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Trans Dartmoor Elite Challenge
Ultra Run across 31 miles of rugged terrain, this is an extreme challenge. We will need to assess your current fitness levels in order to participate in this challenge, as it is an arduous undertaking only suitable for 5 star challengers! Get ready for a thorough examination!
Striding across the rugged and granite studded wilderness—this is a chance to pit yourself against a true wilderness and the elements. We are aiming to complete the gruelling 31 mile course in under 6 hours. For this reason we shall be expecting team members to support one another throughout the event. If anyone is struggling badly and behind schedule at the halfway point, we shall review their progress. The only difference between this and the Marine's Challenge event itself is that you won’t be carrying a rifle and almighty 80 litre Bergen. You may avail yourself of the latest lightweight equipment.
Meet at Moretonhampstead 08:00 Start of traill 09:00 at Okehampton Depart from Okehampton Camp on the first leg to Hangingstone Hill - a testing climb - but on good quality trails, which we shall be jogging. Then we shall leave the track behind as we head out across the moor. Once again we shall jog where we can but will probably slow to a walk on the off-road uphill sections to conserve energy for the later parts of the day. Arrive in Princetown 12:30 - time for refreshments, before tackling the bleak South Moor. All but 4 miles of the afternoon is on good quality trails - however, you will need this as your legs are going to be like jelly! Can you hold it together down the punishing 8 mile 'home straight' off the moor to Bittaford? Finish cut off 16:00 and transfers back to Moretonhampstead
This trip is a single day event - you will need to make provision for your own accommodation.
What is a Level 5.0 Running Challenge Like?
For all of these events, we need to have a thorough referral on your fitness and endurance levels. These are serious challenges, and need to be approached seriously. You should have a lengthy history of completing challenges, and we shall ask for details and timings of your previous events. Trekking or running days can last up to 16 hours (running would be less), and can have extreme levels of hill climbing. You need excellent leg strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity. You will also need excellent resilience, in the face of altitude, the weather, as well as the normal physical nature of the challenge. Often these events involve some form of running - or at least fast movement over the ground. You should have good, well tested equipment, to suit the event you are taking part in.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 5.0 ‘Running Challenge’?
You consider yourself to have a very good to excellent level of fitness and endurance. You regularly push your limits and undertake strenuous exercise regularly. You must be capable of running 15km inside 90 minutes. If you go out walking in the English countryside, a walk of 8 hours and 22 miles should not present you with any difficulty. You should be able to walk up steep hills fast, and for long periods, climbing a peak like Ben Nevis via the tourist path should be easy to you, and you should enjoy striding fast up the climb. You would be able to climb Snowdon in under 1 hour and 45 minutes via the Miners or Pyg Track. You should also be very well prepared in terms of your personal equipment, especially your boots.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Experienced Navigation / Safety Guide, (Safety Gear etc. included)
Excluded From Trip
Transport to Dartmoor, Lunches, Snacks & Drinks
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Trial Running Items
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunched but please check with us
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars, energy gels, etc.
Lightweight Wicking Run Top, Lightweight Wind/Waterproof Jacket Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat Running tights/shorts (compression recommended)Spare running top (long/short sleeved) Trail running shoes (broken in)Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Pack of Travel Tissues
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes, warm clothes for the finish
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Expect variable weather conditions - be prepared physically and mentally for all types of weather that may be thrown at us! We must prepare for poor conditions - so waterproofs are compulsory.
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