Exe to Axe - is it a fell race?

I happened to be in Devon the weekend of the Exe to Axe race, so why not do it? Its advertised as 20 miles with 4,000 feet of ascent. How hard can a race in Devon be? As it happens quite hard! Its a bit like the Long Mynd Valleys race, its got a sting in the tail. The first 13 miles (Exmouth to Sidmouth) are rolling undulations and good fast running mostly on grass. But then it bites, in the next 8 miles (Sidmouth to Seaton) there are 4 significant climbs, OK each one is only about 400 feet but they are seriously steep. My GPS clocked 21.1 miles and 4,700 feet at the end. It was a fantastic day, bright sun with a cool breeze, ideal running weather, and the views along the cliffs... wonderful.

Is it a fell race? Pass, but good fun.