Date of race - 18th October 2015
Please see the compulsory kit list below. We have also provided a kit list that we suggest could benefit you, depending on your ability and strategy for the race.
This kit list must be carried at all times by the entrant. It is the entrants responsibility to ensure they have these compulsary items.
Either water bottles or water bladder (your preference) You are required to have capacity to carry 3 liters of water minimum. It is obviously your own responsibility to carry enough water for your needs depending on your ability but 3 litres is what we require you to have capacity for.
Your preference on size and style.This really is subjective to what you prefer. Depending on your goals with the event (finishing first, or just wanting to complete the event). A smaller back pack will obviously be easier and lighter to carry but will limit you to the amount you can carry. A larger back pac may allow you to carry more items that make your experience in the race a little more comfortable but will be heavier to carry. We would suggest a pac that has some sort of separation from your back and the pack itself to allow some airflow between the pack and your body. Also a pack that gives you easy access to water and any other things you may need fairly frequently without taking the pac off is advised. The faster entrants will be looking at backpacks of between 9 and 15 litres capacity and the runner looking to carry a few more items will be looking at backpacks between 15 and 30 litres capacity.
To be carried by yourself throughout the race. Obviously a very small one that is warm will be best (temperature is an average of 28 degrees celsius in the day and around 17 to 22 degrees celsius in the early evening. The temperature will drop to around 14 degrees celsius in the late evening until the morning.)
As bright and powerful as you feel you need. (Needs to have spare batteries)
Light is measured in lumens, a measure of the strength of light perceived by the human eye, so the higher the figure the brighter the light. Most head torches push out between 30 and 50 lumens which is adequate for most outdoor uses. We would suggest getting a torch with an output between 60 and 100 lumens though for good vision for long periods at night.
A hand held gps unit that has removable/replaceable batteries is highly recommended. It must be able to accept uploaded coordinates. We can suggest and recommend the Garmin etrex units. They all have replaceable batteries and last approx 12-13 hours before needing their batteries changing.
We will email you the gps coordinates to upload to your unit closer to the race date. We will also have the coordinates while in Egypt so these can also be uploaded to your units before the race.
GPS units with lithium charged batteries are not suitable as no charge points will available in the desert.
For sun protection
The temperature will drop at night so warm clothing will be needed including a hat, gloves, running tights and a warm top. (temperature is an average of 25 degrees celsius in the day and around 17 degrees celsius in the early evening. The temperature will drop to around 12 degrees in the late evening until the morning.)
You will lose sodium through your sweat. Sodium is very important to the body’s well being and must be replaced either through food or electrolytes. A good electrolyte we can recommend is “elete water” which has no taste and only requires adding a few drops to your water bottles. The link below explains more on this subject.
We require you to bring a working satellite phone with you. We have arranged a discount with a supplier (http://www.satphone.co.uk). They typically rent out these sat phones at £10 per day but have said they will give our runners a 20% discount. You do not have to use this company to obtain a satellite phone but we do require you to have one for the duration of the race. Please just let us know once you are a confirmed entrant if you would like to use this company and we will pass on your contact details. Please note the satellite phone is not included in the entry price. You will have to provide the sat phone at your own cost.
(This list is only a suggestion and is entirely your own preference but may aid you depending on your objective for the race)
(If you sleep out on the course you may want to raise your body off the cold ground)
Sand will get in your shoes at certain stages of the race so if you want to avoid this please be advised to invest in sand gaiters.
possibly a disposable one is best as its very light and not easily damaged.
painkillers, anti chafing cream or lubricant, nausea tablets, immodium, (obviously your medical kit should contain items specific to your needs)
“What an amazing place the “White Desert” is. As an extra bonus, there were lovely Desert Fox’s and the most amazing stars at night. The staff looked after us so very well, i think we must have come away with extra body weight. Even as a walker entrant, the team were there to help me. The runners were all such fun to be with and i look forward to meeting them all again next year for another OCF Race. ”
Kenwynne Barber -February 2013 entrant
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