Dry Run For New Race
There could be a serious outbreak of FUN at these new Exeter Trail Races...
Sportiva Events, based in Totnes, is on a mission to deliver excellent endurance sports events to a wide range of ages and abilities. Their events include triathlons and duathlons; open water swimming; gravel and road cycling sportives, and increasingly popular road and trail running races.
Ben Tisdall is the visionary leader of an experienced team that delivers some 100-plus events throughout the year in the beautiful southwest corner of England that comprises Devon and Cornwall.
The next opportunity to have some serious FUN with Sportiva Events is in two weeks at the inaugural Exeter Trail Races on Saturday 24 February 2024 – a runABC South featured event. The four-race programme in Escot Country Park – home to the Kennaway family for over 200 years – includes a 10K and 5K race plus 10K and 5K Canicross events.
Ben Tisdall informs runABC South that the 10K includes 51 metres of ascent/descent and the 5K run has to make do with just 39m of up and down. Ben says: "It's almost all on trails on mixed terrain including forest paths, some fire roads, and grass. There will probably be some mud too. The 5K course misses out the southwestern loop and a loop near the start but keeps, in our opinion, all the best bits of the 10K."
Escot Park and Gardens offers a great day out for the whole family with over 1,000 acres of grounds including 250 acres of parkland and the many attractions of Wildwood Devon – click here for details.
The venue hosts many running and cycling events and will be used by Sportiva Events for the entire weekend with the Exeter Gravel Races (off-road cycling) taking place on Sunday 25 February – the perfect opportunity for an activity-filled two days for run/bike mad families – not to mention the family dog!
Exeter Trail Races will provide RFID chip timing; free parking; professional first aid cover; medals for finishers; prizes for category winners; event catering and free professional photography (with Sportiva Events logo – high resolution prints available at extra charge) all for £18 (5K) or £23 (10K).
Race details and results at the runABC South race listing here.
Photo of 2023 Devon Trail Races courtesy Sportiva Events on Facebook