In the glorious private setting of the Flete Estate, Holbeton, Devon (PL81LW) we are back hosting our second year and an Ultra-marathon distance race of 29.5 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 10k race is within the Estate and will NOT involve crossing the waters of estuary but within stays within beautiful Woodland trails. Start times will coincide with the low tide so it's 08:00 for the Ultra-Marathon, an 11:10am mid-morning start for the 16 miler and an 11:30am start for the Woodland 10km.
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.
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