Don't underestimate this scenic
ten kilometre run from the centre of Ashburton, through the lanes and surrounding countryside and finishing, once again, in the heart of the town.
Grey Matter and The River Dart Country Park, the marshals, first-aiders, lead cyclist, sweep runners and carnival crew for sponsoring and supporting the
Portreeve's Challenge 2019
The course is undulating and starts in North Street, following the route of the fun run around Ashburton before heading up Headborough Road. Turning left at Holne Cross, the race then heads out of Ashburton on the Poundsgate road. At Holne Bridge, the race enters the beautiful River Dart Country Park. The race comes back in to Ashburton via Peartree Cross and finishes at Cleder Place close to the start in North Street.
Start at Great Bridge, North Street, Ashburton
Run southwards down North Street
Turn left, heading eastwards up East Street
Turn left into Balland Lane
Turn left into Place Lane
At Rewlea Cross, turn left onto Rew Road
Follow road to Great Bridge
Turn right at Great Bridge heading up Headborough Road
Turn left into Holne Cross
Straight over at Hele Cross
Turn right at Horsehill onto Ashburton / Poundsgate Road
Follow road crossing Holne Bridge
Turn left immediately after Holne Bridge into the rear of River Dart Country Park
Follow road through River Dart Country Park passing Café and main house on the left
Continue on road through the RDCP entry gate
Turn right onto Ashburton / Poundsgate Road
Turn left at Peartree Cross on B3352
Follow road into Ashburton
Turn left into North Street
Finish at Cleder Place, North Street, Ashburton
THE PORTREEVE'S CHALLENGE
The Portreeve's Challenge was introduced in the early 1980's and was a little over 7 miles along roads and lanes around Ashburton with challenging hills and idyllic scenery. Held during Ashburton's carnival week, the race enjoyed a vibrant atmosphere with supportive crowds at the start and finish with perhaps a pint of the locally brewed Portreeve's Challenge beer to look forward to at the finish. Sadly the beer is no longer produced but after a brief hiatus the race has been reborn and modernised to a 10k challenge with a revised course but still with the same carnival atmosphere!
A special thanks goes to our event sponsors for their continued support.
"River Dart Country Park is proud to sponsor the Portreeve's Challenge and be part of Ashburton Carnival 2018"
With over ninety acres of woods, scenic walks and beautiful lakes, the River Dart Country Park is the perfect setting for all kinds of outdoor activities. With an abundance of things to do, children can rough-and-tumble over space nets, swing through trees on jungle ropes, or even capture a wooden pirate ship surrounded by water! Visit for the day, camp on our award-winning camping and touring site, or stay in our luxurious bed and breakfast en-suite rooms in Holne Park House.