On Saturday 19th December, Puretrail organised the 4th running of 'Race the Light'. This race was the first of a series of three Nightfall races.The idea is to complete the course before it gets dark!
The 8.5 miler started on Mothercombe Beach, before heading across the estuary and up into the woods within the Flete Estate. The runners followed the meandering trails which were very muddy due to the heavy rainfall on the eve of the race. It was an out and back course with some steep ascents to climb along the way. The race started and finished crossing the Erme estuary, which proved very testing in the knee deep cold water and the strong undercurrent. Having overcome the water obstacle, the weary runners were met with a 400 metre steep uphill ascent to the finish.
The race start and finish was at the Schoolhouse Devon restaurant. The weather conditions were dry and sunny, a blessing for the field after this week’s rain. The runners were sent off in three waves, with the fastest starting last. There were athletes representing many local clubs including Sidmouth, Okehampton, Bude and Dartmouth.