Race the Tide

In the glorious private setting of the Flete Estate, Holbeton, Devon (PL81LW) we are hosting our first marathon distance race, although it is actually 29 miles and involves 2 estuary crossings at Burgh Island and the Erme Estuary before finishing in the pretty village of Holbeton. Starting times 10am and 11am.

The 16 mile half-marathon involves racing the tide at the Erme Estuary 6.4 miles into the race. Start time 1:24pm.

The 10k race is within the Estate and will NOT involve crossing the waters of estuary but within stays within beautiful Woodland trails. Start time 11:15am.

Start times will coincide with the low tide. The Marathon will start at 11:00 which gives a pace of 5mph to make it possible to cross the estuary by the deadline of 3pm. If you feel this is not achieveable you may select an earlier start time of 10:00am, giving 5 hours to complete 19.9 miles and to reach the Crossing and therefore 4mph pace.

Please note that the winner of the Marathon can only be achieved when starting at 11am so please select your time on the day and be at Registration in good time. The total marathon distance is 29.5 miles. Total ascent is 1,212 metres.

Should you miss the cut off of 3pm, you can run back up the estuary to the finish on the same route you started and you will still complete a distance of 26.30 miles and therefore you would have finished a marathon. Because the distance is shorter than the marathon race route you will be given a time penalty. 6 well stocked aid stations with combinations of peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets, fruit, water and coke will be located at approximate 6.4, 9.4, 13.7, 19.9 (the Crossing), 22.9 and 26.3 miles.

Courses are now designed so you can expect a lovely mix of private footpaths, coastal path, bridle paths, country fields and Woodland. However, the marathon incorporates the South West Coast Path on both sides of the estuary including a beach section at Bigbury-on-Sea and a run across the causeway to the privately owned Burgh Island.

On marked paths to the west of the 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 to pick up your well earned medal.

The 16 mile, long half-marathon, is primarily beautiful Woodland trails with the tranquility of the estuary in close proximity, for the first 6.4 miles and then the cross the estuary. It may only be 6.4 miles until the crossing but there is still a tide to race because the start time is 1:24pm too give you exactly 96 minutes 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 involve 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 629 metres.

It is not an elitist race and we hope to cater for all speeds of runner, however, if you do miss the cutoff you can turn around and run the same route back to start but you will still have run 12.8 miles. Aid stations stocked with a combination of peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets, fruit, water and coke will be at approximate 6.4, 9.4 and 12.8 miles.

The 10k route does NOT involve a crossing the estuary through the water but via a small bridge further inland. The route is primarily 2 beautiful woodlands areas on both sides of the estuary. It includes a couple of hills but a pureTrail race wouldn’t be the same without hills! The start time will be 11:15am. A Race The Tide event medal will waiting for you at the finish. An aid station will be at approximate 2.4 and 4.0 miles, before and after the Deer Park loop, with water, coke and some snacks. Total ascent 228m.

All 3 races will have a medal for every finisher and a Race The Tide event t-shirt can be purchased via the online entry system at anytime.

Can you beat the tide or will you face a penalty?

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