RACE THE TIDE – Sun 13th May 2018

RACE THE TIDE – Sun 13th May 2018

Race The Tide Results 2017

Race The Tide photos for 2017

Video of the 16 mile race

In the glorious private setting of the Flete Estate, Mothecombe, Devon (PL81LB) we are hosting a Long marathon/Baby Ultra-Marathon distance race, it’s actually 29 miles. It involves 2 estuary crossings at Burgh Island and the Erme Estuary before finishing with a seaview at picturesque Mothecombe.  This is the 2nd year of the races and the new date is Sunday 13th May 2018.

Marathon Start time 8:00am – ENTRIES now open  >>>>>>>>

The 16 mile half-marathon involves racing the tide at the Erme Estuary 8 miles into the race.

16 mile Start time 10:45am – ENTRIES OPEN now open >>>>>

The 14k race is within the private Estate on beautiful woodland trails. There will now be a ride to race, crossing the estuary waters.

14k Start time 10:45am – ENTRIES OPEN now open >>>>>>>

photo courtesy of Chris Iversen Photography

The date is set for Sunday 13th May 2018.

Start times will coincide with the low tide. The Marathon will start at 08:00am, giving 4 hours 45 minutes to get to the Crossing, which is 19.9 miles.

The total marathon distance is 29 miles. Total ascent is 1,112 metres.

6 well stocked aid stations with combinations of peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets, fruit, water and coke will be located at approximate 4,8,12, 16,  19.5 (the Crossing), 23 and 26 miles.

Photograph courtesy of David Miller

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.

photograph Copyright 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 8 miles and then across the estuary. It may only be 8 miles until the crossing but there is still a tide to race because the start time of 10:45am 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 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 approximately 520 metres. 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 approximate 4, 8, 11 and 14 miles.

The 14k route now includes a crossing of the estuary. The route is primarily 2 beautiful woodlands areas on both sides of the estuary. The start time is 10:45am. A Race The Tide event medal will waiting for you at the finish. An aid station will be at 4 miles, with water, coke and some snacks. Total ascent 120m.



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.

All races start and finish at Holbeton Village Hall (PL81LW)

Can you beat the tide?

ENTRIES >>>>>>>>>>>>>


Race permits 1426 – 1428 provided by the Trail Running Association