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Highland Cross 2019 – Bulletin No 3 – 18 June

Welcome to the last pre-event Highland Cross 2019 bulletin!

There are no further bulletins planned for before the 22nd. Please watch the event website and Facebook page for any last minute information.

SUBSTITUTION IS NOW CLOSED

Safety Warnings

Cycle Section
Road Conditions – Junction between the Strathglass road (A 831) and the road to Beauly (A 862) at Lovat Bridge

During a route survey it was identified that there are rough road surface conditions 25m before the bend where you leave the Strathglass road and join the Inverness to Beauly road for the last mile into Beauly.

Participants must anticipate this area and ride with appropriate caution. Remember the road at this stage is open to normal traffic and vehicles may be coming towards you on the uphill carriageway.

The bend is at Grid Reference 514 449 on OS Sheet 26

Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance…

Into the final countdown

Bike loading in Inverness starts at 17.00hrs and ends at 21.00hrs sharp on the evening of Friday 22nd June!

At Inverness do not attempt to leave a bike before the official time. Your bike will not be registered into our keeping and may be left behind when the lorries depart.

Do not lean bikes against the fire engines! This causes justifiable annoyance to our generous hosts!

Do not over wrap bikes

Labelling

YOU are responsible for providing waterproof labels for your bike and luggage.

Your number should be written or typed on the label so there is no doubt as to its meaning.

For example “611” if read upside down could be “119” therefore write your number with an underline under it – like this 201 - to show which way up you intend it to be read.

Make sure that you have YOUR number on your bike and bags on waterproof labels/tags.

Do not attach luggage or helmets to your bike – put everything in a weather proof bag clearly marked with your number. Put a label with your Name and number inside every bag as backup.

Beauly bike loading starts 06.15. Please do not abandon a bike in the Square and get on a bus or it may be left behind – make sure that the marshals register it.

Bus Transport

We order the correct number of buses according to the bookings that YOU have made.

The last thing that we want is not having enough bus capacity in the right place at the right time to get everybody round to the right start time! PLEASE STICK TO THE CHOICE THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED.

Your bicycle

Please ensure that you have a fully functioning cycle and have the spares and tools that YOU can use to make necessary repairs or to deal with a puncture at any point on the cycle section.

Highland Bikes will be at the Friday evening bike loading to sell spares.

Surplus gear at the Start for transfer to Beauly

There will be a bag van at the Start to take your surplus gear through to Beauly. Any gear that you want transferred must be in a bag marked with your unique participant’s number with a name and number label inside as backup. The Baggage Pound in Beauly is in the open air and the surplus kit should be in a waterproof bag.

Your change-over gear – protect it in a waterproof bag

Gear being sent to the Quarry with your bike must be packed in a waterproof bag – we suggest that you use a dry-bag. If not make sure that you have used waterproof liners inside your gear bag.

Gear going to the quarry including your cycle helmet and any cycle computers must NOT be attached to your bike and must be in a separate bag which will go in a bag van to the Quarry.

Make sure that all your baggage has a waterproof label with your unique event number attached to it and another label with your name and number inside it as a backup.

Getting your gear from the Changeover to Beauly

In the Changeover you must pack your bag and pass it to the bag van marshals if you want it taken to the Finish Baggage Pound in Beauly. It must have your number on it and on a label inside it.

Making it happen safely

We have constructed a Safety Net to support you along the route but the most important person in the safety Net is YOU!

DO NOT CARRY AN ILLNESS OR INJURY INTO THE CROSS!

Carrying an illness or injury into the Cross guarantees that you will have a poor experience and may result in serious illness or further injury afflicting you during the event.

It is also an unreasonable burden on the Safety Net as these volunteers have to deal with an incident that should not have happened and they volunteer to deal with accidents and unexpected illnesses.

We have had the experience of a participant who returned from holiday with diarrhoea but who was so committed to the event that they started. Five miles into the foot section, at a difficult place for us to access, they needed an evacuation of a different kind! The Medical Marshal had to get to them by helicopter and then have them airlifted out. If the helicopter had not reached them they would have needed a full mountain rescue stretcher carry out to safety.

If you know that you have been unwell or have an injury please withdraw before the event for your own safety.

In the interests of your own safety we expect that all participants will carry the recommended safety equipment on the day:

1.       A whistle to summon help – 6 blasts of the whistle repeated at one minute intervals

2.       A weather protective suit

3.       A small amount of high energy food

The weatherproof suit is vital. If you slow or have an injury it could make a huge difference to how you feel and your condition by the time resources get to you.

Cycle safely

Fasnakyle Brae is a steep, twisting downhill. Emergency vehicles may have to ascend it to get to a serious incident. RIDE IT AT ALL TIMES AS THOUGH IT IS TWO WAY TRAFFIC.

Fasnakyle to Beauly is open road shared with the public you do not have right of way. If you have to repair your bike or take a breather try to use the water stops or at least pull off the road for your own safety.

Withdrawing – try to do this at a water stop. There are support vehicles to get you to Beauly.

Affric to Fasnakyle and Beauly Toll junction – please note the safety warning at the start of the bulletin

Final cross over – be aware of traffic around you and obey the Police Officer marshalling to cross-over!

Why we make the day happen

Highland Cross exists to provide a unique crossing of Highland Scotland and most importantly generate funds for Highland Charities that seek to improve the medical and social well-being of folk in the Highlands.

That is why you have committed to the £500 per team minimum pledge. It is fantastic to see so much fundraising activity going on through online pages and we know that teams are holding fundraising events to boost their contribution. Thank you for that commitment and please continue it for as long as possible - the five excellent causes nominated this year need our help.

Whether you are on your 37th Crossing or you are a Highland Cross Newcomer we hope that you have a wonderful Crossing and that you make a great contribution to Highland charities through your efforts!

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Highland Cross 2019 - Participants' Bulletin No 2 -  12 June

Welcome to the second Highland Cross 2019 bulletin!

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/thehighlandcross/

Please follow the page for information and updates on the event 

Notes to Team owners/contacts

1.    We have become aware that a small number of participants are still not receiving e mails from us via SiEntries. This appears to centre on participants who are using a “work” e mail address.  The employer’s system appears to consign the e mails to their SPAM system.  We have no way of automatically knowing that this is happening. Please review the e mail addresses that you have registered on the team application and if they are “work” e mails check with your team mates to determine if they are receiving messages from the event. 

2.    Please check with your two team mates that they have received this bulletin.

Safety Warning

Junction between the Strathglass road (A 831) and the road to Beauly (A 862) at Lovat Bridge

During a route survey it was identified that there are rough road surface conditions at the bend where you leave the Strathglass road and join the Inverness to Beauly road for the last mile into Beauly.  Participants must anticipate this area and ride with appropriate caution.  Remember the road at this stage is open to normal traffic - you do not have priority and vehicles may be coming towards you on the uphill carriageway.

The bend is at Grid Reference 514 449 on OS Sheet 26

We are having discussions with Highland Council who have already repaired the area but the damage has re-appeared. We will keep participants updated as we receive more information.

Bus Transport

We carefully order the correct number of buses according to the bookings that YOU have made.

On the day, please stick to the booking that you have made.  If you need to change bus bookings – changes can be made through the SiEntries website up until 17.00hrs on Monday 17th June.    If you need to change later, please email us on info@highlandcross.co.uk

Morvich “Breakfast Bar”

We are delighted to be able to announce that Loch Duich School Pupils and Parents will once again be running their famous Breakfast Bar before the Start at Morvich!  This is fast becoming a Highland Cross institution and participants are reminded to pack some cash if they want to fill up on calories before the Start.  Funds raised go directly to the School Fund.

Transport of gear from Morvich to Beauly

There is a Bag Van at Morvich which will take surplus gear from the Start to Beauly.  Gear should be packed in a waterproof bag marked with your individual participant’s number on a waterproof label.  It is recommended that you put another label with your number inside the bag.  The baggage will go to the open air baggage pound behind the Phipps Hall in Beauly for collection after the event.  There is no weather protection to this Pound area so please use a waterproof bag and label!

Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance…

With just over one week to go to the Cross, whether you are an athlete going for a record or a “get acrosser”, you will be in your final preparations.

Fuel and Drink

By now you should know what works for you in terms of taking on fuel and drink in the days leading up to the event on the day itself. Every individual has different needs in this respect – we will provide water and Isostar rehydration fluid along the route. Use these as YOU know your body needs.

Consider what food you are going to take with you on the day and send up with your bike and bag to the “Change-over” area at Affric.  We have had a number of incidents where cyclists simply fall off their bikes or cycle off the road in the area after Fasnakyle Brae.  The folk we have spoken to believed that they were hydrating well on the way across but perhaps they had not eaten enough.  Please think about what you are going to eat – energy gels etc give a quick boost but for the long haul your body may need something more substantial with more complex carbohydrates.  Bananas, cheese sandwiches, heavy duty cereal bars all seem to feature on the menu in the Quarry! Know the fuel that YOU will need and send it to the Quarry in your change-over bag.

Your bicycle

Please ensure that you have a fully functioning cycle and have the spares and tools that YOU can use to make necessary repairs or to deal with a puncture at any point on the cycle section.

Your change-over gear – protect it in a waterproof bag

Gear being sent to the Quarry with your bike must be packed in a waterproof bag – we suggest that you use a dry-bag.   If not, make sure that you have used waterproof liners inside your gear bag.

Gear going to the Quarry including your cycle helmet and any cycle computers must NOT be attached to your bike and must be in a separate bag which will go in a bag van to the Quarry.

Arriving at the Quarry to get into fresh cycling gear that is dry and ready to go is far preferable to the alternative of wet gear.  Prepare your kit bag for the change-over and for the Finish and you will reap the benefit.

Remember both the change-over in the Quarry and the Finish bag compound are open to the elements and we cannot protect your gear.

Make sure that all your baggage has a waterproof label with your unique event number attached to it and another label with your name and number inside it as a backup.

Substitution arrangements

If you need to withdraw for any reason a substitute entry can be made for a replacement participant for your team through SiEntries up until 17.00hrs on Monday 17th June.   The rules governing substitution are in your information booklet and on the front page and FAQs section of the event website.

Making it happen safely

We have constructed a Safety Net to support you along the route but the most important person in the safety Net is YOU!

As a minimum, Highland Cross Organisers expect every participant to carry with them at all times during the event the following:

1.       A whistle to summon help – 6 blasts of the whistle repeated at one minute intervals

2.       A weather protective suit

3.       A small amount of high energy food

In the interests of your own safety we expect that all participants will carry the recommended safety equipment on the day.

Whether you are on your 37th Crossing or you are a Highland Cross First Timer, we hope that you have a wonderful Crossing and contribute to the fundraising for Highland charities through your efforts!

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Highland Cross 2019 - Participants' Bulletin No 1 -  31 May

Welcome to the 37th Highland Cross!

TEAM CONTACTS – PLEASE ENSURE THIS INFORMATION IS PASSED TO ALL YOUR TEAM MEMBERS.  Not all email addresses lodged with SiEntries are correct and some participants may not be receiving this information

Your Participant number can be found on your SiEntries records but will be confirmed again after substitutions close at 17.00hrs on Monday 17 June

Whether you are a veteran of 30+ Crosses or coming into the event for the first time you are part of the amazing Community of Highland Cross that delivers outstanding benefit to Highland charities.

The Community of Highland Cross – YOU and the folk who make the day happen

You will take part on the day alongside over 750 folk with the same goals as you – to cross the Highlands in a day and raise funds for the five superb causes nominated to be major beneficiaries from this year’s event.  Details of the causes are in your Information Booklet on pages 11-13. 

Your crossing is made possible by a wonderful support network of volunteers, businesses, public bodies and voluntary groups who come together each year to make the Cross happen.  Many of the folk supporting the Cross are past participants or their organisations have teams taking part as well as supporting.

100 volunteers from the benefitting charities will be working along the route and representatives from over a dozen charities that have benefitted from previous Highland Crosses will be supporting the event with donated vehicles and labour.  Details of the sponsors and supporters are on pages 14 and 15 of the booklet.

Event Booklet

A number of participants appear to have lost the link to the event booklet which contains the safety advice, rules and general information.

A copy of the Team Member Information Booklet can be downloaded  here.

Links to the sponsor card can be found on the front page and FAQs section of the event website on http://www.highlandcross.co.uk/index.htm

Preparing for the day

Please read the route and safety advice in the booklet – pages 6, 7 and 8 - and on the website.  How you prepare for the Cross will largely determine how memorable your experience will be.

As a minimum Highland Cross Organisers expect every participant to carry with them at all times during the event the following:

1. A whistle to summon help – 6 blasts of the whistle repeated at one minute intervals

2. A weather protective suit

3. A small amount of high energy food

Please get used to carrying it in your final training.

Fundraising

This is often the hardest part of the Cross! But your efforts will bring immense benefit to causes that would struggle over years to raise the sums that one Highland Cross day can generate. These charities support some of the most vulnerable folk in our communities. The athletic challenge is admirable but the prime aim of the Cross is to give the nominated charities a tremendous boost.

Please see the front page of the website and FAQs section for links to the fundraising websites, and to download a sponsor sheet if you are using this method for securing sponsorship.

GDPR

From 25 May 2018 we had to change the way that we keep our information on you.  This is because of the General Data Protection Regulations.

We keep records so that we can communicate with you about the event and especially as the event nears with updates on route conditions.  We keep records so that we can assign your fundraising efforts to the correct teams. We need to hold information so that we can award prizes to the athletically minded amongst you and to award long service gifts to folk who complete twenty Crossings.

Our full privacy statement can be accessed on our website.

We are using SiEntries this year for the first time to administer the teams entering Highland Cross and they are professionally involved in the secure handling of information and do not share any of your information with any other event or organisation.

Facebook

Please use our open Facebook page to keep up to date with news and safety information about the event We have found this to be a great way to communicate with our participants and the Highland Cross community.

https://www.facebook.com/thehighlandcross/