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The genus 'homo trail runner' is roaming free again!

Running Wild provides a celebratory weekend of trail running

runABC South is delighted to be able to report the successful re-Wilding of some of the more remote parts of Devon with the formerly widespread species: homo trail runner! 

Having been confined to the safety of their burrows for many months by order of their leader Boris, due to the coronavirus that threatened the future of their genus, homo trail runners were tempted to emerge by their favourite foods – Clives Pies and iced banana smoothies by Bamboo Coffee – to test their health and fitness with astonishing feats of endurance in their natural environment.

The catalyst for this happy change in circumstances was the Something Wild Trail Running Festival (SWTRF) at Huccaby Farm, Hexworthy in Dartmoor National Park from Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August, with a packed programme of life-affirming activities and events.

It all kicked off with the Yar Tor Fell Race on Friday evening – not officially part of the SWTRF but a welcome appetiser to prepare weekend warriors for the BBQ and honesty bar in the cow shed! The winners of this Dartmoor Fell Race Series race were M40 Ceri Rees (31:05) and Charly Hicks (41:24) – with Adam 'Tango' Holland (32:10) and Ellie White (42:39) runners-up.

The distance and severity of the courses were both stepped up for Saturday morning's Summit Wild Ultra, Marathon and Half Marathon – all held on the unforgiving Dartmoor terrain that was a tad soft in parts following the best efforts of Storm Evert to blow the course markers away.

The male and female winners of SWTRF's longest events, in descending distance order, were Richard Pemberton (5:22:27) and Melissa King (7:16:46); Arthur Conmy (4:19:16) and Sharon Daw (6:15:40); Ethan Pavey (2:17:44) and Amy Sole (2:49:16). 

After yoga, followed by dinner, live music by Betamax and speakers evening in the cow shed, it was back to the core theme of trail racing and the SWTRF 10K and 5K races on Sunday morning, with Chris Craddock (46:46) and Eevee Banbury (49:06) leading the way in the 10K and Ross Wayne (37:38) and Jayne Uppington (41:29) heading the 5K field.

Following presentations, lunch, and cool down yoga with Gina in (you guessed it) the cow shed, the festival wrapped up for another year and the web went Wild with appreciative comments. We particularly like this note of irony from the marathon and 10K runner-up Emlyn Hughes: "We had a fab weekend. The forest school was great for the kids and I loved the two races. A perfect intro to genteel running on flat, firm Dartmoor!! It's an amazing place to run".

Also from Ollie: "A blinder of an event. Such a great vibe. Beautiful route, great support and well organised. Thanks for a great race."

Results can be viewed via runABC South race listing as below:

SWTRF Summit Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon

SWTRF 10K & 5K 

Image courtesy Courtesy Ceri Rees of Wild Running on Facebook

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