Two races, One day. A pure Trailfest of running.

23rd July 2016 09:00 Belstone, North Dartmoor



The first pureTRAIL ultra. 34 miles across Dartmoor. North to South.

An aspirational baby ultra. It’s a tip-toe into ultra-distance running. But it’s far from easy..

A fully marked course, two Aid Stations with food and refreshments, plus two drinks and refuelling stops.

Experience the wilderness of the High Moor, the beauty of the periphery. Visiting the 4 moorland villages of Belstone (start), Postbridge, Princetown, and South Brent (finish) and includes 1650m of ascent.

Start time 9am. Time limit 10 hours. Meal provided at the finish. Bespoke t-shirt to all entrants.

Registration 06:30-07:30 at South Brent Village Hall, with bus transfer 07:35 to the start at Belstone. As this is a linear route, a bus service is provided at an additional cost of £10.

For those who are making their own way to the start, Registration will be available from Belstone Village Hall from 08:00 to 08:40 sharp as there is a walk to the start line.

ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 22nd July at Midday (or earlier if the bus transport is full – maximum 75 capacity)



Maps 1 to 5 shown below – click any thumbnail to view/download larger PDF version:

01 Dartmoor Crossing N Section Map 1 line 300 02 Dartmoor Crossing N Section Map 2 line (1) 300 03 Dartmoor Crossing Middle Section Map 300 04 Dartmoor Crossing S Section Map 1 300 05 Dartmoor Crossing S Section Map 2 300


Half-marathon 12pm Plume of Feathers Inn, Princetown


Great Escape RESULTS

Starting from Princetown in the heart of the Moor, the route takes in the last 13 miles of THE CROSSING, with big, wide open spaces.

Can you ‘escape’ from the Moor in the time allowed (4 hours)?

It’s a downhill route with a few surprisingly technical uphills. The route crosses the head of the Erme Valley and traverses the Erme canyons, with some interesting moorland vistas along the Abbots Way before the long descent into South Brent.

A real taste of Dartmoor trail running.

A fully marked and marshalled course with 2 drinks and refuelling stops.

Bespoke medal to all finishers.

Registration is 09:30-10.30 at South Brent Village Hall, with bus transfer leaving 10:35 to the start at Princetown. As this is the a linear route, a bus is provided at an additional cost of £8.

Registration is at the rear of The Plume of Feathers pub (in the marquee) at Princetown also, between 11:15 and 11:45 for those who have not booked transport from South Brent.

ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 22nd July at Midday (or until medals have all gone)!



Maps for The Great Escape half-marathon below – click any thumbnail to view/download larger PDF version:

04 Dartmoor Crossing S Section Map 1 300 05 Dartmoor Crossing S Section Map 2 300

Permit Numbers 452 and 453 provided by the Trail Running Association for The Crossing and The Great Escape respectively



Many thanks to you all for entering our races. It has been a long time in the planning and we can finally host 2 races on the same day, the PureTRAIL’s Big Day Out


South Brent Village Hall (TQ10 9AQ). Please be aware that parking is limited right next to the hall so expect to park 5 minutes walk away and please be considerate and give plenty of room for emergency service vehicles to pass and be aware of access and entry points to people’s houses. Roadside parking is free as is the carpark opposite the hall at the disused railway station but again, spaces are limited. Parking on the road by the hall MUST be on the hall side of the road all the way along.

Timings to register for The Crossing are 06:30 to 07:30 and the bus will leave for Belstone Village Hall (EX20 1RB) at 07:35. For those parking at The start of the race, please leave space for a large coach to turn around, an area will be coned off to allow this. Registration at Belstone Village Hall will be 08:15 to 08:40 and note that toilets facilities are available at the hall. There is a short walk from the hall to the start (9am).

For the Ultra-marathon, The Crossing, a small shoebox size numbered Bag can be left with the coach and will be returned to The finish. Please number your bag according to your race number and on production of the race number at the finish, your bag will be returned to you. Bags will be left at the owners risk.

NO baggage transfer facility is available for The Great Escape.

Timings for The Great Escape registration is 09:00 to 10:30 with the bus leaving at 10:35 to Plume of Feathers Pub (PL20 6QQ), the start of the race (and checkpoint/aid station for The Crossing). For those making their own travel arrangements to Princetown, Registration will be in a marquee at the rear of the pub from 11:15 to 11:45.

Please avoid parking in the Plume of Feathers carpark as there is some free roadside parking and there is a fee paying carpark behind the Dartmoor National Park Information centre across the road, towards the prison.


Our kit list has been kept to a minimum and can be carried in a ‘bum’ bag. Dartmoor has varied weather conditions and this weekend last year had fog, drizzle and a cold wind although we are hoping for a clear and sunny day.

The Crossing

1 litre of water
Emergency food
Waterproof jacket

The Great Escape

500ml of water
Emergency food
Long sleeved top (although a waterproof jacket is recommended)

Vitally important to shut all gates behind you. Dartmoor is a living landscape. Cattle and sheep are abundant.  DO NOT leave gates open for the next runner.

Supporters should keep their dogs under close control at all times. No dogs are allowed to run with their owner in the races due to UK Athletics rules and their Public Liability Insurance, which differs to Park Runs.

Please note that there will be half a dozen qualified first aiders running the route of The Crossing and The Great Escape and they will be identified with hi-visibility jackets attached to their backpack so feel free to ask their advice. Their will also be a first aider based at The finish.

Aid Stations / Checkpoints / Supporting locations

The Crossing

Hangingstone Hill (Mile 5) water top-up ***
Postbridge (mile 11) Fully stocked with food and water ^^
Hexworthy (mile 15.5) water top-up and small bites ^
Princetown (mile 21) Fully stocked with food and water ^^
Plym Ford (mile24.5) water top-up **
Marker Stone (mile 28.5) water top-up and small bites **
Shipley Bridge (mile 32) Fully stocked with food and water ^
South Brent (mile 34) Hot food and a drink, plus water ^^

^^ suitable parking can be found
^ minimal car parking available
** no car parking but a minimum 3.5 mile walk to location
*** no car parking but a minimum 5 mile walk to location!

The Great Escape

Plym Ford (mile 3.5) water top-up **
Marker Stone (mile 7.5) water top-up and small bites **
Shipley Bridge (mile 11) Fully stocked with food and water ^
South Brent (mile 13.2) pureDartmoor Water. Hot food, tea, coffee and cakes to purchase ^^


The Crossing

6 hours (3pm) must leave Princetown checkpoint (21 miles)
10 hours (7pm) South Brent, the Finish

The Great Escape

4 hours (4pm) South Brent, the Finish

Should anyone withdraw from the race you MUST report to a marshal who will assist you.

PLEASE NOTE That at the finish, NO SHOES used for the race should be worn inside the hall or left in a pile outside the entrance door for people to trip over! There will be a separate entrance to the rear for removal of running shoes. Thank you.


Great Escape finishers will all receive a medal and Crossing finishers will receive a

The first two male and female runners in each race will receive a bespoke trophy and age category winners will receive a bottle of wine.

Free massages to all runners
Leah from Ashe Physiotherapy will provide a light massage free of charge but there may be a queue so please be patient.

Hot food is provided to all Crossing participants on production of their race number.

Great Escape runners are able to purchase food at a cost that will not break the bank.

Tea, coffees and cakes will be in abundance! Rumours are there will be banana cake, rock buns, ginger cake, millionaires shortbread and energy balls (these can be purchased at registration and are full of natural ingredients and ideal for the run).

We look forward to chatting with as many runners and supporters as possible at the finish.

Good luck to you all.

Mark and Steve

P.S. ‘It’s all runnable’ – Mark Brooks
‘It’s all runnable, except the hill up from Huccaby!’ – Steve Skedgell