Saturday 14th July 2018

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Man vs Moor 

Saturday 14th July 2018

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What is it?

As one of the entrants from our inaugural 2017 event said This is a true cross country event, which contains the best (and worst) of all the natural features on Exmoor, utilising them to provide a “proper” tough challenge.‘  This hardcore off road challenge is set in the heart of Exmoor National Park. We have been granted special permisson to run this event in such a remote and stunning part of the landscape, because of this, the event is limited to 200 entrants but this makes our event unlike any other. 


In this unique event you won’t find yourself running between obstacles and then waiting in line to have a go. Every step you take along the route will need to be strategically planned and the few times when you won’t need to be watching where you place your feet, you will be taken aback by the sheer remote beauty of our route. Based on the ancient ‘Chains’ area of Exmoor, the route takes you through some of the most remote parts of the national park. One of our entrants said ‘The route has been very carefully selected, making it very challenging and very rewarding once completed.‘ Our local experts have carefully selected this route to pit you against the raw natural terrain, it has been designed to test your skills and stamina along with your physical and mental strength. You’ll find yourself scrambling up and down steep combes, crossing boggy valley heads, swimming across a high moorland lake, going underground and taking in the stunning and remote scenery.


Test yourself against the natural environment, use it to raise money for your favourite charity or just grab some mates and tackle the moor together. Whether you’re participating to prove something to yourself, for sponsorship or just for fun, the moor will test you and leave you feeling immensely proud when you cross the line having taken on and conquered Exmoor! You’ll be left wanting more!


What does entry include?

Fully Waymarked Route

The route will be marked with orange tape and flags. There will be signage where appropriate.

Acclimatisation Swim

Join us for an acclimitisation swim at Pinkery on Friday 13th July.

Souvenir Branded Mug
Once you’ve crossed the finish line recieve your Souvenir, 2018 Man vs Moor Mug, full of Miles Hot Chocolate!
Half Way Water Stop

The half way checkpoint will also be a water stop.

Event Safety
On site and at locations throughout the route will be First Aiders and Exmoor Search & Rescue.
Water Safety Crew

For the swim section of the route there will be water safety craft and crews on site

Rest well before the event by taking advantage of a bed or Camping at the Pinkery Centre.
Finisher's Technical T-Shirt

Your 2018 Man vs Moor technical t-shirt (worth £20) will be ready to collect once you’ve celebrated across the line (select size required when prompted during purchasing entry).

Certificate of Completion

You’ve taken on the raw natural terrain of Exmoor and the adventure is now complete. Receive your personalised Certificate of Completion upon finishing.

Bogstacle Course
Take part in our Family Bogsticle course at the event centre. This will be run by Exmoor National Park Rangers and donations to CareMoor are welcomed.
Marshalled Checkpoints
There are checkpoints out on the route. As part of our duty of care Marshalls at these checkpoints will be checking entrants through. Please slow and shout your entrant number so it can be recorded.
Spectators Guide
We wanted to make sure that when you bring your entourage, they get to see you overcome the challenge. We will be providing a spectators guide that will include best view points, map to spectator areas and more.

‘Extreme almost adventure style race, Frustrating in that you could never get into any rhythm, this is not a complaint it’s a good thing. Great scenery location even in the fog.’

‘A great combination of tough marshes, scrambling climbs and lovely flowing undulating runs across the moor’

‘Great fun and the event organisers were very helpful’

‘Nearly didn’t enter due to the cost But glad I did! Iconic event’

‘T-shirt were great, as was the hospitality of staff’

‘Will be back next year for sure’

‘Great – challenging but achievable for all abilities’

‘Hard core, just my cup of tea, very much a stamina based race as apposed to speed’

‘Unique, challenging and exhilarating’

‘Distance was just right for the terrain’

‘Well thought out, good variety of challenges’

2017 Entrants

Stay and play

We like to set you up as best we can for this challenge. This is why we are offering entrants free accommodation at The Pinkery Centre the night before – Friday 13th July (first come, first served). When booking simply select a free bed or free camping. If you’re bringing your entourage for support, additional accommodation and additional nights can be added at extra cost at point of entry. For all entrants we will be running a complimentary acclimatisation swim in Pinkery  Pond on the evening of Friday 13th July, so if you’re hesitant about the swim section, (which can be avoided) there’s now no reason not to enter.


You are not alone

As well as an amazing event for you, we have even thought about the friends and family that will want to see you complete such an amazing challenge. While you are out tackling the moor, those spectators who wish can use our Spectator Guide and make their way to the varying spectator areas.  From the start line they will be able to see you scale the first steep ascent, they can then select which areas they’d like to see you complete; the main water section, exiting run from the tunnel, or if they’d like to stay and relax at the centre before seeing you triumphantly cross the finish line. For those who are too little or would rather wait at the event centre, how about taking on the bogstacle course, a fun but environmentally beneficial activity for all the family. Feeling parched or peckish while you wait? We’ve got that covered too with Mel and her team serving amazing locally sourced refreshments from ‘Little Van Rouge’, a boutique vintage catering service served out of a superbly restored 1956 Citroen H van.


Having conquered the moor!

We know that once you’ve completed this challenge you will want something to remember it by; that is why upon crossing that finish line you will receive a souvenir Man vs Moor mug – full of the luxurious Miles hot chocolate, a Certificate of Completion and a Man vs Moor finisher 2018 technical t-shirt to wear with pride. Our professional photographer Liam Mercer will be out on the route so make sure to strike a pose when you see him. All of these images will be available to purchase through his website after the event.

Not for you?

Think this event sounds amazing and know someone who will love it?! Why not contact us for a Gift Certificate entry. 

Everything you need to know…


Saturday 14th July
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath,
Somerset, TA24 7LL



Approximately 10k



£55.00 per person.
Although it’s a challenging wild adventure race, that doesn’t mean you have to be competitive. Enter solo or take it on in a team.



Registration opens: 08.30
Race briefing: 09:50
Race starts: 10:00



Free parking on site at the Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath, Somerset, TA24 7LL. Marshalls and signage at on site to direct you to the parking area



Run starts at 10:00. This is a tough undertaking, covering varied terrain including open rugged moorland, steep combes, boggy valley heads, bridleways, footpaths, tussock grass, a 75 metre swim and a 25 metre tunnel (alternative run routes around these obstacles are in place if required). We are very privileged to be able to run an event of this nature in this remote part of Exmoor National Park. To minimise erosion in this stunning area we are restricted to 200 entrants, the route has been specially selected and we would appreciate your co-operation by following the marked route.



There are 44 beds available in self-catering mixed dormitories at the Pinkery Centre on the Friday and Saturday night. Come and spend the weekend in this stunning location, you’ll need to bring your own food and drink but the kitchen and BBQ are there for you to use. Entrants can book a free bed on Friday night – first come, first served).
Any additional beds can be booked at the time of booking your place on the event (don’t forget to select your free bed). Strictly limited to 44 beds. Sold on a first come first served basis so get in quick.

Each dorm has an en-suite shower room and beds come with all linen provided. Dormitory Beds – £18.50 per bed per night.
Camping is available in the field adjacent to the main building with access to toilets. Camping £5 per person per night.

Registration opens at 08:30. Please bring a completed personal details form for each person in your group. This can be downloaded by clicking here or from the downloads page.

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.

The Run briefing will begin at 09:50, with a mass warm up at 09.55. 

Before, during (for the supporters) and after the run, refreshments will be available from the ‘Little Van Rouge’, a boutique vintage catering service served out of a superbly restored 1956 Citroen H van.  This is not included in your entry fee.

We welcome entrants who would like to run on behalf of a charity. If you have any questions please contact us. 


During registration you will be given your entrant number. Runners must shout their number to the marshals at the check points. When you return to the centre please show your number to the officials awaiting your arrival. This is how we know you are safe and accounted for.  Entry to the water will be controlled with a 1 minute hold, entry to the waist, face splash, check and swim. You will swim in your running gear and exit straight to the tunnel entrance.  You will be given the option of wearing a helmet for the tunnel section this is at your own discrection.  Search and Rescue will be at various locations should they be needed.



There are 2 checkpoints. At the first slow down and shout your number for the marshals to record. 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.



We suggest that you do some training beforehand. Don’t forget to cover distances off-road and in a remote trail environment. The nature of the terrain is going to make this feel further than 10km. The run starts at 10:00 and we expect all entrants will be back safe by 15:00. Our events are more about inclusion, accessibility and participation than competition. The quickest entrants will be back in around an hour and a half but if you wish to enjoy the route and take on the challenge with your mates then that’s what its all about.
The main event does include an open water swim of approximately 75 metres. We recommend that you can swim 100m in training. For those who don’t wish to swim, you can complete the course using the alternative route.
For all entrants there is a free acclimatisation swim on the evening of Friday 13th July at Pinkery Pond. New to swimming? Channel Adventure can help they run introduction to open water swimming sessions and courses. Get in touch –



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 needs to be appropriate for both running and swimming in the conditions of the day. For example, this could come in the shape of technical shorts and t-shirt or a Tri-suit. Footwear needs to be supportive and have sufficient grip to deal with the mixed terrain. Also, light enough to run and swim in. We recommend a technical trail running shoe with deep tread. Head to your nearest outdoor retailer for some useful advice.



The main event does include an open water swim of approximately 75 metres. We recommend that you can confidently swim 100m in training. For those who don’t wish to swim, you can complete the course using the alternative run route to the start of the tunnel. You’ll swim in your running gear so we advise that you have practised this before event day.
For all entrants there is a free acclimatisation swim on the evening of Friday 13th July at Pinkery Pond. New to swimming? Channel Adventure can help they run introduction to open water swimming sessions and courses. Get in touch:



Good spectators make an event and we’d love to see your supporters there cheering you on. Due to the nature of the event and the remote terrain it covers we recommend utilising our ‘Spectator Tour’ or specified spectator locations.
Let one of our team take you to some great spots to see the action. Please bear in mind though that the the entrants will be running so if seeing the finish is a priority make sure you head back in plenty of time. The quickest runners are back in just over an hour. Tour not for you? Take part in the family bogsticle course and enjoy the refreshments available from Little Van Rouge.



Your 2018 Finisher, Man vs Moor technical t-shirt is included in your entry. Simply select your size during the registration process. You can also order a Man vs Moor hoody that can be collected from the merchandise tent on race day.

I’m afraid that at this event dogs are not allowed to compete. They are very welcome to join the spectators but MUST be kept under close control.


We will have professional photographer Liam Mercer on site so smile when you spot him. All his images will be available to buy, from his website, after the event. if you or your supporters get some good shots we’d love you to share them with us via our facebook page.


Provided by St Johns Ambulance with support from the Channel Adventure and the Channel Events team.


The course will be marked in bright orange tape and flags as well as event signage at appropriate locations.


There is access to toilets at the event centre.

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!


Is allowed however it must be appropiate for the terrain. We cannot allow costumes that make be unsafe in any of the obstacles. If you costume is deemed unfit then you will not be allowed to enter. If you are unsure then please do contact us.


There will be water available at approximately half way.


Just adds to the challenge. This is event is about taking on all Mother Nature can throw at you. Enjoy!

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.


Celebration is the key!! Lets see those arms aloft as you cross the line before collecting your branded finishers mug full of luxurious Miles hot chocolate. Give your entry number to the guys on the registration desk in return for your completion certificate and finishers technical t-shirt. You’re done! You’ve both endured and enjoyed the best and worst of Exmoor in your quest to conquer the moor!



Feeling brave? Freshen up under our outdoor shower (brrrrr), after all you’ve just taken on the moor so you’ve got what it takes! If however, you like the idea of a hot shower, get in quick and book a bed at Pinkery for the Saturday night. All dorm rooms have en suite shower facilities but are limited to 44 beds per night.



First and foremost you get entry into this exclusive natural Obstacle Course Race (OCR) style event, which is set in the heart of Exmoor National Park. You’ll be accessing an event that’s limited to 200 entrants a year and has special permission to access Pinkery Pond.
Also included:

  • Acclimatisation swim at Pinkery on Friday 13th July.
  • Friday 13th night accommodation, Pinkery Bed or Camping.
  • A fully way-marked course with checkpoints, water stops, marshal points and event safety.
  • Spectator Guide, indicating Spectator viewing areas.
  • Family bogsticle course on Saturday during the event.
  • Certificate of completion and souvenir mug full of Miles hot chocolate.
  • Man vs Moor 2018 finishers technical t-shirt.



New for 2018!
The Triple is for those who think they’ve got the legs to conquer the Mendips, Exmoor and the Quantocks all in one year. The Triple is entry to all three of our 2018 mountain biking events and all the glory that goes with completing. Can you take on the Mendip Murmuration in June, the Exmoor Explorer in August and finish with the Quantock Quake in September?

Ticket sales for The Triple are limited. By committing to The Triple you ensure entry into all 3 events.

The Exmoor Perambulation, is a traditional circular long distance walking event dating back over 725 years.
This is one of the most challenging walks in the Exmoor annual calendar. During the 31 miles of cross country walking you will be taking in breathtaking views and accessing parts of the National Park not normally open to the public. You will also be participating in Exmoor’s rich history!
The perambulation is very challenging so training is highly recommended for the event, but it’s well worth it as the views are spectacular across Exmoor National Park. 

New Event Coming Soon!

The Mendip Murmuration is a gathering of like minded individuals coming together with a common purpose. Riding your bike through some of Somerset’s stunning landscapes. Cruising and carving over and around the Cheddar area will make for an amazing 20 or 30 mile route that will leave you wanting more.

The Exmoor Explorer is a non-competitive mountain biking event of 20 or 40 miles, held in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West England.

Open moorland, woodland trails, natural single track and secluded Combes, the Explorer doesn’t disappoint. This iconic Exmoor cycling event was started 19 years ago and we are immensely proud to now run it.

The Quantock Quake is a non-competitive mountain biking event of 20 or 35 miles, held in the Beautiful Quantock Hills AONB, Somerset, South West England. Open moorland, woodland trails, natural single track and secluded Combes, the Quake has it all.

Whether you choose the 20 or 35 mile route you will be able to access areas of the Quantocks usually restricted. You’ll also see some of the greatest views from and of the Quantocks and be fully supported by our friendly team.


I can run 10km on the road, is this for me?

If you can run 10km, thats great. We suggest that you get plenty of trainng in beforehand concentrating on covering the distance off-road and in a remote trail environment. We would also suggest that you up your road distance. The nature of the terrain is going to make this feel further than 10km due to the steep climbs and uneven ground.

Is it possible to get lost?

The route will be way-marked with blue tape and flags. As long as you keep focussed you’ll be fine. Marshals will be present at difficult areas or particularly challenging obstacles. There will also be event sweepers picking up the route markers behind the last runners .

What if I can’t swim?

The main event does include a 50-75 metre open water swim. If you cannot confidently swim at least 100m in open water then this event isn’t for you.

What if I want to run with my mates?

This is a challenging wild adventure race but that doesnt mean you have to be competitive. If you want to enter and take on the route with your mates to gain a sence of achievement then that’s awesome. Our events are just as much about inclusion, accessibility and participation as they are about competing.   

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