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Selworthy Stargazer

 

Saturday 21st December 2019

 

We are very excited to be bringing you the Selworthy Stargazer for its second year. Join us for this night run high above the stunning Exmoor Coastline with dramatic views across the UK’s first dark sky reserve. There’s a choice of 5km or 10km routes and every participant will be rewarded with a bespoke wooden laser engraved finishers medal. 

As an Exmoor National Park partner be are thrilled to be continuing our collaborative working with the National Park to promote healthy active lifestyles in stunning settings. Grab your head torch and running gear before immersing yourself in the wonders of running at night beneath the stars. 

Starting at the old Tank Grounds on North Hill, both routes stay high on the ridge on good trails way marked with reflective orange arrows and signage. Take on the 5km route and you’ll head out over Bratton Ball and catch sight of Selworthy Beacon before looping back to the finish. The 10km route starts as per the 5 km route but continues on and over Selworthy Beacon to Bossington Hill car park before returning on the northern side of the ridge back to the finish. Which ever distance you choose you’ll be sure to enjoy your time in the stunning setting soaking up all the dark sky reserve has to offer.

The date has been set for the 21st December, the winter solstice. Come and celebrate the shortest day with us and as it’s just before Christmas why not bring your Santa Hat, Tinsel or full fancy dress costume? We’d love to see you all having fun. 

For winter 2019/20 we will be bringing you the ‘Dark Skies’ night running series with seven events spanning from Brean Down in Somerset to Heddon’s Mouth in North Devon. More information on the series will follow soon and we are hopeful entries to all seven events will open on the 1st March 2019. 

The first of the events in the series on the 12th October 2019 in Taunton, the Moonlit Meadow Run – check it out here.

 

Everything you need to know

DATE

Saturday 21st December 2018

LOCATION

 North Hill (Tank Tracks) – 51.217039, -3.499284

Nearest Address – Minehead Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Hill Road, North Hill, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5LB

From the camp site follow the road a further 500m to the car park on the right where you will find the event village and parking. 

TIMINGS

Registation – 18.00 – 19:15

Run brief – 19.25
Run starts – 19.30

DISTANCE

Choice of 5km or 10km routes.

PRICE

£17.50 per person

PARKING

Parking will be available at the event village and an overflow a very short walk away.

COURSE

Both the 5km and the 10km courses will be fully way-marked with reflective orange arrows on reflective white background. The terrain is all off-road on trails, tracks and s mall section of tarmac/concrete. Please wear appropriate footwear. Course maps can be seen further down this page and both the course maps and GPX files for both courses can be downloaded from the downloads page.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be open between 18:00 – 19:10. All entrants will need to be signed in by 19:15.

BRIEFING 

There will be a run brief at 19.25, all runner to be in attendance. 

REFRESHMENTS 

Little Van Rouge will be onsite selling a variety of hot and cold drinks and snacks.

SAFETY 

This event is taking place in December and therefore all entrants must ensure that they have weather appropriate clothing. All runners are required to wear a head or chest torch – those who do not have a head or chest torch on the night will not be allowed to race. Check out Taunton Leisure to order yours. The route will be way marked and we will be using reflective markers to make it easier for them to be seen.

DOGS 

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.

FIRST AID 

There will be trained first aiders on site and around on the route throughout the event.

EQUIPMENT

This event is taking place in December and therefore all entrants must ensure that they have weather appropriate clothing. All runners are required to wear a head or chest torch – those who do not have a head or chest torch on the night will not be allowed to run. Check out Taunton Leisure for expert advice and to order yours.

WATER

There will be water available for the 10k runners at approximately half way. We recommend you pre-hydrate to be ready for the run.

TRANSPORT

Depending on the number of entrants there may be a park and ride from Minehead running. This will be confirmed closer to the time.

TOILETS

There will be facilities available near the registration area.

WEATHER

This event is taking place in December and unfortunately we cannot control the weather. Please do make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing for the weather and the time of year. We are of course hoping for a lovely clear starry evening so that you can make the most of the dark sky views.

FINISH

We want to see you celebrate as you cross the finish line. Then don’t forget to check back in with the team to receive your medal.

The Route 

10k Route:

5k route

FAQs

Can I borrow equipment?

Unfortunately not, you will need to provide your own head torch and be wearing appropriate footwear for trail running. 

Do I have to decide on 5k or 10k now?

There are two ticket options available. Please do select the distance you wish to enter when purchasing your ticket. If you do wish to change your distance on the day then simply inform us at registration.