(RACEDAY INFORMATION EMAIL sent 10th August is at the bottom of this page)
New 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 is at the start line in Belstone Village Hall (EX201RB), between 07:00 and 08:45am sharp, as there is a short walk to the start line on the village green. As this is a linear route, a bus service is provided at an additional cost of £10 and can be purchased through the SiEntries system.
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:
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.
Additional loop starting and finishing from Postbridge Aid Station
Additional loop starting and finishing from Princetown Aid Station At The Plume of Feathers Pub
We’re excited about this new addition which will take the EXTREME route to just over 50 miles. It is also limited of just 30 runners.
All finishers receive a well earned medal and a bottle of Dartmoor Jail Ale. T-shirts available to purchase online through the SiEntries entry system.
Bus transfer available to purchase, if needed, from South Brent to Belstone, through the SiEntries system. Raceday Registration is between 06:00 and 06:45am at Belstone Village Hall, EX201RB. But please be aware there is a short walk to the start line on the village green.
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).
Half-marathon 11:30am (AMENDED from 11:00am) Plume of Feathers Inn, Princetown
Starting from Princetown in the heart of the Moor, the route takes in the last 13.2 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.
Maps for The Great Escape half-marathon route below – click any thumbnail to view/download larger PDF version:
Permit numbers 981-983 provided by the Trail Running Association.
RACEDAY email sent to competitors Thursday 10th August 2017
Many thanks for entering our races. PureTRAIL’s Big Day Out just got BIGGER! We are now hosting 3 races on the same day.
Firstly, we’d like to say that the Start time of The Great Escape half-marathon has had to be moved from 11:00am to 11:30am to accommodate the time allowed for the coaches returning from their initial trip to Belstone and to allow for the Registration of the runners at the start line in Princetown. We hope this gives you more time to get to us on the day without rushing.
Anyone wishing to upgrade from The Crossing to The Crossing Extreme this can be done for £25 via SiEntries by amending your existing entry at https://www.sientries.co.uk/edit_entry.php?event_id=3331
If this email has prompted you to think you’re not able to complete the distance then you have a few days to find a replacement runner and edit your entry via SiEntries on the link above.
Timing chips, race numbers, safety pins, etc will be at the START line for Registration at Belstone for the Crossing and Crossing Extreme, and at Princetown for the Great Escape – times are below.
For anyone wanting to save time on the morning of the race, South Brent Village Hall, TQ10 9AQ, (the finish of all 3 races) has been booked on Friday night between 7-9pm. Should you register on Friday night and not make the start line we will require a call to the Emergency Number, your Race Number and Timing Chip ‘Dibber’ as confirmation, to avoid a £30 charge for non-returning of ‘Dibber’.
Coaches have been arranged so you can leave your car in South Brent at the finish. Please be aware that parking is limited right next to the hall so expect to park 5-10 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.
Coaches leave from outside the South Brent Village Hall (TQ10 9AQ) :-
05:15 arrive 06:15 – Crossing Extreme
06:45 to arrive 07:45 – Crossing
09:15 to arrive 10:15 – Great Escape
Anyone wishing to add a coach transfer from South Brent to the start can do this via SiEntries https://www.sientries.co.uk/edit_entry.php?event_id=3331
06:00 – 06:45 Crossing Extreme from Belstone Village Hall (EX201RB)
07:00 – 08:45 Crossing from Belstone Village Hall (EX201RB)
10:00 – 11:20 Great Escape from the rear of the Plume of Feathers Inn (PL206QQ).
Please avoid parking in the Plume of Feathers pub carpark in Princetown as there is some free roadside parking nearer to Dartmoor Prison and there is a fee paying carpark behind the Dartmoor National Park Information centre across the road, towards the prison.
For those parking in Belstone, the start of the two Crossing races, please leave space for a large coach to turn around, an area will be coned off. There is a short walk from the hall to the start on the village green.
For the Ultra-marathons, The Crossing and Crossing Extreme, 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 because the coach will not be returning to South Brent
The kit list is for your protection should the worst happen on Moorland where it can be miles from the nearest road. Dartmoor’s varied weather conditions means we do not know what we will get. For the same weekend last year we had fog, rain and a cold wind. It was the day Mark, Steve and other marshals marked the course for our Dartmoor Volcano race where we all wore waterproof jackets and trousers.
The Crossing (maximum 10 hours) and Crossing Extreme (maximum 13 hours)
Capacity to carry 1 litre of water
Spare baselayer – long sleeved
Mobile phone with our Emergency numbers stored
The Great Escape (maximum time 4 hours)
Capacity to carry 1 Litre of water
Mobile phone with our Emergency numbers stored
Mark Brooks – 07525723554
Steve Skedgell – 07799111231
We reserve the right to check runners’ kit during the race or at the finish and disqualify the runner, if appropriate.
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 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
An example of a fully stocked Aid Station – choice of drinks such as water, squash, coke, choice of fruits such as bananas and watermelon, peanuts, biscuits, cakes and sweets. You should consider our Aid Stations to be in addition to the food and water you start the race with and not rely solely on the Aid Stations to fuel you to the finish.
Postbridge 11 miles – Fully stocked with food and water ^^
Postbridge 17 miles – Fully stocked with food and water ^^
Hexworthy 21 miles – water top-up ^
Princetown 26 miles – Fully stocked with food and water ^^
Burrator 32 miles – water top-up ^
Princetown 38 miles – Fully stocked with food and water ^^
Eylesbarrow 41 miles – water top-up **
Shipley Bridge 48 miles – Fully stocked with food and water ^^
South Brent, the Finish 51 miles – Hot and cold drinks, cakes to purchase ^^
Postbridge (mile 11) Fully stocked with food and water ^^
Hexworthy (mile 15) water top-up ^
Princetown (mile 20) Fully stocked with food and water ^^
Eylesbarrow (mile23) water top-up **
Shipley Bridge (mile 31) Fully stocked with food and water ^
South Brent (mile 34) Hot and cold drinks, cakes to purchase ^^
The Great Escape
Eylesbarrow (mile 3) water top-up **
Shipley Bridge (mile 11) Fully stocked with food and water ^
South Brent (mile 13.2) Hot and cold drinks, cakes to purchase ^^
^^ suitable parking can be found
^ minimal car parking available
** no car parking but a minimum 2 mile walk to location
All distance are approximate
CUTOFFS – you must have left the aid station by the following times
Crossing Extreme (start 07:00)
Postbridge 11 miles – 9:45
Postbridge 17 miles – 11:15
Princetown 26 miles – 13:30
Burrator 32 miles – 15:00
Princetown 38 miles – 16:30
Shipley Bridge 48 miles – 19:00
South Brent, the Finish 51/52 miles – 20:00
The Crossing (start 09:00)
Postbridge 11 miles – 12:15
Princetown 20 miles – 15:00
Shipley Bridge 31 miles – 18:00
South Brent, the Finish 34 miles – 19:00
The Great Escape (start 11:30)
Shipley Bridge – 14:35
South Brent, the Finish 13.1 miles – 15:30
All distances are approximate
Should anyone miss a cutoffs their ‘Dibber’ and Race Number will be removed and will no longer feature in the race. You will be transported to the finish line in due course. Anyone withdrawing from the race MUST report to a marshal who will assist you.
All finishers will receive a medal at the finish line. T-shirts purchased in advance will be given at the finish line. Some may be available to purchase on the day depending on pre-sales but they are still available to purchase online and will have the logo BIG DAY OUT logo on the front and the 3 races listed on the reverse. These are available as an add-on and can be purchased through the SiEntries entry system https://www.sientries.co.uk/edit_entry.php?event_id=3331 by signing into your account.
The first two male and female runners in each race will receive a bespoke trophy and age category winners will be notified by email once Final Results have been established
Tea, coffees and cakes will be in abundance! It is likely there will be banana cake, flapjack, fruit cake and more…….
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.
We look forward to chatting with as many runners and supporters as possible at the start, during the race and at the finish.
Good luck to you all.
Mark and Steve