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Endurancelife - Coastal Trail Series - South Devon

01-Feb-2020 Beesands, Devon, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
55KM / 34Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 43KM/27M 21KM/13M 11KM/7M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Expert  

Entry From £33 GBP

This is where the Coastal Trail Series was born - the South Devon stage has become a cult classic.

The course is contained within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is simultaneously picturesque and punishing.

With its blend of jagged rocks interspersed with idyllic sandy coves, this coastline is jaw-droppingly beautiful and hugely inspiring.

The South Devon 10k, half, full and ultra-marathon events sell out every year, and you'll soon see why as you weave your way around the technical coastline, before heading inland to tackle a few of the infamous Devon hills!

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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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LUKEW

12:56 15-02-18

CTS South Devon 2018

A fantastic race but I agree with the other reviews that it was deceptively tough. I'm relatively new to ultras and with a handful of 100kms under my belt, including some with considerably more elevation gain, I was probably guilty of not giving this course the respect it deserves.

Driving down from Exeter before the race the rain was bucketing down, as it had been for much of the previous week apparently. The rain did stop around 7am but it meant that half of the course was a muddy, sticky, energy-sapping bog!

I've run a lot of mountain races in Japan (where I live) which tend to involve a small number of lung-busting climbs of several hundred metres to the ridgeline where it becomes a much gentler, undulating affair for a number of nice runnable miles. The South Devon coastal terrain on the other hand was a deceptively tough and technical constant up and down and the back section of the course tackling the (muddy) bridleways over the Devon hills was a real slog..

As the other reviews state the organisation was faultless and I'll definitely be seeking out other Endurancelife races on futire visits back to the UK.

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Peter Telford

09:45 03-02-18

Ran the ultra distance in 2017 and 2018 - it is an excellent course but certainly not one for beginners. It is technical, with a lot of climbing and quite exposed in parts.

Endurance Life had hoped to move the start-point in 2018 to avoid bussing people in/out to the start. Unfortunately the new start-point became water-logged so they had to go back to the old start-point. The bus in was well organised and we were all there ready and raring to go rather longer before the start time than most us of would have wished (cold). The race organisation was impeccable and the race marshals really helpful and friendly. It was well marked and although there are stages with Ultra, marathon, half and 10K all at the same time (which led to a couple of concerns that I may be in the wrong place) it all worked out as per the briefing. In 2018 there was a slight issue with the bus out - like the bus wasn't there and, as a result, there were a lot of very cold runners (and a few dogs) starting to get quite impatient. Full credit to the Endurance Life crew - after about 20 minutes vehicles appeared and the day was completed without any protracted delay.

This course is very weather dependant - it is February. I have been very fortunate in 2017 and 2018 and will probably test my luck in 2019.

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ultraventure

05:47 16-02-17

A beautiful part of the country and a great trail race with challenging elevation gains and some fun technical sections to tackle. I agree with Thom - it is not a beginner friendly course.

This could have been such a miserable race, like you see in the videos from 2016 but we got very lucky with the weather with only a few muddy sections to contend with - some had even managed to dry out on our second lap of the 10km course to finish the 55km distance (I was lucky enough to finish before it started to rain)

Getting there was fun through country roads which is not everyone's cup of tea. It was a well setup site, briefing etc. and good bus transfers were provided.

Only one issue - the marathon runners clashed with the ultras on a narrow section of the path which made progress harder, not sure what could be done except start them later still, which probably doesn’t work well for competitors/organisers.

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Thom

08:35 14-02-17

CTS South Devon, 2017.

After a horrendous week of weather leading up to the event and an awful forecast, we somehow scored a pretty much perfect window. Almost.
The course is my stomping ground from years gone by and I have spent countless hours swimming, surfing or fishing along this stretch of coast. Regardless of that, the scenery is still as breathtaking as I remember it. Under foot, it was soft in places but not as bad as I had expected given the rain that had fallen in the week before.
The coast path gave way to the bridleways and some truly horrendous climbs in and around some perfect little hidden villages and farmland. The ground here was much worse, particularly at around mile 25 at the back of Slapton. The sun hadn't made it through the trees and the narrow paths had been sheltered from the wind and so it was well and truly sodden. These paths then merge into Slapton line for the only flat and straight section of the course which lead back to the start for the full Marathon distance (actually more like 27.5 miles) and a further loop for the guys and girls tackling the Ultra. That final loop lead out along the coast path for a couple of miles and around Start point for a second time before turning inland and a new climb which eventually led back to Hallsands after a little more soft, sludgy bridleway.

I would question the one-star begginer rating however, it's a short course by Ultra standards but the terrain and elevation make it a race not to be taken lightly at all.

One note on Endurancelife as a company - the organisation was impeccable. Really. From the traffic being managed in what are some very small 'grass-between-the-wheels' lanes to the safety brief and start times which both began exactly on time. The registration was also slick, well staffed and fast. The marshalls were friendly and encouraging and aid stations had banana, flapjack, sweets, and salty crisps.

It was an amazing day and I did feel a slight pang of guilt as I left the site just as the heavens opened and I knew there were still people very exposed and tired out on the coast path....... but I guess that's part of running an Ultra in February in the UK!

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