On Sunday I decided to go a bit bonkers and without any additional training arranged to meet my Dad at Princetown at 9.30am, so he could support me on a mini South Dartmoor running and cycling adventure. The plan was that I would cycle the 18 miles from Ivybridge to Princetown, 2678ft of climbing, give him my bike and then run the 14 miles home straight across Dartmoor. You can see the full route profile in the image to the left, if you want to also consider what was going through my mind! I should probably add at this point that I do occasionally like to throw the odd challenge into my training, just to do something different and have a bit of fun. In this case I had a great time, took some good pictures and was lucky to get away with very minor sunburn due to being a bit unprepared for the extremely good weather!
I left Ivybridge just after 8am, with my trusty rucksack full of food, drink and my running
gear determined not to set out too quickly and burn myself out. I’ve done the route to Princetown a few times, there is usually very little traffic, but it is remarkably uphill. Nothing untoward happened and I plodded on through Cornwood, past Lee Moor, over the picturesque Cadover Bridge and into Yelverton. Here I joined the potentially busiest road, but it was early on a Sunday morning, so all was quiet. My Dad drove past with about 5 miles to go and I eventually caught up with him at the entrance to Princetown, after spending the last few miles climbing over beautiful open moorland.
Again I set off very gently determined to run the whole fourteen miles. I was also safe in the knowledge that a few miles at the latter end of the trip would be on the fairly even Puffing Billy Track, although I would be taking in a few hilly diversions for some good views.