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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.

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Tanya Alexander
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The Big Day Out routes

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

Event Details

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
Raceday Logistics

Registration (for those booked on the coach)

0600 - 0715
0730 - 0930

Registration at Start Locations

0800 - 0845: Registration for the crossing (Belstone EX20 1RB)
1030 - 1125: 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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum age?
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?
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?
Yes, this race is completely plastic free and top-ups of bottles, soft flasks and backpack bladders will be provided.

The Big Day Out weather forecast

Light rain in the morning and afternoon.

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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.



The Big Day Out reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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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!!
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