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Race The Tide

3 races scheduled · 200 participants · 2021-05-29 · Mothecombe
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About this event

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.

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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.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Thu May 27 2021

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
Long (Ultra) Marathon
11:00am Sat 29th May 2021

Run 28.5mi

£48.00 - £50.00
Long Half Marathon
2:00pm Sat 29th May 2021

Run 15.5mi

£38.00 - £40.00
8.5 Mile Woodland Trail
2:00pm Sat 29th May 2021

Run 8.5mi

£26.00 - £28.00
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4.9
37 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
CrowdsIncredible crowds
ThumbsUpWell organized
Alice
Star
4.7
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!<br />This was well worth the price and I will certainly be attending more Pure Trail races and events.<br />Oh, and great aid stations too!<br />Advice: check the kit list for your event and distance as there will be one ... and enjoy!!… read more
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 … read more
Alice
Star
5.0
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2018
A great course - my first race that was longer than a half and first water crossing.<br />Super, well stocked aid stations and amazing support, particularly at the water crossing!<br />Well organised, friendly and personable race directors and a friendly atmosphere.… read more
Frequently asked questions
At what stages are aid stations and what are they stocked with at the Race The Tide?
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.… read more
How long do I have to reach the crossing at the Race The Tide?
Marathon runners will have 5 hours to make it to the crossing and Half-Marathon runners will have 2 hours.… read more
Can I bring my dog to the Race The Tide event?
No, dogs are not permitted during the event.… read more
Route description
Route description

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:
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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.

Alice
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4.7
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!<br />This was well worth the price and I will certainly be attending more Pure Trail races and events.<br />Oh, and great aid stations too!<br />Advice: check the kit list for your event and distance as there will be one ... and enjoy!!
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
Alice
Star
5.0
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2018
A great course - my first race that was longer than a half and first water crossing.<br />Super, well stocked aid stations and amazing support, particularly at the water crossing!<br />Well organised, friendly and personable race directors and a friendly atmosphere.
Rupert M
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5.0
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
Great event and very well organised - well staffed, signposted and with plenty of food stations en route <br />
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.
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.
Rachel D
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5.0
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.
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!
Mel K
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4.7
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.
Nigel B
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5.0
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
Great fun, excellent organisation, friendly competitors, very well stocked aid stations. Massive hills, lovely cooling river crossing.
Zoe
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5.0
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!
Elle T
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5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail in 2019
Really enjoyable route and friendly atmosphere.<br />Clear instructions leading up to the day.<br />Running through the estuary was highlight - a very tiring highlight - but awesome!
Alex Y
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5.0
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
Stunning route with a tidal river crossing mid-race and challenging coastal second half. Organization and atmosphere were great, everything was so easy. Parking right by the start/finish, aid stations with fresh fruit options, super-friendly marshalls and volunteers. Cracking medal too !
Stefano
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5.0
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
The race was really well organised and I enjoyed it massively. The route itself is absolutely stunning and very varied (although also very difficult, which is good, in the middle of the race).
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
Brilliant organisation from start to finish. Lovely course, albeit tough in places, with amazing views. First class aid stations with everything you could wish for.<br />Great medal!!
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
Really well organised from start to finish. Lovely course, albeit tough in places, with amazing views. <br />Great medal!
Did the 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail in 2019
This was my first Race the Tide and I loved it. Beautiful course, well organised and more importantly a great medal
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
OMG had no idea this race was going to be so amazing. The organisation was incredible, as tough as it was I have to do it again.
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
This is a brilliant race. Challenging but not too hilly. Well organised, friendly staff and a pleasure to run in this,
Sharron
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4.7
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
This is a great run, terrific views and worth taking part. I would definitely do it again. More food available at the end would be good
Sue A
Star
4.7
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
Extremely hard course but with stunning views and very well organised, and I will be back next year.
Rob
Star
5.0
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
Amazing course lulls you into a false sense of security then tests you fully! Great day I will be doing it again
Jim
Star
5.0
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
A tough course with the second half being the hardest. A brilliant event as is usual with all puretrail events. Well marked, marshalled and plenty of snacks and drinks. Nice to get a decent medal as well.
Sally L
Star
5.0
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
I first ran the Race the Tide 10k in 2018 and enjoyed it so much that I had to do the Long Half Marathon the next year. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a beautiful route with great variation and the marshalls at each station are extremely friendly and encouraging. I’m definitely coming back next year!
Anita R
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5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail in 2019
Great route, challenging in places, estuary crossing was great fun, very enjoyable. Plan to do it again next year
Bruce F
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4.7
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
A great race, well organised in beautiful surroundings. The course was varied and interesting, although some of the hills along the coast path were brutal!
Alice
Star
5.0
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
This was a lovely course - my first ever river crossing!! The support from the start and aid stations was great. The support on the beach (where the crossing was), was fabulous and the supporters made me feel like a 'real' runner!!<br />The course was well sheltered, which was great as it was a very hot and sunny day, but this would have been equally beneficial if it was cold and/or windy.<br />The finish line support was super, as was the whole atmosphere. Very friendly and encouraging runners, supporters and organisers.<br />Fantastic aid stations and finish line station with a super medal!
Anita
Star
5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail in 2019
Well organised trail event, highly recommended. Choice of distances all sharing common start and finish.
Mia
Star
4.3
Did the 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail in 2019
My first trail run, had a blast! The course was very tough - quite a different experience to road running. I would recommend this to anyone, but bring better shoes than I did!
Bill
Star
4.7
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
Beautiful course, well organised too! long half was tough but enjoyable, I will try to come back next year if i have time!
joyce
Star
5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail in 2019
Brillant day enjoyed it, will do it again maybe the Long Half, thank you to all the Marshals and Organizers, for there support
Liam
Star
4.7
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
Loved the race - it had a great course and one of the best finisher's medals I've received. I'll definitely go back next year, maybe for the ultra!
Brian
Star
3.3
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
I found it to be a well organised event, however the atmosphere was a little lacking but perhaps you would expect that for a smaller event
Charlie
Star
5.0
Did the 8.5 Mile Woodland Trail in 2019
I've never done one of these before, but frankly I was astounded by just how much fun I had. I will definitely be signing up for another!
Brian
Star
5.0
Did the Long (Ultra) Marathon in 2019
Just an amazing race! My first ever ultra, and it didn't disappoint. One of the most beautiful courses that I've ever been on as well as a very nice group of runners. I'll definitely go back next year!
James
Star
4.7
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
Really beautiful race, well marshaled, but certainly a toughie! The hills in the course are no joke - a mate of mine did the ultra and my legs hurt even thinking about it - but it was well worth the effort!
Alice
Star
5.0
Did the Long Half Marathon in 2019
I really enjoyed this race. It was a relatively tough route with beautiful scenery. The atmosphere was amazing and everyone was very friendly. The marshals were absolutely super - really enthusiastic and encouraging. The results were also posted less than a day after the event.<br />Advice:<br />1) Bring a water carrier as there is no single-use plastic, so you need to refill bottles/Camelbaks at aid stations.<br />2) Wear trail shoes; this is a trail race!<br />3) Look at and enjoy the scenery - it's a beautiful route with some stunning views!!
4.9
37 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
CrowdsIncredible crowds
ThumbsUpWell organized
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule:

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.

Spectators

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.

Volunteers

Volunteers are a focal point of all pureTRAIL events. As such, they are always on the look-out for more helping hands.

If you're interested in signing up then follow the link here:

https://lets-do-this.typeform.com/to/jcfjO1LA#eventid=25478

How to get there

Mothecombe, Plymouth PL8 1LB, UK

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Address: Flete Estate, Mothecombe, Devon (PL81LB)

Car: There will be free parking available at the HQ.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
At what stages are aid stations and what are they stocked with at the Race The Tide?
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.
FAQ
How long do I have to reach the crossing at the Race The Tide?
Marathon runners will have 5 hours to make it to the crossing and Half-Marathon runners will have 2 hours.
FAQ
Can I bring my dog to the Race The Tide event?
No, dogs are not permitted during the event.
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