Causeway Coast Marathon

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Head down to the Causeway Coast for one of the most scenic marathons in the world. Enjoy this stunning route filled with beaches, bays and cliffs and event visit one of the greatest natural wonders of the UK. An awesome event for runners of all abilities and nature lovers alike.
Ultra Marathon, Marathon and Half Marathon
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Sat, 24 Sept 2022
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Portballintrae, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Portballintrae Village Hall, Beach Rd, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8US, UK
Start times
Sat, 24 Sept 2022
Ultra Marathon:
7:00am |
9:00am |
Half Marathon:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Causeway Coast Marathon
Ultra Marathon
Half Marathon
Route information
All routes will be fully way-marked and will follow the paths, tracks, beaches and coastline of the Causeway Coast Way – probably one of the most spectacular coastlines in the whole world. The entire route passes through magnificent coastline scenery with fine views of wide bays, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and offshore rocks, all of which characterise the Causeway Coast, making its beauty and uniqueness renowned. All routes will run through the world famous Giant's Causeway, with the ultra and marathon events passing close to the actual Giant's Causeway stones.
Hydration/Feed Stations:
There will be hydration/feed stations at various locations along the route:
  • Ultra marathon checkpoints 12.7k, 22.6k, 34.8k, 36.5k, 38k, 43k, 49k, 50.5k, 52.3k, 59k.
  • Half marathon checkpoints 6k, 7.21k, 9k, 15.7k
There is usually cake, water (in cups), sweets, and a nut-based savoury item at each feed station.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Bespoke event buff
  • Goody bag
  • Race prizes
  • Chip-timed results
  • Feed stations
  • Fully marked and marshalled
  • Race safety cover
  • Access to fantastic terrain
How to get there
Portballintrae Village Hall, Beach Rd, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8US, UK
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Address Beach Rd, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RT, UK
The main car park at Portballintrae is strictly off limits to competitors as it is intended for day visitors and spectators. Parking will be available in designated areas on the road leading to the event centre and the main road leading into Portballintrae. Parking here will result in a long walk so be prepared.
Please do not obstruct any residents access in an out of their property or private parking areas, and to park legally and well to allow for traffic to remain flowing.
Portrush AtlanticExternalLink is the official accommodation partner of this event.
Event day logistics
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Spectator Info
Family and friends are more than welcome to come along to this event to show support. Supporters also add an atmosphere and additional energy to the experience for all the other participants and the crew. The best place for your supporters is at the run into the finish in Portballintrae, as there will be a festival-type atmosphere in the village that day.
Please note: it's asked that spectators follow the recommendations of the organisers in order to prevent bottle necks and congestion.
Kit List
  • Trail Running shoes or walking boots
  • Hydration pack or water bottle
  • Energy snacks
  • Windproof top
  • Hat/buff
  • Participants must be aware that weather conditions along the coastline can change and deteriorate rapidly, and should bring appropriate clothing to keep them warm in any adverse weather. Your feet might get wet, so prepare for all eventualities.
What do I need to bring to the Causeway Coast Marathon?
To run the Causeway Coast Marathon you need to bring trail running shoes, hydration pack or water bottle, energy snacks, windproof top and a hat/buff. Runners will also want to plan for inclement weather and bring warm clothing and spare shoes for after the race in case of adverse weather.
Is there a minimum age to participate in the Causeway Coast Marathon?
Yes, participants must be 18 years of age to compete.
Will there be aid stations along the Causeway Coast Marathon races?
Yes, there will be plenty of aid stations evenly placed along each of the routes.
21 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
Did the race in 2022
Such lovely, friendly, funny and so so professional people running the event. Very good communication prior to event and slick process of collecting bibs.Lovely touch of having our name & race called out as we finished the race and DELIGHTED to receive complementary beer & burger. Thank you all
Did the race in 2022
Fab day! Awesome course, great people and a very wholesome vibe
Did the race in 2022
Fantastic even start to finish, very challenging, well organised, unbelievable scenery…. Class 🤘
Did the race in 2022
An amazing day
Did the race in 2022
No buff given out at the finish or at race number collection as advertised. Quite expensive entry fee for a burger/beer/medal, especially if you don't like burger + beer.
Did the race in 2022
1st tile trail runner . Actually first time event runner. Course was sublime . Atmosphere was great. Organisation was good although sometimes I did know what to expect or do but this is probably due to my own inexperience
Did the race in 2022
Beautiful scenery, but poor event planning. We have been involved in MANY running events (including big ultras) and there was Terrible first aid provision, no marshals (people cheating witnessed), absolutely nobody ensuring rules where followed (and I saw those rules being ignored!), walkers blocking the runners in the worst possible spots, ultimately soooooo dangerous & just lucky if no one is hurt. Good luck to anyone who wants to risk registering.
Did the race in 2022
Brutal but stunning.
Rom G
Did the race in 2019
It was a incredibly beautiful course—one of the most beautiful Ive been to so far! We’re happy to have an airbnb nearby the village hall and the tourist spots are just close (we even jogged before the race day to see them) so it’s very nice touristy race event! My name wasnt on the list because unfortunately Let’s Do This hasnt submitted the runners name to the organisers (as Ive been told) but the organisers handled it well and I had been accommodated in no time. Im just not sure if Im still going to use this 3rd party next time to register.
Did the race in 2019
Tough race but spectacular setting. Can’t wait to aim for the marathon next year. Well organised and great vibe.
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Oran Aviv
HI - what is the total elevation gain on the half marathon race? Thanks.
Stephy Dennis
Hi there, the total elevation is around 650m for the half marathon :) enjoy the event!
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