The 2010 race sees very little change in structure from 2009, but a few subtle differences are already there.
Times they are a changin'
Last year's timing system (with ankle transponders) has been ditched after it led to some petty but annoying delays in confirmed results after the finish. The slightly more manual wrist-mounted 'dibbers' will be back in
2010, and the Sportident team - whose results system seems better-drilled, will ensure that results, and the associated prize presentation - are quicker this year. A 2pm cut-off time at Horton (start of Penyghent) will also ensure the whole race is over quicker.
Two dibs moreThose of you after that PB in 2010 by a few seconds will need to note that there are two extra 'controls' in 2010. The Mountain Rescue people have requested that people are 'counted off' the mountains, so we'll need to present our wrists to the dibbers at Cold Cotes and at Ribblehead. By my calculations, you can add 15 to 30 seconds to your 2009 'ankle transponder' time (shocker!) - but it's obviously the same for all of us and is well worth knowing that it's reliable. Will be interesting to see who gets their wrists into the dibbers first after any sprint finishes ;-)
There will be no reserve list in 2010. With some 600 people on the initial start list (to be published to the official 3 peaks site soon) there is simply no need - we should easily see c. 500 - 550 people on the start line come September. Reserve lists are nothing but hassle for the organisers and I can well understand this.