Wicks weathers the storm to conquer Dartmoor 600 Challenge

 

Andy Wicks tackling challenging terrain on Dartmoor

Andy Wicks tackling challenging terrain on Dartmoor

Andy Wicks has completed another crazy off-road challenge. Here is his run report …

 

On Saturday 11/11, myself and 4 others took on The Dartmoor 600 Challenge. The only rules are you need to start and finish at a car park and visit all 5 peaks that are over 600m above sea level (Cut Hill, Whitehorse, Hangingstone Hill, High Willhays and Yes Tor). The general route is about 18 miles and 3,000ft elevation. To make it more challenging we decided to do this on what has been arguably the worse day of winter so far! 45mph winds, heavy rain throughout, unbelievable amounts of ground water and near zero visibility’s times. This made this even harder than running across a Moor in decent weather! The huge amount of rain over the past week meant rivers were twice as deep as planned and when attempting to cross the 2nd river saw me go chest deep we had to try find a way around, resulting in a 2+ mile detour through boggy ground! The visibility meant lots of stopping for map reading and the ground water made any almost runnable moors impossible. But we powered on and managed to reach all 5 Tors and get back to the car in 6hrs 24mins, probably one of the slowest times set doing this, but probably the worse conditions attempted! Our route ended up being 22 miles and 3,500ft due to detours. This is a great challenge, just make sure you pick a good day to attempt it!

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Well done Andy- don’t think many of us would have liked being out in that!

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