December 2018

Well, that was the weekend that was .........

Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain, 

Record number of Finishers in one of our Half Marathons - 41. Record overall Finishers from both races - 86 in total !!

Marathon Winner, Adam johnstone, ran through the downpour in a great sub 3 finish and the Ladies Title was taken by Kirsty Prowse in 3:35:30.

Considering the heavy rain was a constant force from 10;30am onwards; there were numerous PB's out there and we probably had more fun out there than at any other race that we have held so far.

The Marshalls were just superb and the Xmas outfits worn by the athletes gave this event a real festive feeling. 

Q. Are we going to do another similar event for Xmas 2019 ?? 
A. Be rude not to. 

The Plym Trail is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the National Park of Dartmoor. The stunning views of the forests and valleys are breathtaking and you are likely to see Peregrin Falcons in the summer as well as an abundance of incredible flora and fauna.
Formerly an historic railway, this area is now enjoyed throughout the year by runners, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
You will also see the wild ponies and sheep that permanently reside on the Moors as well as the smaller rodents and fowl that thrive in this wonderful community.
The course is a quick 1.58 mile 'out and back' in Clearbrook village followed by a 12.31 miles 'out-and-back' run on the well-signposted Cycle Route 27 which is completed twice and will be well marshalled.
Toilets and refreshments will be situated at the Race HQ near the Start/Finish Line and at the turnaround point at Coypool.
Another refreshment station will be manned near Bickleigh Barracks which is situated approximately halfway between Clearbrook and the turnaround point at Coypool. At Coypool you must show your Running Number or you will not be recorded as having run the full Marathon distance !
Here comes the rules .............All Athletes must be atleast 17 years old, 6.5 hours cut off, DQ for littering or failing to follow instructions from Marshalls, Running Numbers visible at all times, Stay on Cycle Path 27, Share the Trail with Wildlife and other people and dont upset anyone.

Follow the link for the 13.1 and 26.2 miles Course Map........


We would like to give special thanks to Caroline Easton, Stephen Cunnington, Jenny Lupton, Karen Draper, Martin Stedman and Clearbrook Village Community for all their behind-the-scenes assistance.

Athletes testimonies.......

"Wow ! Great venue and I enjoyed the whole day. So good that I signed up for all the other weekends as soon as I got home !" Kathy Perry.

"I signed up for every race in the 2018 Plym Trail Series and look forward to it every time !".  Stephen Boyes.

"Amazing new series of medals and and a lovely atmosphere all day. Great value for money event and a lovely cup of tea in the Village Hall before and after the race was a nice touch as well. We will be back again soon !" Ann Pontefract & Jackie Wiggins.

"What an amazing way to spend your 50th birthday !" Dawn Howles.

"......firstandlastrunning did a great job of organising, supporting and providing fuel on a pleasurable yomp........ Good, low key, great value event, cheers guys !" Carl Miles.

"Another great weekend on the Plym Trail with a fantastic medal and great camerarderie and atmosphere as always." Sarah Salt.

"Thanks to all the organisers, Marshalls and fellow athletes...... one of the friendliest races around but a chair lift at mile 25 would be appreciated !" Paul Caulfield.

"....they made me feel instantly welcome when I turned up this morning at Dartmoor to run, I was surrounded by some seriously tough experienced runners but Davey blew that feeling away very quickly and was chatting to me and the other runners very quickly." Darren Philip.

"When is the next one !!??" Sharon & Robert Hooper.

"I just could not think of anywhere else I would rather be today !" Paul Nolan.

"A great,well marshalled, and beautiful course. One of the best kept secrets on the Marathon circuit......." Paul Allen (over 300 Marathons).

"Definitely in my top 10 of great courses !" Alan Littlejohns (over 100 Marathons).

"Great fun loving Marshalls and a lovely course!" Lorna Mulvihill.

"You simply will not find better value for your money at any other Marathon event !"  Andy Easton.

"Where else do you want to be on wet weekend !?"  Rod & Lucy Payne. 

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