Evening & Sunset Races
Daylight 5 & 10 Mile and Dusk 5 Mile Races
Join us at Clatworthy Reservoir for an adventure set on the edge of Exmoor in the scenic Brendon Hills. Our first races of the evening will take place in the daylight with a choice of 5 or 10 mile races around the reservoir starting at 5pm.
While our dusk/night race will be 5 miles and start 10 minutes before sunset at 8.20pm.
The race courses will all go around Clatworthy Reservoir. The route around the reservoir takes in the dam, ancient woods, slate beaches and cliff sides. The trail is wide and great for running with spectacular views through out the course.
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More about Clatworthy Reservoir
Clatworthy reservoir is a reservoir built in 1959 to supply water to homes in West Somerset. The reservoir collects the head waters of the River Tone. It sits just outside the village of Clatworthy 30, minutes from Taunton and Tiverton.
The reservoir is managed by Wessex Water and now hosts a fishery and fish farm beneath the dam. The perimeter takes in Clatworthy and Syndercombe woods which are mainly beech with sessile Oaks, Silver Birch and Rowan. It is home to a range of migratory and woodland birds as well as Geese, Grebes and Swans. Red deer, roe deer and badgers are often seen in the woods.
The race route starts near the HQ. From the HQ we run down towards the dam and across to the ancient woods on the other side. From there we climb up to the site of a former iron age hill fort. It’s a recent discovery and is known now as Clatworthy Camp. There we descend back to the waters edge. Following the edge of the reservoir we trace the reservoirs edge. Crossing streams (you may get your feet wet – at least if you ignore the foot bridges), climbing small cliff edges, running past shale beaches, through grasslands and past woods.
The course while along the edge of the reservoir has a few good climbs and while it has some flat sections there is a lot of undulations. The hills either side of the dam are good climbs. One of these is shortly into the race and the other near the finish as runners make their way back to the level of the Race HQ.
Dates and Times TBC
Sunset is at 8.30pm so head torches will be needed for the dusk race.
Race HQ is the viewing point at Clatworthy Reservoir, Brendon Hills, West Somerset, TA4 2EJ
The race starts and finishes around the reservoir viewing point near the visitor car park to reservoir.
There will be an aid station about 3 miles around the reservoir for the 5 mile races. The 10 mile race will have aid stations at 3, 5 and 8 miles. There will be refreshments at the end for all races. As well as water our aid stations are stocked with a variety of sweets, fruits and other snacks.
The course will be well marked with plenty of signs with reflective elements. As well as marking the turnings we also have signs to warn when a turning is coming up and to block off wrong directions. Our races also have a breadcrumb style trail which lets you know you’re on the course and heading in the right direction.
Terrain & Course
The 5 mile races are singular laps. The 10 mile race is 2 laps.
The course is mostly comprised of a wide track around the edge of the reservoir. Gravel tracks and grass surfaces make up most of the surface but there are also tarmac, stone and decking in one small spot. There may be mud in spots but overall the course is quite well drained.
Each lap of the reservoir has an approximately 160m of ascent and descent.
Spectators, as the runners have access to the whole reservoir. The course is a large 5 mile loop so no one place will see more of the runners than any other. There are picnic benches at various places on the course but there are no short cuts back to the start/finish area. So either have to follow the 5 mile route all around the reservoir or turn back in the direction you came. We would ask you to make sure you do not interfere with runners on the course.
The daylight 5 and 10 mile races will start and finish in the daylight. You do not need to wear a head torch unless you really really want to!
You will need to wear a head torch or equivalent for the dusk race as this race starts just before sunset. Please 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.
Age limits 16 and above for the 5 mile races, 17 and above for the 10 mile race.
Time Limit Daylight races 10 mile is 2hr 40 mins and 2hr 25 for 5 mile, the dusk 5 mile race has a time limit of 1hr 40 mins.
Race Limit daylight 5 & 10 mile is 250 combined. Being a new race we plan to buy medals for 200 finishers, if they sell we will reduce the price although there will also be an option to choose not to receive a medal on signup.
Dusk 5 mile is 250. Being a new race we plan to buy medals for 175 finishers, if they sell we will reduce the price although there will also be an option to choose not to receive a medal on signup.
5 mile daylight & dusk is £18 affiliated or £20 unaffiliated
10 mile is £20 affiliated or £22 unaffiliated
Canicross – unfortunately dogs are not permitted at Clatworthy reservoir whether running or spectating.
ARC Race Permit number: 19/525
Medals for all finishers and race crew*. The daylight and dusk races will have different medals. While different ribbons will differentiate between different distances and between runners and race crew.
*There is a discounted no medal option. We also have a much larger capacity than we expect race turnout. If we sell all race entries with medals the remaining places will be offered at a discount.
If you fancy marshaling we’d love to hear from you. Marshals also get a discount off a future race or a donation to a charity or organisation such as Guides or Scouts. Entry discounts are transferable. Contact us for more information.
Best dressed runner
1st, 2nd and 3rd Men and Ladies and then 1st in age cats for men and women, 40+, 50+ and 60+
Team prizes for the speediest teams/clubs on the course. With four runners to count (including at least one women).
Parking is available at Clatworthy reservoir at the visitor car park.
There are toilets at the reservoir and we plan to bring in catering and further toilets.
We hope you can join us
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