I must say that this was one of the most enjoyable runs that I have ever done – and I’ve done quite a few!
The Burrator Horseshoe Run is a scenic and challenging 7 mile(ish) moorland run starting and finishing at Meavy Village Green (a couple of miles from Yelverton) and out over Dartmoor, via Burrator Reservoir, Sheepstor Dam, Sheeps Tor summit (369m) and Gutter Tor summit. It is part of the Meavy Oak Fair, a traditional village green fair held annually.
We arrived in Meavy at midday and was greeted by the organiser who somehow knew me from my emails – the fact that we had three dogs in tow might have had something to do with it!
The race started bang on 2.30pm and 126 runners, some of which had dogs, went running through the village and out towards the dam at Sheepstor. It then meandered around the edge of the dam before turning onto Dartmoor and the first climb up Sheeps Tor. I thought Jake, my dog, might have helped pull me up this but he was too busy investigating all the new smells! Graham faired no better with our other dogs, Bob and Holly. At every bit of water Bob stopped and laid down in it!
Once over the top of Sheeps Tor, it is was downhill, through some muddy patches and boggy land and onto Gutter Tor. This wasn’t as bad a climb as the previous one and from then on it was all downhill back to Meavy, with a final crossing of a ford to wash off any mud.
The village fair was in full swing by this time and the streets were full of people encouraging us towards the finish line.
The race was won overall by Jim Cole (he normally gives Dave Buzza a run for his money) in a time of 39:24. The first woman home was Helen Partridge who equalled Kensa Rescorla’s record in 48:45. Me and Graham (and the dogs) come over the line in 63:35 and 60:37 respectively.
I would throughly recommend this race to anyone. It was a great day out for all the family. Once you finished the run there was the village fair to go round – hog roast, hot dogs and burgers, ice cream, train rides, plant sales, etc (and all the prices were reasonable) plus the pub for drinks and food in the evening.
(Pictures were taken the day after the race when we decided to leisurely walk the course and take in the beautiful views!)