Kent-based runABC South news writer Alan Newman will be digging out his trail shoes and heading west for the 20th Totnes 10K on Sunday (4 August) to join 500 runners for this tough but rewarding Devon classic.
Euphemistically described as 'undulating', the course starts with an innocuous lap of the sports field before a flat section alongside the winding River Dart to Staverton Bridge. Then things change as there is a steep climb with steps in North Wood, followed by a rapid descent through historic Dartington Estate to the welcome finish line back at Borough Park.
Nearly all on trail, the race adds several minutes to personal best times but rewards competitors with lovely meadow and woodland views and a technical challenge not found in your typical road 10K event.
Totnes 10K is rightly proud of its altruistic side, with £20,000 having been raised for the local Totnes Caring charity since Teignbridge Trotters took over the race organisation in 2000.
Last year's winner was the running machine from Chichester known as James Baker (35:19) who is on course for 1,000 individual race victories on all surfaces. South West Road Runner Amy Jones (46:22) took the women's top prize and the team awards went to Torbay Tri men and Plymouth Musketeers women.
A generous prize list includes course record bonus awards of £50 and new veteran age group or junior (under 18) record payments of £25. These awards will be in sterling rather than the Totnes Pound as the unique local currency has been discontinued after 12 years!
Devon fare from the BBQ, the famous selection of Trotters cakes and New Lion Brewery's award winning beer, brewed just 100m away, are among the many post race attractions. The inimitable John Skinner will keep everyone informed and entertained on the PA system and the weather forecast is for scattered showers and around 20C at 11:00am start time.
Looks like Totnes 10K number 20 is set for another successful event and we will no doubt hear all about it from our travelling correspondent.