The Big Day Out

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Explore Dartmoor with this epic challenge which comprises of two different races. Great for experienced trail runners, the course includes a crossing of the Erme Valley and a long descent into Ivybridge. Come for the epic endurance test and to take home that prized finisher's medal.
The Crossing and The Great Escape
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Sat, 14 Aug 2021
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Filham, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Ivybridge Rugby Football Club, Cross-in-Hand, Filham, Ivybridge PL21 0LR, UK
Start times
Sat, 14 Aug 2021
The Crossing:
9:00am |
The Great Escape :
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Big Day Out
The Crossing
£58.00 - £90.00
The Great Escape
£38.00 - £70.00
Route information
The Crossing
The crossing is a full marked course which is perfect as an entry level ultra.
The route will visit 4 moorland villages of Belstone (start), Postbridge, Princetown, and Ivybridge (finish) and will total 1,119m of climbing and 1,516m of descent.
There will be two Aid stations with food and refreshments as well as three smaller drinks and refuelling stops.
Cut-off: 10.5 Hours
The Great Escape
A Long half-marathon starting from Princetown in the heart of the Moor, the route takes in the last 15.5 miles of THE CROSSING, with big, wide open spaces. Many have tried escaping the Prison at Princetown and, because of its remoteness, have been recaptured.
A fully marked and marshalled course. The race will include 2 water stops with light bites only, due to the remoteness of the course and terrain.
The route crosses the head of the Erme Valley and traverses the Erme canyons, with some interesting moorland vistas along the Abbots Way before the long descent into Ivybridge. This is Dartmoor trail running at its best.
Cut-off: 4.5 Hours
What's included
  • A fully marked course
  • Two Aid Stations with food and refreshments
  • Three drinks and refuelling stop
  • Bespoke medal to all finisher's
  • Bespoke event t-shirts can be purchased along with the tickets
  • Coach transfer can be purchased with ticket
How to get there
Ivybridge Rugby Football Club, Cross-in-Hand, Filham, Ivybridge PL21 0LR, UK
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**Event Centre Address: Ivybridge Rugby Club, Cross-In-Hand, Filham, Ivybridge, Devon PL210LR
There is a bus service available for an additional cost of £10 for The Crossing and £8 for The Great Escape.
Parking available at the Event Centre and at the Ivybridge Park and Ride next to the railway station (3 mins walk to Rugby Club)
Please be considerate and leave plenty of room for emergency service vehicles and our own coaches to pull into the Rugby Club grounds.
Accommodation: You can book overnight camping* for Friday and/or Saturday night for £10 per pitch per night.
Food and drink will be available from breakfast until 9pm and the bar is open until midnight each night. Sunday morning breakfast will be served until 10am, with latest departure being midday on Sunday.
Event day logistics
**Registration (for those booked on the coach)
06:00 - 07:15 (Crossing Runners)
07:30 - 09:30 (Great Escape Runners)
Registration at Start Locations
08:00 - 08:45 Registration for the crossing (Belstone EX20 1RB)
10:30 - 11:25 Registration for the Great Escape Princetown PL20 6RR
Coach Transfers
07:20 to arrive 08:30 The Crossing
09:45 to arrive 11:15 Great Escape
**Start Times
09:00 The Crossing
11:30 Great Escape
Please ensure you arrive within plenty of time to complete the registration process.
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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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Kit List
The Crossing:
  • Backpack or waist pack
  • Capacity to carry 1 litre of water
  • Survival blanket
  • Whistle
  • Spare baselayer – long sleeved
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Hat/Headcover (buff/cap)
  • Emergency food
  • Mobile phone with our Emergency numbers stored
The Great Escape:
  • Backpack or waistpack
  • Capacity to carry 1 Litre of water
  • Survival blanket
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat/Headcover (buff/cap)
  • Emergency Food
  • Mobile phone with our Emergency numbers stored
Is there a minimum age for the Big Day Out?
Competitors for The Crossing should be aged 20+ on race day and aged 18+ for The Great Escape.
Can bags be left on the coaches at the Big Day Out?
A small shoebox size bag may be left with the coach and transferred to the finish for The Crossing. However, there will be no baggage transfer available for The Great Escape.
Do I need a re-usable cup or bottle for the Big Day Out?
Yes, this race is completely plastic free and top-ups of bottles, soft flasks and backpack bladders will be provided.
1 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
BicepFlexChallenging course
Tanya Alexander
Did the race in 2018
Absolutely loved this race. Yes it was tough and over rough terrain but that’s Dartmoor for you. Lovely downhill finish though with great support to help you to the finish line. Optional transport to the start available to help with the logistics of a point to point ultra!!
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