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Coastal Trail Series - Exmoor (CTS)

07-Apr-2018 Hunters Inn, Heddon Valley, South West, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
72KM / 45Miles
1 Day - 50 Runners

Alternate Distances: 53KM/33M 43KM/27M 23KM/14M 10KM/7M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

The CTS Exmoor takes place in the western area of the Exmoor National Park and includes stiff climbs, long descents, open moorland, wooded valleys, rivers and a stretch of coastline. The ultra routes include loops of a 26.7 mile course.

The event is fully waymarked.

There is a compulsory kit and checks will be performed after the race. Runners can leave personal kit bags at the start/finish lines accessed twice during the event. Crew support will also be available exclusively at the start/finish area.

There are seven checkpoints and fuel stops along the route with drinks and snacks. Cut-offs will be in place.

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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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ultraventure

01:18 15-04-17

2017 Race
Advertised as the toughest of the CTS races this one certainly lived up to expectations. Located at the Western end of Exmoor based beside the Hunters Inn. The route covers all the race distances, 10km, 21km, marathon, 55km & 73km all contained within the marathon route. The 55km is the marathon distance + the first 10km route and the 73Km is the marathon route + 1st 10km + the 21km route (which is the first 10km again and a further out & back eastwards along the marathon track). It sounds confusing but is easy to follow, the key thing for the Ultra Plus is the first proper hill is the highest and is repeated 3 times for the race.

Location - easy to get to with country roads to the Inn where you can stay, or book in one of the many other local B&B's/hotels. Car parking is an issue, and many people were unhappy about the tough hill climb from the finish to the carpark

The race starts in the valley and without any sun can be pretty cold, however within 15min of the start you will be out of this and (luckily for us this year) into the sunshine, expect for a few sections of the return along coastal exposed paths we were in the sun for the full race. Terrain, not too technical overall underfoot (says he who twisted his ankle badly and had to drop out at the marathon distance!), with some tarmac and road sections making it a very enjoyable and varied race

Checkpoints - due to the hot weather an extra CP would have been great on the first 35km as a few people ran out of water and my 1lt was decimated during the long section. Overall CP staff were helpful and friendly with plenty of jelly babies, crisps, biscuits to keep you going all day.

I had brought along my poles, as did a number of other people, but they just were not needed, except for a few short sharp sections so can be left at home to lighten the load

For my race: The good was dropping out at the marathon distance after twisting my ankle at 7km. The bad - not dropping out at the 10km distance!

Overall, a great race and one I wish to return to and complete the Ultra Plus distance

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alidixon

09:21 17-04-16

The terrain was very varied throughout the race including grassy fields, rocky trails, scree, forests, steps, roads, lots of mud and of course many steep climbs and descents.

Around 1800m ascent.

Not the largest selection of food at aid stations, but plenty of what they do have.

2 photographers.

A serious challenge thats very well organised. DO IT!

Full review here: http://www.alidixon.com/race-report-cts-exmoor-marathon-2016/

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pixietrails

09:17 17-04-16

Beautiful, varied course - mud, stones, grass, short road sections, and stunning views whether running through woodland or out to sea from the coast path. As well as two ultra distances there are marathon, half and 10k options. Exmoor is the toughest in the CTS series, with the marathon being one of the UK's toughest, with c.1900-2000m of climbing.

The event is well organised, with race HQ including a swift check in, shop, bag drop, and queue-free toilets. The selection of food on offer at checkpoints is often limited, unless you get there first, so bring your own snacks!

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