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Burrator Horseshoe – Dartmoor Fell Series

Leaders in the race
Gutter Tor

SWfellrunners Says…

Note New date – and back to classic ‘in the village’ start. This seems to be a hot favourite for regional runners , especially popular now with great junior courses and a village ‘Oak fair’ which runs all afternoon based around the scenic Meavy village green. Of course we are biased because we host it and contribute a good amount to village charities.
The race
The Burrator Horseshoe is a 6-mile moorland run from Meavy out over Dartmoor, via Burrator Reservoir, Sheepstor Dam, Sheepstor summit (369m), Gutter Tor summit (357m), Ringmoor Down and the cooling Meavy river ford – the route map is below. It has a spectacular finish with a nice ford dip and an awesome reception on the village green outside the welcoming Royal Oak Inn http://www.royaloakinn.org.uk/ .
A few key changes
The Horseshoe start is has moved to 3:15 pm, and is now back on the Village Green. Car parking for runners is at the eastern end (Burrator end) of the village – please use this to prevent congestion in the village (and drive there via the Burrator Inn junction as roads will be closed in the village). A voluntary donation for parking goes towards the parish. This year registration will be in the field as will the start of the senior race. But please arrive early as the fair gets busy from 1pm, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the fair and refreshments. We are one hour earlier this year so you can still catch the last of the fair BBQ! Junior races start at 2:30pm (you can watch them run from the parking field). The seniors start at 3:15pm and the senior race finishes on the village green. The race is held under Fell Runners Association rules and licence. For enquiries and further information about the Burrator Horseshoe Run go to the booking website.
Latest Entries are not yet open .  Race entry is £7.50 plus a 50p booking fee. The website should be live from Mar 26th to June 20th.
Helpful info
  • Best times for the new course:  Ben Neale 40m 47s, & Jo Meek 45m 45s (2011)
  • There are awards for the normal age groups plus a trophy for the first club team (4 male and 4 female finishers) which last year went to Tamar Trail Runners. We are aiming for an award presentation for seniors at 17:15 on the village green. Enjoy!
  • The run will be limited to a maximum of 300 competitors and there is a minimum age limit:  you must be 16 or older on 24th June 2023 to enter this event.
  • Again this year there are junior races from 2;30pm – the briefing at Marchant’s Cross at 2:25pm  for a  2:30pm: U9 & U11 race from the Marchant’s cross around a very steep loop to finish through the ford then into the field. The U13 & U15 race from Marchant’s Cross (just uphill from the ford) to Ringmoor cottage and back. Enter on the day, £1 per junior with prizes for the winners. Please ensure entrants register before 3pm and note juniors run unaccompanied. Please support and encourage the junior races – you may also want to help as a marshal.
  • Deadline for online entry is tues 20th June. This race is normally full so book early.
  • Race Organiser: Richard Best with the support of South West Fell Runners, Run Venture Runners and Meavy Parish.
  • Come along and enjoy a great afternoon and evening!
  • Any help of marshalling support greatly received – please contact the organiser