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Challenge yourself in the picturesque surroundings of the Flete Estate in Devon. With 3 distances to choose from this event is perfect for runners of all levels and is known for its iconic estuary crossings. Sign up for the stunning course or for the bespoke finisher's medal.

Review summary

37 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Alice R
"This is a great trail race with friendly organisers and participants. The..."


Mr Collier
"First time at this event, it was just epic. Said I would never do it again..."


Alice R
"A great course - my first race that was longer than a half and first water..."
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How to enter the Race The Tide

  1. Long (Ultra) Marathon

    Run 28.5mi
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  2. Long Half Marathon

    Run 15.5mi
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  3. 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail

    Run 8.5mi
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Race The Tide routes

Long Marathon:

This award-winning marathon 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.

Distance: 28.5 Miles
Ascent: 1,240m

On marked paths to the west of Burgh Island, you will be taken up to the top of the island, before descending and crossing the causeway to continue the South West Coast Path further westwards. Here you will climb some striking hills before racing the tide at Wonwell Beach, crossing the estuary and running across Mothecombe Beach.

Finally, 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 deserved medal.

Long Half Marathon:

The 15.5 mile course tracks along woodland trails, running adjacent to the senic estuary for the first 7 miles.

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.

From here, 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.

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.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Fully marked and marshalled courses with well-stocked aid stations
  • Free parking
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • First Aid on course and at the HQ
  • Well stocked aid stations
Raceday Logistics


1120: Long marathon starts

1420: Long half marathon and woodland trail start

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the race starts to ensure there is plenty of time to complete the registration process.

Kit List

The organizer will email you before the event with the minimum kit list required.


Spectators are more than welcome to come along to Flete Estate and cheer the athletes of the finish line. Afterwards, supporters can enjoy the picturesque Flete Estate for themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what stages are aid stations and what are they stocked with?
There 7 aid stations during the long marathon course, 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). The half marathon will have 4 aid stations and the 8.5mile trail will have 2.
How can I purchase an event t-shirt?
T-shirts can be bought at checkout and will be collected on the day.
How long do I have to reach the crossing?
Marathon runners will have 5 hours to make it to the crossing and Half-Marathon runners will have 2 hours.

Race The Tide weather forecast

Windy in the afternoon.

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IconModerate wind possible, up to 23mph

Meet the organiser

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pureTRAIL running events have been created by two experienced, passionate, South Devon based Trail and Ultra Distance runners, located on the southern fringes of Dartmoor. We believe that roads are for cars, not runners, so we keep road use to an absolute minimum in our attempt to create the ultimate Trail running experience. We believe that the events should be for runners, not organisers, so we spend our time meticulously planning the routes, and organising simple, pleasurable races over Southern Britain’s last wild place, Dartmoor. We aim to bring experienced and novice Trail runners into the natural Dartmoor environment by offering Trail races varying in distances of between 10 and 100 miles. From the short, sharp, explosive ‘Volcano Race’ of 10 ‘Moorish’ miles with nearly 1800ft of climb, to the Ultra Trail of Dartmoor.. the Dartmoor 100′, a circumnavigation of Dartmoor. The Ultimate test of endurance in Southern England.



Race The Tide reviews (37)

4.9 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019

    This is a great trail race with friendly organisers and participants. The atmosphere is the typical friendly and supportive one you would expect from a trail race!
    This was well worth the price and I will certainly be attending more Pure Trail races and events.
    Oh, and great aid stations too!
    Advice: check the kit list for your event and distance as there will be one ... and enjoy!!
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    Mr Collier

    Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019

    First time at this event, it was just epic. Said I would never do it again because it’s so tough, but I just have too
  • Did the Long Half Marathon in 2018

    A great course - my first race that was longer than a half and first water crossing.
    Super, well stocked aid stations and amazing support, particularly at the water crossing!
    Well organised, friendly and personable race directors and a friendly atmosphere.
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    Rupert M

    Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019

    Great event and very well organised - well staffed, signposted and with plenty of food stations en route
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    Charlie Massey

    Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019

    Another great course designed by Steve and Mark. Lots of variety in the terrain and spectacular scenery. Marshall's were brilliant obviously and plenty of well-stocked re-fuelling points.
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    Carl champion

    Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019

    my first ultra, in fact my first marathon.... and it did not disappoint one bit. superb organisation, superbly beautiful but tough course, amazing people/staff/runners. top job guys and gals.
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    Rachel D

    Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019

    A brilliant course, with amazing scenery. This was well organised, with a great atmosphere. Would definitely book in again.
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    Charlotte B

    Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019

    This was everything I love about trail running - river, coast, water to splash through, up up up and down down down - plus the weather was glorious. Loved it. Thank you!
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    Mel K

    Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019

    What a fantastic event, great organisation, I would thoroughly recommend any event by these guys! Really fun, and fantastic, beautiful route.
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    Nigel B

    Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019

    Great fun, excellent organisation, friendly competitors, very well stocked aid stations. Massive hills, lovely cooling river crossing.
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