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Dartmoor Volcano Race

Run 10.25mi
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Test yourself with this formidable 10 mile trail run over Dartmoor. Great for trail running aficionados, the course provides a real test taking runners over South Dartmoor's highest point, Ryder's Hill. Come for the epic challenge or for the all-important finisher's medal.

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Tanya Alexander
"If you like uphill starts this is the race for you!! A hill that seems never..."
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How to enter the Dartmoor Volcano Race

  1. Dartmoor Volcano

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Dartmoor Volcano Race route

The course totals 10.25 miles and has a total climb of almost 500 metres. As such, this event will provide a formidable challenge.

Throughout the run, participants will visit South Dartmoor's highest point - Ryder's Hill - and enjoy extensive Dartmoor views while crossing a number of rivers and bogs. Don't forget the ascent of the notorious Red Lake Volcano as well.

There is a cut-off of around 3 hours and marshals/sweepers will be out to make sure all the runners are faring well.

A detailed plan of what the race includes can be found here:

3 river crossings
1 Clapper Bridge crossing
2 Bogs
1 Volcano ascent
1 long uphill start
1 long downhill finish

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Course marshals
  • Epic finisher's medal
  • Sweeper runner
  • Aid stations
  • On-site first aid
Raceday Logistics


0900: Parking opens

0915 - 1045: Registration

Race starts

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the event to sure there is plenty of time to complete the registration process and have a sufficient warm-up.

Kit List

The weather in Dartmoor can be unpredictable so please be prepared for this.

  • Backpack or waistpack
  • Whistle
  • Foil/Survival blanket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Headcover (cap/buff)
  • Mobile phone with emergency number stored (numbers below)
  • Capacity to carry 250ml of liquid – we are cupless now so bring a collapsable cup or water bottle
  • Trail running shoes

Supporters are more than welcome to come along and cheer on the runners. Please note however that there are a limited number of suitable vantage points unless you walk a few miles from the start line.

If supporters have a dog with them, then please ensure they remain on a lead at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there catering on-site?
Yes, there will be soft drinks, coffees, teas and a selection of cakes to purchase throughout the day at the Village Hall.
Will there be merchandise available to purchase on the day?
There will be a variety of merchandise which is purchase-able on the day. Beanie - £10 Multi-functional headware - £8 T-shirt - £22 Hoodies - £30
Is there onsite first aid?
There will be qualified paramedics from Medicare SouthWest at the event HQ.

Dartmoor Volcano Race weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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pureTRAIL running events have been created by two experienced, passionate, South Devon based Trail and Ultra Distance runners, located on the southern fringes of Dartmoor. We believe that roads are for cars, not runners, so we keep road use to an absolute minimum in our attempt to create the ultimate Trail running experience. We believe that the events should be for runners, not organisers, so we spend our time meticulously planning the routes, and organising simple, pleasurable races over Southern Britain’s last wild place, Dartmoor. We aim to bring experienced and novice Trail runners into the natural Dartmoor environment by offering Trail races varying in distances of between 10 and 100 miles. From the short, sharp, explosive ‘Volcano Race’ of 10 ‘Moorish’ miles with nearly 1800ft of climb, to the Ultra Trail of Dartmoor.. the Dartmoor 100′, a circumnavigation of Dartmoor. The Ultimate test of endurance in Southern England.



Dartmoor Volcano Race reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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    Tanya Alexander

    Did the Dartmoor Volcano in 2017

    If you like uphill starts this is the race for you!! A hill that seems never ending to get you up on to the moors, although you do come back down it to finish aswell so you can speed down it to gain some time you lost on the way up it!! Great views from the top of the “volcano”. Tough but enjoyable.
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