Dartmoor in a Day Ultra
Dartmoor in a Day – Race, jog or walk 7th September 2019.
Join us for a 50 km* guided run or walk right across Dartmoor.
New for 2019; Dartmoor in a Day Ultra
Okehampton to Ivybridge – 50 km
*Postbridge to Ivybridge – 30 km
The route starts at Okehampton railway station, passes through Postbridge and finishes in Ivybridge. Highlights along the way include the East Okement valley, Hangingstone Hill, the East Dart valley, Bellever Tor, West Dart stepping stones, Ryder’s Hill, a clapper bridge over the upper Avon river, the Dartmoor Volcano and stunning views along the Erme valley and out to sea.
We have added a 30 km option, starting in Postbridge. This challenge follows the rest of the 50 km route from here.
The route is mainly across wild areas of open moor, with event markers to assist navigation. You will be provided with a route-marked map* but we recommend using it alongside OL 28 Dartmoor (1:25,000) or BMC Dartmoor (1:40,000) maps. A GPX file will also be available for those that would like to use GPS. Full information on mandatory and suggested kit will be in your participant handbooks. We will add a copy here as soon as it’s available.
*Maps can be downloaded below or use the ViewRanger app.
Dartmoor in a Day is a challenge event rather than just a race, so cut off times at our final checkpoint will be very generous. Transport to the end of the event will be available if anyone doesn’t manage to complete the distance.
The route is approximately 50 km (30 miles) and almost entirely off road. The 30 km challenge option is achievable by anyone with a good level of walking fitness but the 50 km should not be underestimated! You will however be supported by qualified Mountain Leaders with extensive experience and knowledge of Dartmoor, who will assist you with navigation (and act as pacers for the runners).
For those that fancy a greater challenge, then why not join us for a run across the same route? Dartmoor in a Day Ultra. Again you will be supported by experienced runners who are also qualified Mountain Leaders. We recommend that you prepare well for this; having run a marathon or two, or some trail runs over 20 miles will set you up well.
The role of our leaders is to act as mobile marshals and to assist you with route choice between checkpoints. You are welcome to walk or run with them for all or part of your journey but there is no obligation to do so.
We will have checkpoints at two road crossings during the route where refreshment will be available. These will be at Postbridge and Combestone Tor. Either of these locations would be perfect for spectators to offer support and cheer on loved ones.
The challenge and ultra will both start from Okehampton Railway station. EX20 1EJ. There is ample parking here, toilet facilities and a cafe open from 6:30am.
Dartmoor in a day – 50 km registration from 6:30am.
Finishers of the 50 km challenge or ultra will qualify for 2 UTMB points
Both events will finish in Ivybridge where you will collect your event T-shirt. Food and drink will also be available here.
Logistics can sometimes be an issue on these types of event so there will be a coach shuttle service available. This will allow you to complete your journey with your car waiting for you at the end. Cost for this will be £10 for the journey from Ivybridge to the event start at Okehampton railway station. Spaces will be limited and must be booked in advance. The departure time is likely to be about 6am for both walkers and runners on the 50 km. Shuttle bus for 30 km challenge will be 9am. All coaches will leave from Ivybridge Community College.
We are happy to have under 18s on these challenges, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.