From a grand setting high above the valley below, we will provide 100% PureTrail races in the most wonderful woodland on Sunday 19th March 2017. pureTrail’s first foray into the Big Woods of Fingle. Races start and finish at the wonderfully named Piddledown Common, on the approach to the iconic Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor, Exeter, Devon EX6 6PB.
A 6 mile race combined with a tough half marathon route means there’s a race for everyone and our bespoke event medals too!
Start time for 6 mile has changed from 10:30 to 10:45 to avoid runners in the half-marathon starting at 11:00am. The trails go deep and steep. Down to the depths of the Teign River Valley, then rising above the Fingle treeline. Two extremely tough Woodland Trail Races.
Follow the red lines and arrows crossing the iron bridge over the river Teign to the aid station at Fingle Bridge. The blue lines and arrows are the route to the finish after crossing Fingle Bridge with some technical sections before turning right for home.
Elevation profile for 6 mile race, with peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets and water at an aid station – mile 3, Fingle Bridge. Total ascent 289m.
Follow the red lines and arrows to aid station at Fingle Bridge and turn up onto a long hill before turning left and keeping high in the woods until a sharp left turn takes you down to the river. The longest climb is next, from the River Teign up to the highest point of the course and to the 2nd aid station at Hillfort carpark, mile 7.5. Now for the longest descent, back down to the river. Mile 9 sees the steepest climb of the day back to a crossroads. From here the blue lines and arrows show the way to the finish and you repeat a section completed earlier in the race, but you benefit again with another long down and along the river to Fingle Bridge aid station at mile 11. Crossing over the bridge to follow the river with some technicals trails before turning right and back up to the finish.
Elevation Profile for half-marathon – a whopping 871m ascent but 7 miles have a positive ascent and the other 7 have a more descent than ascent. Plenty of tough hills but the benefit comes with an equal downhill.
Aid stations at Fingle Bridge at 3 miles gives peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets and water, coke will also be available at mile 7.5 Hillfort carpark and mile 11 back at Fingle Bridge for the final leg.
The courses are fully marked and marshalled by runners for runners. First aiders running the course route, at aid stations and at race HQ.
Our trademark trophies for the winners and runners up. Prizes for age category winners (advised by email when results finalised). Our bespoke t-shirts can be purchased separately and collected on the day.
Photos our recent Marshals Social Run of 11 miles in Fingle Woods :-
If you have entered and ran The Big Dipper race (2016) then a £10 discount is applied when two more 2017 PureTrail races have been entered. Any of the above races can be used for the discount.
Permission for the use of the land is given by the National Trust and Woodland Trust.
Permits 679 and 680 are granted by the Trail Running Association.