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Dartmoor Prison Break - 12/24 hour ultra

Princetown, Devon, GB
Jul 7, 2018

Type: Running - Regional

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added by: hughmac⁴

Dartmoor Prison break

This major new fundraising event is an ultra running race, whereby the entrants determine their own route from the start point with the aim to achieve the furthest distance (as the crow flies) in a given time.

There are 2 categories, a 12 hour 'Delinquent' and 24 hour 'Felon' cut off. Whilst individual route choice is very much a part of the event it will be controlled in terms of restricted to only using public rights of way so no tunnelling or building gliders!

The participants will be monitored for the full duration of the event by a GPS tracker device and associated software for the Race Director. This system allows continuous participant tracking and location and the facility for participants to operate an emergency button. Friends and family can monitor progress of individual participants at

Although this fantastic event will naturally attract experience ultra race runners from across the UK, we invite individuals and teams to take part as a personal challenge. Maybe you can run (or walk very quickly) home to Plymouth, Bodmin or Exeter, or handcuff yourself to your best friend and make good your escape in unison!

Medals for all participants will be given, as will a custom 'Buff' type neck tube. Prizes will be offered to the individual or team who make it the furthest distance. Other fun prizes will also be offered, more details to come!


The runners are responsible for their own support and are encouraged to arrange their own support crew (this is common for these event types and the participants will be expecting to do this.)

Race Control will maintain a constant watch utilising the GPS trackers and will monitor progress and be able to interrogate any issues raised by the GPS tracking system. Each entrant will have to carry a mobile phone and provide the number to race control along with contact numbers for support crew and a further number for a remote contact not at the event. This will allow race control to take any swift action and contact support teams to verify runner situations or assist with any problems.

DSRTP will provide a medical team from race control who will be able to respond to incidents close to the start. For any emergency incidents beyond the immediate vicinity Race control will ensure appropriate emergency service resources (Possibly with DSRTP team support) are mobilised to the runner location. Runners will need to pre-declare any medical conditions.

Minimum age for participants is 18 years.

There will be a mandatory kit list for all entrants, including:

Waterproof jacket with taped seams
Waterproof trousers with taped seams
Head torch with spare batteries
Mobile phone
Compass and relevant maps
Water bottles or bladder
Spare base layer long sleeve top
Emergency food
Emergency foil blanket
First aid kit
There will be a mandatory pre-race equipment check.


Prisoners are welcome to escape together but all entries are individual and the mandatory kit applies to all individuals. In order to keep things simple there will be no 'Team' entries this year.


Cost for the 12 hour delinquent event is £45 plus booking fee.
Cost for the 24 hour felon event is £45 plus booking fee.
Competitively priced with other similar Ultra Events, there are substantial costs to the team for event management, and insurance. Costs also include individual trackers assigned to each participant (to be mailed back to the 3rd party issuer of the trackers on completion) as well as t-shirts, medals and prizes. All remaining surplus monies raised will be used by Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Plymouth to support their life-saving work. Click here to go to the booking page.


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