phone (Waterproofed in plastic freezer bag or equivalent)

- Hydration system with minimum 500ml capacity / Folding cup to be used in checkpoints

- Basic nutrition (to be supplemented via Checkpoints)

- Serpent Trail Booklet with Emergency Contact numbers sheet

100k - Extra Kit list - These items can be packed however you wish throughout your running pack and drop bags but are MANDATORY for you to bring and have available during the race.  

- Waterproof Trousers (Windproof not sufficient, must have taped seams)

- Windproof jacket

- Spare baselayer long sleeve T shirt

- Spare baselayer short sleeve T shirt

- Headtorch - Emergency headtorch like Petzl e-lite acceptable to carry in daytime, OR if participant is expecting to be finishing in darkness a more suitable headtorch is advised)

- Blister kit

Recommended additional items for consideration in drop bags;

- Spare waterproof top and bottoms in both drop bags

- Socks

- Shoes

- Other spare clothing

- Vaseline/anti-chafing gel etc

- Individual nutrition requirements / choices.  Use CP’s to supplement but take own preferred food to pick up from drop bag 1 (20 miles) and drop bag 2 (40 miles).


 50k Kit List

- Waterproof OR Windproof Jacket (Be sensible, equip yourself according to the conditions and forecast)

- Hat (Buff style headwear acceptable)

- Foil space blanket

- First Aid Provision - Sterile dressing, anitseptic wipe and bandage as a minimum

- Hydration system with minimum 500ml capacity / Folding cup to be used in checkpoints

- Basic nutrition (to be supplemented via Checkpoints)

- Serpent Trail Booklet with Emergency Contact numbers sheet

- Charged mobile phone (Waterproofed in plastic freezer bag or equivalent)

- Emergency Headtorch (Petzl e-lite recommended)


 Half Marathon and 10k Kit List

- Emergency Contact numbers sheet

- Charged mobile phone (Waterproofed in plastic freezer bag or equivalent)