North Devon Trail Run

What to do on a cold and wet Saturday morning?  How about taking part in a trail run?  So I did!  Yesterday I joined the other participants for the inaugural Exmoor Coast trail run, put on by Climb South West.  Some people entered for the 50km run, but I took part in the tamer 30km event.  Having said that, the distance was 33.5 km from Lynmouth to Minehead along the South West Coastal Path.

My oh my, it was challenging!  We started at sea level and then climbed some 850 ft in the first half mile, up and down combes until the first check-point at Porlock Weir after 19.5 km.  Before the next hill, the path took us over a section of Bossington Beach – trying to run on the pebbles was a challenge.  But then came the hill – from sea level to over 950 ft!  It really hurt!  And once on the top, the wind picked up and it was really exposed.  But at some point it was all down hill to Minehead and the end of the run.

Wowee, what an epic day and after about 4hrs 45 mins of running/walking/shuffle-jogging it was all over!

The route was so scenic along the cliff path, but I mostly just kept my eyes to the ground to make sure that I didn’t trip over stones, tree roots or anything else.  It was a terrific event – so a big thanks and shout out to all the people at Climb South West, and to Jacquey who took some lovely pics 🙂

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