The National Trust and Woodland Trust hosted the infamous Drogo 10 race on Sunday. Close to 500 runners braved windy conditions to run the 9.6 miles of muddy, rough and very undulating terrain that make up this spectacular route up and down the steep sided Teign Valley.
The route starts on the Castle driveway and quickly leads runners steeply downhill to meet the River Teign. After 3 miles runners hit their first major hill – a half mile section of ascent! There are more challenges to tackle but the atmosphere is great – this is a spectacular time of year to be out running in the woods. Refreshments at Fingle Bridge offer a brief respite before the final steep ascent up Hunters Path, where runners are rewarded with spectacular views of the Teign Valley, before they reach the finish at Castle Drogo.
With thanks to South West Road Runners who organise the event and a big farewell to Pam Gurney who is retiring after 13 years of service as race director. Paul Moody, local photographer captured some of the action…
The 9.6 mile route and gradients
A huge achievement to all those who participated!