GENERAL INFORMATION The Blackdown Beauty is a social run in the wonderful countryside of the Blackdown Hills. Various routes between 10.5 and 18 miles are available via 4 pubs (18 mile route) and a cream tea. This is not a race but it is a chance to run, jog and walk in good company enjoying the outstanding scenery on this beautiful, sometimes demanding course following public footpaths and minor roads.
All routes start at 11.45 at Priors Park Farm at Culmhead . The 18 mile route heads though pine woods to the Queens Arms at Pitminster. The route then goes cross country to Blagdon Hill and up to the Merry Harriers pub and then on to the Half Moon at Clayhidon. The next stop is at Pear Tree Cottage at Stapley for a superb cream tea provided by the "legendary" Smeatharpe WI, then on to the York Inn at Churchinford and finally back to Priors Park Farm via Otterhead Lakes.
The shortest route goes direct to The Merry Harriers and then to Stapley for the cream tea before heading back to the start. Open the “Overview of Routes” PDF file (above) to see how the various legs can be linked together.
The numbers are limited to 200 and entry may be gained by posting the printed Entry Form and mailing to Roger Saunders or by completing the on-line form and follow payment instructions. Entry fee £10 includes a cream tea and route directions. Food and drink will also be available at the finish at nominal cost and at various pubs en-route.
Claire Medlock: hi Roger, what a great event. We had a blast. Ended up running over 12 miles because we got lost around an airfield and never found out what the wrinkly warren (or whatever it's called!) I found a strange love for white drawing pins!! It was great to do an event which was not pressured about time. Thank you. Dotty King: Hello, Thanks for a great event on Saturday, we got lost a few times but overall had a good time and will be back next year. Attached are some pics of the day. Best wishes, Dotty Nadine Prouse: Thankyou so much for such a great event. Thoroughly enjoyable & didn't get lost once..well maybe ran round a couple of fields a few times trying to find a way out but as I said "we weren't lost, always somewhere". The cream tea was fantastic, special thanks to all who helped make the day & hope you raised lots for such a worthy cause. Nadine RFRC Tanya Lewis: Had a fantastic day such a lovely friendly club that were lovely company with Awsome food too xxxx
My name is Emma Thomas and I'm just e-mailing you to say what a fantastic day my friends and I had on Saturday at the Blackdown Beauty. Fantastic run and the hospitality and warmth felt at the cream tea stop was incredible! Well done Honiton Running Club brilliant organisation. I have now run the beast and the beauty this year and I will be back next year!! Thanks again!!
Iain Robert: The Blackdown Beauty what a brilliant complementary event to The Blackdown Beast. Many thanks for the Beauty on Saturday, the costumes were great and I had a thoroughly good time catching up with fellow enthusiasts from around the area. The route was challenging in places, my legs were stinging all Saturday night. However, the pain was more than made up for by the cream tea at Pear Tree Cottage. Please pass on my thanks to all those involved in organising and supporting this run. Keep it quiet so we can all enter again next year.
Neil Bissix Just a quick line to say how much we enjoyed the Blackdown Beauty on Saturday. It's nice to hear that as well as organising a very enjoyable race you will also manage to donate a substantial sum to MacMillan Cancer Support. We have already pencilled the date for January's Blackdown Beast into our diaries.
Andy Fraser Thank you very much for yesterday. Well organised, great cream tea, so good will ignore it was done the Cornish way, farm very welcoming. Just a good day all round. Tim Wigram Brilliant day out and run, thanks all for organising!!! Karen Lister We had a great time to. We just powered through. Great organisation thanks Annie Foot A great run once again - the toughest yet we reckon with all that slimy smelly yucky mud!! thanks to everyone involved in the organisation Colin Leeky Evans: Great event Guys! Fun all the way :-)
Martin Chaffey: Thanks again for organising Saturday - thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was a real shame that more of my lot (Yeovil) didn't turn out. Did travel down to Mother in Law's and arrived in full clown make-up - think my two brothers in law enjoyed it too! Annie Foot: A big thank you from all of us! Once again a brilliant run, perfect conditions and excellent company - we loved it! Annie, Cathy, Vanessa, Sally, Teresa and Michelle
Olivia: Thank you so much for organising The Beauty, I had a great day even though we eventually did 13miles. Also please thank the cream tea people as it was so yummy, plus they were so welcoming, and within a minute of you arriving the tea and scones were there like magic!!
Brian North: A big thank you to you and all your team for a super day yesterday - a brilliant idea and a very interesting run. The cream tea was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the garden. We Trull Troggers had a great day out and have made notes to ensure we will be there next year. Garry Perratt: Thank you for another great run yesterday..... which I hope will long continue without becoming a victim of its own success and getting too big as The Dream did.
Vanessa Knowles: Had a great day. Thanks to all the organisers.
John Ward: We had a great time - thanks from all the Running Forever RC team!
Jerry Bird: Awesome day guys. Loved it and well done for making a great and enjoyable day. Cheers
Bob Powell: (Wells City Harriers) Brilliant day, I thought, but my legs disagree! Again, thanks for a great day out, and will try to get there next year. Please add me the circulation list so Wells City Harriers get it on the calendar.
Joanna Steele-Perkins: Thank you for a fantastic event! We would have done the 18 miler if we didn't have time restrictions! Will definitely be there for The Blackdown Beast.
Ian J. Can I give my own personal thanks to everyone involved in the organizing of the BB. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the Taunton Hashers were splendid company. Put me down for the 10 mile route next year as 'rear-guard' leader. The only additional comment to those already made to you was the cost of the event per person. All my Taunton colleagues said it was far too low considering a large percentage of the proceeds went to charity and the quality of the cream tea! A £10 fee is the least you should be charging!
Hi Nick and fellow members. Just writing to say thank you so much for organising the run on saturday. james, amanda, jules,katie, jane and myself had such a fantastic day, also thank you so much for waiting, for us we certainly didn't expect that. We all had a great time, the cream tea was absolutely lovely Good job it was a Saturday, because i was so tired on Sunday, definitely needed a lay in. Looking forward to the run in January, please send us the details and definitely the Black Beauty next year. Thanks once again. Anne Smyth