11.58pm.... Almost tomorrow. Time for a strategy meeting with the rest of your team. Nearly 6 hrs still to go till sunrise and you've got a good number of laps in already but the fight against the desire for sleep has got harder. How's everyone doing? Who's heading out next? Right now the podium is less of a concern over getting through the night. Pacing and Planning is key, the routes are now well known and the lighting effects around the course are welcome respites from the dark and the limits of your own head torch. The energy and camaraderie from the other competitors at the Event Village make it hard to head back to the tent for some rest but you must, there's still a long way to go...
Dawn Chasers: 12 Hour Night Trail Run - Wimbleball Lake 22nd-23rd April 2017 has been postponed.
The stunning Wimbleball Lake on the edge of Exmoor is home to our very first Dawn Chasers: 12 Hour Night Trail Run on the night of Saturday 22nd through to Sunday 23rd April 2017. This endurance race is open to soloists as well as teams of 2, 3-4 and 5-6 people running in relay. We start at 6.01pm, running in the light to familiarise yourself with the routes before night falls when your head torches will lead the way through to Dawn. Official sunrise at 6.01am marks the end of the race and we come together for a well-deserved breakfast and prize giving.
The aim is to complete as many laps of the course as you can within the twelve hour timeframe. Teams run in relay with one runner out on the route at any one time carrying the timing baton. Soloists will have a shoe mounted chip. You can complete a final lap if you start it before 6.01am. There are two routes to choose from each time you set off to keep things interesting and varied - one 8km and another 16km (which will count as two laps).
Wimbleball Lake has been nominated to be the first Dark Skies Discovery Site on Exmoor. If we are lucky enough to get a clear night then we will enjoy unrivalled views of the stars above, including the Milky Way, and hopefully a stunning sunrise over the lake.
Race Entry - £70pp
The 12 Hour Night Trail Run is open to those aged 18 or over. We welcome hardcore competitors as well as those who are just with us for the great atmosphere or to support a charity close to their heart - so long as everyone in the team has completed at least one lap, walking or running, that’s good enough for us! Entry is incredible value at £70 per person in the solo or team categories. This includes:
- Dawn Chasers neck tube
- Finishers medal
- Breakfast (pre-ordered choices, sat together with team mates and new friends met over the weekend, in the big marquee)
- Dawn Chasers mug and unlimited hot drinks
- Toilets and hot showers
- Camping in one of the South West’s most stunning locations, overlooking the lake
- Parking for two days
- Water/feed station and toilets on the route
- Chip timing and live updates from Chip Timing Services Ltd
There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category: Male Solo, Female Solo, Teams of 2, Teams of 3-4 and Teams of 5-6. Teams can be mixed, all male or all female. There may also be other prizes up for grabs as the night unfolds.
By pushing through the night, we are showing solidarity with those facing their darkest hour or their own struggles; whether it is the long road to recovery, coping with the loss of a loved one or fighting illness.
Dawn Chasers are proud to support North Devon Hospice as our Charity of the Year at our 12 Hour Night Trail Run at Wimbleball Lake. North Devon Hospice care for local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. All their services are provided completely free of charge, but this is only possible thanks to the amazing generosity of the local community. They need to raise over £4m every year in order to provide vital care and support to thousands of local people who need them during the toughest of times. We hope many of our runners will sign up to raise sponsorship for this fantastic charity. Visit North Devon Hospice for more information about this wonderful charity.
We are also delighted that there will be many other charities represented on the night by runners supporting causes close to their own heart. These include The Fire Fighters Charity, Hospiscare, Exeter Leukaemia Fund, Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Force Cancer Charity, South West Lakes Trust, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Bath Rugby Foundation, Over and Above (Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund), Stroke Association
Planned 16km* loop - subject to variation if there are any changes to access, environmental considerations or trail conditions in the time leading up to the event. *Distance will vary slightly when run with personal GPS units.
Planned 8km* loop - subject to variation if there are any changes to access, environmental considerations or trail conditions in the time leading up to the event. *Distance will vary slightly when run with personal GPS units.
Huge thanks to our event partners!
Jason Koop, author of Training Essentials for Ultrarunning - www.trainright.com/ultrarunning