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Snake Bite - Mandatory Safety Equipment

Please watch this video to familiarise yourself with the bandaging procedure.

snake bandageWith changes in treatment we are now recommending that all runners purchase a SMART Snake Pressure bandage as these allow you to apply the correct pressure (when the rectangle is stretched to become a square, when applying the bandage and hence retard the spread of the venom through your system. It can be purchased following this link - RRP 19.95.

This article was written by Rob Timmings who runs a medical/nursing education business teaching nurses, doctors and paramedics. 3000 bites are reported annually,  300-500 hospitalisations, 2-3 deaths.

Average time to death is 12 hours. The urban myth that you are bitten in the yard and die before you can walk from your chook pen back to the house is a load of rubbish.

While not new, the management of snake bite (like a flood/fire evacuation plan or CPR) should be refreshed each season. Let’s start with a basic overview.
There are five genus of snakes that will harm us (seriously) - Browns, Blacks, Adders, Tigers and Taipans.
All snake venom is made up of huge proteins (like egg white). When bitten, a snake injects some venom into the meat of your limb (NOT into your blood). This venom cannot be absorbed into the blood stream from the bite site. It travels in a fluid transport system in your body called the lymphatic system (not the blood stream).

Now this fluid (lymph) is moved differently to blood. Your heart pumps blood around, so even when you are lying dead still, your blood still circulates around the body. Lymph fluid is different. It moves around with physical muscle movement like bending your arm or knees, wriggling fingers and toes, walking/exercise etc.
Now here is the thing. Lymph fluid becomes blood after these lymph vessels converge to form one of two large vessels (lymphatic trunks) which are connected to veins at the base of the neck.

Back to the snake bite site—when bitten, the venom has been injected into this lymph fluid (which makes up the bulk of the water in your tissues). The only way that the venom can get into your blood stream is to be moved from the bite site in the lymphatic vessels. The only way to do this is to physically move the limbs that were bitten. Stay still!!! Venom can’t move if the victim doesn’t move. Stay still!!

Treatment - In the 1980s a technique called Pressure immobilisation bandaging was developed to further retard venom movement. It completely stops venom /lymph transport toward the blood stream. A firm roll bandage is applied directly over the bite site (don’t wash the area).
Technique: Three steps: keep them still

  • Step 1: Apply a bandage over the bite site, to an area about 10 cm above and below the bite.
  • Step 2: Use another elastic roller bandage and apply a firm wrap from fingers/toes all the way to the armpit/groin. The bandage needs to be firm, but not so tight that it causes fingers or toes to turn purple or white. About the tension of a sprain bandage.
  • Step 3: Splint the limb so the patient can’t walk or bend the limb. Keep still!

Do nots:

  • Cut, incise or suck the venom.
  • EVER use a tourniquet.
  • Remove the shirt or pants—just bandage over the top of clothing.
  • Remember movement (like wriggling out of a shirt or pants) causes venom movement.
  • DO NOT try to catch, kill or identify the snake!!! This is important.

In hospital we NO LONGER NEED to know the type of snake. New Antivenom neutralises the venoms of all the 5 listed snake genus, so it doesn’t matter what snake bit the patient. Polyvalent is our one shot wonder, stocked in all hospitals, so most hospitals no longer stock specific Antivenins.

Australian snakes tend to have 3 main effects in differing degrees.

  1. Bleeding—internally and bruising.
  2. Muscles paralysed causing difficulty talking, moving & breathing.
  3. Pain, in some snakes severe muscle pain in the limb, and days later the bite site can break down forming a nasty wound.

Remember—stay still.
Rob Timmings
Kingston/Robe Health Advisor

Welcome to Running Wild’s 2020 trail running program. We have put together a series of spectacular runs in some of Victoria’s best national parks. Our motto is great runs—great places—great people. We do not run “races” as such, we are about the trail running experience, enjoying the country, experiencing what nature has to offer—weather, terrain and your ability to push yourself and get to know your body and your limits, and the social experience.

That is what trail running and wild running is all about, however if you want to run fast and race, that’s fine too.

Distances in our introductory events range from as little as 1 km in the Dinner Plain Mile High Trail Run and Mt Baw Baw Trail Fest to 10 km in the Darby River Half Marathon and 10 km fun run  or a 14 km stage in the Alpine Challenge, 22 km in the Razorback Run or the Mt Buller Sky Run. We offer a full range of distances in our Mountain and Coastal runs from 22, 36, 44, 65 km all the way up to 100 km and 100 miles in the Alpine Challenge.

If you haven’t tried trail running before we offer some great introductory experiences. If you are a seasoned marathon runner or ultra runner but looking for new experiences these runs may inspire you to look at running with fresh eyes.

3.5 km Spirit Dash and 10 km Romancing the Sunset events—due to the possibility of adverse weather conditions and the fact that you will be returning in the dark, all participants must carry the following safety equipment:

  • Beanie/gloves
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Torch

All runners in the 25/40 km, must carry with them as a minimum the following safety equipment. The reason for this is if someone were to injure themselves out on the trail, they may need to either walk out or wait a couple of hours for medical assistance. Given the area is subject to sudden changes in weather and the possibility of an injured person rapidly loosing core body temperature or going into shock, these items are considered the minimum safety requirements so please do not ask again:

  • Compass and/or GPS, whistle, waterproof map of the area (recommended is Rooftop’s Mt Feathertop – Hotham 1:30,000 and adjacent Bogong High Plains or Spatial Vision – Bogong Alpine Area 1:50,000) or the map off the website
  • Broad bandage – for snake bite and sprains (8 – 10 cm restrictive bandage. White crepe bandages are not acceptable)
  • Antiseptic swipes, bandaids, painkillers
  • Water proof jacket with hood and waterproof overpants
  • Spare long sleeved thermal propylene/wool top and long johns
  • Beanie/hat, gloves
  • Torch
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Food
  • Mobile Phone (for emergency calls)

Failure to carry all the mandatory gear listed above will mean you will not be permitted to run. Please pay special attention to the requirements regarding the bandage.


  1. Random gear checks will be carried out.
  2. All runners MUST have sufficient experience/equipment to allow them to either find an alternate route back to run to headquarters or wait out the night and complete the run the following day.

Any runner who withdraws or is unable to complete the run back to Mount Hotham by 6:00 P.M. on the Sunday must attempt to contact the run director by mobile phone (0418 136 070) and advise their status.

No Gear = No Start



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At Running Wild we focus on three things: great runs, great places, great people.

We believe that the essence of a great run lays in the combination of location, scenery, terrain and course structure—it’s the bringing all of these components together that make a great run. Luckily the ultra community is made up of great people, people who want to experience the magic of our national parks, who are willing to support and share information with people new to the sport and to share a story and their experiences after a run.

That’s the difference: it’s building friendships, it’s about sharing and caring for your fellow runners, and it's about having fun, well most of the time anyway—after you have finished a demanding run!

We have put together a series of spectacular runs in some of Victoria’s best national parks. We do not run “races” as such, we are about the running experience, enjoying the country, supporting other runners, experiencing what nature has to offer—weather, terrain and your ability to push yourself and get to know your body and your limits, and, the social experience.

Our aim is to help people enjoy the outdoors, and develop through new experiences. Our program offers a series of runs that hopefully will appeal to all categories of runners across a range of stunning Coastal and Mountain trails. Within these areas you will find a range of runs that cater for the new trail runner wanting introductory level runs—from 5 – 22 km, to those wanting to participate in tougher and more challenging events with distances ranging from 32 – 160 km. We have also added a number of shorter 1-4 km distances which have proved a great success with kids.

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