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Hameldown Half Marathon, with its 7 mile sibling the Hameldown 7EVEN, are back for another year!

The races start and finish in the village of Widecombe-In-The-Moor, at the foot of the Hameldown ‘massif’ and surrounded by some of Dartmoor’s most iconic granite tors.

Review summary

30 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Tanya Alexander
"This race deserves respect!! It has got to be my toughest half marathon to..."


Lewis J
"I am so glad the first aid was on course as I took a little fall. This didn't..."


Patrick M
"Only did the 10k as it was my first challenging race back from injury...."
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How to enter the Hameldown Hammer & 7EVEN

  1. Hammer Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Event passed
  2. 7EVEN 10K

    Run 10km
    Event passed

Hameldown Hammer & 7EVEN routes

The Hameldown Hammer, like our Dartmoor Volcano race, is another tough, challenging trail race, designed to be a serious test of endurance. The Hammer has a total ascent of over 600m. It is 98% trail, over a series of well-defined, grassy, rocky, sometimes muddy tracks and through forestry glades. Most significantly, there is a double ascent of the Hameldown Ridge.

The Hameldown Hammer and 7EVEN rise high and steep. They afford spectacular views of the Moor and Tors, with some of the best trail running Dartmoor has to offer.

The shorter race, the Hameldown 7EVEN (The ‘Long 10k’), has in excess of 300m of ascent and still includes a double ascent of the Hameldown ridge.

Event Details

What’s Included
Fully marked and marshalled courses
First aid on course and at HQ
Bespoke Puretrail event medal
Raceday Logistics
Merchandise purchased will be available for collection on race day.

Dogs are not permitted with runners during the race.

Please note that as an organisation, we are now cupless to save our plastic usage. Bringing your own cup is part of the mandatory kit list.
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 – collapsable cup or water bottle

Hameldown Hammer & 7EVEN weather forecast

Possible light rain in the morning and overnight.

Predicted highs
Predicted lows
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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 19mph

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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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Hameldown Hammer & 7EVEN reviews (30)

4.9 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • L

    Lewis J

    Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2019

    I am so glad the first aid was on course as I took a little fall. This didn't stop me as I was determined to complete such a stunning but tough course in heartland of Dartmoor
  • P

    Patrick M

    Did the 7EVEN 10K in 2019

    Only did the 10k as it was my first challenging race back from injury. Definitely took a lot of mental strength to get up those hills at times but still an awesome event.
  • F

    Felix F

    Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2019

    An extremely well organised race. The route was very clearly marked out. Definitely going to have another go at one of the organisers events.
  • G

    George S

    Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2019

    An absolutely beautiful location. This half marathon is not for the feint hearted but definitely worth a go for those who love a challenge
  • A

    Archie M

    Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2019

    I wish I had improved kit at this was a tough course. So my variety in the terrain throughout the half marathon. My hardest challenge to date.
  • G

    George P

    Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2019

    WOW!! Such a tough half marathon but I was so extremely satisfied when I finished. Glad to have picked up the finishes medal.
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    Tanya Alexander

    Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2017

    This race deserves respect!! It has got to be my toughest half marathon to date!! Tough course across Dartmoor with just about every possible weather condition Dartmoor could throw at you the year I did it!! Very well organised and no chance of getting lost as the course was marked very well. I will be back to repeat it again, on a nice day though!!
  • Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2019

    It was a great run and we were really lucky with the weather. I would recommend it to any keen trail runner.
  • Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2019

    A well organised race with possibly the most detailed course marking I have ever seen (flag about very 30-50 yards). The route climbs the Hameldown 'massif' from 3 directions all of which are largely runnable (if you don't have a winter cold like me) with great views on a clear day. I took the organisers advice and parked up on the Moor and ran to the start but there seemed to be enough parking in Widecombe if you arrived reasonably early.
  • Did the Hammer Half Marathon in 2018

    Well organised and all appropriate information supplied in plenty of time. Even the weather was perfect - thanks for getting that right.
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