Summit Wild Ultra
Sun 10 Sep 2023 Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Something Wild Festival | Summit Wild Ultra

A stunning ultra trail race taking in the South West Coast Path on a fully-marked route with chip timing and medals for all plus an uplifting festival vibe!

  • Sun 10 Sep 2023
Hope Cove, Kingsbridge

Summit Wild Ultra



Age 18 & over

  • 50 km trail running


The Something Wild Festival has the stunning new venue of Hope Cove and the South West Coast path this year!

The trail races follow some of the favourite routes between Salcombe and Aveton Gifford, with Outer Hope Cove at the heart of the festival weekend.

With its own luscious camping field just a stone's throw from the idyllic Hope Cove, the shorter races are within view of the campsite, offering the perfect vantage point to spectators and family members.


  • An annual festival - now in its 9th year!
  • Wonderful new venue and new routes
  • Scenery of the Avon and Salcombe estuaries
  • Some of the best sections of the SW Coast Path
  • Full weekend itinerary, or event-only
  • Camping, music, local food and beer
  • Expert speakers line-up
  • Family-friendly with kids runs and forest schools
Something Wild Festival

This event is part of Something Wild Festival.

  • All fitness levels
  • Dogs allowed
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Traders at event

Weekend itinerary

Such a great value weekend with so much included! The 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra, SwimRuns and the Rock Hard Coast Sea Swim events may be booked separately and are at an additional cost. Everything else is included in your Weekend Festival ticket!


  • 15:00 | Festival opens
  • 17:00 | Event registration opens
  • 17:00 | Festival cafe and bar opens for the weekend (all diets catered for)
  • 18:00 | Guided evening run (for all ages and abilities including families) 
  • 19:00 | Evening with speakers begins + film night for kids in an adjacent tent
  • 21:00 | Guided night run (for all ages and abilities including families)
Listen to inspirational speakers whilst the children are entertained
LISTEN TO INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS children can have film night in an adjacent tent.


  • 09:00 | Event registration opens for 5K and 10K
  • 09:00 | Guided run and movement session with movement maestro, Jo Kelly
  • Morning yoga too
  • 10:00 | 5K and 10K runs start
  • 10:00 - 12:00 | Forest Schools
  • 10:00 | Event registration opens for SwimRuns and the Rock Hard Coast Swim (South Milton Beach)
  • 12:30 | Rock Hard Coast Sea Swim starts
  • 13:30 | SwimRuns start (short, medium, long)
  • 13:30 - 15:30 | Forest Schools
  • 16:00 | Kids races start in festival field (under 8s and 8-12 years)
  • 19:30 | Speakers evening at the Reading Rooms
  • 19:00 | Music, bar and campfires at the festival site in the festival tent
  • 21:00 | Live music
Kids races
Included with your weekend festival ticket!


  • 08:00 | Marathon and Ultra start
  • 10:00 | Half Marathon start
  • Forest Schools in the morning
  • Forest Schools in the afternoon
  • 17:30 | Presentation evening
  • 18:00 | Site closes


The Something Wild Festival is super family-friendly so come and make a weekend of it! There are plenty of activities throughout the weekend including kids races, forest schools, fun food and drinks bar, film night, outdoor yoga, walks, book swap, BBQ and Capture the Flag too!


There will be guided walks as part of your Weekend Festival ticket however you are also welcome to walk the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon events.


Well-behaved dogs on leads are allowed and you can also run with your dog on a harness as per canicross rules of the Trail Running Association.

Speakers line-up

2023 speakers line-up has now been finalised and includes:

  • Jo Meek

    Jo enjoys racing all over the world, selected to run for GB in the World Trail champs (her best is 7th) and in the 100km champs (her best is 4th).
    Jo is a crazy ultra runner….on roads, in the mountains, through deserts and on trails. She has been a runner for a long time working hard towards her goals. She is also a passionate physiotherapist. Her working week is split in two; self employed in Exeter and employed by the English Institute of Sport in Bath treating funded athletes on their journey to Tokyo. In her spare time she can be found on Dartmoor, baking and drinking gin…not necessarily in that order!

  • Kari Fure

    An artist who focuses on form and the process of movement in water, specialising in open water swimming.

  • Jo Kelly

    Jo has been working with runners and many other athletes for over 20 years, developing his understanding of human movement and locomotion.
    He believes movement freedom is the ultimate aim of any training programme, which should give us the tools to become our own coach in our chosen sport. Jo has appeared in several best seller books on running.

  • Accommodation
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Coast
  • Entertainment
  • Free parking
  • Music
  • Rural
  • Showers
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Hope Cove

Festival site

The farmer has kindly given access to his fields, overlooking the idyllic Hope Cove, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better location to wake up to in the south west. It is close to ideal swimming spots in Hope Cove, East Soar and Bantham Bay.

This year, there will be a camp village and festival village, which will be clearly separated to allow flow and easy access and there'll be two lovely venues for the speakers evening!

Stunning sea views


The campsite is suitable for up to 50 tents, parking and camper vans, as well as and serving as the base for all the trail events, which is an ideal vantage point for spectators.

This year there will be extra toilet facilities and basic shower facilities.

Other accommodation

If camping isn’t your thing, there are plenty of Air BNB places around Hope Cove and the South Hams. Burton Farm is perhaps the nearest, as the farmer owns the festival fields. It’s a charming restored 15th century farmhouse, set among 325 acres.


Parking is available at the campsite for £5.

  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Single start
  • Way markers

This ultra trail run is part of the Something Wild Festival which has Devon's best trail running routes at its heart, with routes featuring the stunning South West Coast Path.

Route description

This is a breathtaking route, which follows the South West Coast path, out towards Bolt Head after an early ascent to Bolt Tail and Bolberry Down, past Soar Mill Cove and turning around at the far end of South Sands in Salcombe, then back via the coast path, to Bantham and Averton Gifford, doubling back and then adding on the 10K loop, before finishing at the festival site via the front entrance, in Hope Cove.

Route map

Ultra route

Cut off time

10 hours.


  • Bring your own cup
  • Plastic bottle free
  • Recycling

  • Chip timing
  • Medal


  • Professionally-organised trail run in a stunning location
  • Race pack including number
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Instant results
  • Medical support
  • Finishers medal for all
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals in each of the three age categories 
  • Opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere and activities of the festival weekend


Results will be posted live at Webscorer. You can download the free Webscorer app (for iPhone or Android) to your phone and view the results immediately if the mobile signal allows. Otherwise they will be published on the website following the weekend.

  • Age 18 & over
  • 100 places
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online

It was a beautiful day, the route was epic and the marshalls were lovely. The after-party speakers were all really interesting and the vibe from everyone was really positive.  A definite for next years race diary. Emily R


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