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Race to the Farm

09-Sep-2017 Exford, Somerset, UK (England)

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80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 150 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £47 GBP

Closing our 2017 season will be a stunning 50 miler taking in the Exe Valley Way from Exford to Tiverton, then following the Grand Western Canal and some proper rural Somerset surroundings along the Two Counties Way to the finish at Roughmoor Farm, just outside Taunton, where there will be a roaring fire and barbecue awaiting you. A proper rustic atmosphere to end what will be an incredible journey for just a day.

'The wilds of Exmoor' are frequently spoken of, but that's exactly where you will be starting - fast flowing rivers, ancient woodland, rough moors, trees and rocks carpeted in moss and lichen, ferns and bracken everywhere. This truly is a special place, and what's more the route takes in the infamous Tarr Steps - washed away in the 2014 floods and storms but restored and back to their former glory.

You pass through several settlements along the way towards Tiverton, and when you get there you will join the quaint Grand Western Canal; if you have paced yourself sensibly until now this might be a chance to get well ahead of the cut-off, or to put yourself in a winning position, with some pancake flat and super-easy miles. However, don't go sprinting just yet as there's still a fair way to go.

The Grand Western Canal once went all the way to Taunton, and you will be following its old course through some proper lovely countryside as you get nearer and nearer to the finish.

Roughmoor Farm is described as a beautiful, quintessentially english setting, and that's just what it is. In the spacious garden you will find hay bales to sit on around the warming fire and can enjoy a barbecue as you watch the flickering flames and the memories of your day come flooding back to you.

As 50 milers go, this one is somewhere between the Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 and Hilly 50 in terms of difficulty - suitable to be your first but challenging enough to satisfy the more seasoned 50 mile runner. Varied enough to keep things interesting throughout, and with a special atmosphere at the finish, this race might just become a classic September fixture in years to come.

The wilds of Exmoor are kinda remote, so a coach will take you on the day from near the finish to the start, and you can just run back!

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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.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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