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Deep River Trail Races

2 races scheduled · 300 participants · Sat 13th Mar 2021 · Exeter
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About this event

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.

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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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Tickets available until Thu Mar 11 2021

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
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4.7
17 reviews
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! … read more
Emma T
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5.0
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 … read more
Matt
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5.0
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. <br />You’ll be challenged in any Puretrail Race and you’ll earn that medal as none of their events are easy. <br />Each event is a great experience in beautiful, natural surroundings and all superbly marshalled by avid trail runners eagerly spurring you on. 10/10… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Will there be parking at the Deep River Trail Races?
Yes, free parking will be available at event HQ at Castle Drogo. … read more
FAQ
Can I run with my dog at the Deep River Trail Races?
Unfortunately dogs are not permitted with runners during this race. … read more
FAQ
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. … read more
Route description
Route description

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:

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.

Total ascent: 289m

Half Marathon:

Follow directions to the aid station at Fingle Bridge and turning up onto a long hill before runners turn left and keeping high in the woods. A sharp left turn takes you down to the river where the longest climb of the course awaits you, from the River Teign up to the highest point of the course and to the second 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 technical trails before turning right and back up to the finish.

Features a whopping 871m ascent, but 7 miles have a positive ascent and the other 7 have more descent than ascent. Plenty of tough hills but the benefit comes with an equal downhill.

Aid station at Fingle Bridge at mile 3 gives peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets, water, coke etc. More will be available at mile 7.5 (Hillfort car park), and at mile 11 back at Fingle Bridge for the final leg.

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
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5.0
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
Matt
Star
5.0
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. <br />You’ll be challenged in any Puretrail Race and you’ll earn that medal as none of their events are easy. <br />Each event is a great experience in beautiful, natural surroundings and all superbly marshalled by avid trail runners eagerly spurring you on. 10/10
Colleen
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4.3
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.
Sally
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5.0
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!
Dom
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4.3
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.
Sarah
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5.0
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!!
Charlie
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5.0
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.
Jonathan
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4.7
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.
Don
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5.0
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.
Manon
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4.3
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.
Becky
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4.3
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
Sam
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4.7
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!
Olly
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5.0
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!
Charlie
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4.7
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!
Alex
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4.7
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.
Will
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Race was great, really challenging. My only complaint is that some of the route could have been clearer, myself and at least 5 others turned down a steep long decline at about the 8mile point, it cut out a good portion of the trail so we turned around and went back up. There was a log across the correct route with hazard tape around it which looked like a barrier, hazard tape had been used elsewhere on the trail to block off routes a sign here rather than the picket flags, which couldn't be seen the other side of the log, would have solved the confusion. Other than that it was a great experience
4.7
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule:

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.

Spectators

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.

Volunteers

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.

How to get there

Castle Drogo, Exeter EX6 6PB, UK

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Address: Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor, Exeter, Devon EX6 6PB

There is free parking at the Event HQ at Castle Drogo.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Will there be parking at the Deep River Trail Races?
Yes, free parking will be available at event HQ at Castle Drogo.
FAQ
Can I run with my dog at the Deep River Trail Races?
Unfortunately dogs are not permitted with runners during this race.
FAQ
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.
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