TOUGHENED UP

Great turn-out for the 20th Anniversary of the Dartmoor Discovery ultra marathon...

MORE than 200 runners took to the start line last weekend for the 20th anniversary of one of Britain’s toughest road races.

The Dartmoor Discovery ultra marathon attracts endurance athletes from all around the country.

In recent years the race has been 32 miles long, but to celebrate their anniversary organisers added on an extra two miles to revert back to the event’s original distance.

It is the UK’s longest single-lap road ultra marathon. It starts in Princetown and takes runners to Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland-in-the-Moor, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, and Postbridge before returning to the start.

If running 34 miles on some of the hilliest roads in Devon was not difficult enough, athletes had to get to checkpoints at 13.1 miles, 20 miles and 29 miles within a time limit. The cut off time for the race was six hours and 50 minutes.

Adam Holland of Tavistock AC retained his title in an unofficial time of 3.58.43.

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