And now for Summit completely different!
Summit Wild Ultra is the cornerstone of Something Wild Trail Running Festival
The Summit Wild Ultra will be a highlight of the ever-popular Something Wild Trail Running Festival promoted by Running Wild in stunning Dartmoor National Park from Friday 30 July to Sunday 1 August 2021.
After a year in the doldrums due to the coronavirus pandemic, Something Wild Trail Running Festival returns with a full race programme to its event site at Huccaby Farm, where the cow shed will again be transformed into a festival arena and also serves as the fulcrum for the weekend's trail events, complete with festival café and live music stage, ideal for spectators.
Huccaby Farm, Hexworthy is a hidden gem and the area has been farmed for at least 1,000 years. Landlord David Mudge and his wife Shirley maintain around 100 cattle and have also diversified to welcome campers to this idyllic spot that nestles in a valley, shaped by the River Dart’s easterly path.
The festival camping field sits in the middle of a grassy outcrop, beside a quiet road that used to connect the hamlet’s few houses with the Forest Inn and the beautiful old St Raphael’s Chapel, which will be the venue for the Speaker’s Evening.
The race programme will see Summit Wild Ultra and Something Wild Marathon starting on Saturday morning followed by Something Wild Half Marathon. The Something Wild 10K and 5K races are scheduled for Sunday morning starts. Summit Wild Ultra comprises the full marathon course plus the 10K course and features 1,381m (4,533 feet) of ascent.
But while the races are the backbone of the Something Wild Trail Running Festival, there are so many extras that make this event stand out from the crowd. Fancy trying a Wild Swimming session at a secret location 20 minutes stroll from the campsite – tick. Motivational speakers in the old chapel – tick. Guided Wild Walking; Forest School sessions; group yoga and movement classes; live music; Kid's Races and a communal dinner on Saturday? Tick, tick, tick!
Organisers Wild Running, based in South Devon, have been specialists in trail running adventures and races since the company was formed by the race director, Ceri Rees, in 2012.
Image: Courtesy Ceri Rees of Wild Running