Something Wild Trail Running & Swim Run Festival

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The Something Wild Running Festival is back by popular demand, but in the new venue of the Avon Valley in South Devon. This family-friendly festival is a perfect summer's weekend of fun, with countless activities like yoga, live music, wild swimming and a comedy and film night.
5k Night Run, Festival Weekend Entry + Camping, Forest School, and 12 more
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Fri, 29 Jul 2022 - Sun, 31 Jul 2022
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Hope Cove, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Hope Cove, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HW, UK
Start times
Sat, 30 Jul 2022
Summit Ultra:
8:00am |
8:00am |
Half Marathon:
10:00am |
Comedy Night :
Sun, 31 Jul 2022
10:00am |
10:00am |
Rock Hard Swim (0.5 mile):
8:00am |
Rock Hard Swim (1 mile):
8:00am |
Rocky Horror SwimRun Short:
9:30am |
Rocky Horror SwimRun Long:
9:30am |
Kid's Races:
Fri, 29 Jul 2022
5k Night Run:
9:30pm |
Festival Weekend Entry + Camping:
Forest School:
10:00am |
Yoga (Saturday & Sunday):
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Something Wild Trail Running & Swim Run Festival
Summit Ultra
Half Marathon
Route information
This year, this is three-day trail running festival will be held at Hope Cove, in South Devon, with camping and parking and race finishes happening in the festival field. The event starts on Friday 29th and ends on Sunday 31st July.
Events will get underway with the trail ultra and marathon, which has more than 3,500 ft of ascent, followed by the trail half marathon, which also includes following the SW coast path past three estuaries and the River Avon back to the festival site.
The Summit Wild Ultra, which will run parallel with the marathon, is an ideal entry-level ultra, although it’s no walk in the park.
Kid's Races
  • 1k (3 to 7 years old) - 1 lap
  • 2k (8 to 12 years old) - 2 laps
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Branded Swim Cap (Rock Hard Swim)
  • Live music
  • Outdoor yoga
  • Local food, street food & drink
  • A wild swim
  • Prizes for category winners
  • Giant trampolines
  • Bouncy castle
  • Speaker’s evening
  • Comedy and film night
  • Walks
  • Forages
  • Book swap
  • BBQ
  • Capture the flag
  • Forest School
  • Toilets
  • Camping available
  • Parking available
  • Guided sea swim included with weekend entry
How to get there
Hope Cove, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HW, UK
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By Public Transport
Unfortunately, this venue is not easily accessible by public transport, with the closest train station being Ivybridge, situated 8 miles away.
There will be paid parking available on-site.
Event day logistics
15:00 Event site opens
18:30 Registration opens
19:00 Speaker's evening
21:30 Night Run through Avon Valley
07:00 Registration for Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra
08:00 Ultra and Marathon starts
10:00 Half Marathon starts
10:00 - 12:00 Kid's Forest school
17:00 - 19:00 Communal dinner
18:00 Presentation evening
19:00 Comedy evening
07:30 Swim registration opens
08:00 Rock Hard Swim starts
10:00 Kids Races + Forest School, 10k, 5k and Wild Guided Swims start
12:00 BBQ
14:00 Kid's Races start
16:00 Presentation evening
Race start
All races will be starting from the festival site.
Race Packs
You must collect your race packs for your race from Friday 6pm until Sunday 1:45pm at registration in the festival field in Hope Cove.
The events
The following events will take place on the following days:
  • Saturday: Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon
  • Sunday: 10k, 5k and swims
Age Requirements
The races have the following age restrictions:
  • 1k - 3-7 years old
  • 2k - 8-11 years old
  • 5k - 12+ years
  • 10k - 16+ years
Kid's Races
  • 1k (3 to 7 years old) - 1 lap
  • 2k (8 to 12 years old) - 2 laps
Forest School
You can drop your kids at the forest school from 10 am to 12 noon on either day, with the organiser's experienced and qualified forest school leaders, while taking part in the 5k or 10k race or one of the organiser's guided wild swims.
Please note that to join the forest school, you have to have booked camping or weekend tickets.
Comedy Night
Children go free. Noel James Britain's Got Talent semi finalist, headlines the Something Wild comedy tent, starting at 7pm. He will be supported by Nathan Smith. Tickets include parking and our festival bar will be open nearby. The show will be proceeded by a dad dance-off, judged by our randomly chosen 'panel' of judges. If you've already got a weekender ticket, you'll still need to buy a ticket.
To book camping you need to purchase the appropriate festival weekender ticket at the checkout. This ticket will include 2 nights camping, a guided swim, Forest School for the children and access to the band and speaker's evening.
Forest School Entry
You can drop your kids at forest school from 10am to 12 noon on either day, with the events experienced and qualified forest school leaders, while taking part in the 5k or 10k race or one of the events guided wild swims. To join the forest school, you have to have booked camping or weekend tickets.
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What do the fesitval tickets for the Something Wild Trail Running Festival include?
Festival tickets include 2 nights of camping, forest school for children, a guided wild swim, and band and speakers evening.
Is there catering at the Something Wild Trail Running Festival?
Yes, there will be catering on site with a variety of food and drinks available.
Will there be toilets and showers at the Something Wild Trail Running Festival?
Yes, there will be both toilets and showers at the event site.
20 reviews
Did the race in 2022
We loved it, despite the wild fires and rerouting. I felt so sorry for the organisers as they did such a good job under lots of pressure
Did the race in 2022
An amazing wknd in a stunning location. Organisers did well to overcome the hurdles they had. Though I did get the impression that they are a little disorganised. However I would still recommend and go back next year. My only constructive feedback would be swim hats. All swim events I have done (tri, open water, pool swims and swim runs) have always provided a swim hat.
Did the race in 2022
An incredibly bad experience from beginning to end.It all started when trying to book my 15 year old daughter on to the 5k race. The race information stated that over 12s could participate in the 5k but when I entered my daughter's DoB it said that she was not old enough.I canned the race for my daughter and booked her into the Forest School for 2 hours 10-12 on the Sunday.I tested the What3Words (eating.catching.amazed) as listed in the race itinerary which takes you to a location over 30 miles away from the actual festival site. I managed to figure out where we needed to be on the day and the festival site was open from 3pm.We aimed to be at the site at about 5:30pm so didn't think it would be overly necessary to use the What3Words site I had discovered as I figured that the Festival Site would be clearly signposted. But there was no signage, none at all, and just a whole bunch of miserable looking locals unhappy to allow 'outsiders' to pass on narrow single lane tracks.Had to do 1 complete loop until I was able to pull over and safely fire up What3Words in order to find the festival site.Arrived at the festival Site and there was noone explaining where we needed to be, no signs, no staff, no volunteers.There was a barbecue 'manned' by someone who made you feel like you'd massively inconvenienced them. As a previous reviewer has stated they were effectively supermarket value burgers in a dry bun no cheese, and the only condiment was ketchup.Ultra started 2 hours late with no pre-warning... I very much would have preferred 2 hours more in asleep rather than waiting around.The Southwest Coast Path is gorgeous but interestingly the ONLY thing that was not organised by the organiser of the event so the course was fine.The aid stations were probably the shittest aid stations I've ever seen and I've done dozens of ultras, marathons, sportifs and multi-day events.There was no food, very little water and even after texting the organiser by using the Race Control number on the documentation asking him to improved the state of the ad stations, I received no response... I wonder if there would have been an actual emergency.The aid stations are better at my town's local 10k... at least there's water at those aid stations.The route was poorly marked and varying lengths although for an ultra you never really get exact measurements so I'll leave that up to the smaller race participants to complain about as so many people have.Yes, I understand there were fires and locals who were unhappy that we were there but I think that this event was doomed for failure.I asked on the Saturday before the ultra started what the plans were for the 2 hours forest school for my daughter and his response was, "I guess you'll meet here but it's only one hour, not two"... We packed up on Sunday morning and left.It just wasn't worth the hassle.I would recommend for any runners to give this company a wide berth. It is clear that he has no idea what runners need and want at an event like this. I hope very much that he is a swimmer because if he isn't, he ought to find himself a new job.
Did the race in 2022
Disorganized chaos. Run director extremely incompetent. He was very out of his depth and unapologetic at all the problems he caused. Terrible company and terrible event. No idea where the money went. Everyone got lost and there was not even any water at the finish. No one should do an event with this company again.
Did the race in 2022
Poorly organised. 10k route ended up being 11.5k. Badly marked course which a number of us got lost on.
Did the race in 2022
The phrase "couldn't organise a knees up in a brewery" has never been more appropriate.The course was very poorly laid out and the aid stations were nothing short of terrible.........If I could give no stars I would, absolute waste of money
anna maria
Did the race in 2022
I have enjoyed the swim! I did it!!! I could have walked out! The day was extremely challenging due to the strong winds and the start line was reorganised to a diffrent location, course was not measures and for those like me who were not staying at the campsite was very little information given to what going on? where to go to? when etc. ?. I suppose when you have a group of few a quick watsup group could have been set up to get the latest changes . Perhaps something to consider for future event. I will do some more wild water training and join agian when possibility arises or do it myself in my own time - the swim through the rock!!! (as that is one of my local beaches) . The day could have not been more difficult really and I am glad it acctually was not cancelled due to the weather that is so unpredictable on the coast. I jumped far out from my comfort zone but becouse I new I should be safe and I was really well looked after while in the water by one of the safeguards at the most difficult waves I have ever been on the water (I was joyfully riding it till i said I had enough now) thank you all. I DID IT. at least some ove it! Thank you
Did the race in 2022
Advanced warning not given for 2 hrs delayed start when organiser knew 10 hours before. Route should have been more clearly marked. Marshals were not correctly briefed on ultra route so I was told an additional 8 miles needed to be run after already completing 30+, this was very upsetting as lots of time and energy wasted discussing with marahalls where to go. I didn't want to be overtaken by someone finishing after 30 miles or be disqualified. Marahalls along the route contradicted themselves with route directions. Aid stations poorly stocked and one unmanned.
Did the race in 2022
Wildrunning put on a fantastic swimrun race, the weather meant last minute changes to both the run and swim at the eleventh hour. Ceri and the team pulled it out the bag organising it all last minute with the weather. Top event, wild place and wild seas. Brilliant race.
Did the race in 2022
Well “ clawed back” organisation after some wild card problems to overcome : Coastal Fires 🔥 underground , sabotage tampered course lay out , wind, rain and fog after a tranquil week at Hope Cove . Great Family, all level , all ability , multi distanced event . Something for everyone with respect from all competitors shown for all endurance athletes .
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