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Race The Light

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In a twist to the usual’ll all beat the Light. We are in the laps of the gods with regard to the tidal and sunset times, and this year we cannot match them. Therefore, we have a midday start time and Racing the Tide is the name of the game!

As a continuation of our Race the Tide concept featuring 3 races, this will focus solely on one race, the traditional 8.5 mile Race The Light course, with two estuary crossings.

Review summary

9 Reviews
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Tanya Alexander
"This was a tough year due to torrential rain all day and high water levels. The..."


Tess E
"loved the idea, the experience was great fun and bonus credit to take advantage..."


Faith T
"Really enjoyable individual event. I have not been a part of any other events..."
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How to enter the Race The Light

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Race The Light route

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 and legs 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.

Event Details

What’s Included

Each starter will receive a memento: a piece of newly-designed pureTrail running multi-functional headwear

Fully marked and marshalled course, with an aid station

First Aid on course and at the HQ

Raceday Logistics
Start time is approximately 12:00pm, give or take 15 minutes, dependent on further calculation of tide times and the weather – remember the water levels last Christmas!

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.

After the event, we hope to see you all at the Old Schoolhouse for Christmas food and drinks (yards from the finish line).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the distances offered by Race the Light?
Race the Light offers one 8.5 mile course.
At what time does the Race The Light start?
Approximately 12PM - the exact start time will depend on the weather and tide times.
What do I need to bring to the Race The Light?
As you'll be crossing an estuary on both the outward and return legs, be prepared for some wet feet unless you're prepared.

Race The Light weather forecast

Rain and dangerously windy throughout the day.

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IconModerate wind possible, up to 29mph

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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.



Race The Light reviews (9)

4.9 out of 5 stars

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    Tanya Alexander

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Did the 8.5 Mile in 2018

    Make sure you have your own drinks bottle. It was in the conformation email
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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