Killerton kanter set to be a great event

PUBLISHED: 09:45 16 June 2011

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EAST Devon runners are being invited to take part in a popular summer race organised by Exeter's South West Road Runners.

The club’s annual Killerton Kanter, which charts an undulating path through parkland around Killerton House in Broadclyst, just outside Exeter is being held on the evening of Saturday, June 25.

Money raised from the 10k race, sponsored by Ironbridge Runner, Linscombe Farm and the University of Exeter Sport, goes towards the upkeep of the National Trust house and its grounds.

The circular run starts and finishes in front of Killerton House, the home of the Aclands, one of Devon’s oldest families.

Race director Patrick Kennedy said: “The route takes runners across meadows, through woods and it takes in a hill or two. It’s probably one of the best park and woodland runs in Devon. We have got plenty of spaces to fill, but we will also be accepting entries on the day.

“All runners will get a unique design t-shirt and we will be giving out spot prizes as well. We always get great feedback from those who take part.”

The pre-entry race fee is £8 for England Athletics licence holders and £10 unaffiliated. It will cost £2 extra on the day. The race starts at 6pm. Entry forms can be downloaded online at

The South West Road Runners formed in 1984 and is now one of the largest running organisations in Devon. Based at Exeter Arena it has 300 members, both men and women, and accepts runners from the age of eight upwards.

The club’s activities include track and field disciplines, cross-country, trail running and triathlons. It is the only club in Devon and Cornwall to regularly enter a team into the prestigious Welsh Castles Relay Race.

Training takes place on Wednesday and Friday nights from 7pm. There is also an informal Sunday morning run.

The club organises four annual races: the fast and flat First Chance 10K around Exeter Quay; the undulating 10k Killerton Kanter around the grounds of Killerton House; the Poltimore Pootle, a multi-terrain event starting and finishing at Poltimore House and The Drogo 10, a demanding 10-mile multi-terrain run around Castle Drogo in the Teign Valley. The Drogo 10 was voted ‘Devon Race of the Year 2006’.

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