The Scrumptious Croyde Trail

To quote the North Devon Gazette – “Superheroes unleashed their awesome powers to make a staggering array of food disappear during the Scrumptious Croyde Trail on Sunday”.

The Scrumptious Croyde Food Trail Event is a 10.5 mile circular course taking in the beautiful North Devon coast paths around Croyde, Saunton and Braunton, raising money for Over and Above.  With staggered start times, you can enter as a walker or a runner and take the pace completely at your leisure as you sample a delicious array of local food and drink at the 14 (including the start and finish) stops along the way.  A small group of 6 CRN-ers entered this one!

This year’s tasty morsels included chocolate brownies, ice cream, bacon or veggy filled brioche buns, cider, meringues & fruit,  flapjack, punch, crackers & chutney, curry (yes!), fudge, cheese, asparagus soup, cider (did we say cider?!),  soft drinks, wraps and more.  Each little gazebo encountered along the way was full of little treats and lovely locals with smiles and encouragement.  Have to mention that running and eating is a bit of an art and so be prepared to ease off a bit when the tummy is getting full and the (fizzy) alcoholic drinks start lining up!!

The day started looking a bit grim and misty and hopes were for the rain to cease so that all the smashing super hero dressed walkers and runners could enjoy the scenery – and we were not disappointed!  The sun came out and so did our smiles and we were left in awe of the beautiful scenery.  The terrain was variable underfoot – only a little road, it was trails, beach and tracks, with some steep ascents that were a bit wet and slippery in places, but with some lovely grassy stretches too. ( Should’ve put that sun cream on…!)

The organisers were very cheerful and friendly and the marshals couldn’t fail to be happy chappies with their deckchairs especially those overlooking the coastline!  The start and finish was in the beach field at Croyde where the local stalls, massage person and more food and drink were offered.  There was the chance to buy the local produce sampled on the way, while you enjoyed your final glass of free beer and devon scone while crashing out on the grass to cheer people in.  To top it all off we received a lovely shopping style jute goody bag with a water bottle, Burts crisps and more nibbles/voucher/magazine inside.

This event is a real celebration of our beautiful coastline, local produce, walking, running and sharing the love of the outdoors. Events aren’t always about medals and PBs.  Give this one a try and you’ll be glad you did.  Running took around 2.5 hours and walking about 4.5, so allow the whole day is our advice – you won’t want to rush off afterwards anyway.

The course?    A little road, gravel paths, coast paths, muddy woods, rocky in places, fields and grass – a bit of everything so trail shoes recommended.  Oh, and sheep poop. Lots of that!

Hills?   Oh yes!! plenty of those, ups and downs in equal measure.

Organisation?  Brilliant – couldn’t be better

Ease of parking and getting to the start?   Drive and park in the field where you start and finish, very easy.

Loos?    Use the public loos at the beach about 2 minutes from the start/finish field, and the pubs and shops along the way that were involved in the event.

Headphones?    Why would you need them? it’s not that kind of event! It’s one you do with friends to chat and banter about how fabulous life is as you go.

Marshals?    Plenty of high viz clad jolly people smiling and pointing you towards your next highlight of the route.

Support?     Lots of clappers and cheering and a chap on a mic announcing you in at the start/finish – you’d not be expected to be cheered home on such a casual event but we were! Walkers were congratulating runners as we passed them – that was lovely, and unexpected (well, it was a challenge to run this one – wondering if anyone actually ran all of it?!!)

Bling?  Who needs bling anyway, we had a great goody bag and didn’t need to eat for the next two days !!

Congratulations to the CRN contingent and thanks for the photos.

Runners – please send us your event reports and photos so we can publish them here! We’d love to hear your news and we’ll only know about it if you tell us!! You can use the contact form to send us your email and upload your photos too.

Thank you, and happy running!