Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MANY RUNNERS ENTER THE RACE?
Because the event takes place on beautiful countryside, car parking is our biggest limiting factor, therefore, we have a limit this year of 3,500 runners.
WHEN SHOULD I ENTER?
As early as possible. The race will be a sell out.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Enter online from this site. However, if you cannot enter online, please drop us an email.
This year we will offer an early bird price, standard price and a late entry price depending on when you enter. Please see the Aldershot homepage for details.
WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT?
Runners must be aged 13 or over to enter the Short Course 4 mile course. Runners must be 16 or over to enter the 8 miles and 16 miles courses. The course is much harder than a normal cross-country course so 16 seems to be a sensible age limit to us.
I ENTERED BUT I DIDN’T RECEIVE MY EMAIL CONFIRMATION
It is probably in your spam folder. Drop us an email if not.
ILL OR INJURED – WHAT SHALL I DO?
You should not run if ill or injured for your own safety. You cannot give your number to someone else in your place. This is for insurance reasons.
No changes to the database will be made after Tuesday 28th November. No swapping of names or deferrals, please.
Like all events, entry fees are used to hire land, equipment etc. Therefore, we do not issue refunds after entry.
HOW FIT DO YOU NEED TO BE?
Most people entering are not serious runners but then GRIM is not a walking race either. You should be fit enough to be able to run at least 5 miles on the road without stopping. That way, you will be able to walk/run GRIM without too much trouble.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE VENUE?
The events start at different times. We advise getting there approximately 50mins before your event start time. This will leave you enough time to park, get to the start area, use the loos etc without any rushing around.
There is only 1 entry / exit in and out of the main car parking facility. Getting in to the venue could be a little slow and leaving certainly will be. We suggest chilling out – grab some food and a hot drink. We truly appreciate everyone’s co-operation and understanding re parking and have never had any problems with irate competitors.
HOW MANY IN A TEAM?
Only teams of THREE are accepted in one of either three categories – Women Only, Men Only or Mixed (2 guys & 1 girl or 2 girls & 1 guy – up to you). If there are 4 of you, enter three as a team and 1 as an individual.
CAN WE RUN TOGETHER?
You can run together or individually. A lot of teams are in it for the fun so run together to help each other along. If you’re in it to win it, you might be better off running your own races.
I’VE RECEIVED MY CONFIRMATION EMAIL BUT NOT MY RACE NUMBER
Race numbers will be given out on the day this year along with race timing chips. The should be picked up from the Information Marquee.
Can be anything – serious or funny. Please do not send in anything too obscene and remember, ‘Grim Reaper’ is too obvious!
They are recorded and posted on the website the same day. Individual prizes will be awarded on the day.
Results are worked out on a point’s basis. If you are first across the line, you get 1 point. Finish 2nd & receive 2 points and so on. We add up the accumulated points score of each of the three-team members for each category and this gives us the results. These results are also posted on the web site the same day. They are subject to change – see below.
Unfortunately there are sometimes errors in the results sometimes our fault sometimes yours, e.g. a runner might be wearing someone else’s chip/number by mistake or there’s been a human error inputting the data. If you feel that there is an error with your result, please contact us NO LATER than 5pm Tuesday 5th December. Results will be deemed final and we can then send out the TEAM PRIZES.
Trains run to Aldershot station from Waterloo, however, it will take around 30mins to walk to the start. If you cannot share a lift with someone, you might want to organise a local taxi company to drop you at the start.
Your shoes will get wet and muddy so best not wear a brand-new white pair! No Spikes – most of the paths are too stony for them and too dangerous for other competitors when crawling under netting! Shoes with a very good grip are ideal. We recommend taking advice from Shoeguide.run. They review the lastest running shoes on the market and offer advice on the best running shoes for your running style. You can even buy through them also as they shoe the lowest prices. Take a look at the very best footwear reviews www.shoeguide.run.