The Trail Runners’ Reward

Photo credit Keith Hill

Photo credit Keith Hill

It’s taken me a few weeks, but I’ve finally found the time to write some words on the first event of the Coastal Challenge Series in North Cornwall. Luckily, it was such a good evening on Pentire Head that the memory hasn’t faded yet!

At previous events, for some reason we only managed to entice about 25 participants to come along and brave the coastpath with us. Imagine my surprise when by 7pm, there were nigh on 80 people raring to go in the car park at New Polzeath! An amazing turnout, surely drawn by the promise of some blue sky running and a proper Cornish sunset.

Seamlessly splitting into three different groups to cater for a range of abilities, we set off down to the beach and then wound our way up hill to gain the higher ground on Pentire Head. Once we hit the coastpath, this was when the hard work of running uphill was rewarded. Passing through the kissing gate from the farmland out to the coastal strip and the coastpath, we suddenly found ourselves staring out into the deep blue void, towering rocky cliffs to left and right, swathes of mauve wildflowers on the grassy slopes below and a golden sun slowly sinking on the other side of Padstow bay. I can almost feel a manly tear in my eye! All very poetic, but these are the rewards of the runner willing to explore away from the tarmac.

Seeing the faster runners approaching over the hill in the distance we thought we better get a shift on and headed off on the long (mostly!) downhill section back to the beach and the awaiting BBQ.

Joining us for a run on the Coastal Challenge Series, you’ll be joining us in celebrating our amazing coastline and all it can offer people when they get out and explore it. All money raised from the run will go towards helping the National Trust to carry on caring for all the footpaths, signposts, hedges and habitats that make up this stunning landscape.


Let us know if you’re interested in joining us on the next run on Tuesday 23 June by emailing

2 thoughts on “The Trail Runners’ Reward

  1. In my opinion, there is no nicer spot in Cornwall, especially on a beautiful such as the one illustrated above. Well done you energetic lot.

    Best Wishes

    Tony Powell

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