Haytor Heller 2009

This is the only race I’ve ever done where the start is half way up a hill so that when the gun goes off you’re lucky to break into a fast walk!

“This popular, well established moorland race starts below Haytor Rock and follows a hilly, circular route before returning once again to Haytor Rock with a fast downhill finale to the finish opposite the middle car park at Haytor. The 6 mile(ish) course is challenging with several steep ascents and descents and is generally run across rugged, open moorland, apart from two sections through woodland; firstly below Hound Tor and secondly below Haytor which includes a stream crossing.”

This is the description on Teignbridge Trotter’s website, what they fail to mention is the 6 foot bracken which you have to run through, downhill, on slippery mud, just hoping that the person in front doesn’t stop or slow down, otherwise you run into the back of them.

Graham and I started right at the back as most tried to run up the first hill and knackered themselves by the time they got to the top. After that we maintained a steady pace and slowly worked our way through the field.

I only tripped over once and got covered in mud from head to toe and, judging by the look of a lot of competitors at the end, I wasn’t the only one!

The weather was kind to the runners, gentle drizzle and a stiff breeze – the marshals may have other ideas, but they all cheered everyone on.

For those who like multi-terrain this is a must. Very well organised with signs and barrier tape everywhere. One for the diary next year.

Results HERE

If you like off-road runs then the Tywardreath Trotter is this coming Saturday evening – see the events calendar on the right for further details.

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