I only do do a couple of races a year (Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor on New Year's Day and the Grizzly in March) and so fancied having a go at the Great West Fell Race on Dartmoor at the end of July. Barefoot. It's an AS category race (short and sharpish) and I haven't found out yet if I'll be allowed to start as it's under FRA rules.
Apart from the first (and last) 20 yards which is mostly sweary rocks, the rest is pretty straightforward. The track which winds up the side of Longstone Hill is a bit knobbly but nice and soft just off to the side.
There are plenty of sheep trods from here to the top of Yes Tor and its easy to pick lines through the clitter. Once up to the trig point I was on familiar barefoot ground across to High Willhays.
The route from High Willhays to Black Tor is a bit tricky - tussocky with long grass and plenty of ankle-snapping holes to watch out for with just the odd sheep trod. this is the view from Black Tor down to Black-a-Tor Copse and the West Okement valley.
Another knarly track on the homeward leg, but it's easy to pick a line just off to the side. On my next recce I may stay higher off the the track from Black Tor and see how that goes.
From here it's back to the Longstone Hill track and down to the finish with a run along the dam and a short section of tarmac to the car park.
It seems a shame to don the mincers for such a short section of the race, but it's either that or fairy about at the start and finish. Another month of conditioning and another recce may change my mind, though............