The Petzl Wild Night Run

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Take on this 5 and 10 mile event on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Perfect for new and experienced runners alike, this muddy run will have you racing to get back before dark. Come for the community feel and bespoke finisher's medal.
Wild Night Run and Mild Night Run
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6:00pm Sat 5th Feb 2022
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South Brent, United Kingdom
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Where and when
South Brent Old School Community Centre, Totnes Road, South Brent TQ10 9BP, UK
Start times
6:00pm Sat 5th Feb 2022
Wild Night Run:
6:00pm |
Mild Night Run:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Petzl Wild Night Run
Wild Night Run
Mild Night Run
Route information
Wild Night Run - 10 Miles
This 10 mile route will be fully marshalled and will marked. A foldable, waterproof course map will be available at registration.
Starting at South Brent Old School Community Centre, the first 3 miles will get you stuck in with an uphill climb to Shipley Bridge. There will be a few downhill respites to enjoy as you then head out onto a tarmac section to Dartmoor. From here it's right at the Avon Bridge before the boundary stones, and onto nearly waist-deep bogs. The route then heads to Didworthy and up Diamond Lane towards Corringdon Ball gates and back via Aish Ridge and Lydia Bridge.
It no longer includes the notoriously muddy Brent Hill. This is a tough race and not for the faint-hearted.
Mild Night Run - 5 Miles
The Mild Night Run will be fully marked and marshalled to ensure all you have to focus on is the wild run ahead of you.
The route follows the beautiful river path from South Brent along to Shipley and is mainly uphill, with a few short downhill sections. The course then loops back around to descend a steep and rocky track, before rejoining the river path.
While still a challenging route, it's definitely one for less experienced runners to try their hands at something different.
What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • Fully marked course
  • Feed station
  • Prizes & spot prizes
How to get there
South Brent Old School Community Centre, Totnes Road, South Brent TQ10 9BP, UK
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By Train
Ivybridge Train Station is a short 10 minute drive from the event site.
Event day logistics
17:00 Registration opens
18:00 All races start
19:15 approx first Wild Run finisher expected
19:00 Prize ceremony
Start Times
All entrants will be set off in a mass start at 6pm.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 18 or older to enter the 10 mile race.
Prizes, t-shirt, face masks and buffs will be sent to winners within a week of the event.
Will the course be marshalled at The Wild Night Run?
Both routes will be fully marshalled and marked.
Will The Wild Night Run be timed?
Yes, the whole event is chip-timed.
Is The Wild Night Run hilly?
There will be some tough hills, coupled with some short descents to give you some welcome repreive.
Did the race in 2022
I am not the fittest of people so knew I would be trailing at the back of this event. There were many amazing, fast athletes here to inspire me to better things in the future, many were happy to chat to my husband (non running) and I. Although I was lagging behind there were lovely sweepers who helped and encouraged me as well as lovely people along the way to make sure I did not get lost, I could have done in a couple of places on the moors if I had not had help because you have to be pointing your Petzl at the reflective posts to see them and it was all a bit windy and damp up there. The course design meant that, when I knew that I was not going to make it around ten miles before the cut off, I could take a turn and head back to base comfortably. The event was held in a community centre so you could get ready in comfort before heading out and there was a café, with food and tea so I had a tea when I got back. I wasn't a party to the prize giving but it sounded like everyone had a great time as did I. I will be training harder and trying again at a later date, the sense of achievement for even trying at this stage is spurring me on.
Did the race in 2022
Poorly marked course - about 2-3 miles is on open moorland, and in these pitch-black areas the markers were wholly inadequate. Thin, metre-high metal rods with a very small piece of reflective tape (!) at the top, placed at intervals of what seemed like at least 100 metres. The result? Lots of people getting lost on multiple occasions. I got lost 4 times and at one of these times I injured myself badly as a result of going in the wrong direction. No LED lights or lanterns and no marshals on any point of the route along the moors - they only appeared once you joined the road or a footpath. Speaking to others, they had similar experiences. Hence, I do not recommend this race at all if you're aiming for a decent time and/or position. It's one to be done in a group with others looking out for each other. Very surprised that an event sponsored by Petzl could be so poorly lit, marked and marshalled in the completely dark areas of the moors and scrubland.
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