Mandatory Gear

The Hounslow Classic events cover some truely isolated and hard to access terrain. Conditions in the Grose Valley can change in an instant. Whilst usually the weather is good in October, conditions can change at any time so runners need to be prepared. It has snowed in Blackheath several times in recent Octobers, but it could also be 30 degrees.

Requirements will vary depending upon the weather forecast, and will be advised 1 hour before the scheduled race start time. All runners should travel to the start line with all items of compulsory gear available, it is hoped that runners will be able to participate with as little gear as possible however we will not compromise safety and the kit decision on the day is final and not for discussion. Please come prepared with all Mandatory items..

Ultra (good weather)

– Waterproof jacket with hood
– Thermal long shirt (not a compression shirt- please do not come to us on race day with a compression shirt!)
– 1.5 litres of fluid minimum
– Mobile phone (preferably Telstra Next G), this should be the phone attached to the number supplied when entering the event
– Whistle
– Space Blanket
– Snake Bite Bandage – NEW IN 2016.

Ultra (bad weather)
These items must be added to the Good Weather Gear list if bad weather is called.
– Full length warm tights (not compression!)
– Beanie, buff or similar warm headwear
– Full fingered gloves

SkyRun (good weather)

– Waterproof jacket with hood
– 1 litres of fluid minimum
– Mobile phone (preferably Telstra Next G), this should be the phone attached to the number supplied when entering the event
– Whistle
– Space blanket
– Snake Bite Bandage – NEW IN 2016.

SkyRun (bad weather)
THESE ITEMS MUST BE ADDED IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER.
– Thermal long shirt (not a compression shirt- please do not come to us on race day with a compression shirt!)
– Full length warm tights (not compression!)
– Beanie, buff or similar warm headwear
– Full fingered gloves

– Nutrition

Nutrition
Please bear in mind that you need a nutrition plan for this event – there is both distance, terrain and duration to take into account when you consider the appropriate amount of food you will require to adequately fuel yourself for the duration of the event. This is your responsibility.

SUMMARY OF CLIMATE AVERAGES IN OCTOBER (courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology)

Blackheath
Average max temperature: 17.8c
Average min temperature: 6.8c
Average Rainy Days in October: 7.8

In the past 3 years there has been snowfall in the area in early October. This will not stop the race continuing unless roads are closed and the level of snow deemed unsafe to traverse. It will however mean you will need to ensure adequate clothing for this event.