THE BLACKDOWN BEAST 2017
16 mile or 10 mile social run MT. Sorry but dogs are not allowed.
Saturday, 21st January 2017 Start – 10:00 A.M.
Photos from Beast 2017 linked here
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BLACKDOWN BEAST 2017 BELOW
Raising money in 2017
Maps - Leg 1, Leg 2, Leg 3, Leg 4 & written instructions
Venue: HIGHFIELD SPORT AND SOCIAL CLUB,
Culm Way, Dunkeswell EX14 4JP
Map of Start Location here
Photos of 2017 are also on:
Beast Facebook Page
The Blackdown Beast is a very social, self-navigated run. Runners follow a picturesque cross country route of 7.6 miles on seldom used footpaths to Smeatharpe. Here they enjoy a hot pasty and mulled cider at Smeatharpe Village Hall as a reward for their hard work. The next leg of the run is 2.8 miles on lanes and country paths which drops down to the village of Upottery and the Sidmouth Arms which will provide more sustenance to the runners. The 10 mile option finishes here. Minibus transport will be provided to take the 10 milers back to Dunkeswell, BUT please select the 10 mile option on the entry from. The 16 milers then take the road to Rawridge. Here they will turn on to the country, cross the river Otter and climb to the top of the ridge to the viewpoint above Luppitt for a spectacular panorama of the surrounding countryside before running the remainder of the 3.3 miles to the Luppitt Inn for another refreshment stop. The last 2.7 mile leg of the day takes you across country over Luppitt Common back to Dunkeswell for a well earned drink and food.
Comments on 2017 Beast
Lara Bolduc: First time for me , really enjoyed it. Pasty was best veg pasty I've had ever ! . White pins were definitely reassuring as I struggled to follow the written directions, running with others is a must, last few fields took a bit of scouting to find the right gate. Thankyou will definitely do it again.
Monica Read: Roger another brilliantly organised Beast. It's a gift, thank you.
Sue Garland: Truly fabulous event - very well organised, white drawing pins were welcome signs that we were on the right route - refreshments and hospitality warm and welcoming! Friendly runners and just a great day - even the weather.
Andy and Anne Marshall: Great event, really enjoyed it, well organised, met some lovely people & enjoyed terrific scenery. Well done to all involved. Now back in tropical Plymouth.
Eliza Brodie: A great event! Many thanks. When's the Blackdown Beauty please?
Julie Morris: No bad feedback, it was brilliant, albeit tougher terrain than my usual tarmac. Everyone was so friendly. Thank you!
Clare Stone: A fantastic run, very friendly and relaxed and well organised, thank you to everyone involved.:
Jackie Brydon: Great route, excellent instructions. Loved it thank you!
Jane Stephens: From 3 very happy girls from Cornwall, thank you! Brilliant brilliant event!
Richard and Pippa: We weren't looking quite so cheery at the finish after 16 miles but a lovely run though thanks to Roger Saunders, Howard Bidmead etc at Honiton RC. The pasties and mulled cider at Smeatharpe were amazing!
Hugh + Dawn (Exmouth Harriers): Many thanks to you, Howard and the rest of the crew for a great day out in East Devon.
Helen Moffatt: Beautiful rural run, tough, muddy, lots of fun. Pasty and mulled cider were amazing, very glad to be taken under the wing of the lovely ladies of Tiverton Running as running with a buddy or team is a must. Looking forward to next year, but not the achy legs the next day!!
Jackie Batten: Thank you The Blackdown Beast for organising an excellent run, a lovely chilled atmosphere (not just the weather) and the veggie pasty was delicious. Well done to all the organisers.
Des and Alison White: Many thanks Roger to you and all your helpers. Alison and I thoroughly enjoyed the "mini-Beast", we will be braver in 2018 and go the full 16 miles. The pasties were the best we've ever had.