Mandatory Kit

To act as a guideline here is the kit list that was in place for the 2019 Man vs Coast event.

Mandatory kit is non-negotiable to partake in this event. You must have it at registration and during the run. We have heard all the bravado of ‘skin is waterproof’, ‘I never run in waterproofs’ and ‘I will share with someone else’. As responsible event operator we take our commitments to participates, marshals, emergency services and all other stakeholders seriously, and build a risk-management system that covers all eventualities with the resources at hand, particularly if a participant is left immobile in a remote location. Not having the right kit could put yourself and others at greater risk and invalidate your insurance cover.

Note: You do NOT need any watersports gear, such as wetsuits or buoyancy aids. There will be sections where we issue a buoyancy aid which we will supply, and there are no sections where wetsuits will be required.

  • Small Rucksack, Bum Bag or Ultra-Running Pocket Vest or other appropriate method of carrying your kit.
  • Waterproof bag liner (of this type) – A quality roll top type bag is essential for keeping your kit dry. Your bag will remain with you at all times and so will inevitably be submerged whenever you enter the water. We also recommend a second and much smaller waterproof bag to stash any precious items in – car key or phone for example.
  • Reusable cup suitable for hot drinks
  • GPS Tracker: – given to you at registration. Remember this must be returned.
  • Running Shoes: Trail Shoes are essential. The route is 90%+ off-road and good deeper tread is required.
  • Hydration Bladder or Bottle(s) with a minimum of 2 litre capacity.
  • Food – Min 400kcal (about 4 gels): Always plan to have excess. This is a MINIMUM and our meaning here is that you have this fuel on you as a minimum AT ALL TIMES. i.e. you always have 4 gels (or equivalent) as Emergency Supplies. Please take enough food to be out in the hills, possibly in poor conditions, for up to 10 hours. Ensure you have enough salt and calories in your food.
  • Waterproof Jacket with TAPED OR WELDED SEAMS as a minimum standard. See photos for what we will be checking.
  • Hat suitable to the conditions (a Rat Rag or buff is OK but in very hot and sunny conditions a peaked sun cap would be better)
  • Gloves (lightweight running gloves are OK, or cycling/obstacle grip gloves, for hand protection whilst climbing)
  • Survival Bag: Essential for unplanned stops (like this one). FOIL BLANKETS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS AN ALTERNATIVE.
  • Basic First Aid Kit containing at least:
    – A triangular or conformable roller bandage
    – Assorted adhesive dressings
    – Separate sterile absorbent material (e.g. gauze or gauze bandage) suitable for compressing bleeding wounds
  • Whistle: Effective for getting attention in an emergency.
  • Fully charged Mobile Phone.
  • Money (£10): Good for the finish area.
  • Full leg cover. Running tights are a good lightweight option, it’s the unplanned stops that you might need them for.
  • Essential Event Information and medical contact numbers. (This will be provided by us at Registration)

Note: Prepare for your whole bag to get immersed and submerged at times on this route. So you must have a plan for satellite trackers and any watches, phones, media players, phones, cameras, etc. Consider removing all jewellery.


Waterproof jacket with taped seams and welded seams

Recommended additional Kit:
  • Technical Tee and/or a quality base layer
  • Waterproof leg cover – This may become mandatory if the weather is unkind for July.
  • Additional upper body thermal layer – think about the unplanned stops and the amount of water immersion in this event.
  • Sun screen
  • Sun glasses
  • Blister treatment kit
  • Some form of identification