Dartmoor Fell Series dates for 2024 are out!

‘pushing hard’ Joe Lane ORC photo Clare Capper

Just to get your race diaries for 2024, full, check out these important dates . note if has a (J) there will be junior races. So for its fourth year we bring you…

Series dates

Race 1. Devon AA Champs Course – Venue Princetown Sat April 20th RO Richard Best- this is a seniors only counts as series race and Devon AA team selection (min age 18)
Race 2 Meldon May 18th RO ORC (J)
Note May19th is senior intercounties….
Race 3 Langstone May 25th RO TRP (J)
Race 4 Buckland bounder 8th June
Race 5 Burrator Horseshoe Sat 15th June  (J)
Race 6 Solstice – Merrivale Weds 19th June (J)
Race 7 July 7th Cosdon RO ORC (J)
Race 8 Haytor Heller Sat 20th July RO Teignbridge trotters
Race 9 Postbridge Pootle Weds 24th July – this year maybe with visibility? (J)
Race 10 Ivybridge 3Tops Wed 7th Aug RO Erme Valley Harriers (J)
Race 11 Gt links tor flyer wed 21 Aug  (J)

Race 12 East mill tor loop sat 21st Sept joint ORC/SWF (J) and series finale and presentations.

Series structure

For juniors best 6 from 9 races. ( what a brilliant year our juniors had in 2023)
For seniors best 8 from 12 races. All Vet categories will be calculated from first race of season 20th April ( so you stay in that category for all races). More detail will appear before the new year, including a Facebook group for keen marshals- yes the vital ingredient that makes every race happen.   Still hoping for a couple of winter races ( more low key) and details will appear soon – smaller and requiring pairs ( of runners with kit) and will be longer with navigation.

Other race changes

Note that Okehampton running club ORC also host 2 other races in their own club series Oke Croak and the Sourton Scramble, which is to have a new course this year and may in be in series for 2025 – it will be interesting to see new course that ORC has planned.

Keeping it real

We aim to keep series affordable, simple and with the friendliness of the running community spirit at its centre. We also want to make sure we are sustainable and will make very effort to eliminate waste and encourage lift sharing. But we also want to keep it safe , this may mean a bit more ‘marking’ on juniors but minimal or no marking on seniors ( yes its actually safer if you know where you are going) – so please start looking at those maps.

Please enjoy the festive season and get out to enjoy our wonderful South West.

See you on the hills

Richard Best

Series winner Ceri Rees
Series winner Charlotte Walker
Tom Perry on way to earn a GB vest