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The Big Day Out

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A real taste of Dartmoor trail running. A fully marked and marshalled course with 2 drinks and refuelling stops. Bespoke medal to all finishers. Bespoke t-shirts can be. purchased in the application process.

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Tanya Alexander
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How to enter the The Big Day Out

  1. The Crossing

    Run 36.5mi
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  2. The Great Escape

    Run 15.5mi
    Standard Entries
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The Big Day Out routes

The Crossing
An aspirational baby ultra. It's a tip-toe into ultra-distance running, but it's far from easy. We’ve increased the distance to 36.5 miles for 2019, with a new event centre and finish at the Ivybridge Rugby Club.

A fully marked and marshalled course, with 2 fully stocked Aid Stations, and 3 Water/ light bite stops, with light snacks and refreshments.

Experience the wilderness of the High Moor, the beauty of the periphery. Visiting the 4 moorland villages of Belstone (start), Postbridge, Princetown, and Ivybridge (finish) and includes 903m of ascent in 36.5 miles.

Time Limit: 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. A real taste of Dartmoor trail running.

Time Limit: 4.5 Hours

Event Details

What’s Included
  • A fully marked course, two Aid Stations with food and refreshments, plus two drinks and refueling stops.
  • Bespoke medal to all finishers.
  • Bespoke event t-shirts can be purchased along with the tickets.
Raceday Logistics

Crossing 07:45 to 08:45 – Belstone EX20 1RB
Great Escape 10:15 to 11:25 – Princetown PL20 6RR

Coaches have been arranged so you can leave your car in Ivybridge, the finish location.

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.

Coaches times to leave Ivybridge to the start of each race :-

07:20 to arrive 08:30 – The Crossing
09:45 to arrive 11:15 – Great Escape

9:00 am - The Crossing
11:30 am - Great Escape

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

Shower and changing facilities will be available on-site. Bar will be open Friday evening and from Midday until midnight on Saturday 24th. Food will also be available to purchase post-Race.

As this is a linear route, a bus service is provided at an additional cost of £10

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The Big Day Out reviews

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Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Challenging course

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    Tanya Alexander

    Did the The Crossing 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!!