The Race With No Name | Dartmoor Traverse
Sat 15 Apr 2023 Exeter, Devon, UK Entries closed

The Race With No Name | Dartmoor Traverse

The Race With No Name (Dartmoor Traverse), is an established ultra crossing of Dartmoor which follows the Two Moors Way from Drewsteignton to Ivybridge. Suitable for pairs, solos and walkers.

  • Sat 15 Apr 2023
  • Entries closed
Drewsteignton Village Hall, Exeter > Ivybridge, Ivybridge

The Race With No Name | Dartmoor Traverse



Age 16 & over

  • 35 miles trail running + 4000 ft ascent


It's a self-navigation Dartmoor Traverse with a difference. This is a challenge event or a race but this year walkers are also encouraged to take part as well as runners.

This event will appeal to people with a sense of adventure, who are looking for a scenic way to cross Dartmoor. It’s also ideal for the first time ultra runner and those of you who want to do a Dartmoor Crossing with excellent support, safety crews, loads of refreshments on route with two checkpoints and 24/7 monitoring.


  • Ultra crossing of Dartmoor
  • Follow the Two Moors Way
  • Early season challenge
  • Runners, walkers, soloists, pairs
  • Fully supported event
  • Satisfy your sense of adventure
  • Ideal first-time ultra

  • All fitness levels
  • Newcomers
  • Teams


This year running guides will run alongside runners.


This year there's a pairs category. Pairs must run together and prizes will be awarded to the first three pair teams to finish; men and women, as well as mixed. Pairs tickets are discounted as only one GPS tracker is needed per team. In the event of one runner retiring, the other is permitted to carry on and will be given a finishing time but can not qualify for the solo category.


Walkers are encouraged to enter but as a challenge rather than a race.


  • 6:00 | Event transport leaves train station car park in Ivybridge
  • 7:00 | Registration opens Drewsteignton Village Hall
  • 7:30 | Start for walkers
  • 8:45 | Registration closes
  • 8:50 Race briefing at the village hall
  • 9:00 | Start of the Dartmoor Traverse/Race With No Name Ultra Challenge immediately outside the village hall
  • 11:30-12.30 | First runners expected at checkpoint 2
  • 12:30-13:00 | First runners expected at checkpoint 3 (Scorriton)
  • 15:00 | First runners expected at finish Ivybridge
  • 16:30 | Cut off for all runners at Scorriton
  • 19:00 | Cut off for all walkers and runners (Ivybridge)

Pre race sleepover

Sleepovers are available at Drewsteignton Village Hall from 7pm Friday night at no extra cost.

You will need to provide your own sleeping bags, pillows and ground mats. There is a kitchen so help yourselves to teas and coffees, as well as parking nearby.

  • Bag storage
  • Free parking
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Drewsteignton Village Hall

If you’re not making your own way to the start at Drewsteignton Village Hall, you can catch the organised transport from Ivybridge. Tickets for this are £15 and can be purchased with your race entry.

  • Check points
  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Navigation required
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Single start
  • Sleeping facilities
  • Toilets
  • Water stations

This is a challenging self navigation ultra, crossing Dartmoor National Park, with minimal ascent.


From Drewsteignton Village Hall, you will descend in to the Teign Valley, skirting the river towards Chagford, where you will pick up signs for Frenchbeer and head towards Yardworthy farm, where the Two Moors Way splits in to an Eastern and Western section, not to be rejoined until mile 17 at Widdecombe.

Runners must take the western route. The western route will head on to the fringes of Dartmoor towards Fernworthy Reservoir and follow a cattle trod below Hameldown Ridge (western section), then on to Checkpoint 2 above Widecombe at the road junction on Hameldown ridge.

Runners/walkers head back on lovely hidden river paths, past Jordan, heading for Dr Blackalls Drive and to New Bridge.

From Scorriton (checkpoint 3) it’s a tough climb but you can contour round to the left of Puper’s Hill rather than going up and over the top, crossing the Avon via a clapper bridge if you’ve picked up the correct path. The run in to Ivybridge is straight forward, following the Puffer Billy trail (old tramway) all the way to Ivybridge, where the finish awaits, at the train station.

Point to point from north to south.

Cut off times

The cut off time for the finish is 12 hours and there will be cut off times published at checkpoints, which will be aimed at people who walk at a reasonable pace the whole way.


It is recommended that you have done some sort of self navigation events before, or sign up for one of the pre-event recces/navigation courses. The Two Moors Way is unmarked in places, so you will need to know how to read a map and use a compass, possibly in the dark if you are walking it.

  • Bring your own cup
  • Plastic-free event

This year trees will be planted in your name instead of giving medals but you have the option of buying a medal as an optional extra or a souvenir mug.

  • Chip timing
  • GPS tracking
  • Pre-event training sessions


  • Sleepover and registration at Drewsteignton Village Hall (Friday night pre-event)
  • Food and drink Friday night pre-event
  • GPX files optimised for all the leading watches and devices
  • Prizes from event sponsors
  • Fully stocked checkpoints (three in total)
  • Live event monitoring for friends on Strava Beacon
  • Mandatory kit checks (for your own safety and well being)
  • Pick up at checkpoints if needed
  • First aid team
  • Baggage drop at Scorriton Village Hall car park
  • Pre-event zoom navigation
  • Parking in Ivybridge
  • Free places in other events - offered to teams who raise the highest amount for their chosen charity

Not Included

  • Transport to the start from Ivybridge (£15 booking fee)
  • Medal
  • Souvenir mug

  • Age 16 & over
  • Enter online

Entrants need to be 20 years old at least to enter the ultra run.

Younger entrants can do the challenge walk with a guardian or parent.