Greg at the Exe to Axe

Greg at the Exe to Axe

Greg P reports….

Well that was easy!

Representing Cheddar were Matt Cooke and Greg Pennington. Matt staggered in with a respectable 3:11:33 (13th) while Greg romped home in an astonishing 3:45:33 (50th).

Seriously though, at 21 miles and with 4,000 feet of climbing, this one is not for the faint-hearted. The stretch from Exmouth to Sidmouth is fairly straightforward but even so the undulating coastal path eats away at energy levels. The views along the Jurassic coast are amazing.

The going gets really tough after Sidmouth, beginning with the long climb out of Sidmouth up Salcombe Hill before dropping right back down to the coastline. Just in case the next climb isn't tough enough, a few strides along a shingly beach are required before rejoining the coastal path and another back-breaking set of steps.

This pattern of steep climbs and sharp drops repeats itself for the ten miles or so between Sidmouth and Seaton (the finish), the most strenuous of them culminating with the aptly named 'Steps of Death'.

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