A 10K running race around Ashburton.


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.

JUNE 2022, 7:15PM

The race is designed to appeal to competitive and fun runners. For younger runners, there will also be a popular 2.1 mile fun run which starts at 6.30pm.


Start / Finish: North Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7QQ

Minimum age is 16-years.

Portreeve's Challenge highlights by John Germon Photography

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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

Ashburton 10K Route Map


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"


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.