Sunset Race Kit

The kit we carry during our races is the subject of a lot of debate and discussions and while a lot of it is a personal choice, there are certain items that we insist you carry throughout the event, for your own safety.

These items will be checked at race registration, with random checks for items during the event and at the finish as well. Failure to produce items when requested at the start will mean that you are unable to start your event. Failure to produce items during the event when asked by a race official, will result in a time penalty or worse even disqualification. Mandatory items are there for your safety, so we ask you to be sensible and not try to cheat the system for the sake of a few grams.

Of course, the term mandatory items should not be read as minimum items, and we encourage you to add to the list and pack according to your own needs and the weather conditions on then day.

We are fortunate to have The Ultramarathon Running Store as one of our race sponsors, who have agreed to offer all entrants to both our Full and Half Sunrise events a one off discount of 15% on any items in their store.

Please read all of the following information carefully, to ensure there are no surprises ahead of race day. If you have any questions at all about kit then please feel free to reach out to us or Keith and the team directly.

Finally as a race team, we will continue to monitor conditions leading up to the event and may suggest or recommend additional items, including adding the mandatory kit list below, if we feel this is necessary.

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The following must be carried at all times during your race

Mandatory Kit

Shoes suitable for off-road running

All courses cover a wide range of terrain types but are mainly off-road, with mud and sand to be expected in many areas. As such, you should be wearing shoes appropriate for this kind of terrain. Road shoes are unlikely to be sufficient and as such, we strongly recommend that all competitors wear trail shoes for both events.


While not an extensive list, you will need a backpack that you can both fit all the mandatory items in and easily access while running. As with footwear, this is a personal choice but it should be a pack you are familiar with and have tested out before the race.

Waterproof Jacket

Your jacket must include taped seams and an adequate hood to protect you from the elements. Windproof only garments are not acceptable and we will be checking the seams at kit check, so again check if you are unsure.

Emergency spare clothing

A long sleeve top is sufficient but you may want to carry more, depending on the weather forecast and if you expect to be running into the night

Head torch and spare batteries

The head torch must be suitable for running at night across uneven terrain, with spare batteries to see you to the finish.

Mobile phone

You should have a fully charged mobile phone with you at all times, which is switched on so we can contact you if required. You should also have both race directors mobile numbers stored within this, details of which will be provided prior to the race. If you are planning to use the phone for music or as a GPS tracking device, then we would recommend you also carry a means to charge the phone, such as a small USB charging pack.


This is a self navigated race and although the route is way-marked, some markers can be a long way apart, so it is essential that you have a map which provides you with the means of navigating the entire course. While guidance will be given during the race briefing and some signage may be added to the course, especially around checkpoints, a detailed route description will not be provided and you are expected to have familiarised yourself with the route.

Note that print out of the route from Google Maps or similar is totally unacceptable, as it does not provide the level of detail we believe you will need to safely navigate the course or relocate yourself, should you become lost.

Water bottles or bladder

To add to the running adventure, checkpoints will be spaced roughly every 10-14 miles along the course. You are expected to carry sufficient fluid and food to sustain you between these. A minimum of a 500ml is required but you may want to consider carrying more, depending upon your speed and personal needs.


As with water (see above) pack sufficient food to ensure you have enough between checkpoints.

Personal First Aid Kit

You are expected to carry a basic first aid kit, containing at a minimum plasters, paracetamol, any personal medication (in original packaging), self-adhesive bandage, personal blister kit.


No cups will be provided at the checkpoints or out on the course, so you are expected to carry one that is suitable for both hot and cold drinks.

Spoon or Spork (Sunset only)

If you are running the full Sunset, in order to further reduce our use of plastic, we are asking all competitors to carry a spoon, spork or equivalent to use at our indoor checkpoints

GPS tracker (Sunset and Half Sunset only)

This will be attached to your pack at race registration and must be left in place and carried throughout the race.

The following items are not mandatory but you may want to consider carrying

Suggested additional items

More clothing!

Check the weather and pack according to your own personal needs. Better to have too much than too little!

GPS device

You are allowed to use a GPS device during the race and detailed GPX downloads of each route will be made available prior to the event. Electronics do fail in cold and wet conditions, so you should also have a paper based map available to ensure you can still navigate should the worst happen.


The course may be linear but a compass can help you orientate yourself, especially in poor visibility. Make sure you know how to use it!


Useful for attracting attention and there may already be one attached to your pack.

Available for the Sunset Ultramarathon only

Drop Bag

For those taking part in the Full Sunset, you can have a drop bag taken to the half way checkpoint at Cley. This should be brought to the race start at Great Yarmouth and should be no larger than 20 litres (think a small walking rucksack). This will be taken to the finish for you after you have left Cley.

All drop bags must be collected at the finish and will not be sent on by the race organisers. Any uncollected bags will be sorted and donated to charity, where applicable.

There are no drop bags for the Half Sunset or Marathon.

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