Deep River Trail Races

Sat 23rd Mar 2019
4 National Trust, Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Exeter EX6 6PB, UK
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  • Trails
  • Hilly
  • Finisher’s medal
  • 300 participants

From the organiser

From a grand setting high above the valley below, we will provide 100% PureTrail races in the most wonderful woodland on Saturday 23rd March 2019. pureTrails third foray into the Big Woods of Fingle. Half-Marathon and 10k races start and finish at the wonderfully named Piddledown Common, on the approach to the iconic Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor, Exeter, Devon EX6 6PB.

Distances in this event

  1. Half-Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    11:00am Sat 23rd Mar 2019
    Entry Closed
  2. 10k

    Run 10km
    10:45am Sat 23rd Mar 2019
    Entry Closed
Course Maps
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What’s Included

A 10k race combined with a tough half marathon route means there’s a race for everyone and our bespoke event medals too!

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. Paramedics at Event HQ and on course.

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.

Course Details

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.

10k route :- Total ascent 289m.

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 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.

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.

Raceday Logistics

Start time for 10k race is 10:45am to avoid runners in the half-marathon starting at 11:00am


There is Free parking at event HQ on the Common at the iconic Castle Drogo

Kit List

Mandatory kit-list:

Backpack or waistpack


Survival blanket

Waterproof jacket

Hat/Headcover (cap/buff)

Mobile phone with emergency number stored

Capacity to carry 250ml of liquid – we are cupless now so bring a collapsable up or water bottle.


There are some stunning spots to take photos down by the river and you'll be able to see the runners going out and back on the other side if you can find a (safe) crossing point


We are always very grateful for any keen runners who want to volunteer. If you're interested please email [email protected] with "volunteering" in the subject line


Are trail shoes necessary?

They're not compulsory (and there will be runners in normal trainers) but they are heavily encouraged

Can I do Canicross?

No. Dogs are not permitted with runners during the race.

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