Deep River Trail Races

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Dive deep into the Big Woods of Fingle in this challenging trail Half Marathon and 10k. Runners will begin the race high above the valley below and descend through wonderful woodlands and along the River Teign, with views of the Castle Drogo. Come for the challenge or the bespoke medal.
10k, and Half Marathon
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Sat 16th Oct 2021
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Castle Drogo, Exeter EX6 6PB, UK
Start times
Half Marathon:
11:00am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Deep River Trail Races
Route information
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.
Total ascent: 289m
Runners will start by crossing the iron bridge over the River Teign to the aid station at Fingle Bridge. After crossing Fingle Bridge, runners will head to the finish, with some technical sections before turning right for home.
Peanuts, jaffa cakes, jellied sweets and water provided at mile 3 aid station at Fingle Bridge.
Half Marathon
Total ascent: 871m
The Half Marathon takes entrants up to the aid station at Fingle Bridge, up a long hill, before staying high up in the woods and heading to the second aid station.
Up next is the longest climb of the route starting from the River Teign up to the highest point of the course at Hillfort Car Park. After the long climb, the descent back town to the river will feel like a breeze as you complete a section already familiar to you from earlier in the race. Last up is some technical trails before crossing the finish line.
What's included
  • Bespoke event medal to all finishers
  • Fully marked and marshalled courses
  • First Aid on course and at event HQ
  • Well stocked aid stations
  • Trademark trophies for winners and runners up
  • Prizes for age category winners
  • Free parking
How to get there
Castle Drogo, Exeter EX6 6PB, UK
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There will be free parking at the event site.
Event day logistics
10:45 10k start time
11:00 Half Marathon start
*Please note the event is cupless, and bringing your own cup is part of the mandatory kit list.
Aid Stations
Aid stations will be located at the following locations along the route, Fingle Bridge at 3 miles, Hillfort car-park at mile 7.5, and mile 11 back at Fingle Bridge for the final leg.
Kit List
The following kit is mandatory for the event.
  • Backpack or waistpack
  • Whistle
  • Survival blanket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat/Headcover (cap/buff)
  • Mobile phone with emergency number stored
  • Capacity to carry 250ml of liquid – collapsable cup or water bottle
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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.
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Spectator Info
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.
Will there be parking at the Deep River Trail Races?
Yes, free parking will be available at the event.
Can I run with my dog at the Deep River Trail Races?
Unfortunately dogs are not permitted with runners during this race.
When will the results be posted for the Deep River Trail Races?
As soon as the results are finalised, they will be uploaded onto the event website. You will also be able to see your time immediately at the finish.
17 reviews
Tanya Alexander
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Wow! How can one race have so many hills in.....both up and down!! This is tough in a weirdly good way. Lovely trails to run on through the woods and along the river. Very well marked and marshalled. Great medal as per usual with PureTrail!
Emma T
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This race was probably the hardest race I’ve ever ran but it was so enjoyable ! The race is so well organised and everyone is fabulous
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I love this race, the location is as beautiful as it is demanding. Each Puretrail event is superbly organised and those organisers are meticulous to every little detail being runners themselves. You’ll be challenged in any Puretrail Race and you’ll earn that medal as none of their events are easy. Each event is a great experience in beautiful, natural surroundings and all superbly marshalled by avid trail runners eagerly spurring you on. 10/10
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Beautiful course, with a fair few hills! PureTrail always do great bling - lovely medal. I like that you have to bring your own cups to events but I do think PureTrail's events are quite expensive for what you get.
Did the 10k in 2019
This is an area I’ve always wanted to run so I was determined to take part this year and it was as fantastic as I expected. Incredibly beautiful countryside and views. Highly recommend it!
Did the 10k in 2019
This was my first trail race and it didn’t disappoint. I ran with my brother and some friends and my goal was simply to enjoy the run. The views were breathtaking, Dartmoor is such a beautiful part of the country. I really enjoyed the challenge of the terrain, and I can see us returning to trail events soon. The organisers and team were really friendly and it’s easy to see how they’ve built such a passionate community around their events.
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.
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Ellie-Jane Hemming
Would I need to have a mandatory kit for the 10km run?
Dom Goodrum
Yeah, when we did the event in 2019 we were required to take a survival foil blanket. Apart from that we did the race in some trail running shoes which I recommend as the ground can be loose in places. It's an amazing event, have a great time.
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