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We have received a number of clarification questions and requests as a result of this incident. We will respond to all enquiries individually. In addition, we are now in the process of reviewing and updating our Privacy Statement, in order to clarify what data we need to retain for legal and accounting purposes. All members will be notified of the changes by email when they have been agreed.

Watch out for more info on next year's walk which will be held on the 11 th May 2019.

Competition rules

The Keswick to Barrow Walk operates an electronic timekeeping system to accurately measure times and calculate finish positions. Each participant will be issued with an electronic RFID monitoring tag. The system will record individual times for each participant at the start, at every checkpoint, and at the finish. On this basis, the system calculates the elapsed time for each participant to complete the distance. The official K2B start time is 05:30 hrs. The official competition runners will be started first, then the walkers competing for individual trophies. The start will be open from 05:30 hrs to approximately 06:30 hrs to allow a staggered start of all participants. Any person not passing the electronic start reader will be credited with a 05:30 hrs start and excluded from team or individual trophy competitions. Note: The C2B start at Coniston Sports & Social Club will be open from 08:30 hrs to approximately 09:00 hrs to allow a staggered start of all C2B participants, and minimise congestion on the walk route. The ‘elapsed time’ (not finish time) will determine the overall finishing positions, and will also be used to determine places in the team competitions. A full listing will be published at the Sports and Social Club in the afternoon. The committee recognises the increasing ‘friendly rivalry’ often expressed between competing teams, and where adjudication is necessary, all parties must accept that the referee’s decision is final.

Team Awards

For K2B team awards, ‘Best Performance’ is identified as the maximum number of points raised in the shortest possible time. The ‘maximum number of points’ that is achievable by any team is 200. This is divided by the number of ‘starting’ team members up to a maximum of 20 points each. For example, a team of ten can achieve a maximum 200 points, so can a team of twelve, but a team of nine can only achieve 180 points (9 x 20 = 180). This means that the optimum number in a ‘competitive team’ is ten, each person walking for 20 points. By the same factoring mechanism, the ‘maximum’ number of team points accumulated by a participant upon reaching each checkpoint is provided as follows:

Checkpoint Location Max Points
1 Grasmere 1
2 Elterwater 2
3 Coniston 4
4 Water Park 6
5 Lowick Church 7
6 Rake Cross Roads 8
7 Marton 11
8 Dalton 15
Finish Hawcoat Park Sports Club 20

The "shortest possible time" is determined by the last person in the team to finish.

Individual Awards

Competitors for the K2B First Man/Woman/Boy/Girl Trophies should preferably start together. There will be a special start-point set up adjacent the marshal’s desk at the K2B start, where runners (or fast walkers) competing for these trophies will need to register. Competitors will be started at 05:30 hours. Any competitor arriving later than 05:30 hrs can still compete for the trophies provided he/she passes the electronic start reader to record their start time.