Deep River Trails

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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.
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Where and when
National Trust - Castle Drogo, Castle Drogo Drive Drewsteignton near, Exeter EX6 6PB, UK
Start times
Sat, 11 Mar 2023
Half Marathon:
11:00am |
10k :
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Deep River Trails
£26.00 - £28.00
Half Marathon
£38.00 - £40.00
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.
Distance: 10k
Total ascent: 289m
Terrain: Trails - Gravel - Paths
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 is provided at the mile 3 aid station at Fingle Bridge.
Distance: Half Marathon
Total ascent: 871m
Terrain: Trails - Gravel - Paths
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.
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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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Finisher's Medal
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How to get there
National Trust - Castle Drogo, Castle Drogo Drive Drewsteignton near, 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 arrive at least 45-60 minutes before the start of your race to allow plenty of time to park, register, collect your race pack, attach your race number, drop any bags you have, and sufficiently warm up.
Race Pack
Race packs must be collected from the registration desk on the morning of the event.
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.
Event Rules
Please be aware that this is a cupless event, meaning you must bring your own reusable cup or bottle with you in order to drink from the water jugs at the aid stations.
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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.
What to bring
Mandatory Kit
  • Trail shoes
  • Backpack or waist pack
  • Whistle
  • Survival blanket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat/Headcover (cap/buff)
  • Mobile phone with the emergency numbers stored.
  • Capacity to carry 250ml of liquid – this is a cupless so bring a collapsible cup or water bottle
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.
2 reviews
Did the 10k in 2022
This was a great route, very tough but enjoyable. My issue is that if you have a mandatory kit list, enforce it, otherwise what’s the point.
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Amazing eventMy first actual running event and will definitely be doing more.Some very challenging hills but that made it fun!
Recent Questions
Lisa Donn
Would this be suitable for a first time trail race?
Stephy Dennis
Hi Lisa, Yes this would be ideal for a first time trail race :-)
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