The Smuggler's Scuttler

Running (offroad)

  • Lands End Visitors Centre, United Kingdom
  • 01. July, 2017
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    5/5

  • 21 Km

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The toughest half marathon dressed as a pirate in the Cornwall

"A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest".

Fearless Francis The Undead Scalper of Whitesand Bay has wrecked my almighty ship, 'The Dragon's Strumpet' and has been washed ashore to Skull Island with all my loot!

I will be recruiting my merry band of wreckers with my Quartermaster, 'Swinging Cutlass Sally Mcghee' by my side in the upcoming weeks.

You will be responsible for individually bringing my items back to the end of the land where I shall reward you. Make no... mistake...NO LOOT AND YOU WILL TAKE A SHORT WALK OFF A VERY LONG PLANK AND THAT WILL BE THE ONLY REWARD FOR YOU!

There is but another problem...

Customs are protecting said loot against piracy and along the path you will be warned what happens to wreckers who step foot on the island. Will ye dare to rob the dead and have the rum bottle to peg leg it as fast as you can past all the other customs officers en route and not get hung, drawn and quartered in the process?

It's an arduous task and only the strongest of pirate will survive!

My first wrecker back to the end of all the land will succeed me and take the wooden helm of The Dragon's Strumpet(What will be left of it after being half plunged beneath The Brisons!)

Ye be warned my merry band of thieves!!

All ye details to follow in a little while, for now I must return to a Quartermaster with the worst bout of cabin fever since me last crew were wiped out with it aboard 'The Disgraceful Barnacle' in 1796.

Signing off for now,

Capt. Drago Littlebeard of St Ives Bay...

DISTANCE - 13.5 MILES.

FROM 'THE FIRST AND LAST HOUSE' @ THE LAND'S END LANDMARK TO CAPE CORNWALL AND BACK.

RACE RULES

YOU MUST INDIVIDUALLY BRING BACK 3 ITEMS OF CONTRABAND FROM THE CHESTS PLACED AT SKULL ISLAND (THE CAPE).

THESE SMUGGLED AND WASHED UP ITEMS ARE:

.BRANDY

.TEA

.COINS

NO CONTRABAND, NO MEMENTO.

IF YOU DON'T PICK UP ITEMS OR HAVE LOST SOME THEN EACH MISSING ITEM WILL RESULT IN A TEN MINUTE TIME PENALTY TO BE ADDED ON TO YOUR OVERALL TIME RESULT.

DRINKING THE BRANDY WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FOR ANY TIME. THAT'S YOUR COMPLETION DRINK.

FOR INSTANCE, IF YOU COME BACK WITHOUT ANY ITEM WHATSOEVER THEN YOU WILL HAVE THIRTY MINUTES ADDED TO YOUR FINISHING TIME AND NO MEMENTO TO SHOW FOR IT.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING ONE OF EACH ITEM AND PLACING IT IN A ZIPLOC BAG (PROVIDED) AND SAFELY GETTING IT BACK TO THE END OF ALL THE LAND BYPASSING CUSTOMS AS YOU'RE DOING SO.

CUSTOMS OFFICERS OF COURSE WILL BE YOUR EVENT CREW.

CUSTOMS AND FEARLESS FRANCIS THE UNDEAD AND HELLBENT SCALPER OF WHITESAND BAY WILL BE ENTHRALLED IN SWORDPLAY UPON SKULL ISLAND, THUS MAKING THE PERFECT DISTRACTION FOR DAYLIGHT THIEVERY!

YOUR MISSION IS TO RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN PAST CUSTOMS BACK TO CAPTAIN DRAGO LITTLEBEARD TO TRADE IN YOUR COIN (TEA AND BRANDY ARE YOURS) FOR YOUR EPIC SWASHBUCKLING MEMENTO.

PRIZES FOR 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD MALES AND FEMALES.

THE OVERALL WINNER SHALL SUCCEED CAPTAIN DRAGO LITTLEBEARD OF ST IVES BAY BY RECIECIVING THE WOODEN HELM OF 'THE DRAGON'S STRUMPET'.

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE CAPTAIN OF ANY ONE SHIP OF COURSE.

THIS EVENT IS JUST ABOUT HAVING FUN ON A SUNNY SUMMER CORNISH COAST THEREFORE FANCY DRESS ISN'T COMPULSORY BUT IS ENCOURAGED.

PRIZE FOR BEST FANCY DRESS.

SPOT PRIZES AS USUAL TO LUCKY RUNNERS.

10% of all entries goes to NATIONAL COASTWATCH ST IVES

10% of all entries goes to THE NATIONAL TRUST

All participants should be 18+

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18 Review(s)

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Gill Benner

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

An amazing day dressed as a pirate!

The Smuggler's Scuttler.  Wow! I'd been waiting for months for this race.  It was an amazing but tough race along the cornish coastpath. Longer than my usual attempts at running distance, I chose to do my first half marathon along a coast path and dressed as a pirate, it wasn't mandatory, but along with other runners who had dressed for the day, made it much more fun.  This race, as well as the others put on by Bus Vyken was well organised, with great marshals and great booty. We had to collect it items at the half way point, Cape Cornwall and carry them back intact to the finish - bonus, at the end once checked you got to keep them. Where else do you get rum at the end of the race (did I mention the pirate rock and a pasty?)  An amazing bespoke medal, well, it's all about the bling!

I do hope this race is on again next year, I'll be there if I can?

Posted on 07.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Well done on finishing through the pain. Hope you are recovering. Fabulous running and effort and we'll see you next year xx

Tara Brenton

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Outstanding scenery!!

The most beautiful of routes, although it was hard as hell in some places! Half marathon not for the faint hearted! All skirting the north cornwall coast with the half way at the top of cape cornwall so pretty special to a cornish maid! Marshalls were excellent, very positive and encouraging. Huge pasty on completion with your medal. And all with the added twist of being pirate themed. Fabulous day out and would enter it again.Thank you Bys Vyken!!

Posted on 05.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hey Tara
So glad you had a great day. The pasty was very well deserved. Thank you for the amazing review x

Tim Robinson

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Another brilliant coastal race from Bys Vyken Events

Thanks to David and all of his dedicated crew at Bys Vyken Events, for organising such an enjoyable race along the Cornish Coastline! What a morning it was to be running from Land's End to Cape Cornwall (and back), in the Cornish Sunshine. A really well organised and innovative idea for a race as always! Looking forward to the next one already!!

The race itself was based around the idea of pirates collecting their loot from Cape Cornwall and returning it safely to Land's End. This made for an interesting and enjoyable race, adding another element to a stunning race.

The stewards and marshalls were all massively enthusiastic and helpful; encouraging runners throughout the morning.

The atmosphere between the trail runners was electric, which was brilliant to see!

Here are just a few highlights from a stunning morning on the Cornish trails!

Posted on 04.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

You are what we are about. You summarise and epitomise what we are and what we do. Talented athlete and a fantastic ambassador for our little company. Congrats on the win dude. number 2 now

Paul Reeve

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

An absolute cracking event!

Superb in every aspect, can't fault it and wouldn't change anything. Def on the calendar for next year

Posted on 03.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks Paul
Top effort bud

Mickee Jelf

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Run, rum and sun. Great event

Really enjoyed this event, stunning route and lovely friendly marshalls. The organisers went over and above the call of duty and collecting the contraband added a bit extra fun. Great medal and pasty at the end too making this race excellent value for money.

Posted on 03.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you Mickee.
Glad you had a great day on the coast. x

ANNA PASCOE

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Smuggling returns to Land's End!

Loved this race, lots of heart, soul and imagination put in to the organisation and theme and I was both relieved and delighted to see other people getting into the spirit and dressed as pirates as I got to race HQ!

This is a challenging and stunning course and I'm looking forward to next time already. :)

Posted on 03.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

#BysVykenRaceTeam
xx

Fi Coyle

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

A real treasure.

Good pre-event info, easy to find and hassle free registration. Despite start-line nerves, I thoroughly enjoyed this run. Magnificent scenery, tough terrain: beaches, hills, boulders but worth the challenge. The marshalls were really encouraging & friendly. I loved the details: hand-made pirate maps, contraband, sticks of rock and a fab medal. The pirate theme was a great idea & added to the fun. I recommend this run & would do it again. 

Posted on 03.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hey Fi
We love the personal touch with everything handmade. We have no graphic designers or people we send thing to so that they return all polished and posh.lol .
A part of the reason I love what I do is that I get to create everything we do because I believe that it means more and keeps us in touch with the athletes. Making moments and making memories way way before making money.
Thank you for such a fab review and hope to see you at a future event. Dave x

Alison Campbell

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Stunning scenery, great organisation & cheesy wotsits!

The Smuggler's Scuttler

I ran this as the Sweep and thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery was amazing, the marshals were awesome. The Course had everything, big climbs, clambering over rocks, sandy beaches and even a bit of tarmac! There were plenty of refreshments including a favourite, cheesy Wotsits! 

The theme of the race was great. Being a smuggler, collecting booty from cape Cornwall and getting it back to lands end intact! 

Pasty and medal at the end were brilliant! 

Posted on 03.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

best friend, best sweep, best human.
Cheers bird x

Anthea Osborne

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Summer coast path shenanigans

The Smuggler's Scuttler

My third Bys Vyken event as a runner and they never disappoint (they're a lot of fun to marshal too). Really easy lead up to the race with many snippets of historical local info to get your exploring juices flowing. Hassle free parking/registration etc. Fabulous, beautiful natural scenery, buzzing fellow competitors (many in pirate costume arrrrrr), super friendly marshals and tough terrain - what more could you ask? Oh maybe the best medals ever, pasty, cake, rock & rum too?! Go on then.  Even the maps were carefully aged. Always a joy, thanks David et al, looking forward to the next ⭐️

Posted on 03.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Always a joy having you be a part of our events. So happy you had a great run. It's all you athletes that make us what we are so thank you for returning for another event x

Yelda Parsons

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Very well organised trail race with a pirate twist!

The Smuggler's Scuttler

Great atmosphere, location and unique bespoke finisher medal! Challenging course with stunning views and fascinating history...

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

love love love this photo!!!
So good to meet you and it was fantastic to see you finish with such strength and determination x

Sam Merrett-cope

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

I be a pirate

first time doing this race but not the first time doing a bys vyken event . As always davids events are amazing with such a different feel to them from the big main stream company's . The love and care that goes into the route , the planning , the medals and more importantly your race day experience is the best I have experienced. So once again bys vyken events you nailed it and I can't wait til the next one . 

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you Sam.
Top runner x

David Wright

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Brilliant event in an exceptional setting

This was a fantastic event and not just a trail running race. The "smuggler" theme extended from participant costumes to the collection of "contraband" at the half-way point, requiring safe return to the finish. The marshalls were very friendly, helpful and encouraging. The course is challenging and set against one of the most dramatic sections of coastline in the world. I would recommend this race to anyone.

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you David.
Thank you for being such a great part of our success. Brilliant review

Victoria Hosken

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

My favourite race of the year!

What a amazing event.  I have been looking forward to this event since I registered in Jan and it didn't disappoint.  As always with Bys Vyken we were given all the pre-event information we needed down to the smallest details to make the whole event smooth running allowing ou to enjoy the event and not worry about logistics.

The registration process was smooth and I arrived to a great atmosphere.  The dramatic music playing setting against the scenery of Lands End made a fatastic start to the event.  Marshalls were so friendly, encouraging and did everything they could to check you were okay even offerein to pour water over heads as the temperatures get rising.  The scenery was stunning and there were so many interesting things to see from beautifull fields of purple, lighthouses, mines, crashing waves.  I loved it.  

I would recommend this event to anyone, with no cut off you could just go out there and enjoy yourself.

Everyone was really social and I was able to chat to lots of people I didn't know on route. The loot was fantastic with a customised bottle of rum, tea and coins.  Earning me a fantastic medal that even my teenage children think is really cool. 

This event is well worth travelling too even if you live out of county.  Can't wait for next year!

Well done Bys Vyken.

 

 

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Because of amazing athletes like you we will continue to be here for as long as we can putting on what we can to the very best that we can. The smiles and beautiful words always makes it worthwhile. Thank you x

Gem Fletcher

Completed in 2017

5

Beautifully organised passionately run..5*

The Smuggler's Scuttler

I was lucky enough to be a marshal for this event. All I can say is the attention to detail was second to none. Our points were well marked we had detailed instructions with photographs of our points, a map of the route, a list of all other marshal points with names & phone numbers. All marshals were briefed and introduce before setting off to their points. 

The route was well marked with pirate themed signage! This is a well used coastal path with many members of the public using the route alongside the runners. Was this a problem? Not in the slightest, they readily stood aside and let runners past in there pirate themed dress up. I met travellers from America, Australia, South Africa, Manchester, Sussex among the regular locals using the path. All happy to stop and chat about what was taking place, and who was responsible for such a great event.

I'm so greatful to have been a part of this hopefully I will be asked to help again. Dave is possibly one of the nicest people you could wish to meet his passion for his events is inspiring, the time and effort he spends on preperation goes unnoticed. These events are run with very little gain, he simply does it for the love of his homeland and a passion of wanting to give people an experience they will never forget. I didn't run...and I will never forget. 

So to finish my ramblings I would just like to say thank you again for allowing me to be part of your amazing, beautiful event Bys Vyken I will be forever greatful. 

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

5* crew

Jo Northey

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Awesome Event with. Twist

The Smuggler's Scuttler

What a great race, registration easy, event briefing clear & consise, Marshall's happy & helpful, lovely route testing at times but nothing too hard, great weather & scenery. Well done to David, Sally & the team, you did yourselves proud, please please please do this race again, it was well worth the money & the journey down from Launceston, where else do you get brandy, tea, pasty, stick of rock & an awesome medal at a race, loved it

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

A million times, thank you! Your support as an athlete and as a team with Launceston is fabulous. Great run,great review and great lady.x

Barrie Prowse

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

OMG simply amazing

The Smuggler's Scuttler

I entered this race a few months back unsure what to expect as being a trail run with a fun Pirate twist having to smuggle contraband (tea run and coins) back to the finish from the half way point. My first thoughts were well it sounds like a bit of a fun run...... but thought why not..... The race exceeded my expectations on all levels yes it was fun for those who wanted to experience some of the most beautiful coastpath runs in the uk but it also had that competitive element for those wanting to get a great time and place - I have done many half marathons but this one has become my favourite head and shoulders above the rest - I can't wait till next year the organiser made it look easy as you could see him and his race team had fully prepared and there wasn't any if that running around like headless chickens you sometimes see at events - all in all an amazing race an amazing location and amazing events team and amazing fellow competitors 10/10 defiantly doing it next year can't wait

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Loved having you be a part of it. Thank you for joining our little team. With you and with your racing and representing we will only grow bigger and stronger with your guts, courage and endurance on display whilst flying our flag, Cheer Baz x

Melissa Poultney

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

A pirates life for me...

The Smuggler's Scuttler

another brilliant race by Bys vyken events. A pirate themed race where you have to collect bounty at the turn around point. And what a turn around point! Rugged, tough, mountain goat territory coast path dressed as a pirate...what more do you want on a summers day? Excellent RD and event crew, brilliant trophies and spot prizes, excellent value for money. Will definitely be back next year!

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Best fancy dress. Woohoo! Sorry about the pasty. X

Sharon Sullivan

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Must do race

Unique and quirky race set on the dramatic Cornish coastpath.

So much thought and attention to details produced an outstanding low key event.

No commercialism here, just fun and running!

Posted on 02.07.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hey Sharon or should I say the 100 Queen!
Thank you lady. Amazing effort and well deserved 2nd. Especially as you put in some mad old miles lately and yet you can go out there and pull off the magical and unbelievable.x