‘End Life’ at Beesands – 7 February 2015
Iain Donnelly goes multi-terrain in Devon.
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.
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.
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.
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