Man vs Moor
Sunday 23rd June 2024
Countdown to event start!
More than just an event
Take on Exmoor’s toughest challenge and battle the elements in our most exclusive and challenging event yet.
Based on the ancient ‘Chains’ area of Exmoor, the routes take you through some of the most remote parts of Exmoor National Park. Each obstacle has been created naturally over time through the history and legacy of the moor. Run, walk, scramble, swim. and tunnel your way around 5km, 10km or 10 miles of Exmoor awesomeness!
Sounds like a challenge? Keep reading…
Join the tribe and be part of somethin g much bigger than just a race. Stay the night before or for the weekend and meet with the Channel Events Tribe and your fellow entrants to plan your attack and get acclimatised to the surroundings. Whilst you’re running your family and friends can be making their way to viewpoints to keep their eye on your progress. For 2024 we’re keeping the 5km option, the new 10 mile option and also the kids 1.5 km option will get off the ground!
Not only do you get to challenge yourself in this truly stunning environment, you get to share your experience with others while Channel Events takes care of the safety of your day (and provides a brew and cake). Included in your entry are friendly marshals, checkpoints with water stations and a fabulous day!
Everything you need to know before you hit the start line!
Date & Location
Sunday 23rd June 2024
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath,
Somerset, TA24 7LL
Pricing structure for 2024!
Senior Distances – £25 per person (excluding medal)
Medal (optional) – £5 per person
Kids 1.5km – £15 per person (medal included)
+ a small booking fee
Entries open on the 1st December 2024
There are 30 beds available in self-catering mixed dormitories at the Pinkery Centre and there is camping available in the field adjacent to the main building (you will need to provide your own camping equipment). Campers will have access to the outsite toilets only. Dorm rooms have an en-suite shower room and will have access to the communal kitchen.
There is access to the onsite kitchen for all entrants, but feel free to bring your own BBQ for the evening.
Bunkhouse accommodation can be booked for £10.00 per person per night (Bring your own bedding) and camping can be booked for £7.50 per person per night.
Please go to our accommodation page and add the required number of beds or camping places to your basket before checkout.
Registration: 08.30 – 09:45
Race briefing: 09:55
Light Start: 10:00
Ultimate Start: 10:05
Classic Start: 10:10
Kids Registration opens: 12:00
Kids Briefing: 12:45
Kids 1.5km Start: 13:15
Timings are subject to change, please default to the times in the pre-event details email for the latest information about the event. These will be sent 1 week before the event and the final email 2 days before the event.
Registration for all runners will be open from 08:30 until 09:45.
Please bring with you to registration your completed personal details form which can be downloaded from the downloads page. This will speed up registration.
In return for your persoanl details form we will write your race number on your hand or forehead (whichever you prefer).
Please note, due to the swim section we don’t supply bib numbers.
The race briefing for adult races will take place on the start line at 09:55.
The kids 1.5km briefing will be 30 mins prior which includes time to walk up to the lakeside start line.
Approximately 5km, 10k ‘ish’ (more like 7.5 miles) , 10 miles or the kids 1.5km. Select your distance at point of booking. Distances can be changed at registration on the day before the race start.
All entrants need to be appropriately equipped to deal with the weather conditions on the day. The event may be in July but Exmoor often has its own ideas!
Clothing and shoes needs to be appropriate for both running and swimming in the conditions of the day. Please be mindful that the event takes place on remote rugged terrain and trail running shoes are strongly advised.
There will be water available at approximately half way on the 10 km and 10 mile routes. This has to be carried in by the marshals. It’s a 1 mile journey on foot so the water should taste even better!
Celebration is the key!! Let’s see those arms aloft as you cross the line.
We’ll be waiting with your bespoke finishers medal if you purchased one at the time of booking. Technical t-shirts (purchased separately) can be collected once you cross the line. Don’t forgot to head to the Finisher’s Wall for a great photo opportunity.
No matter your running ability this event is fun for all! We do recommend that some form of training – For full training details please visit our training section
The main event does include an open water swim of approximately 75 – 100 metres. You’ll need to swim in your running gear so please make sure that you are comfortable doing so.
For those who don’t wish to take part in the swim there is an alternative route that takes you to the next obstacle, Total Blackout.
Included in your entry is a free acclimatisation swim on the evening of Friday 21st June at Pinkery Pond.
New to openwater swimming? Channel Events run open water swimming sessions as part of the Mid-week Warriors community group which is free to those who have entered an event or belong to the volunteer TRIBE.
During registration you will be given your entrant number, this must be visible to all marshalls throughout the race, who will make note of this as you make your way through the checkpoints and across the finish line. This is how we know you are safe and accounted for.
For those brave enough to take on Dash, Splash and Thrash, entry into the water will be controlled. There will be an approximate 1 minute hold before entry and a team member will be onsite to give water entry advice. You will swim in your running gear and exit straight into Total Blackout. Helmets for the Total Blackout are available if you feel you need it.
Exmoor Search and Rescue are onsite for all of our events and will be at various locations across the moor.
There are 2 checkpoints on the 10 km course and 3 on the 10 mile course. Entrants must stop at the water entry checkpoint. Here you may be held for 1 minute before you can enter the water whilst your heart rate settles.
Whatever the weather conditions, please make sure you are appropriately equipped to deal with the remote environment. The event will run in conditions deemed safe by the event organisers, which is pretty much most weather. Should the conditions not be appropriate the events team will contact you no fewer than 12 hours prior to the event registration. See terms and conditions for our cancellation policy.
The course will be marked with bright orange flags, orange tape (minimal) and marker arrows, as well as event signage at various locations.
First Aid will be provided by the Channel Events team.
We welcome all entrants who would like to run on behalf of a charity. Exmoor Search and Rescue and Caremoor for Exmoor would be our favoured charities but if you have any questions regarding this please contact us.
If your costume is deemed unfit then you will not be allowed to compete. If you are unsure then please do contact us.
If you want to wear your action sports camera to record and relive your experience, we are more than happy for you to do this but it is entirely at your own risk. We cannot be responsible for the loss or damage of your equipment. Did you get some great footage? Share it with us via our social media channels for all to see! We’d love to see your adventure!
Good spectators make an event and we’d love to see your entourage there cheering you on!
Due to the nature of the event and the remote terrain it covers, we will be providing a ‘Spectator Guide’ and specified spectator locations. The guide includes the great spots to see some of the action. Please bare in mind that the entrants will be running, so if seeing the finish is a priority make sure you head back in plenty of time.
Don’t fancy trekking across the moor? We have the answer, stay close and enjoy a brew while you wait for your friends and loved ones to finish.
We will have professional photographer on site so smile when you spot him. All the images will be available to buy after the event with all profits going to Exmoor Search and Rescue. Details will be given out on race day.
If you or your entourage get some good shots we’d love you to share them with us via social media or drop them in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keys & Bags
Before, during (for the supporters) and after the run, refreshments will be available free of charge in the main event HQ.
Your 2024 , Man vs Moor t-shirt can be purchased from our merchandise page.
To Take Home
We thought that you’d like to prove to everyone that you completed this amazing challenge, therefore, you can purchase your hand made solid oak bespoke wooden laser engraved finishers medal which will be waiting for you at the finish line.
You can then collect your Man vs Moor 2024 finishers technical t-shirt (for those who ordered one), wear it with pride and head over to our ‘Finisher’s Wall’ to grab some photos to remember the day.
Have you got what it takes ?
These routes have been designed to challenge and push you to your limits but with shear fun at the forefront. Full GPX files and route maps will be available on our downloads page two weeks before the event date.
Classic – 10km ‘ish‘ (More like 7.5 miles)
You’ll introduce your legs and lungs with a scramble over the Pinkery Pinnacles and the technical Short Combe Stumble.
The Green Mile takes you from deep joy to deep bog before topping out near Chains Barrow.
Fast and flowing technical moorland running takes you to the downhill section know as the Hoaroak Hiatus – a steady section of good trail where you can absorb your stunning surroundings.
You’re Half Way! Exmoor’s breath-taking character is defined by the next section as you climb to Benjamy’s Ditch – views across the Bristol Channel to one side and remote wilderness to the other.
The Ruckham Reaper takes your mind off it with a full body scramble back up onto the highest moor – and a ride on The Magic Carpet – before the Dash, Splash and Thrash across Pinkery Pond.
The Total Blackout obstacle takes you into the last section, Breakneck Combe, before the finish line comes into sight…
Light – 5km of fun!
This might be the light version on distance but it still packs a punch when it comes to fun!
This route still takes you through some of our classic natural obstacles; ‘Pinkery Pinnacles’, ‘Short Combe Stumble’, ‘Green Mile’, ‘Dash, Splash and Thrash’, Total Blackout and Breakneck Combe!
Whats not to like?
Ultimate – The 10 Miler!
All of the awesome obstacles from the Classic but with a lap of the Light thrown in too! This means you’ll be doing the best obstacles twice!!
Have you got what it takes?
With your parents to escort you along the way you’ll start at Pinkery Pond taking on the Dash, Splash and Thrash, The Total Blackout and Breakneck Combe before making your way through the Pinkery Pipe and over the finish line.
Think you’ve got what it takes?
What are you waiting for?!
This event is open to all abilities. The challenge and reward of completing the route in this stunning remote setting will be the same for all who enter and your finishers medal will prove you had what it takes and conquered the MOOR!
We suggest that you do some form of training beforehand. If you are new to running there are many apps and running groups to help get you started. This is an off-road event and we do recommend that you cover distances off-road and in trail environments. The nature of the terrain is going to make this feel further than the distance you’ve entered so we suggest you can road or trail run a little further.
The ‘Ultimate’ starts at 10:00, the Classic starts at 10:15 and the Light will start at 10:30. We expect all entrants back safe by 14:00. The Kids 1.5km will start at 14:30. Our events are more about inclusion, accessibility and participation than competition.
No matter what your pace, enjoy the route and take on the challenge – bring your mates along to add some helping hands or some friendly competition. Get out and have fun – that’s what it’s all about.
All distances and categories include an open water swim (if you choose). The senior races have approximately 75-100 metres and the kids 1.5km race has a 50m swim. We recommend that you can swim 150m in training. You’ll need to swim in your running gear so please make sure that you (or your kids) are comfortable doing so.
For those who don’t wish to swim, you can complete the course using the alternative route that takes you to the next obstacle, Total Blackout.
For all entrants there is a free acclimatisation swim and the date for this will be released in due course. This is to put all those worried about this obstacle at ease, give you a sneak peak and help you get acclimatised to the water.
Fancy dress is allowed, however, it must be appropriate for the terrain. We cannot allow costumes that may be unsafe in any of the obstacles. If your costume is deemed unfit then you will not be allowed to participate.
Is there car parking?
Yes, there is free parking on site at the Pinkery Centre. Marshalls and signage at the site will direct you to the area.
Will there be water?
There will be water available at the start/finish at approximately half way.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately, at this event dogs are not allowed to compete. They are very welcome to join the spectators but must be kept under close control.
Is it possible to get lost?
The route will be fully way-marked with appropriate signage. As long as you keep focused you’ll be fine. Marshals will be present at appropriate locations and sweepers will pick up behind the last entrants.
Is accommodation available?
Yes, there are 30 beds available to book in the bunkhouse style accommodation or you can camp at the venue. Beds are £10.00 per person per night and camping is £7.50 per person. This can be booked by going to our accommodation booking page and adding to your basket before checkout.
Can women take part?
YES! The name ‘Man vs Moor’ refers to MANkind! This is an event for all!
Do I have to swim?
No not at all, if swimming isn’t for you then that’s fine! We have planned an alternative route that will take you around the swim so that you can stay dry (hopefully).
Can I run for charity?
We welcome entrants that wish to run for charity, the choice is yours but check out some of our suggestions in our partners page.
Where can I keep my valuables?
We suggest you keep your belongings and valuables locked safe in your vehicle. We can look after your keys for you during the event if you are coming alone or entering with friends. Alternatively bring along your entourage of supporters and leave your valuables safe with them.
I’m under 18, can I run on my own?
We ask that any entrants under the age of 16 run with an adult on a ratio of 1:2. 16-18 year olds can run on their own with written and signed parental consent.
I’ve never had to buy a medal before, why now?
This year, after listening to feedback across our events, we are giving people the option to complete Man vs Moor without receiving a medal or a certificate at the end of the event. You may however, purchase them at the additional price of £5 per person. As behind the scenes costs increase, this not only helps us to keep the entry price the same as the previous year but also allows us to be more environmentally sound and reducing waste for those who love doing the event, but don’t want a physical momento at the end.
What if I want to enter with my mates?
If you want to enter and take on the route with your mates to gain a sense of achievement then that’s awesome. Getting out and active with friends is what it’s all about. Our events are just as much about inclusion, accessibility and participation as they are about competing.
I’ve never swum in open water before, can I still enter?
The swim section of the course is in Pinkery Pond, a high moorland lake at 400m above sea level. It would help to have experience in open water but this is not essential as the swim route is 75-100m across. Exmoor Search and Rescue will be on hand to assist you if you get into difficulty and if the swim is not for you then you can take the alternative route around. Once entered, join our Mid-week Warriors community group and look out for the free Wednesday evening swim and run sessions to help with your training.