Sidmouth’s Danny Painter completes Dartmoor Uotra

Sidmouth runner Dany Painter during the Dartmoor Ultra meeting

Sidmouth runner Dany Painter during the Dartmoor Ultra meeting - Credit: Archant

Another week and another marathon, only this time it was an Ultra, writes Terry Bewes.

Danny Painter headed off to compete in the Dartmoor Discovery.

The race organised by Teignbridge Trotters RC starts and finishes in Princetown the home of Dartmoor Prison.

This is entirely an on-road race over 32 miles 674 yards with plenty of hills taking in Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Newbridge, Ashburton, Buckland in the Moor, Widecombe in the Moor and Postbridge before heading back to the start.

This was the sixth time Danny had run this race and it was not to be his best.


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The wheels came off for him at around mile 14 when he suffered leg spasm cramps till the finish.

This left him with a decision, drop out or man up and carry on, for Danny the first was not an option so on he went to finish in 109th place in a time of 5:37:16 (17th in 4:32:42 last year).

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He did however, take from this experience as it reminded him that every race can’t be a blinder, just be happy with your best effort.

He will be back next year you can bet on it. There were 192 finishers.

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