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DARTMOOR PRISON BREAK – ULTRA RUNNING EVENT
Save the date – and start planning your escape!
A major new event is being planned by the team – so all adventure / ultra runners out there, please save this date – Saturday October 21st 2017.
This event is a fundraising running event whereby the entrants determine their own route from the start point at HM Prison Dartmoor (Princetown) with the aim to achieve the furthest distance (as the crow flies) in a given time.
There are 2 categories, a 12 hour and 24 hour cut off. Whilst route choice is very much a part of the event it will be controlled in terms of restricted to only using public rights of way and a very strong recommendation to only use roads with pavements.
Participants will be monitored for the full duration of the event by a GPS tracker device and associated software. This system allows continuous participant tracking and location and the facility for participants to operate an emergency button.
Website, more detail, and registration will be forthcoming before the end of July – watch this space!
Looking for another running challenge while raising team funds?!
HOPE12 is a new 12 hour version of the popular Hope24 event that is planned to take place in September (September 30, 2017 9:00 am – 9:00 pm). With a new estate nestled in the hills of the lovely South Hams around 15 minutes from Plymouth.
A shorter 5km course set on this beautiful private estate with options for soloists or teams of 2-5. This event is ideal for beginner runners in a team; those looking to start out on their first foray into Ultra Running; or seasoned Ultrarunners looking for a new challenge.
NOTE: Due to Estate rules, dogs are not allowed on site.
£5 will be donated to Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Plymouth for every runner registered. For more details and booking, check out http://hope24.team-hope.co.uk/
Of course, just a few weeks later is the swiftly booking up ‘Prison Break’ – Hope12 would be a great training run for this – look out for more news in coming days!
Hope24 Endurance Event, new principal team financial supporter
Following the culmination of the financial element of our mutually very successful partnership with Plymouth University, DSRTP have now secured a new principal financial supporter and team partner for the foreseeable future in the fabulous local Hope24 event.
The principal event is an annual 24 hour endurance challenge, open to individuals or teams seeking to run as far as possible in 24 hours around a 5 mile course in the countryside outside Plympton. The increasingly popular event now attracts almost 1,000 participants from all over the country. In addition to this epic challenge, there is also family options of 2.4 miles or 2.4km, as well as a slightly less arduous 5 mile 1 / lap option.
Many challengers choose to raise money for charity, DSRTP are one of the chosen charities to benefit from 50% of all charity money raised, sharing the total with the wonderful “Hope for Children” charity.
DSRTP personnel will be on hand during the event, taking place in May every year, to offer support with marshaling on the course and car park, and to have team personnel available to assist should there be a serious issue relating to first aid requirement.
More detail on Hope24 can be found at their website hope24.team-hope.co.uk
To sponsor an individual taking part in this way helping support both their efforts and DSRTP indirectly, please visit: www.hopeheroes.org/event/hope24-2017
To support all individual and team efforts and sponsor the event beneficiaries in general, please visit: hope24-2017.everydayhero.com/uk/event-donations
Our heartfelt thanks go to all the teams at Plymouth University for their immense support in numerous ways over recent years. In particular, this support has been instrumental in enabling the team to purchase the new rescue Centre, also in publishing the very popular walking books, and just recently, in the Crowdfunding and purchase of the new life-saving heated blanket! We look forward to ongoing collaboration with the University, which won’t involve direct financial support but which we believe will continue to be mutually beneficial and positive.
Shoppers in Plymouth are set to benefit as a host of exciting fashion brands have become available at the Tesco Extra Roborough store on Woolwell Crescent.
To celebrate, the store held a special relaunch event, when a cheque for £1,000 was presented to the Plymouth branch of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team.
Tesco store manager, Paddy Duggan also presented Whitleigh Primary School with a £500 donation and hessian bags, which have been specially designed by one of their pupils Errol, aged 6 who received a £25 Tesco gift card for producing the healthy eating design.
Thousands of the hessian bags with the special design were then handed out to customers along with champagne, orange juice, celebration cake and mince pies, to mark this special occasion.
Work to improve the shopper experience at the Tesco Extra Store on Woolwell Crescent, includes the addition of the high street clothing brands Evans, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis following a partnership between Tesco and the Arcadia Group.
The store have also opened a new, larger Opticians, a larger Phone Shop and new and improved self -service checkouts.
Tesco Extra store manager, Paddy Duggan said; “We are constantly looking at ways to enhance the customer experience and the addition of these popular fashion brands and other improvements are ones which I am sure people will be excited about.
“The response has been positive from customers so far and we would like to thank customers for their patience during the building work.
“We would also like to thank Dave Northcott and members of the Plymouth branch of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team and teachers and pupils from Whitleigh Primary School for attending our relaunch event. We would like to give special thanks to Errol for his wonderful healthy eating design which we hope he likes seeing on thousands of bags around Plymouth.”
The Tesco Extra store on Woolwell Crescent is open 24 hours from midnight Monday to midnight Saturday and 10am to 4pm on a Sunday.
Some great news regarding a recent grant the team received!
The team recently applied for, and received an incredible boost to team capability through a grant administered by the Charities Aid Foundation, but originating from major bank fines relating to the LIBOR rate rigging scandal.
In total the team received £21,401.67, given for, and earmarked to improve the kit available for the Swift Water Team.
More than half the team members are specially trained, and professionally qualified to perform swift water rescue, supporting the emergency services in search and rescue operations near swift water, or in flood emergencies locally, regionally or nationally. Recently for example, 10 members of the team attended the national flood emergency at York before Christmas and New year.
The kit includes: An inflatable rescue Boat, rescue Sled, trailer, paddles and bags, Scene Lighting, Hand pump, powered blower, stretcher, boat and sled tethering equipment, Industrial descenders, slings, karabiners, pulleys, floating rope, bags, harnesses and PPE for 20 personnel including floodsuits, undersuits, helmets, gloves, boots, headtorches, search torches, waterproof radios wading poles.
With the addition of this extra life-saving kit, the team will be better prepared for the next emergency, on a local river, a regional flood, or a national emergency in support of the emergency services.
Local Plymouth MPs Oliver Colvile and Johnny Mercer were invited to inspect the new rescue Centre and take part in a team search and rescue training exercise on Dartmoor.
Johnny Mercer MP, said:
“I was honoured to be able to go out with the hard working and diligent men and women of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth.
“I was hugely impressed with the incredible work ethic and skill shown by DSTRP in undertaking such an invaluable effort to keep people safe while out on Dartmoor. Lest we forget, the DSTRP are all [almost all] volunteers who do this in their spare time making their work that more impressive.
“We are very lucky to have such an amazing natural landscape on our doorstep here in Plymouth, but we need to remember that it is upon ourselves to enjoy it responsibly and safely. However, should the unforeseen occur, there is reassurance in knowing we have the amazing DSTRP to help you out.”
March 2016 Local MPs visit photos