The Salmon Run Ultra, Relay and 5k

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The Salmon Run Ultra, Relay and 5k
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The Salmon Run is an ultra run, a relay and 5k run on the same day following the migratory salmon route on the River Exe upstream for 50 miles, from Exmouth to Tarr Steps on the edge of Exmoor. You'll enjoy the changing terrain, supportive atmosphere and the chance to learn about the migration of salmon along the way.
50 Mile Ultra, Relay and Community 5k
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Sun 24th Sep 2023
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Exmoutèh, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Mamhead Slipway, Exmoutèh, Exmouth EX8 1DR, UK
Start times
Sun 24th Sep 2023
50 Mile Ultra:
8:30am |
8:30am |
Community 5k:
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Here are the distances available for The Salmon Run Ultra, Relay and 5k
50 Mile Ultra
£10 - £15
Community 5k
Route information
The Salmon Run 50 Mile Ultra
The Salmon Run Ultra is a 50 mile mixed terrain ultra, was born to celebrate the Exe Atlantic salmon and its epic journey struggle to reach the spawning grounds on Exmoor and to survive in an increasingly difficult global climate.
The route starts from Exmouth Mamhead Slipway and travels upriver through changing terrain to Tarr Steps on the edge of Exmoor following the salmon’s migratory route on its journey to where it began.
The Salmon Run Relay
The Salmon Run relay is a community relay run of 50 miles (80 km) in 8 sections ranging from 8 to 10 miles run over the course of one day from the coast at the mouth of the estuary to the high reaches of Exmoor following the migration of Atlantic Salmon from sea through the city of Exeter to the spawning ground.
During the run, runners will pass hand to hand a printed salmon ‘icon’ or baton all the way from the sea at Exmouth to Tarr Steps in Exmoor. You can join as a team of 4 or more or as an individual or pair but if you join as less than four you may not get to choose your section and the organiser will have to place you with another pair or group
Stage 1- Exmouth to Salmon Pool Weir, Exeter 16.16km (10 miles- part of Relay)
Stage 2- Salmon Pool Weir to Exwick, (3.1 miles/10k- not part of play) ** Were will be a brief stop at salmon Pool and Exwick while the baton is conveyed among the 5k runners, which starts at Salmon Pool/St James’ Weir.
Stage 3- Exwick to Thorverton (7.5 miles-part of relay)
Stage 4- Thorverton to Tiverton 7km (8.5 miles- part of relay)
Stage 5-Tiverton to Exebridge 16.8km (10 miles- part of relay)
Stage 6-Exebridge to Tarr Steps 16.6km (10 miles)
The Salmon Run 5k
The Salmon Run Exeter 5K: This year we’ve added a 5k community run which is just £5 to enter. This will start at Salmon Pool and finish at Exwick. All abilities welcome. You will run together from Salmon Pool to Exwick (5K) conveying the salmon baton to the next relay team waiting at Exwick. Costumes and salmon references welcome! There will be an invocation to the salmon at Salmon Pool where you can also find out more about our River Exe Atlantic Salmon. Come ands support the salmon!
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What's included
  • Finisher's souvenir
  • GPS tracking
  • 5 feed stations (on 50 mile route)
  • Prizes and spot prizes
  • Transport back for solo runners from Tarr steps (optional extra)
How to get there
Mamhead Slipway, Exmoutèh, Exmouth EX8 1DR, UK
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How does transport work?
For the ultra, we are providing transport for a small additional fee (unless you want to make your own arrangements). This will be in the form of a bus taken from the finish for the first 15 runners to finish. If there is a big discrepancy between first and last runner home, we will operate a shuttle for this bus.
Transport for relay runners
Groups doing any of the runs outside Exeter should try to arrange their own transport. This could mean: one car with driver/4 or 5 runners and gear pick up and drop off or use of trains and public transport. If it is impossible to arrange for a team’s own transport we may be able to help but please try to arrange your own in the first instance. Train stops on the route include Tiverton Parkway (out of town) and Exmouth. The Exe Valley Way which this runs mostly follows has good bus connections although it will be a Sunday (buses approx every 2 hours)
Event day logistics
08:30 50 Mile individual and Relay start
09:45 Registration opens at Salmon Pool/St James Weir for the 5k
10:30 Approximate 5k start time
Age Restrictions
Parents must run with their children (12 years old or less). If over 12, children can run independently but only for the short (Exeter section). This section will be well marked.
Relay Teams
Ideally you will be in a group of 4 or or more people. There are 5 legs and you can choose which one each person does. If you are only a team of one or two, you will be allocated a team and leg.
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