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Enduroman Arch 2 Arc Race Rules

General Race Rules

Enduroman Ltd will start the clock at the Marble Arch London and stop the clock at the Arc de Triomphe Paris on your arrival. The clock will not be stopped for any reason unless the challenge is aborted.

In the event of border controls, travel delays, a road closure, or any other incident of unforeseen circumstance, that adds distance or time onto the routes, the finishing time will remain the same with no time being subtracted. 

The athlete, support crew or any other relevant persons must follow all instructions given by the Enduroman official. (if matters of safety are neglected the athlete's attempt will be stopped)

Athletes will start the run stage no longer than 48 hours (solo) or 20 hours (relay) before the allocated swim start time.

The swimmer must be prepared to swim on any day of their booking. If the swimmer decides not to make themselves available for any date of the booking, they will lose all monies paid to all parties.

Enduroman’s obligation is to organise the event and ensure the swim escort pilot offers you a swim contract to attempt the event during the agreed period booked. The swim contract you sign is with the pilot. If the swim is delayed by considerable time (due to weather) such that it does not commence during the contracted period, athletes may choose to miss the swim and attempt the bike stage. Athletes may return after the bike stage and attempt the swim, however this would not be classed as a successful A2A attempt. In the event of bad weather after the completion of the run, the athlete may wait in Dover until the last swimming opportunity on contracted swim period as dictated by the pilot and Enduroman. If a swim is not possible at all, the athlete may choose to start the bike stage immediately after being notified of a 'no-swim'. (which must commence within 12 hours) or start the event again on another available date. This must be an available date common to all, the same boat pilot, the athlete and Enduroman. Monies paid to Enduroman would be returned to the athlete minus the booking fee & £1750 “1st entry payment” and any new challenge would require a fresh application. The fees cover the organisation of the run stage plus waiting time in Dover. If the athlete decides to start the bike stage without attempting the swim then no monies will be returned.

Enduroman will book a maximum of 10 days to cover each challenge. With the run starting a maximum 48 hours (solo) or 20 hours (relay) before the first day of the swim. If for any reason the challenge cannot go ahead during the booked time, the athlete/team must re book the challenge on an available date that is common to both the same boat pilot and Enduroman. This would normally be at the end of the season or one or possibly two years time. Available Enduroman dates can obtained by talking direct with Enduroman.

A typical Arch to Arc challenge will be:

The Athlete/Team is booked a 10 day block. The Athlete/Team have a choice to run immediately the contracted booking starts (up to 48 hours before the official meeting at the Escort Boat solo or 20 hours relay) or anytime thereafter, remembering to allow enough time to run from London to Dover, finish and get to accommodation to shower, eat and sleep and then from accommodation to load boat etc, (this time is agreed by the athlete with Enduroman prior to event starting).

The Athlete/Team must be ready to swim their allocated swim start time. (Time and Tide wait for no man) if the start time is missed the escort pilot is under no obligation to take the swimmer at a later time.

The swim will go ahead at the first opportunity (weather permitting) agreed by the Athlete, Enduroman and the Pilot. If the Athlete and Enduroman decide not to accept a swim the pilot can offer the swim to another person on his books and we will wait his return to take us.

When a successful swim finishes on the French coast the athlete swims back to the boat and is taken either to the Port of Calais or Boulogne. Athletes will have a maximum of 12 hours recovery from when Enduroman records that the athlete has arrived in Calais for the cycle stage.

A Enduroman race official will be with you throughout the challenge to ensure the routes and mode of travel along those routes are adhered to and will act as an official witness to your achievement.

If for any reason the attempt fails Enduroman Ltd can in no way be held responsible.

If the swim is unsuccessful, the attempt is officially finished: But a discussion between the Athlete and the Enduroman official will determine whether the adventure continues to the cycle stage or if an immediate return to the UK is made.

Enduroman Ltd has the final say in calling a stop to the attempt. If safety is compromised by the Athlete or its support crew or followers Enduroman will abort your challenge.

All decisions regarding the event, including timings and welfare of the athlete will only be made between Enduroman, the athlete and the boat pilot.

Running must always be single file, on the far left side of the track or pavement. Exceptions: No track or pavement on the left or Enduroman requests crossing the road. Road crossing will be kept to absolute minimum and done with caution.

Support cycling is not allowed. No drafting. There is a point on the outskirts of Paris that the cyclist must remain with the support vehicle until the finish at the Arc.

Athletes, support crews, and staff must not litter, mark, or pollute the landscape or environment. Athlete support crews must obey requests by the Enduroman official on all matters during the challenge.

All racers, crew and staff must display courtesy, decorum, and sportsmanship at all times.


It is imperative, that all athletes fully prepare themselves for this challenge. Under no circumstances, will any athlete be allowed to continue with the race if it's deemed unsafe by an Enduroman official to continue.


Prior to the start, mobile contact numbers for the athlete and driver are required to be given to the Enduroman official. There are some parts of the course where carrying a mobile phone is mandatory.

Relay team members will compete in 60 minute durations and the changeover will be dictated by the Enduroman official at the safest location after the 60 minutes is completed. The team captain must have given to the Enduroman official the team’s participation order prior to the start of each discipline. If an athlete cannot complete their 60 minutes the athlete may withdraw for the remainder of the challenge. The next athlete in line starts their hour and the event continues.

There is a category for a tag team relay of 2, 3 or 4 members. In each discipline the team is permitted to tag at any time (subject to the changeover being deemed safe by the Enduroman official) and in any order, with the incoming team member being nominated at the preceding changeover. Members can choose which disciplines they participate in without penalty. Standard rules relay teams that find they cannot continue in 60 minute intervals can switch to the tag team format during the event. Tag Team times are recorded separately from the existing records.

Support Crew and Assistance

1. There will only be one support vehicle with the athlete at any one time on the course unless otherwise arranged with Enduroman. The support team will consist of a motor vehicle with a maximum of driver, co-driver / feeder and the Enduroman official (3 people in total). Driver and feeder may swap duties providing the vehicle is at all times driven by a legally licensed and insured driver.

Other vehicles including supporters or film crews approved by Enduroman to participate must not obstruct the event and must follow any instructions given.

2. Athletes must progress under their own power without drafting, helping, pushing, supporting, or any other type of physical assistance. Athletes may use hiking sticks, ski poles, or the like.

3. Arch to Arc is a solo challenge. Athletes may be accompanied on the run if the Enduroman official deems it beneficial for safety - it is not approved for helping swift athletes to run faster. No support swimmers or cyclists are allowed.

4. Athlete and crew members may not use illegal drugs, stimulants or drink alcohol during the event.

5. Only 2 support crew members will be allowed on the boat unless otherwise arranged with Enduroman.

Support Vehicles

1. Solo athlete support vehicle: A standard 5 door car or hatchback is recommended.

Relay teams: Should not go bigger than a 17 seater minibus. Oversize vehicles, motorhomes, RV's etc are a hindrance to the event.

2. The race support vehicle should have clear signs stating: "Caution Runner" (for UK) and "Attention Cyclist" (for France).

3. Vehicles will "leapfrog" the runners / cyclists at all times. Attempt to make each "leapfrog" at least 1 mile (run) or 3 miles (cycle) or more in length along the same road. Sensible stops in safe places for feeding/changeovers/support can be found all along the route. Navigation is your responsibility but the Enduroman official will help if requested and provide guidance for safe stopping places. The support crew and athlete must follow all instructions by the Enduroman official. To ensure that an athlete takes a correct turning, best practice is to park the support vehicle legally forward of the junction then walk back to this junction to direct the runner / cyclist. Runners / cyclists may not be "shadowed" (driving a vehicle at the cyclist's speed) either in front or behind the cyclists, and vehicles must not "caravan" (drive together, like a train, at any speed). Driving may never be at the speed of any racer. Driving must be done at the speed of traffic, never slowing down to encourage, talk to, or lend assistance to any athlete while moving. All assistance must be provided by pedestrian crew members; handing over supplies from the vehicle is never allowed.

4. All vehicles must obey the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.

Rule Enforcement and Penalties

1. Race rules are designed to provide a safe and consistent experience for everyone involved. It is Enduroman's intention that no athlete should be permitted any unfair advantage so that all attempts can be evaluated as having taken place on a level playing field, as far as is possible given the nature of the challenge.

2. Major rule infractions by athletes or their crew, especially those regarding "cheating," will result in immediate disqualification of the athlete.

3. Other, lesser, offences will result in a mandatory stop. The Enduroman official will determine whether the the attempt will continue.

4. The Enduroman official has the authority, at any time when faced with unusual or extenuating circumstances, to overrule any rule or implement a new rule in order to support successful completion of an attempt, as far as is reasonable within the spirit of maintaining a level playing field across all attempts.

All entrants in the race, and their support crews, willingly acknowledge this fact, as well as all other race rules, by attending the race in any capacity. In all cases and circumstances, it is the intent, and spirit, of the rules which will govern their implementation and enforcement.

Legal and Bureaucratic Issues

1.  All athletes must follow and complete the entire application and entry process with Enduroman, the Escort Pilot and the relevant Channel Swimming Governing body in the stipulated times.  

All paperwork, deposits and booking fees must be completed within the stipulated times.  

For relay teams, the team captain must ensure all of their team's payments and forms are completed within the stipulated times.

All athletes / teams must abide by the terms of the Enduroman rules, terms and conditions.  They must also abide by the CS&PF's / CSPS's and their pilots rules, terms and conditions.  Failing to do so will be seen as not abiding by the Enduroman terms and conditions which may result in the athlete's entry being cancelled without return of any payments being made.

2.  All vehicle and drivers must be fully insured / licensed.

3.  All athletes and at least one crew member must attend the pre-race briefing.

4.  No TV, film, or video crew, person, producer, director or other broadcast media representative may accompany or cover any racer or the race itself without the specific written permission of the Race Director.

5. In all media/promotions the event must be always be referred to as the Enduroman Arch to Arc.

6. The use of the Enduroman logos may be used only with the permission of Enduroman Ltd.

Safety and Medical Issues

1.  Remember, at all times and in all situations, safety is the most important issue. This means safety for athletes, crew, staff, and the general public. The roads are not closed for this event and are, in fact, quite busy with tourist and local traffic.

2. If any athlete is taken ill or requires any form of medical attention during their rest period at Dover or Calais, or at any other time when not being overseen by the Enduroman official, then their support crew must inform the Enduroman official immediately.

3.  I.V.s (intravenous fluids) are not permitted during the race. If an athlete receives an I.V. during the race, for any reason, then that athlete is disqualified and must withdraw from the race and the race course.

4. An hour before dusk or in poor visibility, the athlete must wear a high vis vest with reflective panels & carry a torch. Additionally the support vehicle is required to have a high vis vest for each crew member accessible at all times. This is a legal requirement in France.

5. There is joint responsibility for safety between athlete and all members of the team.

6.  Always look and listen both ways before crossing the highways. Drivers will not expect to encounter an athlete or parked vehicle out on the course. Remember we are on public roads. Athletes should not cross over any highway more than necessary; crew must cross carefully to give support to their athlete.

7.  Enduroman Ltd has the final say in all matters of safety.

8.  Non wetsuit swimmers will need their medical forms to be signed by their doctor after 1st January in the year of the event. Wetsuit swimmers must use the self certification form from the CSPS.

Signed and completed medical forms / self certification forms must be returned to the CS&PF / CSPS as applicable at least 2 weeks before the start of the swim slot, with a scanned copy sent to Enduroman.

For relay teams, the team captain must collect all of their team's completed medical forms / self certification forms and return them together, with scanned copies sent to Enduroman.

Leaving the Course or Withdrawing

1.  Every inch of the course must be travelled by each athlete. In the event of a routing error, e.g., wrong turn, the official will navigate the athlete back onto the course to continue cycling / running from that location. If a short cut resulted, a mandatory stop will be made and an extra distance may be added to make up the shortfall.  There will be no allowance made for lost time or miles ran / cycled in the wrong direction.

2.   If an athlete needs to leave the course, their crew must note the exact location and confirm it with the Enduroman official for later restart. Athletes may only leave the course for appropriate reasons such as rest or medical attention. Focus must be kept on the speedy completion of the course.

3.   If an athlete withdraws, they or their crew must inform the Enduroman official immediately.