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COVID-19 Update - Are Rof and FLT 2020 going ahead?
It is with great disappointment and sadness that we have to announce that the 2020 Ring O' Fire (RoF) and Firelighter (FLT) races have been postponed until next summer. Read further information
What are the dates of the 2021 Ring O' Fire?
Ring O' Fire takes place on 3rd September - 5th September 2021.
What are the dates of the 2021 Firelighter?
Firelighter takes place on 3rd September 2021.
When can I sign-up?
From 5th August 2020 - to avoid disappointment we recommend you book as soon as possible to secure your place.
Can I just enter one of the days?
Yes - it is now possible to sign-up to the Firelighter and run Day 1 as a single stage race. This 35.7 mile race is a very challenging ultra marathon in its own right.
What's the latest date I can sign up?
We will be closing both races for new sign-ups at midnight 1st July 2021.
Can I sign-up on the day?
No - we close both races for new sign-ups at midnight 1st July 2021.
Is there a limit on the number of competitors?
Yes - Ring O' Fire and Firelighter are both limited to 150 runners in each race.
Is there a waiting list?
Yes - the waiting list opens as soon as we reach 150 sign-ups for each race. Places are then offered on a first come first served basis.
Is the race entry fee refundable?
A 60% refund in the event of withdrawing is available until 1st July 2021, and 30% refund is available until 1st September 2021. It is your responsibility to arrange a refund. You can do this by logging into your registered account.
The refund policy is listed on the email you receive following registration.
Transfer to a substitute runner is available until 1st July 2021. It is your responsibility to arrange a transfer. You can do this by logging into your registered account.
Unfortunately, we cannot 'roll over' or defer entries to following years. It's only fair to treat each entry on a first come first served basis to ensure everyone has the same fair chance of gaining entry.
Note our charity places are not transferrable to other runners or future races. If you decide not to race or fail to raise the money for any reason you will lose the registration fee.
Are there charity runner places available?
Yes - This year we are offering a limited number of charity places in both our races. We have partnered with four leading charities; Bowel Cancer UK, Sands, the Stroke Association and the Afghan Sports Trust. Please see our Run for Charity
How hard is the Ring O' Fire?
The extreme distance and variable terrain has sealed the race's reputation as one of the most challenging ultra marathons in the British Isles.
How hard is the Firelighter?
Don't be fooled, this 35.7 mile race is a very challenging ultra marathon in its own right. It follows the same route as the Ring O' Fire and this first day is very tough.
Does the Ring O' Fire qualify for UTMB points?
Yes - Ring O' Fire qualifies for 5 new UTMB points.
Does Firelighter qualify for UTMB points?
No - as a new race we have not applied for accreditation at this time.
Am I up for the challenge?
You must be prepared to take on a challenge, beyond the limits of most and accept it will be harder than you could ever have imagined. A degree of self-sufficiency, the ability to look after yourself and make sound judgement calls is mandatory. This is not a race where we hold your hand and offer full support all the way around. Checkpoints can have many miles between them and the terrain is challenging. The weather can change quickly and you could face many hours running through the night in cold, wet and windy weather conditions.
Are there time limits?
Yes - as below and time limits are strictly enforced.
Day 1 must be completed within 9 hours (Ring O' Fire and Firelighter)
Day 2 must be completed within 18 hours (Ring O' Fire)
Day 3 must be completed within 9.5 hours (Ring O' Fire)
You will be disqualified if you fail to complete a stage within the designated time.
What type of terrain is the route run on?
Runners will encounter a wide variety of terrain, including sandy and pebble beaches, steep cliff top paths, headlands, rocky coves, sand dunes, farmland fields, sections of forest and quaint seaside fishing villages. The route is predominately trail, but there are small sections of public road, although these tend to be quiet country roads. There are also gates and stiles to negotiate throughout the length of the course. Although there is over 13,000ft / 4,000m of vertical ascent over the course, the route involves fairly low level running, with the highest point being Holyhead Mountain 720ft (220m).
What do I get for my money?
A full list of entry fees and what is included in the price is on our Packages
Can I have a pacer?
No - pacers are not allowed.
Can I have a crew?
Yes - crews are permitted and encouraged for all runners. Information on good crew / supporter vantage points are detailed on our Supporter page.
Where can I leave my car?
Designated parking is available on the approach road to the Breakwater Country Park, which is just a short walk away and a nice warm up!
Ring O' Fire accept no liability for vehicles or possessions inside vehicles at any Ring O' Fire event.
Vehicles are parked at owners' own risk.
The designated free parking area will be available on the approach road, with thanks from Stena Line Limited. Please follow parking signs and/or Marshals to the designated parking area. Car parking at the Breakwater Country Park is limited and 'Pay and Display'.
How easy is the route to navigate?
While advanced navigational skills are not necessary, a basic level of navigation competency is required. Runners are advised to carry a map, compass and GPS device. The whole route is marked by Anglesey Coastal Path signposts, which come in different forms but always display the Tern and yellow arrow which are the guides on this route. Dedicated Ring O' Fire signs will mark the route to the night's accommodation and any diversions.
How many checkpoints and where are they situated?
There are 16 checkpoints placed along the length of the course. Please see the Schedule page for full details of check point locations and opening/closing times and more.
When will the 2021 Maps detailing the route be uploaded?
The 2021 map pack will only be made available around two weeks before the start of the race to allow for any last minutes route diversions.
Aside from our map packs and the GPX files, we recommend the Ordnance Survey Maps of Anglesey West and East (1:25,000) or Hardy Anglesey Coastal Path XT40 (1:40,000).
Tip: Use a bright highlighter pen to trace the trail on your Ordnance Survey Maps. Clearly mark out the check point/honesty book locations, distances, points of interest to navigate by (electricity, pylons, water towers, lighthouses, buildings) and any diversions.
Do you provide a GPX route profile?
We encourage the use of the traditional map and compass for navigation and the final route will be that detailed on the 2021 maps. However, given the amount of requests we have GPX files, indicative route profiles are made available on the Route Overview
page about two weeks prior to the start of the race.
What happens with the bags?
Your bags will be transported from the start to the finish point each day.Ring O' Fire
We'll transport two bags for you: your main bag for the end of each day and an additional small 'half way' bag on Day 2 only, which will be accessible at the halfway point (Beaumaris). Drop off and collection points are outlined below:
|drop:||Holyhead Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead, LL65 1YG|
|collect:||Amlwch Leisure Centre, Townybryn, Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey LL68 9TH|
|drop:||Amlwch Leisure Centre, Townybryn, Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey LL68 9TH|
|collect:||Main Bag: Aberffraw Village Hall, 52 Church Street, Aberffraw, Anglesey, LL63 5LQ|
Halfway Bag: Available at halfway point (CP8 Beaumaris) until 16:15, then transported to Aberffraw Village Hall
|drop:||Aberffraw Village Hall, 52 Church Street, Aberffraw, Anglesey, LL63 5LQ|
|collect:||Holyhead Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead, LL65 1YG|
We'll transport your main bag to finish point at Amlwch. There is no access to your bags during the race so carry what you need whilst running. Drop off and collection points are outlined below:
|drop:||Holyhead Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead, LL65 1YG|
|collect:||Amlwch Leisure Centre, Townybryn, Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey LL68 9TH|
What are the recommended bag sizes?
We recommend the following bag sizes:
Ring O' Fire and Firelighter:
|Your main bag should be no bigger than a 60 litre rucksack.|
|Dimensions: 74cm (Height) x 34cm (Width) x 20cm (Depth)|
Ring O' Fire only:
|Your day 2 'halfway' bag should be no bigger than a 20 litre rucksack.|
|Dimensions: 50cm (Height) x 26cm (Width) x 20cm (Depth)|
Waterproof and durable bags are recommended please.
What accommodation is provided during the Firelighter?
Firelighter is a single stage race and no overnight accommodation is provided. There is limited capacity in the leisure centre and village community hall, so if you decide to stay the night you will need to make your own arrangements. Please see our Accommodation
page for further information.
What about food for the evenings and mornings?
We recommend you pack enough food within your overnight bag. It's important you make enough provision for the two mornings and two evenings you are away. Depending on what time you reach the end of each stage you may find local takeaway shops (pizza, Chinese) and pubs open, but it makes more sense to have food pre-packed for when you arrive. You will also pass through small villages and towns on route so there are options to pick up additional supplies if needed.
The Amlwch Leisure Centre (end of Day 1) will have a staffed canteen which will open until 10pm serving various hot and cold food and drink. Hot and cold water will be available, although you will not be able to use the cooking facilities due to health and safety restrictions.
At the Aberffraw Village Hall (end of Day 2) we have full kitchen facilities for you to use. Cookers, microwaves, kettles etc Plenty of hot and water, but no showers. Most runners will be arriving too late to take advantage of the local amenities, although there is a small shop, good pub serving food and a good cafe in the village if you make good time!
What food will be available at the checkpoints?
Various savoury snacks, fruit, chocolate, sweets and lots more - we'll ask what you like before the race!
Can I arrange my own accommodation?
We encourage runners to stay together in the spirit of the event. However, if you wish for something more comfortable than a night in a leisure centre and a town hall there are plenty of good accommodation options available locally. View our Accommodation
page for further info.
What happens at Day 1 Registration?
|You get to meet us, other runners and enjoy the views|
|You'll be allocated your Race Number, collect your t-shirt and running buff|
|Ring O' Fire runners will also receive a tracking device. There is no tracking for Firelighter runners|
|There will be a full waiver of liability to sign at registration. You will not be allowed to run without signing this|
|You can hand us your drop bag|
What happens at the finish?
Many congratulations and we hand you your finishing medal!
If the weather is good, most runners and supporters tend to hang around soaking up the atmosphere and cheer other runners across the finishing line. There should be a few locally brewed beers to hand out and some great tunes. Stay around for the presentations and soak up the atmosphere. Ring your bells and blow your whistles, they'll be coming round the mountain when you sing! they'll be coming round the mountain...!
What time are the medal presentations?
Ring O' Fire: 15:00hrs Holyhead Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead, LL65 1YG
Firelighter: 20:00hrs Amlwch Leisure Centre, Townybryn, Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey LL68 9TH
What awards are there for winners?
Ring O' Fire and Firelighter award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female runners.
What happens if I need to drop out?
If you retire from the event, for any reason, you must inform the nearest checkpoint and/or the Race Directors
. It's very important that you let us know, otherwise if we can't reach you, we are likely to be conducting a search and rescue mission. The Race Directors' mobile numbers are printed on your race numbers.
While it is your responsibility to get back to the end of each stage and ultimately Holyhead, we have several vehicles and will do our best to help you.
What happens if the event is re-routed, abandoned, cancelled or postponed?
The organisers reserve the right to modify the course or listed check point locations at any time.
In the case of severe / extreme weather conditions the organisers reserve the right to abandon the event at any time. This is for your safety.
No refunds will be offered in that situation. If the event cannot take place for reasons out of the control of the organisers including but not limited to flooding, severe weather or denial of access to the original course (foot and mouth outbreak for example), the organisers reserve the right to postpone the event to a later date and all entries will be carried forward to the new date. Refunds will not be offered under these circumstances. If the event is cancelled for reasons which require the event to be postponed indefinitely, the organisers reserve the right to retain all entry fees against costs incurred.
Where are the best places for the Crew / Supporters to meet the runners?
We encourage all supporters, friends and family to come and cheer our hardy runners along.
You are VERY welcome at the start and finish points of each day and most of the check points are ok, although some are more suitable for supporters than others, with good parking and other facilities.Please avoid the 1st check point on day 1 as there is no parking at all.
Bring your bells, whistles and hooters to encourage the runners on their merry way. While our runners will undoubtedly be hurting underneath their determined faces, your support is sure to help them not only run from check point to check point but also to cross the long awaited finish line!
Please see your Supporters page for information to help you decide on where best to find the runners.
How long has the race been going for and who are the organisers?
2021 will be the tenth edition of the Ring O' Fire so we've been going for a number of years and are very established compared to some of the newer events. You can read about the race team and their experience and other adventures on the ABOUT US page.
Who do I contact for more information?
Please visit the Contact Page
to get in touch with the Race Team.