BIG DAY OUT – Crossing/Extreme/Great Escape – Sat 26th Aug

BIG DAY OUT – Crossing/Extreme/Great Escape – Sat 26th Aug


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

imageNew Date 26/8/17


The Crossing – 34 miles – 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 just 900 metres of ascent.

Start time 09:00. Time limit 10 hours. Our first ever Bespoke medals for this event. Bespoke t-shirt can be purchased during the application process.

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 08:40am sharp as there is a walk to the start line.

Crossing Extreme launched 3/4/17 – Upgrade available from The Crossing to Crossing Extreme for £25 as we’ve already had significant interest. This can be done via SiEntries by amending your existing entry


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

Crossing EXTREME – 50 miles – 07:00 Belstone, North Dartmoor

We’ve added a new twist to The Crossing this year…..We’ve extended the route to increase elevation and Tor-yield per mile.

The two extensions are out from Postbridge and Princetown, still following the classic pureTrail Crossing route but with a little extra for those wishing to go that little further. There will be two extra aid stations to assist you.

We’re excited about this new addition which will take the EXTREME route to just over 50 miles. It is also limited of just 50 runners.

All finishers receive a well earned medal. T-shirts available to purchase online through the SiEntries entry system.

All Registrations will be South Brent Village Hall TQ109AQ. Bus transfer available to purchase if needed through the SiEntries system.

Start time – 07:00
Time allowed 13 hours – 20:00

Entry is £73/75 plus Administrative Fee

(Upgrade available from The Crossing to Crossing Extreme for £25 as we’ve already had significant interest. This can be done via SiEntries by amending your existing entry). Maps of the additional loops will be updated shortly.

ENTRIES OPEN >>>>>>>>>>> 

Half-marathon 11:00am Plume of Feathers Inn, Princetown


Great Escape 2016 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. Bespoke t-shirts can be purchased in the application process.

Registration is 08:00-8:30am at South Brent Village Hall, with bus transfer leaving 9:35am 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 10:15 and 10:45am for those who have not booked transport from South Brent.

ENTRIES OPEN >>>>>>>>>


Maps for The Great Escape half-marathon route 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 981 and 983 provided by the Trail Running Association. Awaiting Permit number allocated for Crossing Extreme.


RACEDAY INFORMATION FOR 2016, also emailed to participants, but may NOT be exactly the same for 2017

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) Water, tea, coffee and cakes ^^

^^ 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) Water, 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.


All finishers will receive a medal and can collect a t-shirt if pre-paid (there may be some to purchase on the day).

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.

Tea and coffees are offered free but a small charge will be made from the selection of snacks and cakes.

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