Dark Dart Dash 10k, 5k, 2k & 1k

Dartington Hall, Dartington, Nr Totnes, Devon

Organiser's Description

The Dart Dart Dash, a 10k night race around the woods of Dartington, is back for its 5th year. There are a few hills and usually a fair bit of mud (although some of the worst sections have recently been resurfaced). Bring your friends, dress up, have a sup of mulled wine and share in the festive atmosphere and warm food, cooked by our caterers. Oh and bring a head torch…you will need it! By popular demand we’ve added a 5k version open to anyone over 12, and 2k & 1k Kids' Races for children from 3-11.

The terrain is less challenging than the Wild Night Run and if you’re new to night running, this race is an ideal introduction.

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Dartington Hall, Dartington, Nr Totnes, Devon

By Car: From Exeter: From the M5, take the Plymouth (A38) road until the exit signposted to Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. Turn left onto the A384 and shortly after the Dartington village sign, turn left at Dartington Church and follow for 1 mile. The main car park is on the left.

From Plymouth take the A38 up to the A385 turning, signposted to Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. Then as above.

By train: The nearest rail station is Totnes (on the main Paddington/Penzance line), approximately 1½ miles from Dartington. There is a taxi rank at Totnes Station. To catch a bus from the train station, cross the main road to catch the 165 or the 88/Gold service.

By bus: 165, Totnes to Dartington Hall/Broadhempston. Stops at The Shops at Dartington and the central estate (Hall and Gardens). 88, Totnes to Newton Abbot via Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. Stops at The Shops at Dartington. Gold Bus, Torquay to Plymouth via Totnes. Stops at The Shops at Dartington.

All three services can be boarded in Totnes on Coronation Road (by the Royal Seven Stars Hotel), and opposite the train station.

By bike: The Sustrans National Cycle Route 2 path runs along the edge of the Dartington Hall estate, from Dartington village to Totnes, which intersects with the lower Dartington drive that leads uphill from Totnes to Dartington Hall. Please bring your own secure bike lock.

On foot: The Dartington Hall estate can be reached via various footpaths from all directions; it is connected to neighbouring Totnes by a path. To access it, walk through Totnes Rail Station’s main car park to the opposite end from the main road to locate the footpath to Dartington. While the whole route is pushchair-friendly, the final climb to the main estate is substantial.

Our main car parks are located near to the Hall and Gardens, and at The Shops at Dartington. Our parking fees enable us to keep the gardens free to all, and provide vital funds for on-going maintenance of the Estate’s roads, footpaths, building and grounds.

  • 1 hour – £1.00 (free at The Shops at Dartington)
  • 2 hours – £2.00
  • 3 hours – £2.50
  • 4 hours – £3.50
  • All day – £6.00

Parking is free for motorcycles – (core estate only).

Electronic chip timing

Fully marked out course using poles, arrows & flashing lights

Feed station

Birch wood finisher’s medal

Bottled water for all finishers

Free number transfer if you are unable to run

Registration for all races is at 3.00pm

Start time for 1k and 2k children's races is 4.30pm

Start time for the 10k and 5k races is 5.30pm

Cut off time for all races is 7:40pm

Age limit for 10k is 16+ yrs

Age limit for 5k is 12+ yrs

Age limit for the 2k is 8-11 yrs

Age limit for the 1k is 3-7 yrs

For the Under 8s 1k race we recommend parents run with their children. For the 2k race you are welcome to run with your kids, although in some cases you may have trouble keeping up!

We now have an optional team competition. If you don’t have a team use your club name which will also qualify for the team competition. The team’s time is the time of the first three team members to cross the line added together.

Fancy Dress is not compulsory but is encouraged for this race, and there’ll be prizes for the best costumes, including Petzl head torches for the best adult costume & best kids' costume!

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