Before the Tour

Important Information & Rules
 

A full set of rules will be sent to Team Leaders.

Rules amended October 2012

 

Aim

The aim of the Competition is for a team of 3 to complete the course of approximately 50 miles within 24 hours, or the 30-mile junior course within 15 hours, adhering to these rules. Walking is defined as "completing the route on foot". By signing the entry form all competitors agree to accept the rules governing the competition.

 

Teams

A team shall consist of only 3 members, each of whom must be 15 years or over, on the day of the hike, or 14 years for the Junior Hike.

A team leader must be named on the entry form and be responsible for the team

Under 18's must have the signature of a parent or guardian on the entry form. Scout, Guide, Youth or School teams also need a leader’s/teacher’s signature.

An Ad-hoc team can be formed should a walker drop out during the walk and shall consist of not less than three, or more than five members. AD-HOC teams can only be arranged by staff members of the hike. A leader must be appointed and all equipment in Rules 9 and 10 must be carried. Ad-hoc members are not eligible for any trophies. A complete team may refuse to take on extra members, but if they accept, they will still be eligible to win a trophy. Junior and senior team members may ad hoc together however junior members under the age of 15 can not proceed beyond the 30-mile finish.

 

Classes

50 MILE (SENIOR)
(A) A senior team whose total age does not exceed 54 years on the day of the hike.
(B) A senior team whose total age exceeds 54 years but is under 120 years on the
day of the hike.
(C) A senior team whose total age is over 120 years on the day of the hike.

30 MILE (JUNIOR )
(D) A team made up of members aged 14 to 17 inclusive on the day of the hike.

NOVICE
(E) A Senior or Junior team in which none of the members of the team have entered the
Tour de Trigs before

 

Registration.

All competitors must register at Hike Control at least 90 minutes before their start time. Late arrival may be penalised. Each team will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

Each walker will be issued with a tally at registration. Walkers must make sure these tallies are punched at Kit Check, Start, all Checkpoints and the Finish. Incorrect, incomplete, or lost tallies will most likely result in disqualification.

Personal Insurance

All competitors who are not members of the Scout and Guide movement must be adequately insured against personal injury and liability for the duration of the competition.

Packing List

Team Kit.
Each team must carry at ALL times: -
a: O.S. map 151 (1.50,000) 2nd series, in waterproof plastic bag/case or laminated.
b: Compass (Silva type).
c: Adult sleeping bag.
d: Survival bag, (not blanket) 2m x 0.5m.
e: Watch

Personal Kit.
All walkers must wear: -
a: strong walking BOOTS in good condition with cleated sole and ankle support. To complete this hike, we strongly recommend leather boots.
b: Walking trousers, close woven, warm and windproof (NO JEANS, THIN RUNNING PANTS, LEGGINGS, ETC.).
c: Reflective arm bands worn on arms, to be visible at all times.

All walkers must carry at ALL times: -
d: A standard torch with a minimum lens diameter of 40mm, spare batteries and bulb; or LED torch with minimum of four diodes and lens diameter of at least 25mm.
e: Food. E.g. digestive biscuits, fruit cake, chocolate, sandwiches.
f: Whistle
g: Hat and gloves
h: Plastic mug
i: Fully waterproof jacket and trousers
j: Spare sweater and socks.
k: First Aid kit to include a 10cm x 4m crepe bandage, blister plasters and safety pins.

What is a Trig Point?

They are the remains of a massive Ordnance Survey project to map Great Britain with absolute accuracy from 1935 onwards. 

The trig point – or triangulation point - was instrumental in this geodetic survey. They were workstations and reference points for the surveyor, who could attach his theodolite equipment to the fixtures and fittings within the column, including the three-pronged metal plate in the top of the trig point. 

The location of each trig point was selected so that at least two others would be visible from it. Using these, the surveyor could work out the angles on the lines of sight between the three points and create a triangular mapping grid – hence, triangulation.

Each trig point also contains another plate, usually low down on one side, featuring the bench mark of that particular trig point and the letters OSBM, for Ordnance Survey Bench Mark.

Their use has now been superseded by aerial photography and satellite mapping, and some have been removed so as to restore the natural state of the landscape they stood on. Most remain, however, as they’re a massively useful navigational aid for walkers, not least for the simple act of confirming you’ve reached the summit of something, especially in mist.

In some cases, they’ve been embraced as part of the heritage of the hills. On Brown Clee in Shropshire, for instance, the trig point was removed to make way for a snazzy new viewfinder, but the theodolite plate and bench mark were saved and inserted into a new flight of stone steps leading to the summit. 

Oh – and trig points don’t have to be high, either. Many in places  such as Lincolnshire and Cheshire are barely above sea level, but the logic was the same – provided they yielded a viewpoint from which two others could be seen, they did the job.

So the humble trig point helped to draw the maps we survive on. And with those views, they make a peachy spot for a picnic too.

Pictured above is the Trig Point on Jesters Hill and pictured below is the Trig Point at Crouch Hill - the nearest Trig Point to Hike Control HQ in Bloxham

Tour de Trigs Ltd

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Registered Address: 

Orchard Clare, Overthorpe, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2AF

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