Brightlingsea Challenge

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Take a springtime run along this gorgeous stretch of Essex coastline with the Brightlingsea Challenge. Let the sea breeze will cool you down as you run a marathon or as many 10.54k laps as you can in 6 hours. Come for the bespoke finisher's medal or the fast course suitable for all abilities.
Marathon and 6 Hour Challenge
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Sun, 19 Mar 2023
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Brightlingsea, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Batemans Tower, Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0HH, UK
Start times
Sun, 19 Mar 2023
9:30am |
6 Hour Challenge:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Brightlingsea Challenge
4 Loops
6 Hour Challenge
Route information
The undulating but mostly flat, traffic-free trail is the best type of race course to add to your spring running calendar. The Essex coastline provides some awesome seaside views and volatile weather to provide a unique running adventure.
The race will start in and end in Brightlingsea, a small but thriving historic sailing town with colourful beach huts, independent shops, and quaint cafes.
Runners can either choose to run a marathon, or as many laps of the 10.54k loop they please within the 6 hour time limit. Complete 2 for a Half Marathon, 4 for a Marathon, 1 for just over a 10k, or race the clock and complete as many as you possibly can.
Please note this is a cupless event, so runners should bring a their own receptacle for hydration.
What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Chip timing
  • Fully stocked aid stations
  • Traffic-free course
How to get there
Batemans Tower, Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0HH, UK
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There is ample parking along the roadside on Promenade Way, and in public car parks.
Event day logistics
09:30 Marathon and 6 hour challenge starts
Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes before the event starts to ensure you leave enough time for registration and to warm up. Registration will be located at The Batemans Tower Cafe on Promenade Way.
Age Requirements
This event is open to runners aged 17 an over.
Aid Stations
There will be an aid station at the end of every lap where flapjacks, fruit and nuts, water and squash will be provided. You are also welcome to leave your own nutrition at the stations to remove the burden of carrying all your fuel and unleash your speed.
Please note this is a cupless event, so runners should bring a their own receptacle for hydration.
On-site Facilities
Toilets will are located near Bateman's Cafe on the West Promenade and will be accessible before, during and after the race.
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Hare & Tortoise Running
It's our aim to provide premier running events throughout Essex and the South East for all abilities. ​ Between us, we have accumulated more years running than we like to count and participate in as many races as we think we can get away with (either to stay injury-free or just to keep the family harmony)! ​ We think that this gives a really good idea about what makes for great running events and our aim is to provide awesome events with runners always at the heart of what we do. ​ We also recognise the enormous benefits of running for general well-being and mental health and want to encourage participation at every ability and for any age. For this reason, we have set up a running group to operate within the Run Together initiative.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are welcome to cheer on their runners over the finish line or as they lap the course. While their runners are on the course, they can find plenty to explore in Brightlingsea.
Kit List
This is a cupless event so runners will be required to bring their own receptacle for hydration.
Do I have to run the whole 6 hours of the Brightlingsea Challenge?
No, the event is designed so you can run for as little or as long as you would like.
Is the Brightlingsea Challenge a 100 Club qualifying event?
Yes, it is a 100 Club qualifying event.
Can I run with a stroller in the Brightlingsea Challenge?
No for safety reasons, strollers will not be allowed.
5 reviews
Did the race in 2023
Very tough course with parts of it turning into a muddy, slippy trudge. Definitely a trail route - not sure this is fully specified prior but the organisers were very friendly and the atmosphere was great overall.
Did the race in 2023
Very challenging due to significant rainfall making large parts of the course extremely muddy. Great course and organisation. Would run again.
Did the race in 2023
Race was tough but people organising it were top class!
Did the race in 2023
The organisers were such a lovely bunch of people
Did the race in 2023
Great, well organised event. Really enjoyed the course and everyone was really friendly. Great way to spend a Sunday
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