The race is starts and finishes at Bicton Arena. With a short run through the cross country course and onto a country lane before reaching the start of the Commons which comprise the Pebbled Heaths. A similar route is used to return to the Arena towards the end of the race once the sections on the Pebbled Heaths are complete.
There will be at least one aid station on the 5 mile course and two on the 9 1/4 miles. There will also be an aid station at the end. All aid stations will have at least at least water and sweets. Plus normally fruit and savoury bits to.
The course will be well marked with plenty of signs with reflective elements, as well as marking the turning we also have signs to warn a turn is coming up and to block off wrong directions. As well plentiful signs we have a breadcrumb style trail which lets you know you’re on the course.
Terrain & Course
Terrain varies from small bits of tarmac and road, a lot of pebble paths as well as mud paths some exposed rocks and a fair amount of grass. Some of the paths have been repaired with loose stone. With the time of year we’d expect trail shoes to be a good idea but watch the group Facebook page for updates in the week of the race. Depending on how the weather has been there may be the odd large puddle and shallow streams on the course.
The ascent on 9 mile course according to the Ordance Suvery mapping app we use to plan the course is 350m and on the 5 mile course is 200m. You can see the courses on the OS website 9 mile here and 5 mile here.
These distances are approx and the long course may be slightly over and the short course slightly under.
The race HQ will see the start and finish of the race. Several points on the course will see the race multipe times and can be accessed by short walks from the commons car parks. Check the course route for details (above) or look at the fly through below.
You will need to wear a head torch to race and carry spare batteries or a backup torch, a limited number of which will be available to hire or buy on the night. We recommend emailing to book.
All finishers will receive a finishers medal for the 5 or 9 1/4 miles. Food and drink is available at the end, not just on aid stations on the course.
Age limits 16 and above for 5 miles, 17 and above for 9 1/4 miles.
Chip timing on the finish line.
Time Limit 2h 15 for 9 1/4 miles, 1h 45 for 5 miles
Race Limit 300 (combined total)
5 miles is £18 affiliated or £20 unaffiliated
9 1/4 miles £20 affiliated or £22 unaffiliated
Also a no medal option with a discount of £4
10% of the cost goes to the Trust for the conservation and management of the Pebblebed Heaths
Canicross – Yes, 20 places, 5 miles, starts at 7:25 before the two main races at sunset.