‘Stout harts’ needed for Hartland Abbey charity run

The Hartland Hartbreaker is launched outside Hartland Abbey, with Emma Perry and Marie Tippet of Chi

The Hartland Hartbreaker is launched outside Hartland Abbey, with Emma Perry and Marie Tippet of Children's Hospice, event organiser Simon Haywood and one of the first to sign up, Hartland runner Lisa Cetinkaya. - Credit: Archant

Hartland off road race with eight and 17 mile courses for Children’s Hospice South West open to all runners on May 5.

ENTHUSIASTIC runners are being invited to take part in the first ever Hartland Hartbreaker off road run to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.

With the promise of ‘17 miles of Hartbreak’, or an ‘easy’ alternative eight mile route, the event on Sunday, May 5 will test even seasoned runners.

But it also has the bonus of taking place among some of the best scenery in North Devon, with the start and finish at Hartland Abbey after Lord and Lady Stucley offered the use of their estate for a charity run.

The inaugural event is being organised by Barnstaple running club North Devon Road Runners and co-ordinator Simon Haywood said 60 people had already signed up for the Hartbreaker, with the hope of around 200 contestants on the day.

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The course is not for the faint-hearted, covering a wide variety of terrain from sections of exposed cliff tops, muddy tracks and uneven paths to river crossings and steep slippery sections.

“It is challenging and really surprising – this is not just your biog standard race and we have added quite a few special extras along the way to keep people entertained,” said Simon.

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Emma Perry at the hospice added: “We are so lucky and appreciate the support we have been given by the Road Runners, Simon and all those fantastic runners and we would like to thank Hartland Abbey for allowing us to use their land.”

All who can raise £250 or more of sponsorship will be able to enter the race for free. The race start is at 11am and although entry can take place on the day, runners are asked to sign up in advance if possible by going to www.hartlandhartbreaker.com and finding out more.

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