pureTRAIL running events have been created by two experienced, passionate, South Devon based Trail and Ultra Distance runners, located on the southern fringes of Dartmoor. We believe that roads are for cars, not runners, so we keep road use to an absolute minimum in our attempt to create the ultimate Trail running experience. We believe that the events should be for runners, not organisers, so we spend our time meticulously planning the routes, and organising simple, pleasurable races over Southern Britain’s last wild place, Dartmoor.
We aim to bring experienced and novice Trail runners into the natural Dartmoor environment by offering Trail races varying in distances of between 10 and 100 miles. From the short, sharp, explosive ‘Volcano Race’ of 10 ‘Moorish’ miles with nearly 1800ft of climb, to the Ultra Trail of Dartmoor.. the Dartmoor 100′, a circumnavigation of Dartmoor. The Ultimate test of endurance in Southern England.
Simplicity is our concept. To get runners off the road and onto the Trails. To explore, to experience, to empower and to have fun with running through nature.
To begin our journey, every Wednesday evening we guide runners of all abilities around the Tracks and Trails of Southern Dartmoor and surrounding areas. We have created the PureTrail Running Group. Our first run was from Haytor in April 2015 and people arrived from almost 30 miles away. We are now attracting a growing number of runners each with between 10 and 27 in recent weeks. Everyone is welcome, the guided runs are free of charge. Just bring enthusiasm, a sense of adventure and your trail shoes. Since we started Wednesday night runs we have only missed a handful of evenings in 4 years. It’s now time to ditch the head torches again as the nights get lighter…….hooray! See Wednesday Night Runs section on the Menu bar for our weekly location.
Roads are for cars. Too hard, too unforgiving and too repetitive…
“I’ve never known anyone to go back to the roads when they’ve experienced the magic and simplicity of Trail Running. Running in the fresh air, through open spaces, in nature. It’s a tremendous sense of freedom, of getting away from it all both physically and mentally. It is, quite simply ‘breathing space’ in a chaotic world. It’s primeval instinct. When we run through nature we connect to something really basic within us. It’s a meditation, a therapy, and a complete detox. It always leaves me in a better, clearer, positive frame of mind. It puts everything into perspective. I love it..!”
Significant race finishes include Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2008/09/10/12/15/17. TDS 2011, Lakeland 100 2009/’13, Spine Challenger winner 2012, Transvulcania 2014, Transgrancanaria 2016, Ultra Trail Monte Rosa 2016, Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2017, Haria Extreme 2017, Arc of Attrition 2018, Arc 50 2019, LDWA Camel-Teign 100 first place 2013, SDW100 2015, Apocalypse 100 2015, Roseland August Trail Plague winner 2015, The Fellsman more times than I can remember, and numerous Mountain Marathons including OMM (Elite class), LAMM and RAB.
Mark is a qualified Mountain Leader (Northern Ireland MLTB)
“Having completed 5 road marathons in a 19 year period, I switched to Trail Running in 2010 and completed a further 109 marathons and Ultra-marathons in the last 9 years, including my 100th marathon in May 2017. I found the running bug on the Trails. I have loved running on National trails in the Lake District, the Dorset Coast, the South Downs, The Ridgeway, however nothing beats the variation of terrain and environment that can be found on Dartmoor in a run as short as 6 miles. The complete openness of Dartmoor and the continual finding of new trails maintains my enthusiasm and passion for running, to the point now where I am creating routes to share with a wider cross-section of the running community. I love being out alone and away from my busy life but also get enjoyment from showing others the routes I have learnt over the years of running on Dartmoor”
Significant race finishes include TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie) 2013+2015+2018, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2012, South Downs Way 100, The Fellsman, Lakeland 50 four times, Wye Valley 50, Brecon Beacons 40, The Druid Challenge and Pembrokeshire Coast (3 marathons in 3 days). Although my favourite event is an LDWA Chagford Challenge which I have ran the last 8 consecutive years.
Future races :-
June 2019 – Scenic Trail 54k in Switerland
January 2020 – Spine Challenger 100 miles to ‘celebrate’ my 50th birthday!