Setting a Trail
It is advisable to have at least one co-hare to assist with setting the trail,but is not a necessity.
Virgin hares should team up with an experienced hare to set a trail.
The trail should take approximately twice as long to walk as to run it.
If it looks like rain,use plenty of flour.Chalk tends to `disappear` when wet. Place flour out of streaming waterways.
Use an average 5 kilograms of flour to set the complete trail,unless using chalk as well.
If using chalk, it is advisable to use white. The colour chalk tends to be difficult to see.
For trails crossing sand dunes or beaches, it is advisable to mix the flour with a colour pigment to enable easier trail location.Colour pigment (powder paint) can be purchased at any local paperback store.
The trail should start within 100 meters of the first check point.
To start the running pack, point them in the direction of the first check. This will assist in less confusion, and should prevent the pack over running the home run.
Checkpoints are either marked with four blobs of flour, or a circle using flour. If using chalk, Four squares, or a circle can be drawn. It is advisable to number the checkpoints, which will enable the runners to know that they are still on the correct course.
False trails either end with three blobs of flour set in the shape of a tri-angle, otherwise three triangles sketched onto the ground. Don`t use a circle with a cross in the centre.
False trails should not be too difficult to locate, and shouldn’t be too long either. The idea is to let the slower pack catch up to the lead.
Trail markings are to be clearly set out, especially where roads intersect, or side roads lead off the trail, to minimize confusion.
The run should start not longer than 10 minutes from the advertised starting time, unless there are know traffic problems which will cause late arrivals. Use your discretion!
The distance of the trail should be approximately, 5 to 8 kilometres, and /or take roughly an hour to run, depending on the terrain.
The hare can stop for a `regroup`along the trail, especially if the trail is in difficult terrain. This also allows for a `cold drink` in the event that the trail is a more strenuous run, or the weather is extremely warm.
Difficult section of the trail should be forwarned, and the hare should trail behind to prevent any losses of the running pack.
Most important, try keep the runners off busy roads.
With this in mind, enjoy the run.
The walking group:
There exists the opportunity to set the trail for the walkers as well. Although this will take more time, it will be appreciated by the walkers.
Try taking the walkers via an interesting route, bearing in mind that there might be prams and / or `frail`(injured) members whom cannot traverse rocky or slippery terrain.
Run Trail Markings set in flour
BLOB - four consecutive flour blobs indicate the correct trail.
CHECK - from which the trail can go off in any direction.
X - found after three blobs from a check.
RG - wait until all the runners have arrived.
ARROW - indicates the correct direction of the trail.
HR - Final sprint home
W - Walkers trail
R - Runners trail
Trail is set for walkers to follow and is separate to the run however walkers and runners will meeting at RG.
In most cases an off road baby stoller can be accommodated for, however we suggest that you check with the hare just to make sure. Dogs are welcome with the walkers, however some venues
that runs are set from do not allow dogs so please always check with the hare before hand.