65 miles, 10,000 feet of elevation, 9 Aid stations, 2 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 1 World Heritage Site, UTMB Index Race
4th May 2024 5:30am
Event HQ - Offwell Village Hall, Offwell, Honiton, EX14 9SE
Sponsored by Rod&Ben's, Ultramarathonrunningstore.com, Tailwind, Ganesha Wholefoods, Athletic Brewing Company & Otter Brewery
Supporter of the Axe Vale & District Conservation Society
4 Events - 1 Amazing Day
For 2023 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. We also have an invitational event only of the 'Other Half' offering all those who have previously completed the East Devon Half to complete the round from Blackbury Camp to Offwell (31 miles)
What is a UTMB Index race?
A UTMB Index race contributes towards every Finishers UTMB Index in the corresponding category (20K, 50K, 100K or 100M) and gives privileged access to the UTMB World Series Events or Majors*. The privileged access corresponds to:
Exclusive pre-sales period
Early bird prices secured
Access to races on a first come first served basis
*Excluding sold-out races where a draw will be organized. In the event of a draw, subscription will be exclusive to UTMB Index holders.
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!
There is a cut-off of 6:30pm at Checkpoint 7 (75kms) - 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. In 2022, 3 people completed Tim Howarths
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)
HOW MUCH DOES THE RACE COST?
£88 Affiliated, £90 Unaffiliated
This is a race created for runners by runners, and is aiming to cover costs than necessarily make profit, with the hope of raising some money for local causes.
East Devon Half Round £56 Affiliated, £58 Unaffiliated
East Devon Quarter Round £25 Affiliated, £27 Unaffiliated
East Devon 'Other Half' £40 Affiliated, £42 Unaffiliated
Sorry a (small) booking fee is added by the entry system provider!
We aim to be completely transparent in all our costings, and competitors are often surprised to hear our 'OpenTracking' event safety and timing trackers cost £14/head. For this reason trackers are not provided for the Quarter
WHATS INCLUDED IN THE ENTRY FEE?
The race, the wonderfully stocked 9 aid stations, plus recovery food and cake after, the custom designed weatherproof Harvey's East Devon Round map, East Devon Round t shirt and snood plus other goodies, East Devon Round medal, teas and coffees for the weekend, pint of beer or cider at the end plus pizza. Spot prizes will also be on offer.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE ENTRY FEE?
Camping £10 a tent for the weekend (limited numbers)
Friday night meal at Registration
Sunday morning Breakfast - This is being provided by Offwell Village Primary School with all proceeds going to the school.
£25 Weekend meal pass available to buy upon entry. Children free for weekend
All food for the weekend - Includes Friday night meal, Saturday basic breakfast, Saturday evening meal and Sunday Big Breakfast. Teas, Coffees and Drink for the weekend. You won't go hungry! The food on race day for competitors is already included. This ticket is available to competitors and spectators.
DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO NAVIGATE?
In a word, yes. 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.
Waterproof jacket, emergency tinfoil blanket, emergency whistle, hat and gloves, headtorch (minimum 100 lumens) plus spare batteries, water carrying capacity (1 litre), 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
Campsite opens 4pm Friday 28th April
Registration 6pm - 10pm Friday 28th April
Event Briefing and Pre-Race Evening Meal 7:30pm Friday 28th April
2nd Event Briefing for later arrivals 9:30pm
Last minute briefing 5.00am Sat 29th April
Walk to start 5:15am Sat 29th April
Race Start 5:30am (Sunrise 5.44am) Sat 29th April
East Devon 'Other Half' - 2:30pm start at Blackbury Camp. Transport provided from Event HQ at Offwell
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
Tim Howarth Route Cut off 6pm from
First Finishers predicted 6:30 pm Sat 29th April
Last Finishers predicted 2.30am Sunday 1st May
Presentation, Post Race Massages, and Breakfast 9.30am Sunday 30th April
Event Close 12pm Sunday 30th April 2023
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
OS Ref 211 935
Sat Nav EX24 6RL
Soft Cut Off 15:30pm
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
Hard Cut Off 8:30pm
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
IS THERE A CUT OFF TIME?
Checkpoint 7 - 6pm runners will follow the Tim Howarth Route completing a 85km route and finishing at Event HQ
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DROP OUT?
As always ideally any drop outs will occur at checkpoints. From here transport can be arranged back to Event HQ. The race also has an emergency plan if required.
WHAT PRIZES ARE THERE?
There will be spot and position prizes on offer. These have all been donated from local companies and are from local food and drink producers you will pass on the route, these include Otter Brewery, Dalwood Vineyard, Otter Dairy, and The Ultramarathon Running Store https://www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com/
The Event HQ is at Offwell Village Hall (EX14 9SE), in the village of Offwell, just off the A35. It is less than 2 miles from Honiton and the A30. Honiton has a mainline trainline on the Exeter to London line, and Exeter airport is less than 15 miles away.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Unfortunately not, and that is coming from someone whose day job is working as a vet. The village hall grounds have a strict no dogs policy. I would be able to recommend a campsite only a few miles away which would happily take dogs if needed
WHAT IF I NEED TO PULL OUT BEFORE THE EVENT?
Send me an email and we can sort something out.
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/