About The Two Hills Race
Chagford Runners are thrilled to announce the return of the event this year on the later date of Sunday 29th August. The later date gives a greater chance of being able to hold the race safely and in its traditional format. Please be aware that this could be subject to change due to the pandemic.
The renowned Chagford Two Hills Race takes place annually on the Spring bank holiday Monday. Now in its 44th 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 3.5miles/5.5km in distance the race is notoriously tough, testing even the most experienced of runner!
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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 11.30am. 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 entries on the day and no number transfers.
The race HQ is The Clubhouse, War Memorial Playing Fields.
Run number and timing chip must be collected on the day from race HQ between 9.00 and 10.30am. 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.
Registration coming soon.
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. 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.
– All competitors agree to abide by the rules and follow the guidelines as laid down by the race organisers.
– Competitors enter the Chagford 2 hills race at their own risk and organisers will be in no way responsible for any injury or illness incurred.
– Any competitor showing symptoms of Covid must not attend the event. We encourage everyone to take a Covid lateral flow test prior to the race.
– 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 but we strongly recommend you bring your own drink to supplement water provided at the finish.
– Registration will take place between 9am and 10.30. The wearing of face masks is encouraged and please stand socially distanced if there is a queue. 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. Please ensure you abide by the one-way system. We encourage face masks to be worn inside the building.
Start of race
-To make the race as Covid safe as possible and to avoid crowding, the start area will be kept clear until 2 minutes before the start time of 11.30. At 11.28 runners will be asked to move quickly to the start. Please listen carefully to PA announcements of start-time warnings at 10, 5 and 2 minutes.
– 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 1.30 pm
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ENJOY THE RACE AND GOOD LUCK
To enter as a ‘Resident’ your primary address must be within the parishes of:
Take a look at some photos from previous events. Photos by Sarah Clarke and Peter Bennett.