Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations
All participants must follow the rules below
Please arrive on time for reporting. No team is allowed to change its reporting time and start time without the prior approval of HKYHA.
There are two Check Points for Speedy Cookie 20km and three Check Points for Elite Cookie 34km. All team members must report at relevant Check Points.
Teams found to have taken short cuts will be disqualified. Only teams that have reported at requested Check Points and have completed the designated route are eligible for ranking and/or prizes.
All teams must reported at the requested Check Points at or before its closing time in order to be allowed to proceed. HKYHA reserves the right to suspend the right to proceed of any participant whose condition is deemed unfit to continue. Such participant needs to travel to the Finish Point at his/ her own expense.
The trail could get quite crowded, particularly in the early stage of the event. Please give way to teams that are faster.
A team’s finishing time will be recorded according to the time when the last member of the team reports to officials at the Finish Point.
We will not provide any bottled water. Please bring along your reusable water bottle and lunch box when getting prepared at our Water & Food Distribution and Check Points. Please put recyclable wastes into recycling bins and take your litter home.
To change your team member
Participants who wish to amend their personal details or change their team members should fill in the "Change of Member Form" and submit it by mail, email or in person to HKYHA. Please download the form from the NPCW website.
If participants wish to change their members after 15 December 2017, the administrative cost of HK$200 will be charged for each new member.
The fee of changing member is non-refundable. It cannot be regarded as a donation and is not tax-deductible.
Please avoid changing team members in the last month before the event. Changing team members on the event day is not recommended.
Sickness or Injury
Take good care of your health. In case of sickness, please inform your teammates immediately.
Under no circumstances shall any teammate be left unattended. Any member who is injured or suffering from exhaustion must be brought to the nearest Check Point his/her teammates for assistance or dial the emergency number which is printed on the back of the number bib.
If a team member is seriously injured or unable to move, please dial the emergency call immediately (printed on the back of the number bib) to inform the event organisers and specify your location. Teammates must accompany the injured member until the rescue team arrives.
Every team is recommended to take at least two fully charged mobile phones for emergency circumstances. In such cases, please inform us your team number, the location, injury situation and phone number to facilitate our immediate response.
Withdrawal
If a member intends to withdraw from the event, reporting to the nearest Check Point will be necessary. The duty personnel at that Check Point will then record the withdrawal, and confirm the status of the whole team. Remaining team members are not allowed to continue with the event until the withdrawal is reported.
If a member has an urgent need to withdraw from the event, please report to the event organisers as soon as possible, and pass the number bib to the remaining team members for the completion of the drop-out procedure at the next Check Point.
For the safety of all participants, if half of the team have withdrawn, the remaining members will not be allowed to continue until they are joined by another team at a Check Point.
Anyone who withdraws during the event must inform the event organiser. Those who have withdrawn during the event without informing the event organisers shall be considered missing and a search and rescue will be initiated, which may delay the rescue for others in real need.
The event organisers will not provide transport for participants who withdraw during the event. Please note that all Check Points can be accessed by public transport. The event organisers will NOT provide shuttle bus service for participants who withdraw. Participants should only choose to withdraw at places which are accessible by public transport, otherwise please be prepared to walk for a further distance and make sure you have sufficient food and water with you.

Weather Arrangement
Special Arrangements for Inclement Weather
Cancellation

The event will be cancelled if tropical cyclone warning signal no. 3 or above, or red or black rainstorm signal is hoisted by the Hong Kong Observatory at 06:00am on 12 January 2020. The Organizer reserves the right to change the event date and routes or terminate the event in consideration of adverse weather conditions and/or other unpredictable factors. No refund of registration fee and donations will be made in any circumstances.

Safety Measures
Special arrangements may have to be made during the event due to unpredictable occurrences. In this case, the event organisers will inform the team leaders of these arrangements by phone calls and announcement onsite.
Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is the body's response to the excessive loss of water and salt contained in sweat. The victim's temperature is usually normal, and sweating is still intact. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, people with high blood pressure and people exercising in a hot environment.
Safety guidelines
Drink plenty of water and take rests during the hike. Try to avoid staying under the sun for too long.
Emergency measures
Bring the sufferer to the shade. The sufferer should drink plenty of water, with sodium or minerals preferred. Place wet towel on the sufferer for cooling. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than 1 hour.
Hill fires
Hill fires advance rapidly upward and windward on steep grassy slopes in dry weather. Never underestimate their devastating power. Hill fires are difficult to detect in sunlight. Pay attention to flying ash or the smell of burning. If a hill fire is spotted, leave the place immediately.
Safety guidelines
Except on designated barbecue sites or campsites, never light a fire within country parks. Smokers should refrain from smoking; all cigarette stubs or matches should be completely extinguished before discarding them in litter bins. It is difficult to assess the speed of which a hill fire spreads. Never risk continuing your journey if there is a fire nearby or you may get trapped in the fire.
Emergency measures
Stay calm and never attempt to put out a hill fire by yourself. Go to a place with less vegetation, but avoid moving in the direction of the prevailing wind. In case the fire is close, you should cover the exposed skin with wet clothing and escape to the burnt ground to minimize the chance of getting injured.
Snakebite
Common venomous snakes in Hong Kong include banded krait, banded krait, king cobra, cobra and bamboo pit viper. They are more active in spring, summer and autumn.
Safety guidelines
Wear long trousers and ankle boots. Use only the maintained paths. Don't walk into overgrown area or mixed forest.
Emergency measures
Should a snake be found, keep calm and still. It may be frightened and please let it leave first. Don't cut, suck or wash the wound. The victim should lie down, avoid consuming alcoholic drinks, elevating the wound or making unnecessary movement. Comfort the victim and take him/her to the hospital immediately. If possible, identify the type, colour and band of the venomous snake. If it is caught, take it to the hospital for further medical use.
International distress signals
Send out six long signals within one minute; pause for one minute and repeat the same. Do not stop until the rescue team comes (continue the signals even during the rescue team has spotted you from a long distance, so that your exact position can be identified).
Ways of sending signals
Blow a whistle
Reflect light with a mirror or metal sheet
Wave colourful or shiny clothes to attract attention