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Stormy but fast Burrator Horseshoe

The juniors

A fab turnout of 28 juniors competed across the 2k and 3.5k courses all finishing with a spirited run through the ford – congratulations to all especially the U9/U11 who have the steepest course for the day. A great quote from boy to his dad ‘ this is the race where we run through the river’! With a huge look of excitement. It was great to see so much senior support watching them in.

In heavy rain ,, there off
Rob Waddy setting the early pace
Being stalked

Senior race

Just a big thank you to all participants and spectators at this years Burrator Horseshoe as part of Meavy Oak Fair. Race 3 of Dartmoor Fell Series.

We struggled a bit for marshals with some brave souls manning 3 points. The seniors brief was hit by the start of the thundery rain, but it appears not to have deterred fast times.

A super fast start with Rob Waddy setting the pace. The lead in a group of 5 changed hands a few times with course picking helping edge distance. The revised route with a mandatory checkpoint to avoid an environmentally sensitive area worked well. From reports a few people had some ‘Nav’ opportunities and great work by sweeper to save a few going miles out.

So top spot Ceri Rees in new course record of 39:29, only just edging Rob Waddy and then a stunning run from u19 Sam Priday (ORC). First female home – another win for Charlotte Walker in a fab time of 44;38 only 47 seconds off the course record.

1st team to Okehampton Running Club mens ; 1st Female team to Run Venture.

Well done all 105 finishers

Super thanks to all the help and Meavy Oak Fair and Tim Mockford

See you on the hills..

Jubilee Langstone Fell race report May 28th


The route did not disappoint its inaugural outing as part of the Dartmoor Series, it was also blessed with stunning weather, just as well it kept to a late afternoon format as it was still hot for juniors at 4pm.

11 juniors competed on the 2k and 4k courses with great enthusiasm.

The senior event had 60 finishers with Ben Neale (TAC) in 44min 48sec showing Ceri Rees ( Wild Running) and Tom Perry (Exeter Harriers) a clean pair of heels to win first place ( but course record still intact from Devon trial at 43min 29 sec. There were a great selection of runners on the course with 7 clubs represented just in the first 8 runners. First team again no surprises ORC! First Female Charlotte Walker (TAC) in 51:20.

well done to Dave Chanter and Peter Tavy team for hosting the race- great course and great atmosphere.

a few photos for the curious

Ben Neale on way to win
Ceri and Tom vying for 2nd
Charlotte Walker on the way to 1st Female

There will be more photos on the linked Facebook post please tag anyone you know. thank you – sorry for the delayed report.

Fell Race Report – Marilyn’s Meldon Madness

Being Plymouth based, it’s rare that I have the time to venture up to the Northern reaches of Dartmoor, but I’m glad I did for this fell race!

The juniors race was fast and furious, with a battle between the various ORC runners for the boys categories. The results are available at the link below on our Webscorer timing site.

Click here for results

I wasn’t timing the adults race, leaving me free to race (slowly). The route curves up to Longstone Hill via a climb up a track. Catching those setting off too quickly and not warmed up unawares (myself included). After that the route up to Yes Tor was open to interpretation.

The route according to the author’s Strava, full Strava link here

Spotting a runner who looked fast taking a line to the left of the main field on the ascent, I headed up that way, with at least one other following me. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake as several runners went past on the higher, but more circular line. Passing the Mountain Rescue volunteers marshaling at Yes Tor (thanks!) the next point was High Willhays, a relatively easy trundle along the top of the ridge. Turning West at the marhsals (thanks!) begins the long descent to Black Tor. This is a Dartmoor special of tussocks and bog, which takes practice and agility to move swiftly over (I had neither, and Hugh shot past me in a masterly display of how it should be done). Turning North at the marshals on Black Tor, a well defined track on tired legs takes the route to it’s conclusion back at the start. Full results at the link below.

Click here for results

Many thanks to Hannah at Okehampton Running Club for a brilliant organised race, and a good route.

Remember, fell races which are part of the series and those that are not can be found in our events diary. If you are organising a fell run in the South West, we would be delighted to add it to the diary, please get in touch.

Devon Runners success in Snowdon Skyrace

Great update from Oliver Mitchell on the awesome Snowdon Skyrace race – great to see Devon Runners making a success.

The day after a group of Devon fell runners were competing in North Wales, myself and Luke Roberts (both Devon based runners) were also racing in the area in the Snowdon Skyrace. 

Tryfan north ridge

the route

The route is around 40km and has 4 big climbs and descents with around 3300m of ascent in total. Whilst not a fell race (as the course is marked and more commercial in nature), the terrain is more akin to a fell race than many trail races due to the classic fell lines over ridges and mountain tops. As fell running has a long tradition ‘sky races’ do not always draw the most competitive fields, nevertheless some of the best fell runners have dabbled in the more notable events.

the race

The race started with a fairly relaxed pace up Snowdon and then down over Y Lliwedd to Pen-y-Pass. On the second section up and over Glider Fawr (part of the Welsh 1000m Peaks Fell Race in reverse). I kept a steady pace and caught up with the lead group of 3 runners. This is where I met Luke and we soon realised that we both raced each other on the same course back in 2019.
The lead runner made a break for it leaving 3 runners to climb over Tryfan together in the obscenely hot conditions. On the final ascent of Crib Goch, the second runner made a push for it leaving Luke and I in 3rd and 4th. Staying together up the long climb helped our morale (and pace) and at the top we wished each other good luck before the punishing decent to the finish.

Oliver on North ridge of Tryfan
Crib Goch

I made it down in 3rd place in around 6 hours 8mins just before Luke who arrived a minute after in 4th place overall and more impressively 1st in the U25 category, so it was two podiums for the Devon runners.

4th overall _ Luke
Oliver -chilled look at senior prizes

The event was meticulously organised and whilst more expensive than traditional fell races it offered free camping for the weekend and a 50% discount to juniors to support the growth of younger runners.
Hope you enjoyed reading about a brief departure from the fell scene – Oli Mitchell

Thank you Oliver – awesome race and well done Luke. Go Devon! Anyone else wants to share mountain running races let me know….’see you on the hills’ Richard.

Devon team at Llanberis

Smiley before shot

Despite it being a 340mile trip each way a resilient Devon men’s fell team turned out for the Intercounties race at Llanberis, The route was going to be testing only 11.4k but with 700m of ascent in the first 3,5k and the top runners from most counties. But as shown at the Devon trial race we had come to compete!

The Race

The start had over 300 runners with Intercounties and Open race combined. Ceri Rees (Wild Running) and Sam Dellar (TAC) our front 2 runners were not far behind the leaders for the unrelenting first big climb. Key fact – eventual course winner took 4 mins out of the rest of the field on the the first big climb ( heart , lungs and lactic!), Awesome stuff after a 6.5 hour car journey.

steep lane start

Adam Holland TAC) and last years Dartmoor Fell Series overall winner was next up the hill , playing a canny game to not overstretch on the hill and build pace through the course. Minimal kit was required wind cover and map and compass and whistle. Sorry to Jamie Frost our U20 from EVH in the race missed your photo in the melee.

Next Simon Allen also TAC and Dartmoor runners knowing what to expect having recce’d the course 2 days previous.

Conditions were fab, because of the lack of rain no real boggy bits just bouncy grass and moss and a good breeze on the ridge but hot about 17 degrees. Here are a few of the teams best bits and toughest bits.

How it felt

SimonFriendly atmosphere combined with hugely talented runners. Toughest- the long long bridle way to come off the hills . Cerithe route is a belter – mini horseshoe with a leg deadening climb to a 750m crest and a long not too technical descent – great views out to sea!

AdamHonour to represent County at such an amazing location. the views were amazing. Hardest bit- the first hill should have started further up and then trying to keep running even up the very steep hills. Jamiebest views out to the coast from the first peak awesome. Hardest – futile attempt to keep up with Adam on the downhills!

And lastly from Sambest bit- battling up the first ascent against other racers, having a back and forth, depending on how runnable it was. Toughest – super hot when climbing, made you think about damage control, not tipping over the line to ensure a strong whole race.


The event was won by an astonishing performance by Chris Richard’s Cumbria – taking 4 mins off the course record and climbing 7 mins faster than most other leading runners. With him and another runner gaining GB selection.

every place matters

First in for Devon _ Sam in 55 mins ,followed by Adam who took three places in last 200 yds, then Ceri, 2 places later Simon and a few more then Jamie. A really tight team performance resulting in Devon gaining 9th overall place. Even beating Lancashire, Cheshire and all Scotland team, in the 21 team competition.

Post river dip – happy team

Overall brilliant team performance by some great runners and we now have a few ‘up north’ team managers rattled! Next year we will try to make sure we have ladies team too.

Thanks for reading – ‘see you on the hills’ -Richard Best -Team manager

Race Report – Langstone Preview and Devon trials

A small but superb field of runners took part on April 3rd late afternoon race at Peter Tavy.


Ten juniors competed across three distances. Superb running from Stanley Wood who took a big lead and was well ahead before taking a wrong turn on the descent adding a big chunk of distance. great character for finishing.

Senior Race

18 runners from a wide range of clubs made this a very competitive race. The course has an unrelenting start with 260m gain in first 2.5k but a very fast last 4k.

Brisk start
Great running from First Lady home
they started fast!
Course record and first place Ceri Rees
Just a few seconds behind and Sam Delling TAC and RM runner
Chasing hard U20 Jamie Frost EVH
5th and 6th working hard but Simon Evans TAC/Dartmoor runners holding it

Front 2 had a tight race with Sam leading until the last descent where the pace and experience of Ceri just edged it. Thanks to Jennifer West for pictures more are available at . lots of great comments about the course and really nice for the sun to come out at the end.

thank to marshals and runners. well done all.

See you on the hills… Richard

Latest Updates

  • 25/3 Entries open for many of Dartmoor Fell series – check out the events
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  • 25/2 Devon AA and Cornwall AA(( not yet confirmed) to support Inter Counties Trial race on April 3rd form Peter Tavy.
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