Distances in this event
- Run 28.5mi
- Run 15.5mi
- Run 8.5mi
Race The Tide routes
The courses combine to provide a mixture of private footpaths beside the quiet estuary, bridlepaths, coastal paths and quiet country fields.
The Marathon was voted as one of the Top 7 Spring Marathons to enter. It includes running along Bigbury beach and across the causeway to Burgh Island, made famous by Agatha Christie as she wrote two books while staying on the island.
The total marathon distance is now 28.5 miles, with a total ascent of 1240m.
7 aid stations are located on the route, with combinations of peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets, fruit, water and coke (at 3.2, 6.8, 9.8, 15.3, 20, 22.6 and 26 miles).
On marked paths to the west of Burgh Island, we take you up to the top of the island, you descend and cross the causeway to continue the South West Coast Path further westwards, climbing some awesome hills before racing the tide at Wonwell Beach, across the estuary and running across Mothecombe Beach. You then follow a circular route, continuing on the South West Coast Path for a few miles and on to the village to finish and pick up your well-earned medal.
Long Half Marathon:
The 15.5 mile course runs on primarily beautiful woodland trails, with the tranquility of the estuary in close proximity for the first 7 miles and then across the estuary. It may only be 7 miles until the crossing but there is still a tide to race because the start time of 2:20pm gives you exactly 2 hours to reach the crossing area, and an aid station. This is based on running at 4mph and there are only a few hills prior to this, and once over the estuary you join the South West Coast Path that involves some typical coastal path ascents. Then you continue inland to bridlepaths and footpaths, and back into the woodland on the Flete Estate. The total ascent is approximately 613m. It is not an elitist race and we hope to cater for all speeds of runner.
Aid stations stocked with a combination of peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets, fruit, water and coke will be at approximately 3.2, 7.3, 9.8 and 13.4 miles.
8.5 Mile Woodland Trail:
The 8.5 Mile trail also includes a crossing of the estuary. The route is primarily two beautiful woodland areas on both sides of the estuary. The start time is 2:20pm. A Race The Tide event medal will be waiting for you at the finish. An aid station will be at 3.2 and 7.3 miles with water, coke and some snacks. Total ascent: 242m.
- Finisher’s medal
- Sold out last year
- 200 participants
From the organizer
pureTRAIL are ranked #8 in the UK out of 508 organizers
Having sold out last year, we are back again. Race The Tide is in the glorious setting of the Flete Estate in Mothecombe, Devon, and we are hosting 3 races that cater for runners of all distances.
To Race The Tide successfully, you need to run an average of 4mph, although there is minimal ascent in those first 7 miles. Choose between a predominately Woodland Trail of 8.5 miles on the private Flete Estate, racing the tide at 7 miles, with 2 aid stations; a 15.5 mile "long" half marathon racing the tide at 7 miles, with 5 aid stations; and a "long" marathon of 28.5 miles racing the tide at 19.9 miles, with 7 aid stations.
Can you beat the tide?
Race The Tide weather forecast
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Questions & answers
Get answers from our team or a member of our dedicated community.
- What is the minimum age for the woodland trail ?Hey there, just to let you know, to enter a pureTrail UK Limited event you must be a minimum of 18 years of age on event day. All the best!
- Is there a kit list for race the Tide?Hey there, just to let you know there is no specific kit list, we do recommend wearing trail shoes and for the longer races maybe wearing a running vest to carry water and food supplies. All the best!
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