3 Events - 1 Amazing Day
New for 2022 we will have both the East Devon Round and the East Devon Half Round commencing at 5:30am from Offwell, but also the East Devon Round Quarter starting and finishing in Combe Raleigh. This route is only 12 ish miles long but with 2,000 feet of climbing it packs a punch.
East Devon Round
9 incredibly well stocked aid stations, 10kms apart
East Devon Half Round
4 incredibly well stocked aid stations 10kms apart
East Devon Quarter Round
1 incredibly stocked aid station
Ultra Trail Marathon in East Devon
The route encompasses wild garlic lined river paths, climbs past Dalwood vineyard on Danes Hill, passes through ancient woodland full of wild flowers and coated in bluebells, and traverses the striking Hartridge ridge, high above the village of Luppitt, and the home of Otter Brewery. The section between Seaton and Lyme Regis, known as the Undercliffs, was affectionally named 'the Jungle' by 2019's competitors, where lush green vegetation, early purple orchids, tree roots, countless steps and Goat Island await. Two of East Devon's impressive Iron Age hill forts are climbed, both the striking Dumpdon, in the midst of the Otter Valley; and the bluebell haven of Blackbury Camp. It meets the sea at both the impressive Lyme Regis's historic cobb and at Axmouth harbour, but also reaches the heights of the Blackdown Hills, complete with views reaching far over Dartmoor. A final section of Offwell woods spits you out back where you started all those hours and miles before where Pizza, Beer, Cake and your East Devon Round medal are all yours!
New for 2022 will be a cut-off of 6:30pm at Checkpoint 7 (70kms) - This is 13 hours into the race and allows for an average pace of 5.4kms/hour. Runners arriving after this time will complete a 'Tim Howarth' and return to Event HQ via a cut through to rejoin the route still completing a 50mile/80km route
QUALIFYING FOR UTMB MONT BLANC RACES
Section taken from November's issues of Runner's World Magazine
'The rise in popularity of trail running, combined with UTMB's bucket list status has led to oversubscription and an increasingly complicated qualification process. For 2022, runners can enter by collecting 'Running Stones' or 'Qualifying Points' at races around the globe.
Running stones are a new initiative for 2021/22 and encourage runners to participate in 'by UTMB' or 'Ultra Trail World Tour' races. Completion of these events will give a runner a better chance of being selected in the lottery eg. 1 race will offer 9 running stones and be put in the draw 9 times.
Races offering UTMB Qualifying Points can still be used to enter. However runners won't benefit from multiple entries in the lottery. So a runner with 10 points will have enough qualifying points to enter UTMB but will only have one entry in the draw.
East Devon Round
We have been allocated 4 Qualifying Points for the East Devon Round (full route)
We are incredibly fortunate to have both Rod and Ben's providing the Friday night meal and soups out on the course, and Ganesha wholefoods supplying wonderful aid station supplies. An espresso machine will also be available at Checkpoint 6.
Marina Hodder (BodyworX Soft Tissue Therapy) will also be on hand to offer post event massages with any donations going to the event's chosen charities (Offwell Primary School, Combe Raleigh Playgroup)
Waterproof jacket, emergency tinfoil blanket, emergency whistle, hat and gloves, headtorch (minimum 100 lumens) plus spare batteries, water carrying capacity (1 litre), reusable drinking cup https://www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com/Hydrapak-SPEEDCUP-Soft-Cup-200ml-p/hspeedcup200.htm, spare warm top (spare means not worn at the start), mobile phone (fully charged) enough nutrition to have between aid stations, Event map (provided)
A bag drop will be provided at the halfway point and Checkpoint 7
Tracker (provided at registration)
EVENT TIMINGS -
Campsite opens 4pm Friday 29th April
Registration 6pm - 10pm Friday 29th April
Event Briefing and Pre-Race Evening Meal 7:30pm Friday 29th April
2nd Event Briefing for later arrivals 9:30pm
Last minute briefing 5.00am Sat 30th April
Walk to start 5:15am Sat 30th April
Race Start 5:30am (Sunrise 5.44am) Sat 30th April
East Devon Round Quarter Start - Combe Raleigh - EX14 4TQ - 12:30pm
First Finishers of East Devon Half expected 12:30pm
First Finishers East Devon Quarter expected 2:30pm
East Devon Round Full
Tim Howarth Route Cut off 6pm from Checkpoint 7
First Finishers predicted 6:00 pm Sat 30th April
Last Finishers predicted 2.30am Sunday 1st May
Presentation, Post Race Massages, and Breakfast 9.30am Sunday 1st May
Event Close 12pm Sunday 1st May 2022
It is expected competitors will be able to follow the custom made Harvey's East Devon Round map. However, the course will be marked with the principle that where it is a continuous stretch along one path do not expect to see many signs, whereas where there are intricate turns through villages etc., the route will be marked. A GPx file is available with any last minute alterations discussed at registration on the Friday evening.
Camping is provided for £10 a tent for the weekend on the large playing field beside the village hall. Large car park at Hall, Use of Village Hall amenities and hot showers. You can select a camping ticket on entering. (Limited numbers)
FOOD AT THE CAMPSITE
Friday 29th April - 6:30pm - 8:30 pm (happy to accommodate late comers until 10pm) Friday Night meal courtesy of Rod and Ben's Organic Foods - Veg Curry/ Chickpea Tagine and The race organiser's Sticky Toffee Pudding. (£5)
Saturday 1st May - Please bring your own breakfast. Cereal and Milk and Bananas will be available
After the Race - Pizza and Pint courtesy of Otter Brewery. Rod and Ben's soups, as much as cake, treats, soft drinks, tea and coffee as you can manage.
Sunday 1st May - Breakfast provided by Offwell Village Primary with all takings going to the school. There is going to be an improved 'Full Fry' option for 2022's event!
Throughout the event (Friday - Sunday) there will be a pop up teas shop with cakes, soft drinks, teas and coffees provided by Combe Raleigh's Little Critter Playgroup.
Food for Spectators - Spectators are welcome to join for the meal on the Friday nigh. The rest of the post race grub is reserved for competitors.
Checkpoint 1 - 9.5 kms
Tucker's Arms pub in Dalwood
OS Ref - 248 005
Sat Nav EX13 7EG
Checkpoint 2 - 23.9 kms
A35 Crossing at Penn
OS Ref - 342 953
Sat Nav DT6 6BZ
Checkpoint 3 - 29.5 kms
Base of Steps up to Undercliffs Coast Path
OS Ref - 336 916
Sat Nav DT7 3LG
Checkpoint 4 - 39.3 kms
Old Bridge above Seaton marina
OS Ref 253 900
Sat Nav EX12 4AB
Checkpoint 5 - Blackbury Camp
Checkpoint 6 - 59.4 kms
Sidbury Village Hall
OS Ref 139 919
Sat Nav EX10 0SE
Checkpoint 7 - 70 kms
Otter Inn at Weston
OS Ref 141 003
Sat Nav EX14 3NZ
Checkpoint 8 - 81.2 kms
Luppitt (Colehill Farm)
OS Ref 171 065
Sat Nav EX14 4RU
Checkpoint 9 - 89kms
Combe Raleigh Village Hall
OS Ref 161 025
Sat Nav EX14 4TJ
Competitors will be tracked and timed via Open Tracking http://live.opentracking.co.uk/edr2021/
Bodyworx will be offering post event massages on the Saturday evening and Sunday morning, with donations going to the 2 causes the East Devon Round supports - Offwell Village Primary School and Combe Raleigh playgroup
EAST DEVON ROUND KIT
Part of my remit has always been to create t shirts, snoods and a medal that I would really want myself. I also endeavour to use local supplier's where possible - with the t shirts printed in North Devon via the lovely logo leisurewear company - https://logoleisurewear.yourwebshop.com/