The CTS Exmoor Half / Marathon are two of the toughest races in the UK. The events are organised by Endurancelife who have a habit of choosing breathtaking scenery as the backdrop to their races. There is also a 10k and even an ultra distance if you're feeling particularly brave! The events are part of the CTS coastal series - several races of varying difficulty taking part in different locations throughout the year - this one is labelled as 'extreme' by the organisers!
Exmoor National Park is one of England's best kept secrets, and this stage takes place in the lesser known western area of the National Park where a trail runner's mecca lies. The course encompasses stiff climbs and long descents, open moorland, thickly wooded combes (valleys), historical ruins, dizzying cliffs, exquisitly beautiful rivers and a stretch of coastline that is unsurpassed.
The Exmoor course is widely regarded as the toughest course in The Series and is definitely a grueling test of endurance for even the very hardest trail and fell runners.Race Website Add My Race Review
I ran this race in 2013 and could deffently recommend this race in the CTS series, they did the 10k, half marathon and marathon and ultra on the same day. The Exmoor Half Marathon has lots of hills which do not stop for 13 miles but the course is very senic and a trail runners dream a must to do..
Some people I found where unprepared for the gradient of hills and were reduced to walking in the second half so don't forget to do that hill training before the race...but this had a great atamosphere and good organisation. The CTS races sell out very quick so don't hessitate when they are up for entry...see you soon....Mat Simister.