Something Wild Trail Running Festival 2017

Friday 8th Sept to Sunday 10th Sept

We are delighted to be able to announce the dates for the third Something Wild Festival, which will be held for the second consecutive year at Huccaby Farm, nestled in a more secluded valley in Hexworthy. A perfect little haven for families and first time visitors to Dartmoor.

Why Huccaby Farm?

We have chosen this spot as our tribute to trail running and our celebration of Dartmoor because it sits on a lovely bend of the River Dart and because of the facility for housing up to 400 people inside the giant cow shed, which will serve as our cafeteria and presentation venue. It also sits, rather conveniently right on the route for our main running events, the marathon, half marathon and 10km and the small chapel will serve as a rather cosy venue for our speaker’s evening. It even has a secret cavern for our children’s forest school.

Family Friendly Festival

We aim to make it a family friendly event, so we’ll be offering children’s activities throughout Saturday, such as forest school, capture the flag and foraging workshops, as well as children’s races.

Camping and nearby accommodation

If tou don’t want to camp in the festival fields next to Huccaby farm, there are rooms available at the Forest Inn (next to Huccaby Bridge immediately above the festival site) on a first come first served basis and there is accommodation at the nearby Brimpts Farm, which is less than half a mile away. Book early because they tend to go early. There are some great little B&Bs in or around Holne and Ashburton available on Air B&B.

On site caterers

This year food is not included (and we’ve brought down the festival ticket prices accordingly)  so our caterers will be providing food on a cash basis.

New Event: Summit Wild 50k Ultra

Events will get under way with the trail marathon on Saturday morning 8.30am which has more than 3,500 ft of ascent, followed an hour later by the trail half marathon, which also includes two crossings of the Dart. Our Summit Wild Ultra, which starts with the marathon, is an ideal entry level ultra, although it’s no walk in the park believe us!

Talks by experts in their field who know how to be in their element

After Saturday’s exertions, there will be a dinner and presentation ceremony, followed by a speaker’s evening in St Raphael’s Chapel. This will include a short film and talk by Kari Furre the grandmother of the Outdoor Swimming Society.

Children’s Races and Events

On Sunday morning we’re holding the children’s races for those aged three to 11 followed by the 5K (for children 12 & above) and 10K race at 10am.

Around the running events we have a Forest school for children and their parents, workshops for nature lovers, star gazing, Wellbeing and Natural Movement, as well as a giant game of Capture the Flag on Sunday.

All in all, it’s a great weekend, whether you have travelled with your family or just want to see the best that Dartmoor has to offer.

Just a quick and fulsome thank-you for a great race/weekend at Huccaby Farm this weekend. I expected and found the marathon to be a challenge for me, but it was nevertheless wonderful. A great route through some brilliant bits of Dartmoor, but what’s more, a really welcoming festival and lovely atmosphere, mellow and friendly. I thought the venue was spot on, the food providers were all fabulous. I’m only sorry we couldn’t hang around for speaker’s evening as I’d have loved to hear these, too.

Sean KeaneyPinhoe, Exeter

Event Itinerary

Friday 8th Sept
Registration open from  6pm – 9pm
Our caterers will be on-hand to serve dinner to anyone who wants it.
Guided wild Swim in a secret spot 20 minutes walk from the campsite. TBC

Saturday 9th Sept
Registration open from 7am – 9am
Breakfast Cafe  7.00am-12.00
Ultra Start 8.00am
Marathon Starts 8.30am
Half Marathon Starts 9.30am
Lunch Cafe 12-3.00pm
Forest School 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Dinner 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Speakers Evening  in the Chapel at Hexworthy 8.00pm

Sunday 10th September

Registration opens from 7am to 9am
Breakfast Cafe 7.30am – 12.00
Registration open from 8.00am
Forest School 10.00am – 12.00am
Kids races 9.30am (Ages 5 to 16: 1km, 2km and 3km respectively)
10K Starts 10.30am
10K Presentation and event wrap up 11.30am

NB: We will aim to have a game of Capture The Flag after forest school ends, for those who are not involved in the presentation.