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Race The Tide

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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?

Review summary

36 Reviews
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Zoe T
"This was a fantastic race!! It took me 5mins after the finish line to realise..."


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

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  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

The courses combine to provide a mixture of private footpaths beside the quiet estuary, bridlepaths, coastal paths and quiet country fields.

Long Marathon:

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.

Event Details

What’s Included
Fully marked and marshalled courses with well-stocked aid stations

Free parking

Bespoke event medal to finishers of all races

First Aid on course and at the HQ
Raceday Logistics

Start times will coincide with the low tide. The marathon will start at 11:20am, giving 5 hours to get to the crossing, which is at 19.9 miles.

Merchandise purchased will be available for collection on race day.

Dogs are not permitted with runners during the race.

Questions & answers

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    Verity E
    What is the minimum age for the woodland trail ?


    Steph E
    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!
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    Anita R
    Is there a kit list for race the Tide?


    Steph E
    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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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 (36)

4.9 out of 5 stars

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Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

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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.
  • Did the 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail in 2019

    This was a fantastic race!! It took me 5mins after the finish line to realise that! The last stretch was pretty tuff going, so I had to give it everything, but it was so worth it!!! I felt like I had achieved something special when I had finished! The organisation was brilliant, such a lovely team, the trail was well marked and lots of staff around to keep everything on track. The atmosphere was great, really friendly.. I was quite inspired to see how committed the runners and awesome the runners were. Hats off to all!