Let’s be honest, if you’re writing a blog post about a fancy dress run, then words will only get you so far. It’s the images that count. In honour of this weekend’s Delicious Dart “food festival on the run”, here is a quick run through 15 miles’ worth of photos…
By the way, we were all looking this silly to support CHICKS. Please have a look at their website for more information about the wonderful work they do, and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored us. Your donations made those fish heads just a little bit lighter!
To start with, we caught the bus from Dartmouth to Totnes. Last year there were loads of runners on the bus, all dressed up in ridiculous costumes. This year… just us. It’s a 45 minute bus journey. Sorry Devon.
There were loads of amazing costumes at the start line, all based around the Under the Sea theme. We loved the guys dressed as the Titanic, and the Yellow Submarine was inspired.
Off we went, heading through Totnes to our first food stop. The Waterside Bistro had laid on croissants; it was just a shame we hadn’t fully thought through the whole eating thing.
At least we were well-prepared for the drinks. We came stocked with straws (in on-theme blue, no less). Thanks Mum!
Off again, out of Totnes and into the countryside. I apologise to anyone out walking your dog by the river on a Saturday morning; you must have wondered what you’d been drinking with your breakfast. We did look quite bizarre.
The views during the run were fantastic. Such as this look back along the river to Totnes from the fantastic Sharpham wine and cheese stop.
While we did see far more sunshine than we were expecting, the legacy of the last few weeks was in evidence beneath our feet. It was muddy out there.
In contrast to the gloopy underfoot conditions, the sunshine was a welcome companion.
My favourite part of this run is the bit on the boat. Partly because you get to sit down for a few minutes, but mainly because boats are great. Look how happy this fish looks to be back on the water.
We went up some more hills and found a lot more of this…
And then we were on the last leg into Kingswear, where we got to run alongside the railway line. Which is very exciting.
One more ferry ride and we were in Dartmouth for the final few pit stops and a short dash to the finish line.
Another great event; this is our second year and I doubt it will be our last. It raises money for a great cause, it showcases brilliant Devon food and drink, it snakes across stunning countryside, and it is such a lot of fun.
Plus, this year, our costume creating led us to find out a lot more about the angler fish, courtesy of this amazing video. Watch and laugh…
If I had to guess, then I would say that your final question would be – as it was for many people out on the course – “But they don’t actually light up, do they?” Well, in fact, yes they do…