Any runner keen to get their hands on one of these handsome, specially commissioned medals (pictured) needs to get a wriggle on because the Totnes 10K is about to be sold out for the first time. Totnes 10K is on Sunday 6 August and new race director Roger Easterbrook reckons the extra interest this year is because Totnes Pounds are being accepted!
Totnes 10K is an off-road blast through Dartington Estate, following river Dart to Staverton and returning via the old Cider Press to Dartington and the welcome sight of Totnes Pavilion and the finish on the sports field.
A competitor from last year’s event commented: “Just enjoy the scenery but take the course description as 'mostly flat' with a pinch of salt. Devon folk have an altered perception of what constitutes a hill. Do not miss the chance of entering this race. It was probably my favourite event last year and the atmosphere is absolutely terrific.”
Historic Totnes has many other attractions and there will be a one-mile fun run with entries on the day to keep the youngsters busy. Organisers recommend bringing the family along and making a day of it in Devon. Perhaps you could go for a countryside walk, a swim in the river, a trip on a steam train, a river cruise to Dartmouth, take the open top bus to Torbay, visit the rare breeds farm or Totnes Castle or try some local beer from one of the three local small breweries?
Last year's winners were Phil Wylie (Cheltenham Harriers, 34:55) and Elizabeth Dyson (Haldon Trail Runners, 41:02) and Torbay AC retained their men’s team trophy for the ninth consecutive year and added the women’s team award for good measure. There were 477 finishers in 1:31:11. The prizes were presented by 100-year-old Verdun Hayes, who once ran the mile in 4:20 and has since broken a world record by completing a tandem sky dive aged 101 earlier this year!