Green Circle Trial run

At the end of the month I am running the Green Circle with other club members. Here is a bit about it

A new event for 2017 will see teams self navigate themselves around the Exeter Green Circle, following only the signposts around the city and rough route map.
The run will start and finish at the Twisted Oak, Ide.
The course is slightly over 13.1 miles, and depending on your navigation skills, it could run up to 14.5 miles.
There will be no solo runners allowed in this event but a team can be found for you based on your ability, and all teams must provide themselves with a pack which will include adequate water, a fully charged mobile phone and warm clothing.

Slightly different event to the norm.

Today I decided to recce the route. Mistake number one:- I wore trail trainers assuming it would be mostly off road, Mistake number two:- Said trainers were new and I assumed that as I already had a pair that these would be fine-wrong Mistake number three:- Assuming it would be easy to follow Mistake number four:- Not fully charging my phone.

Mistakes apart it was not a bad running adventure.

The Green Circle is a walking route around Exeter and I have known about it for a while so it was good news that someone was going to hold a running event using it. It is fairly well signed but easy to miss at times, oh and I did, on more than one occasion, there was much doubling back.

Not huge and often hidden or missing

Not huge and often hidden or missing


My greatest surprise was that so much of it was on concrete paths rather than mucky ones, hence the trail trainers were useless. It was not as scenic as I hoped either except for these bits

There was much running through housing estates, reminiscent of my early running routes back in Essex, but this is not something I enjoy now.

My phone died at around 7 miles, not useful at all as I was following the route on that when I went wrong. It was a life saver or should I say foot saver without it I could have completed a marathon rather than a half. I was slightly panicked by the dead technology but proceeded using a very bad paper map, that also had written instructions which were fortunately better to follow. Seems I can manage without my iPhone but don’t tell anyone.

I was very excited to see my first Devon fox en route, he didn’t stop to say hello, despite my greeting, just flashed me his tail and left the scene. No chance of a photo even if the phone had life. Wouldn’t that be amazing to be quick enough to capture him in a photo.

I was glad to get back to the car and get my feet out of those trainers. At least I know the way to go now, just have to remember it in three weeks time.

Popped in to town in the afternoon and bought a new pair of trail trainers, my feet told me to!






About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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4 Responses to Green Circle Trial run

  1. Great idea for an event!

    • shazruns says:

      Isn’t it? Not much over head costs for club hosting, just laminated copies of route to produce. They have limited the numbers, which will make it low key and it’s a staggered start. Watch this space at the end of January for an update!

  2. oooo sounds like orienteering a bit. I’m glad you listened to your feet and bought some new trail shoes. Feet need to be happy.

  3. Rebecca says:

    This sounds like it’ll be a great event. Hope it goes well.

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