Dartmoor Traverse East to West (Race With No Name)

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Dartmoor Traverse East to West (Race With No Name)
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Take part in this unique Dartmoor crossing from East to West. This self navigating ultra is a brilliant and well-supported challenge for any accomplished or inspiring trail runners. If the full 50k isn't your bag, there is an option of a 14 Mile race too. Come for the epic scenery and mammoth challenge.
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Sat, 23 Mar 2024
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Devon, United Kingdom
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Location
Trenchford Reservoir TQ13 9NZ, UK
Start times
Saturday, 23 Mar 2024
Ultra: 7:00 am14 Mile: 7:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Dartmoor Traverse East to West (Race With No Name)
Ultra
Distance
50km
£40 - £49
14 Mile
Distance
14mi
£33
Route information
East to West 50k
The Dartmoor Traverse returns but with an entirely new 50k route from East to West. Runners can take part either in pairs or solo, the team will follow your progress through live GPS tracking and there will be three checkpoints, which will double as feed stations.
The route starts at the car par at Trenchford Reservoir, from which you will head towards Kelly Farm, down wooded paths and across the B382.
Crossing fields and then tarmac to the church in Lustleigh, you’ll cross behind the church before venturing in to the Cleave. In the Cleave, follow signs for Water (the hamlet of…) and then you’ll soon see a path, which takes you up to Manaton tarmac ascent to Bowerman’s Nose and Hayne Down.
The next section to Kitty Jay’s Grave is pathed with gravel. You’ll need to look up to choose the best line up to Hameldown Ridge. But we recommend taking the right path along the wood boundary and past the war plane wreck memorial, as this will take you down past Grimspound and to the CP on the road boundary. All CPs must be visited on the route. You will then follow the road until you see a path which takes you through Sousson’s Wood to its western edge.
Follow the footpath which takes you to the west of Bellever plantation to Postbridge and on to Powdermills, the half way point and finish for the 14 milers. Climbing up to Longaford Tor and Lydford Tor, you follow the Lych, as if heading for Mary Tavy. But at the final fork below White tor, and before reaching Stephen’s Grave, take the south westerly footpath towards Merrivale, then crossing Whitchurch Common, until reaching the Moortown and the Dartmoor Way, which will take you to Tavistock and to the Printworks on Pym St (PL19 0AW
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Ascent: 1389 meters
East to West 14 miles (Trenchford Reservoir to Postbridge)
The route exactly follows the 50k but finishes at Postbridge.
Starting at the car park at Trenchford Reservoir, you’ll head towards Kelly farm, down wooded paths and across the B382.
Crossing fields and then tarmac to the church in Lustleigh, you’ll cross behind the church before venturing in to the Cleave. In the Cleave, follow signs for Water and then you’ll soon see a path, which takes you up to Manaton tarmac ascent to Bowerman’s Nose and Hayne Down.
The next section to Kitty Jay’s Grave is pathed with gravel. You’ll need to look up to choose the best line up to Hameldown Ridge. But we recommend taking the right path along the wood boundary and past the war plane wreck memorial, as this will take you down past Grimspound and to the CP on the road boundary. All CPs must be visited on the route. You will then follow the road until you see a path which takes you through Sousson’s Wood to its western edge.
Follow the footpath which takes you to the west of Bellever plantation and on to Powdermills, the half way point and finish for the 14 milers.
Ascent: 825 meters
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What's included
  • GPS trackers
  • Marshalled course
  • Professional first aid
  • Fully insured
  • Parking
  • Bespoke medals to all finishers
  • Prizes for all category winners
  • Bag drop (50k only)
  • Up to 3 feed stations
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How to get there
Trenchford Reservoir TQ13 9NZ, UK
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Parking
There is an all day car park in Tavistock on Plymouth Road, opposite the bus station - Bedford Car Park
Bus
There is an event bus that will take runners from their finish location to the start of the race before the start. This is NOT included in the price of the Ultra, and is available to purchase for an additional £20 (ultra) and £15 for the 14 Mile race respectively.
Event day logistics
05:30 Transport leaves Tavistock for the start (exact pickup point TBC)
06:00 Transport leaves Postbridge for the start of the 14 mile race
07:00 Approximate start time
Age Requirements
All runners must be aged 20 or older on the day of the event.
Registration
Registration will take place at the start. This is compulsory for all runners to attend.
Bag Drop
Bag drop and transfer is included in the cost of the Ultra only. The organiser will take your bags to the finish in Tavistock ready for you to collect when you cross the finish line. They will also take bags to the final feed station/checkpoint in Merrivale upon request.
Cut-Off Times
There is a cut-off time of 5 hours for the 14 Mile race and 10 hours for the 50k.
Kit List - Both races
  • Race tracker (to be collected at the start),
  • Collapsible or non-collapsible cup or water container for checkpoints.
  • Water flask or container (1000 ml)
  • Water resistant/seamed rain jacket
  • Water resistant trousers (seamed)
  • Phone
  • Device (watch or phone) with map of the route or hand printed version (we will not be providing these so please bring your own)
  • £20 cash
  • For 50k runners only: a head torch with a spare battery (please don’t forget this!)
FAQs
Will the course be marked at The Race with no name (Dartmoor crossing)?
No but the event organiser will have three checkpoints as well as monitoring your every move from your tracker.
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Is there a race cut-off time in The Race with no name (Dartmoor crossing)?
The cut-off time to finish the event is 10 hours, with individual Checkpoint cut-offs to be published nearer the time.
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Do I need to have a certain level of fitness The Race with no name (Dartmoor crossing)?
To compete, all runners will need to have completed at least a half marathon and prior self-navigation experience is recommended.
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