About The Two Hills Race

The Chagford Two Hills Race will take place this year on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2023. 

The  renowned Chagford Two Hills Race takes place annually on the Spring bank holiday Monday. Now in its 46th year the race was founded in 1977 as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. The race includes 1076 feet of ascent, up the hills of Meldon and Nattadon, with the notorious ‘bog’ in between.  Although only 3.5 miles/5.5 km in distance the race is notoriously tough, testing even the most experienced of runner!

Hosted by Chagford Runners

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The Event

The fully marshalled course is almost completely off road and starts and finishes at the War Memorial Playing Fields, Chagford. There are two water stations on the course and one at the finish. The race starts at 11 am. We welcome children from the age of 6+ to enter; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The Race limit is 220. Sorry, no number transfers.  Entries on the day may be available before 10 am. 

The race HQ is The Clubhouse, War Memorial Playing Fields (postcode TQ13 8AS; what3words: bulges.overlaid.cutback). Run number and timing chip must be collected on the day from race HQ between  9.00 and 10.30 am. Safety pins will be provided. 

There are prizes for the first three male and female finishers as well as age category prizes for resident and non-resident categories.  Please see section below who qualifies as a resident.

The Two Hills Race is a great day out for all, with family entertainment, refreshments and a licensed bar. Limited parking is available at the War Memorial Playing Fields.

Information for competitors

Have fun, be safe

The Chagford Two Hills race is run over steep and rough trails with many tripping and slipping hazards, including a very wet and muddy bog section and two short road crossings: course map and profile. If you are not confident in your ability to run on this terrain, you should not take part. If you are, we hope you enjoy the race. Parents or guardians must make this decision for their children. The organisers have taken reasonable precautions to make the race safe and enjoyable, but the decision to take part is yours.


Pre-race information

– All competitors agree to abide by the rules and follow the guidelines as laid down by the race organisers.

– Competitors enter the Chagford Two Hills race at their own risk and organisers will be in no way responsible for any injury or illness incurred.

– There is only limited parking at the War Memorial Playing Fields. This provision will be closed when full or 15 minutes before the start of the race. If possible, please make use of the public carpark in the town by the Health Centre. There is also limited parking at the primary school. (Please note that the school and the DMAT accept no responsibility for any loss or damage.). Allow 15 minutes walking time to the race start.

– There are no changing facilities and no secure location for the storing of your belongings.

– Water is available on the course at the tops of Meldon and Nattadon.

– Registration will take place between 9am and 10.30.  At registration you will be given your number, race chip and safety pins. THE NUMBER MUST BE WORN ON THE FRONT OF YOUR RUNNING VEST/SHIRT.

– Toilet facilities are available at the pavilion. 

Start of race

– At the start, please ensure that serious runners are towards the front, fun runners and adults accompanying younger runners towards the back.

During the race

-The vegetation has been roughly cut back and is marked by signs and flags; red flags are on the routes up, blue flags are on the routes down.

-Marshals will be in position around the course at key points, including road crossings and the bog. Please follow their instructions. If you find yourself in difficulty, shout for help. Please alert marshals if you see another runner in difficulty.

-The race will be closed 80 minutes after the start and cleared of flags and marshals. If you retire from the race, make sure you return your race chip to a marshal or the time- keeper at the finish line. THIS IS IMPORTANT to ensure all competitors are accounted for.


End of race

-Please ensure you cross the finish line. Otherwise your time will not be recorded.

-There are race medallions available for all competitors.

-The award ceremony will take place at approximately 1.00 pm


And finally….

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To enter as a ‘Resident’ your primary address must be within the parishes of:


Course records and past results

The men’s course record is held by James McMullen with 24:37 in 2006 and the women’s record is held by Jo Meek with 29:54 in 2019.

Results from previous years:


Take a look at some photos of previous events taken by Sarah Clarke and Peter Bennet and a videos  of the 2021 and 2022 races by  Maurice ‘Scorpio Runner’ Raymont.

Contact Us



War Memorial Playing Fields,
Manor Road, Chagford, Devon,
TQ13 8AS


Sheila Mead : 07754 547448
Kate Webber : 07834 999478

War Memorial Playing Fields,
Manor Road, Chagford, Devon,
TQ13 8AS

Sheila Mead : 07754 547448
Kate Webber : 07834 999478