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Race The Light - Mothecombe

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Event summary

This 8.5 mile race through shadowy and meandering estuarine trails through the Flete Estate will be a great change of pace as you attempt to beat the light this december. Come for the bespoke medal and an unusual race.

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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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How to enter

Tickets available until Thu Jan 06 2022

What's included:

  • Fully marked and marshalled course
  • Race memento
  • Bespoke medal
  • Aid station
  • First Aid on course and at the HQ
8.5 Mile
3:00pm Sat 8th Jan 2022

Run 8.5mi

£28.00 - £30.00
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4.9
9 reviews
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2019
This was a tough year due to torrential rain all day and high water levels. The organisers did an amazing job of getting everyone back safely! Marshalls standing waist deep in water for hours!! Head torches are a must unless you are super speedy!! Nice to see how far you can get on the course before having to turn your light on though!! Lovely route through privately owned woods not normally open to the public. Have a hot drink ready for when you finish as in December that last water crossing can feel pretty bracing!! Nice buff as a memento. … read more
Tess
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4.3
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
loved the idea, the experience was great fun and bonus credit to take advantage of a brief moment during the day to share with people. you cant book the weather, but that makes it more exciting. I have organised my own event which does that in essence and will look further for creative ones like this. … read more
Faith
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5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
Really enjoyable individual event. I have not been a part of any other events quite like these apart from other pure trail races. … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What are the distances offered by Race the Light?
Race the Light offers one 8.5 mile course.… read more
FAQ
At what time does the Race The Light start?
Approximately 3pm - the exact start time will depend on the weather and tide times.… read more
FAQ
What do I need to bring to the Race The Light?
Head torches and your own water bottle/cup are mandatory and as you'll be crossing an estuary on both the outward and return legs, be prepared for some wet feet!… read more
Route description
Route description

The race is an 8.5 mile escapade, meandering through Flete Estate's secret tracks and trails. You'll be crossing the estuary on the outward and return legs, so be prepared for wet feet from the outset.

The race starts on the sand, moves across the estuary and up into the woods. On your return, you leave the woods to cross the estuary for the second time, up the slipway and continuing to the finish line at the Old Schoolhouse.

Did the 8.5 Mile in 2019
This was a tough year due to torrential rain all day and high water levels. The organisers did an amazing job of getting everyone back safely! Marshalls standing waist deep in water for hours!! Head torches are a must unless you are super speedy!! Nice to see how far you can get on the course before having to turn your light on though!! Lovely route through privately owned woods not normally open to the public. Have a hot drink ready for when you finish as in December that last water crossing can feel pretty bracing!! Nice buff as a memento.
Tess
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4.3
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
loved the idea, the experience was great fun and bonus credit to take advantage of a brief moment during the day to share with people. you cant book the weather, but that makes it more exciting. I have organised my own event which does that in essence and will look further for creative ones like this.
Faith
Star
5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
Really enjoyable individual event. I have not been a part of any other events quite like these apart from other pure trail races.
Matthew
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5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
Make sure you're ready for that river crossing with all the rain we had it made it deeper tigh deep, its then uphill and then weaving through woodland trail so a decnt pair of trail shoes.
James
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5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
Make sure you have your own drinks bottle. It was in the conformation email
Natalie
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5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
This was the most fun I've ever had with my running shoes on. The current was strong, and so my advice would be to just keep going in the water. Do not stop!My first trail run at night, and I enjoyed it so much I'll be finding more for the coming season.
Dan
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4.7
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
As with every Puretrail event they are well organised and always a challenging course. Having run before, I was aware of what was to come and the comm's from puretrail fill in the blanks of any queries you might have.
Darren
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5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
In 2018, the weather was awful, but it just made the race even more fun. The two water crossings were very cold and the current was quite strong, but don't be put off by that, the organisers would not let you go if it was not safe! Wear trail shoes that are NOT Gortex, so the water can come back out. Your feet and legs will soon warm up as the course is fast and fun. There is a lot of mud and it can be slippy, so the grippier the better.The aid station is well stocked at 4 miles, but you have to bring your own cup, as they do not provide bottles/cups (and rightly so!!). However, I found that hydration was not an issue, as long as you get plenty of water in before the race. Take some warm clothes you will need it and love it at the end.
Nicola
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4.7
Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018
Put more emphasis on being self sufficient for drink in the race. The jelly babies were brilliant at the turn around point
4.9
9 reviews
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule

15:00 Race Starts

The start time may change by 15 minutes give or take, dependent on further calculation of tide times and the weather.

Mandatory Kit

While everyone should make it back by dark, head torches are mandatory. Also as the event is now cup-less, participants are required to bring their own cup.

How to get there

Schoolhouse Restaurant, Mothecombe, Plymouth PL8 1LB, UK

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The event starts and finishes at the SchoolhouseDevon restaurant, so its recommended you park near here.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What are the distances offered by Race the Light?
Race the Light offers one 8.5 mile course.
FAQ
At what time does the Race The Light start?
Approximately 3pm - the exact start time will depend on the weather and tide times.
FAQ
What do I need to bring to the Race The Light?
Head torches and your own water bottle/cup are mandatory and as you'll be crossing an estuary on both the outward and return legs, be prepared for some wet feet!
Booking related questionsDo you have a question about bookings, cancellations, or refunds?
8.5 Mile
3:00pm Sat 8th Jan 2022
£28.00 - £30.00

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