SUNDAY 26th MARCH 2023

Lovers of our traditional fun run have something new to look forward to in 2023.

Exe Valley Rotary will again welcome participants to a 5k cross country fun walk (or untimed fun run – your choice)  – as before  open to all ages – for only £5 entry fee (proceeds to charity) but this year our normal 10k event has been replaced with a formal 10 mile road & cross country race for over 17’s, now co-organised by The South West Road Runners under UKA rules, and designed to  celebrate the life of their late member Mike Feighan.

Complimenting the more relaxed 5k fun walk/run known as the “Templeton Trail”,  the all new “Feighan Fury” will be a challenging 10 mile multi-terrain running timed race around private land in the rolling hills of mid Devon. Expect challenging hills, woods, trails, rivers with 70% of the course off road.

Whatever your preference, come and join the community spirit and share in the experience of a fun challenge with a big heart.

While the Templeton Trail can be entered on the day.  The Feighan Fury requires advance formal entry,  

More details of the events, links to terms,  (and entry booking for the Fury only) can be found by clicking here.  


The South West Runners website for the event is here


The event is scheduled for Sunday 26th March 2023. Don’t forget the clocks go forward – don’t be late.  


The Feighan Fury has a maximum entry of 250 runners.  Race Competitors can pre book on line here but it is likely to be full on the day.  An entry fee will be charged


In contrast the family-friendly Trail’s fun walk/run is open to everyone on the day for only £5 each, with registration starting at the Village Hall once the Fury entrants have left for their 10.30 start.  Parental consent will be needed for children wishing to participate unaccompanied.


The fun run will have a separate start probably 30 minutes later  – register in the Hall 


Dogs are permitted on the fun run and walk if they are on a lead but NOT on the Feighan Fury. 


The Hall will be open from 9:00am  While there is plenty of parking, we strongly encourage car-sharing. Remember the clocks will have gone forward overnight.


Fury prizes 


We are a gender inclusive event – and as such the prize categories will be considered as Open/Male or Female.

1st, 2nd & 3rd male & female runners
1st male & female vets 40-49
1st male & female vets 50-59
1st male & female vets 60-69
1st male & female vets over 70

Male and Female team prizes; first four per club to count.


All Fury runners will receive a technical running vest.


This is a mockup only

The Fury Route

Please note that various sections of the course use private land and runners should not train on or access any private sections of the course at any time other than during the race.


SWRR and Exe Valley Rotary reserve the right to cancel the event should there be events out of our control, including adverse weather.


This is a cupless event. While there will be four water stations, you will need to bring your own cup or hydration pack. Juniors running / walking the fun run will be provided with paper cups.


What to Wear

The route can be quite wet and muddy in March; good grippy multi-terrain trainers are recommended. Be prepared for potential wet weather.


Spectators are advised to expect typical weather for the time of year. Our advice is to expect the worst.


We would like to thank the local landowners for allowing us to put on these events.


Who was Mike Feighan?

Mike Feighan was a much-loved member of the local running community. He worked in mental health and championed exercise for mental health benefits. He gave so much to the local community in coaching and encouraging people into active pursuits. He was an extremely talented runner in his own right – winning the legendary Grizzly 20 mile trail race five times along with countless other races. Tragically Mike abruptly passed away in 2021 and is much-missed by all that knew him. His running compatriots have determined he needs to be immortalised in an annual running event, and this is it!

Mike would often talk about getting out the house on those rainy and tough days as being the days you remember. He knew how to encourage people to face a little adversity and find out the benefits for themselves.


last updated 05-02-23