On Sunday 26 February, members of the Run Venture running club, the Tamar Trail Runners, took on the Puretrail Hameldown Hammer - a tough, challenging trail race, designed to be a serious test of endurance.
We were able to choose between the 13 mile Hammer route or the 7 mile 7Even route.
The Hameldown Hammer has a total ascent of over 600m. It is 98% trail, over a series of well defined, grassy, rocky, sometimes muddy tracks and through forestry glades. Most significantly, there is a double ascent of the Hameldown Ridge, with spectacular views of the Moor and Tors.
The Hameldown 7EVEN - aka The ‘Long 10k’ - has in excess of 300 metres of ascent and still includes a double ascent of the Hameldown ridge.
Those that ran the 7Even chose the harder option in some respects, knowing that you were to run a faster course and get back to none of us cheering you in.
It was hard whichever route you took due to the terrain and weather but that is what running on Dartmoor is like! Click here for the race results.
The 'Tamar Trail Runners' meet every Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Run Venture Trail Running Hub, and again at 10am every Thursday morning. Click here for more information.
The provisional date for next year's Hameldown Hammer is Sunday 25th February 2018. Get it in your diary now!