In short: A wonderful day out. In full: As this was the 3rd time I had done this race I knew how brutal the course is. So I was able to rise up the rankings significantly in the second half. The wind was hard work on the return. Trotters organisation was terrific, free food and a massage completed a great day. Surely the best road race on the calendar? Date of review: June 5, 2013
In short: A truly special event. In full: Did this last year and had to do it again. This is seriously tough but everything from the organization,marshals,supporters, the people who make the free cakes/sandwiches/tea/soup etc were absolutely fantastic. You also get a wonderful medal and an awesome tech-t-shirt, i'm still buzzing now and can't wait for next years discovery. Date of review: June 3, 2013
In short: Hilly tough but beautiful race run by very friendly and well organised people In full: Exceptionally friendly & well run. Hilly but great scenery. Friendliest welcome ever at a registration on night before. Great technical t shirt. Lots of free food at the finish. Very jolly man on the mike at the end welcoming you back to a great atmosphere at the finish. Road running is not really my thing so not sure if would do again but absolutely no reflection on race. Can see why it books up early with a waiting list Date of review: June 1, 2013
In short: A well organised event but a tough run amongst fantastic scenery. In full: A first time ultra runner here who has just got the feelings back into my legs. But what a first class event from the organizers, to the wonderful marshals, fellow runners and finally the supporters. I was made to feel so welcome by everyone that i will be back next year and i can't wait. Date of review: June 17, 2012
In short: Tough as old boots In full: Great race. My first attempt and was made to feel welcome. Can't really fault anything as this was a properly organised event. However, I doubt I would do it in hot conditions. Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Brilliant race. One of the best there is. In full: Had a great run after a terrible first attempt. Kept an even pace through the whole course to finish feeling strong. Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Once you have been bitten by the Dartmoor Discovery you'll keep coming back for more! In full: Firstly, my thanks to the Teignbridge Trotter for taking on the race from Phil Hampton, and having organised a superb event this year. They have retained the integrity and spirit of the race but with an increased but manageable numbers of competitors.
It was revealing that there were over 90 debutants that finished this gruelling run, although there were the usual high proportion of returnees (like myself) turning up for more pain (we had obviously suppressed the memory from previous years!).
If in doubt, then I say give the DD a crack. Don't go into it half-heartedly though as it will batter you into submission. However, with a few marathons under your belt, and a generous helping of hill work (descents as well as ascents) will make the undertaking less torturous and more rewarding.
This is an epic event, the sole surviving road ultra race in the UK, and it is important that it remains on the racing calendar. The four major hills are majestic as well as intimidating - I love hills but had to walk the Dartmeet and post-Ashburton ones just to reserve some energy for the many tough miles still awaiting to wage war against me and my fellow runners. However, the glorious (if warm) weather, the breath-taking scenery, the wildlife (the mini-stampede of donkeys (unless my eyes were deceiving me) was a magical sight and took my mind off the pain)), and all the enthusiastic people from organisers, marshals, supporters and competitors added key ingredients to an unfortgettable day.
A very happy though sore runner. Thanks to all. Date of review: June 8, 2011
In short: Well done Trotters In full: This is the sixth time I have completed this race, with the Teignbridge Trotters taking over the organisation for the first time this year.
Clearly doing it six times means I am either stupid or a fan. Actually I am both.
A race that should be considered by anyone who can run a marathon in about 4 1/2 hours or quicker.
This year was very tough because of the weather, and with a race this hard this will be a key factor. Others have mentioned the terrain and weather and I wont repeat their comments
I really wanted to post a comment about the new organisers. I think they have managed the neat trick of bringing a fresh feel to the race but also preserving all the strenghts of the original one - thats a difficult feat.
I must say that the medal and the tee shirt are really first class - one of the best I have seen, which is fitting because you earn them!!
I did think that there semed to be more issues with the traffic this year - whether that was due to the heat and more tourists or, around the bridges, the possible inexperience of the new stewards I am not sure. It certainly was not a problem, and I know just how tough a job the stewards do. Managing traffic is a tough and unrewarding job; its not a criticism just a note.
That aside everything was first class - well stocked drinks stations, fanatastic stewards, good support, lots of support cars and a good finish (and a great start).
Even though I love this race, as its so hard, every year I say its my last. Not this time; I am already planning for next year. That tells you everything. Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: Very, very hilly and very hot. In full: Wonderfully organised race. Great place to run, although the last 6 miles along the main road were a bit unpleasant with cars coming past when you are feeling exhausted. I had done loads of training in the previous 7 months since I entered, but the hills of the first half caught up with me and I hit the wall at 20 miles (Widecombe) and then got steadily worse! I was very envious of those who were still running steadily around the 30 mile mark, my legs were cramping after 50 yards of running. Date of review: June 6, 2011