Blackdown Beast proves to be a big hit

PUBLISHED: 15:42 30 January 2018

Honiton Running Club members at the Blackdown Beast meeting

Honiton Running Club members at the Blackdown Beast meeting


Last Saturday, a record number of over 200 runners set off to take part in Honiton Running Club’s (HRC) Blackdown Beast meeting, writes Judy Davey.

There was a record amount of mud and other farming substances too. The sixteen-and-a-half-mile run is certainly a tough one, with plenty of hills to sap the legs.

Runners come from far and wide and about 20 HRC runners took part. The event is a social run with several stops en route taking in the scenery of the beautiful Blackdown Hills - if runners could see it through the thick drizzle that was the theme for the day.

However, the weather could have been worse with the forecast for rain all day. The event began and ended at the Highfield Sport and Social Club, Dunkeswell. The first stop, after seven-and-a-half miles, was Smeatharpe Village Hall, where participants were treated to delicious hot, sweet mulled cider and equally delicious warming pasties – thanks to the ladies of the WI for making and serving this very welcome sustenance.

The next stop was the Sidmouth Arms, Upottery, where some runners took the opportunity of taking a minibus back to Dunkeswell having completed 10 miles.

For others, it was on to the Luppitt Inn - one of the smallest pubs in the country! Organisers made sure the family knew runners were coming as opening times are flexible! The shortish last leg then takes runners across private land back to Dunkeswell.

As always, all participants thoroughly enjoyed the day with many looking forward to the summer version - the Blackdown Beauty.

The date has been set for July 15, and places are likely to go fast for this event too, so look out for further information on and to register your interest very soon. Thanks to everyone who made the Beast event possible, including the landowners. Money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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