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Marathon des Cote (186mile, 3 Day Ultra)

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The 'Marathon of the Coast' is run from St Dogmaels on the North Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion border and takes in the entire 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (The UK’s only coastal National Park) and finishes at Amroth on the South Pembrokeshire / Carmarthenshire border.

The path is made up mainly of rugged uneven ground which covers a diverse route that will see you run high along open and exposed sea cliffs as well as underneath them at sea level as you pass through the numerous fishing hamlets, villages and towns as well as taking you through some of the most iconic and historic locations in Wales.

The course is visually stunning and due to the nature of the terrain and the elevation loss and gain being over 30,000ft it is also one of the most difficult you will run anywhere in the world. This really is a bucket list run!

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Marathon des Cote (186mile, 3 Day Ultra) route

The course

The course will be sign posted by the Acorn which marks the route of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, in addition to this you will be sent a detailed guide to the path and a map.

Please note the course will not be sign posted with specific event signs as this is unrealistic and unnecessary if you follow the instructions and Acorn

The Challenge

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path all 186 miles of it in 3 days, Starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth, It will be run, walked and crawled in the following format.

Stage 1

June 15th, St Dogmaels, non stop to Caerfai (66miles) cut off 0000hrs

Stage 2

June 16th, Caerfai non stop to Pembroke (62miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs

Stage 3

June 17th, Hundleton, non stop to Amroth and the finish (58miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs

Event Details


The Pembrokeshire Coast Path all 186 miles of it in 3 days, Starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth, It will be run, walked and crawled.

What’s Included

Although this is largely a self sufficient race and competitors will have to be well prepared we do supply the following

  • Timed event
  • T-shirt / Medal / Numbers
  • Water stops along the course
  • Food / Accommodation at the end of each stage (Bunk Barns Stage 1 & Tents stage 2)
  • First Aid cover throughout the course and welfare at the end of Stage 1 & 2
  • Massage service at the end of stage 1 & 2
  • Detailed map of course and information pack of the event.
  • Bag, kit and supplies transfers between each stage
  • GPS Trackers
  • Raceday Logistics

    The Event logistics and rules

    Each day there will be 3 start times 0400hrs – 0700hrs and 0900hrs and the cut off will be 0000hrs


    Q Where do you stay

    A. The end of Stage 1 is on 66.6 miles and you will stop at Caerfai (St Davids) and will rest up in the comfort ofSt Davids Bunk Barns, the facility are top quality and you will have a bed, shower, toilet, dining area, hot food, massage service and footcare 1st aid!

    The End of Stage 2 is 62 miles (or 128.6 in total) and you will stop in Hundleton, where you will stay in a tent, have access to toilet, hot food, massage service, and foot care 1st aid.

    Q Is the run self sufficient

    We will have a number of aid stations along the way (3 per day) and/or stops where you can pick up pre-packed food and water supplied by us

    However if the runner wants to leave a specials need bag at these pre-determined locations (named by us) this can be arranged as we know you may want to sort your own nutrition or a runner can have outside support from a 3rd party supplying food, clothes and water along the course.

    Q. How is the event timed

    A. The clock starts at 0400hrs on the first day and stops when you finish on the 3rd day

    Q. What are the cut offs

    A. Day one cut off is at 0000hrs and Day two cut off is 0000hrs and Day three cut off is 0000hrs

    Q. What is the compulsory rest period?

    A. On day one and day two there is no running between 0000hrs and 0400hrs (You can start later that 0400hrs but you will have to make to 0000hrs cut off

    Q. What is the overflow day?

    A. We appreciate this is a mammoth challenge  and possibly once in a lifetime or bucket list journey and to fall short by some 20 miles would be a hard pill to swallow. Therefore to help you complete the whole Pembrokeshire Coast Path we have added an overflow day although this will will not entitle you to a Marathon des Cote finishers Medal and T-shirt but a “Pembrokeshire Coast Path T-shirt” instead it’s still some challenge

    Q. What is the quickest time it has been done in?

    A. There is no official record, we have researched it and the best we can find is 4 days (exact hours not known) there is rumours of someone doing it in 3 days in the 80’s but no name, date or other details have been supplied! However only one person can do it the quickest and no doubt people will outdo each other over the year/s. But to be an MdC finisher will be some achievement and one that not many will be able to boast! NB. The fastest time is for continuous clock running not stages

    Q. Where Can I park my car, will I be transferred to the start from the finish, where should I stay the night before  

    A. If you are travelling to the area and need accommodation the night before and to leave your car somewhere secure, we recommend the following. If you stay at St Davids Bunk Barns (The stopover point at the end of day 1) You can leave your car here free of charge, it will be the location of the briefing the night before, you will be transferred from here to the starting point, and you will be transferred back here after completing the run. The Bunk Barns cost £22 per night

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    • Did the Marathon des Cote in 2017

      A definite bucket list event!
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