This event is a challenge, teams need to be well prepared, please study carefully.
- Your board is a flotation device, if you fall off then you can retrieve your board to help keep you afloat.
- Your board may have safety / survival gear on it, so you want to be able to access this in an emergency.
- A leash can help you to get your board out or in at portages (incorrect use of a leash).
- It is recognised that a leash should be worn for all types of paddling, with the use of a quick release belt for moving water applications.
- Being tethered to your board can lead to entanglement in river debris such as trees, which are abundant on the TRENT100.
- Entanglement is extremely dangerous in moving water, due to the forces of the water flow and can lead to drowning.
- We believe that it is very difficult in an emergency situation for paddlers to locate a quick release toggle, which can often get hidden or confused by PFD’s, and hydration packs. We have tested this before with random paddlers and its not been easy for them to locate their release toggles effectively without physically looking for it.
- All paddlers must wear a PFD at all times, so the need to rely on your board for floatation is a non issue.
- We will ask paddlers to keep a mobile phone and safety blanket on their person so you can still access if you are separated from your board.
- The TRENT100 is a team event, we also have over 250 paddlers on the water, so the retrieval of a board is going to be easy.
- The River Trent is a relatively small river, making getting back to dry land quite easy without a board.
- We suggest carrying a small piece of rope with a karabiner attached to help you at portages, our marshals will also be carrying these.
To be clear, the TRENT100 team do not endorse paddling leash free at any other time, these findings apply specifically to the TRENT100 event only.
In ADDITION to clothing worn by teams at the start, the following SERVICEABLE equipment must be carried. Teams will not be allowed to start without these items and if used must be replaced.
This ADDITIONAL kit, even if vacuum sealed, will be inspected at the Start and may be checked at the Finish or at any point along the course. A time allowance will be given should everything be in order.
|MANDATORY EQUIPMENT||Qty Required|
|PFD (must not be inflatable)||per paddler|
|Survival bag/blanket (on person)||per paddler|
|Mobile phone (on person)||per paddler|
|Appropriate footwear||per paddler|
|Spare dry clothes||per paddler|
|Throw line (on person if possible)||2 per team|
|River Knife (on person)||2 per team|
|Supplied route map||2 per team|
|Waterproof first-aid kit||1 per team|
The following items are recommended and will enhance you enjoyment and chances of finishing the TRENT100.
|Hydration pack or similar||Hand sanitiser gel / wipes||Sunglasses|
|Camping equipment||Spare fin||Towel|
|Chairs or Lazy Beds for midway point||Spare paddle||Spare clothes|
|Food (very few food stops available)||Sunscreen||Rope for portages|
|Insect repellent||GPS watch|
Emergency kit, if used, must be replaced as soon as possible, at the latest at the next checkpoint. Checkpoints are at approximately 10 kilometer intervals. Crews may not continue past them without replacing missing kit.