In the glorious setting of the privately-owned Flete Estate, Mothecombe, Devon (PL8 1LB) we are hosting 3 races: a Woodland 8.5 mile race, a (long) half-Marathon and a (long) Marathon distance race.
The long-marathon involves 2 estuary crossings, one at Burgh Island and the final one racing The Tide at 19.9 miles over the Erme Estuary before finishing with a sea view at picturesque Mothecombe. This is the 5th year of the races and the new date is Saturday 29th May 2021.
Start times from 11:30am (marathon). The half-marathon and Woodland Trail start at approximately 2:30pm.
If we are still bound by COVID-19 guidelines then the race will be a time trial as we successfully achieved in September 2020.
VIDEO from 2019 event
photo courtesy of Chris Iversen Photography
ITRA/UTMB points are now confirmed.
ITRA/UTMB points are for all finishers of the Race The Tide (Marathon) only.
Photograph courtesy of David Miller
The three routes follow private footpaths, coastal path, bridle paths, fields and Woodland. 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.
photograph Copyright Burgh Island
The Marathon route takes you to the top of the island before you descend once again to cross the causeway and continue along the South West Coast Path westwards, ascending awesome hills and dropping down to the shoreline time and time again. It’s a rollercoaster. Then you’ll be racing the tide! At Wonwell beach you’ll be crossing the estuary and running towards Mothecombe, then to follow a circular route, continuing along the South West Coast Path for a few miles, then a turn inland through woodland and rolling South Hams farmland, before a return to the Erme estuary and onwards to the finish, high above the Mothecombe shoreline to collect your well-earned Race The Tide finisher’s medal.
The Half-Marathon is a combination of beautiful woodland and estuarine trails for the first 7 miles before racing the tide at Wonwell Beach. From here the route follows the Coastal Path section, west of Mothecombe and then follows the Marathon route from here to the finish. The total ascent is approximately 613 metres.
The 8.5-mile Woodland Trail, is primarily a tour of the Flete Estate’s privately owned woodland and estuarine trails. It has just 3 hills at miles 4, 6 and 8. An Aid Station will be situated halfway around the course and you will be racing the tide at mile 7.5. A Race The Tide bespoke event medal will be waiting for you at the finish line, high above the estuary.
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 up to a fortnight before Raceday.
All races start and finish at Mothecombe (PL81LB)
Can you beat the tide?
Race permits provided by the Trail Running Association