In the glorious private setting of the Flete Estate, Mothecomben, Devon (PL81LB) we are back hosting our second year and a marathon distance race of 28 miles, which involves 2 estuary crossings at Burgh Island and the Erme Estuary before finishing in the pretty village of Holbeton.
The 16 mile race involves racing the tide at the Erme Estuary approximately half-way into the race.
The 14k race now involves crossing the waters of estuary but within stays within beautiful Woodland trails. Start times will coincide with the low tide.
Courses are now designed so you can expect a lovely mix of private footpaths, coastal path, bridle paths, country fields and Woodland. However, the marathon incorporates the South West Coast Path on both sides of the estuary including a beach section at Bigbury-on-Sea and a run across the causeway to the privately owned Burgh Island.
When I first signed up to the race I wasn't too sure what to expect as there wasn't any reviews or much information other than the description on the website.
Communication was pretty good. race day instructions were only sent out a few days prior. I guess this is probably because of the variables in weather and route changes but some extra communication a couple of weeks prior would be nice but by no means a deal breaker.
Directions to the start were very clear and parking was very easy.
Registration and kit check went very smoothly .
I would say that a coupe of extra toilets would have gone down well. But I was there early enough not to have to queue too long.
Before the start of the race was a nice and short race briefing. They had explained some locals/walkers had removed some of the way markers for some unknown reason so and they were doing their best to make sure we didnt get lost!
The race itself was amazing. The route was stunning. First following the River Erme up and down before meandering through some beautiful countryside and villages before dropping into Bigbury then running along the beach out to Burgh Island. There as a little welcome part there cheering us on which was nice as I felt pretty sapped of energy by that point after running for what felt like a couple of miles on the beach.
After Burgh Island the real challenge started. The South West Coast Path out to the Mothecombe estuary crossing. The scenary was amazing but the temperature was also starting to rise and it felt tough. After the crossing there was another couple of tough sections of coastal path before again heading inland over some beautiful countryside before making our way back up the River Erme to the finish line.
The reception at the finish was amazing lots of cheering and clapping. Just what you want after completing 46.4km with 1300m elevation.
All in all I really enjoyed my day runing Race the Tide stunning route I don't think you could tire of.
I thought the aid stations were well stocked and supported although I didn't use them to there full potential other than topping up my water/nutrition bottles.
There wasn't much in the way of crowds/spectators around the route but for me I wasn't that bothered it was remote so I don't blame people for not standing in the middle of nowhere to cheer us on.
Overall I thought it was well organised well. Marshalled and put together I would Definately recomend it to an new or seasoned trail runner
Just one addition I think would have added to the experiance is some sort of bar/food at the finish. I could have murdered a cider and a burger at the end.
Posted on 08.08.18
There are 3 distances to the Race the Tide events, 10K, 16 mile Half-Marathon and 29 mile Marathon, as you can tell this is a trail event where unusual distances are commonbut Pure Trail tell you the distances beforehand so you know what you are getting.
The Pure Trail team are always very friendly and well organised, this is a must do event and I will be back next year, not sure which distance I will do next year, but this year it was the 16 mile option for me, which saw us head uphill from the start and within half a mile, wading through a very wet, muddy water section, which for me is great fun, then single track through woodland, before we crossed a bridige over the estaury and up into more woods, the following downhill through the woods was fast and fun, with estuary glances through the trees, soon we were at mile 6.5 and at the Erme Estuary, the tide was out but it still meant a run through some water, others walked I ran, splashing through the water, then it was a couple of miles of hilly coast path before turning inland through fields and country lanes, before we reentered the woods and had the pleasure of wading through the muddy water again, quick stop for some photos and downhill to the finish, where we got a fab medal and a well stocked finish line of goodies. Do this event!
Posted on 14.06.17