The Beast is a social run with several stops on route at convenient pubs with the route taking in the scenery of the beautiful Blackdown Hills.
The event began and ended at the Highfield Sport and Social Club, Dunkeswell. The first stop, after 7 ½ miles, was Smeatharpe Village Hall where participants were treated to delicious hot sweet mulled cider and equally delicious warming pasties. Thanks to the ladies of the WI for making and serving this very welcome sustenance.
The next stop was the Sidmouth Arms, Upottery where some runners took the opportunity of taking a mini bus back to Dunkeswell having completed 10 miles. Then it was on to the Luppitt Inn; one of the smallest pubs in the country! Organisers made sure the landlady knew runners were coming as opening times are usually somewhat hit or miss. Runners then had a choice of a road route back or to take the cross country option. Most took the cross country way but those who took the road route were glad they did. The cross country route was just as muddy as everywhere else and there was the added chance of losing your way.
This year the event attracted over 130 runners and was a sell out several weeks earlier with participants coming from as far afield as Bristol and Plymouth. The atmosphere was brilliant and the run was thoroughly enjoyed by all. About £700 was raised for Smeatharpe Village Hall. Thanks to everyone involved in organisation as well as the landowners for allowing runners to cross their land.
Honiton RC’s summer version in the form of the Blackdown Beauty will be held on 13th July. This is also likely to be a sell out so if you are interested, keep an eye out on www.honitonrc.com to register your interest very soon.