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Dartmoor Trail Running Challenge

02-Feb-2019 Holwell Farm, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Dartmoor, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
50KM / 31Miles
1 Day - 600 Runners

Alternate Distances: 43KM/27M 23KM/14M 12KM/8M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Expert  

Entry From £30 GBP

We have a superb location for our new event, set at Holwell Farm, close to the famous Hound Tor and Haytor plus the Dartmoor village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Set in the heart of Dartmoor it means that you are straight onto the trails just the way we like it. Dartmoor in February can be a tough area to be, along with the routes taking in some tough, challenging hills and full speed decents.

As usual there are four distances on offer. All routes start and finish at the main field at Holwell Farm and head off over the moors towards Hound Tor and Haytor Downs. Whilst the 12K loop around great Hound Tor and head back to the finish the rest will carry on heading towards Yarner Woods.

Circling the nature reserve at Yarner Woods you then head up the river towards Becky Falls and Manaton with the half marathon rounding Great Hounder and heading back to the finish after passing the famous Jay’s Grave. The marathon and ultra runners head in the other direction; skirting around Hammeldown Tor and Kings Tor before cutting left between Shapley Tor and Kings Tor, passing the old hut circles and settlements.

The marathon will head down to Challacombe Tor before heading back to Widecombe-in-the-Moor and up to the finish line. The ultra runners pass right around Challacombe Tor and into Soussons Down. Once through Soussons Down they will be heading down towards Corndon Tor, which is quite a trip. Once at Corndon Tor they make a sharp turn and start the trip back to Widecombe-in-the-Moor and then head up to the finish area at Holwell Farm.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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markyash

10:35 08-03-18

A challenging ultra made far more difficult with some very torturous muddy fields, quite a few issues with missing signage (many runners found themselves lost in various parts during the event) and some nasty weather. I did think it a bit unfair to charge £5 for parking in a quagmire and the post event food was shoddy. It really is a shame to report that this wasn't a happy event for all.

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theclancampbell

01:35 19-02-18

2018 Februrary. Signage was missing for up to 2Km sections of the race. Signage not visible in fog due to white background, fluorescent colours would be better. Electronic GPS file not up to date to reflect race course on the day. No hot drinks available at any point, despite close to zero temps. Paper maps provided that were sodden and useless in 5 mins. Parking costs £5 in a muddy field not suitable for cars. Nearly al vehicles had to be pushed out by hand. Below average organisation; problems not dealt with that were obvious to foresee. Feedback has not been taken on board for their next event in Lulworth cove. Need to improve or they will never be on a par with other providers.

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