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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

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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
    Event passed
  2. 10k

    Run 10km
    10:45am Sat 23rd Mar 2019
    Event passed
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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Reviews (11)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    Im fairly new to this area so still getting used to the beautiful places on my doorstep, but I thought this venue was particularly stunning! Also I may not have visited it if the race hadnt drawn me there. There were several light-hearted moans about the hills and how tough the course was, but I am used to mountains so that didnt impact on me, I just thoroughly loved it! The PureTrail lot are a great bunch too, I have been running with them on their Wednesday night outings which are free!!
  • Did the 10k in 2019

    First attempt at a trail race and loved it! Genuinely loved the community feel of this event and had great fun speaking to everyone doing the race and the organisers. Tough hill makes the finishline all the sweeter :) Definitely want to go back next year - made a great weekend away.
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    My 3rd trail run/race. Great venue. It was a tough and fun 14 mile run. Good organisation although at the 10k/14 mile bridge division the marking/steward could have been clearer as I ended up adding a further half mile to my run because I followed the 10k route before realising my mistake. I would recommend the run.
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    This was my first Pure Trail event and I loved it! I am a slower runner but really enjoy trail running. The course was amazing if not hard (but I didn't expect anything different) especially the cruel 'hill' at the finish line. The marshalls were very encouraging too. As always there weren't many people at the finish line by the time I came in but I'm getting used to that. The organisers who were there did cheer me over the line which was gratefully appreciated. Put it this way - I enjoyed it so much that I have now signed up for the next race - Race the Tide! See you there.
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    This race was EPIC! Probably my favorite trail run yet. The course was varied and interesting, with big hills through the forest and lovely trails along the river. Registration at the start was quick and easy, and there were very friendly marshals all along the route. The 11am start time also means you don't have to sacrifice your Saturday morning lie-in to run! If you're looking for a great challenging trail run - this is it.
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    Really enjoyed this event, very challenging - not for the beginner runner!! Lovely venue/location and well organised. Would definitely do it again
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    Awesome race and really stunning course. The hills are sizeable and definitely 4 that you need to walk up including a big one near the end. There are nice bathrooms and coffee in the main reception area which is about a 5 minute walk from the start. Lovely people and a really great day - will be back next year!
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    Really awesome race on a beautiful hilly course. I'm training for an ultra marathon in a couple of months and this was the perfect training run. Great vibe amongst athletes as well, with a lot of talking on the trails and camaraderie cheering each other on. Three quality aid stations serving everything from jaffa cakes to jelly babies. And a nice big medal at the finish line. Couldn't recommend this race more highly!
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    Epic first trail running experience. Found the course really challenging but thoroughly enjoyed it. Organisation was simple but effective. Only complaint was that the start line wasn't clear so wasn't sure when to start my strava! Medal was awesome and the aid stations were really well stocked with food and drink. Highly recommend and will definitely be doing more trail runs in the future!
  • Did the Half-Marathon in 2019

    Awesome race. This was a stunning course around a beautiful part of Dartmoor. The course was pretty hilly with the occasional technical part, and was clearly marked throughout. Really well organised by Puretrail, with friendly marshalls, good feed stations, and a chunky good-looking medal at the end! Would definitely recommend.

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