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Challenge patron Monty Halls helps set the pace for running the Coast Path in October

The South West Coast Path Challenge has got off to a flying start so far this month, with more than 11 times the length of the Coast Path registered by people walking or running the Coast Path for charity. The event aims to set a new world record for the number of times the Coast Path can be completed in October while raising funds for the South West Coast Path Association to protect it for future generations to enjoy.

TV adventurer and patron of the month long event, Monty Halls, took on two of his friends in a ‘Great Race’ along the Coast Path in South Devon last Saturday 10th October. Together, they ran a 5 mile stretch of the route from Scabbacombe to Kingswear, with steep ascents and descents on sometimes rugged terrain. 

It saw Jason McKinlay, an adventurer and record breaking round the UK rower, stride into first place, followed by Brendon Prince of Geopark Adventures and in third place, Monty himself or as he gallantly declared; “the more perceptive among you would call it last!”

He continues;

“This is one of the most magical trails in Europe and a great way to get in to nature. It’s really special to me and my family as it is to so many others, so it’s really important that we celebrate it and we look after it.”

“The October challenge is one of the ways that we can do that and raise money. I’d encourage everyone to create their own challenge, to get out there and enjoy the Path and raise a bit of money while you do it.”

Next weekend will see a team of National Trust rangers from the North and South Devon coasts embark on their very own Coast to Coast Challenge.

Michael Wright, National Trust ranger for the South Devon coast was on the support team for Monty’s ‘Great Race’ and will be taking part in the Coast to Coast Challenge on October 24th. He said:

“It was interesting to see Monty and co. take on this stretch of Coast Path as I’ll soon be running it myself. We’ll be cycling from the North Devon coast to Totnes, where we will swap our bikes for a kayak and paddle all the way to Kingswear, before running to Colaten Fishacre. The last leg of this challenge takes in approximately 4 miles of South West Coast Path, which we will be adding to the mileometer.”

On Sunday 25th October in North Cornwall, you can still sign up to join the ranger team for a run at sunrise.

Starting at 7.30am, the Coastal Challenge Sunrise Run sets out from Tintagel before embarking on either a 5 mile or 10 mile route depending on fitness.

Tom Sparkes, one of the National Trust rangers taking part said:

“Getting up for the sunrise is one of those things that every now and again we really should do. It’s slightly painful to start with but when you have the trail to yourself and the sunrise slowly touching the North Cornwall coastline, it’s well worth the effort. Plus, there’s a bacon sarnie on offer at the end of it to send you on your way and enjoy the rest of the day.”

“We won’t be racing, it’s a social run going at the pace of the slowest runner. The 10 miler could take around 2 hours whilst the 5 miler up to an hour and a half.

The Coastal Challenge sunrise run is £3 per person. Booking essential as spaces on the run are limited. Call 01208863056 to book.

All participants in the month long event, whether they create their own challenge or take part in an organised event, are being encouraged to create their own video pledge and to record their adventures for a chance to win a Go Pro Camera – the ultimate tool for the adventurer. All video and picture posts on social media that include the tag #Challenge630 will be judged by Monty Halls at the end of the month when he will pick a winner.

Find our more and register for the challenge at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/challenge
Even if you can't take part in this event you can still make a one off donation via our Virgin Money Giving page or set up your own page and raise funds for us - http://bit.ly/CoastChallenge

PCTURED ABOVE (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): Monty Halls, Director of the Association Esther Pearsom, Brendon Prince and Jason McKinlay

Published on: Oct. 14, 2015