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‘End Life’ at Beesands – 7 February 2015      

Iain Donnelly goes multi-terrain in Devon.


At the beginning of the year a new wall calendar was put up in our kitchen and my 2015 race plans were eagerly added. Unwittingly for Saturday 7th February l had written ‘End Life’ short for Endurance Life! Fortunately it turned out to be a great day out running in South Devon and nothing too drastic happened.

The Endurance Life (www.endurancelife.com) have at least 10 trail running events reaching Suffolk, Sussex, Pembrokeshire, Dorset, Exmoor and South Devon. Each event day has an ultra, marathon, half and 10k... so something for everyone.

In comparison to our intimate local running club races the EL events have a slightly broader audience. The South Devon race held at Beesands had entrants from New Zealand and South Africa. A number of runners had travelled down from London setting off at 4am on race day morning.

I chose to run in the half marathon, all of the races set off along the coast from Beesands towards Hallsands and Start Point. It is a fascinating coastline, part of Hallsands is a village ruined by storms back in 1917. As we ran down the coast path each race begins to have its own route depending on your selected distance. The trails match the wonderful Jurassic Coast for views and challenging hills. My race time of 2hr 11min was ideal in aiding my training for the upcoming ‘Grizzly’ race at Seaton next month.

The race tented village is a welcome sight at the end of the race and has a great atmosphere as the runners converge from the trails and cliffs above. The event was very professionally-organized and catered for runners of all standards. I will be looking into another ‘End Life’ run for later in the year. Take a look at their website, well worth a visit!



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