Race The Tide 2018 Results

Long Marathon – Long Marathon 2018

Long Half Marathon – Long Half Marathon 2018

Woodland 14k – Woodland 14K 2018

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Race The Tide Results 2017

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 CLOSE FRIDAY  >>>>>>>>

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 CLOSE FRIDAY >>>>>>>>>>

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 CLOSE FRIDAY  >>>>>>>>>>>

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 19.6 miles.

The total marathon distance is now 28.4 miles. Total ascent is 1,212 metres.

7 aid stations with combinations of peanuts, biscuits, jellied sweets, fruit, water and coke will be located at approximate 3.2, 6.8, 9.8, 15.3, 20, 22.6 and 26 miles.

Long Marathon map 2018

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, (reduced to 15 miles due to change of start/finish location), 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 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 620 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 3.2, 7.3, 9.8 and 13.4 miles.

Long Half-Marathon map 2018

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 3.2 and 7.3 miles with water, coke and some snacks. Total ascent 220m.

14K map 2018


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 Mothecombe (PL81LB)

Can you beat the tide?



Race permits 1426 – 1428 provided by the Trail Running Association

RACEDAY EMAIL sent to runners Tuesday 8th May 2018

“Many thanks for entering our race. Please read the information in full as you will get a better ‘feel’ how the event looks overall.


New for 2018 – closer to the sea – Mothecombe PL8 1LB


Follow road signage towards Holbeton without turning to the village, but continuing on to Mothecombe. There will be a sign NOT to turn left earlier than necessary as Sat Navs want to direct you through to a narrow lane that will cause chaos for the local residents and the private Estate has specifically requested we do not use this lane.

I would expect the majority of you will come from the A379 (Plymouth to Kingsbridge) or from A38 through Ermington so follow the signs for Holbeton/Mothecombe from A379 and Raceday signage will direct you. Marshals will direct you when you arrive.


The parking is on site this year but please make sure you allow plenty of time to register before your race briefing and Start. Follow Directional arrows to the location and then instructions from the marshals. Allow plenty of time for your journey.


Registration is at the start and finish location, Mothecombe, where you collect your race number, safety pins and t-shirt, if you’ve paid in advance.

Marathon = 06:40 to 07:50

10k = 08:30 to 10:30

Long half-marathon = 08:30 to 10:30

We may have some t-shirts to sell on the day but you can secure your t-shirt at the current price by amending your entry :-

We will also be selling :-

– multi-functional headwear £8
– technical t-shirts £20
– hoodies £30
– previous Race tees (subject to availability £5)


We have chip timing that differs to last year and will be on reverse of your Race Number. Race numbers are to be worn on your front to make it possible to accurately record the results. Whilst we have chip timing, a video will be recording in case of any discrepancy. If you are wearing a jacket which obscures your number then please make sure it is visible before arrival at the finish line.


Soft drinks, coffee, tea, cakes, hot meals are available to purchase in the SchoolhouseDevon restaurant in the field next to the start/finish and will be open from 9:00am. We have arranged for portaloos to be delivered to the Start/Finish location. Toilets located at the restaurant are for customers only.


It seems these days that if you look at two different forecasting websites they will never be the same. The site we’ve looked as says there will be some rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully it will remain dry but don’t say we didn’t warn you!


You cannot possibly run this race safely with road shoes. It will be wet, muddy, stony and slippery. There are sections of tarmac so be aware not to slip when switching from the trails.


The routes are all fully marked using flags, red and white tape and yellow/white directional signs. After all intersections/junctions the route will be confirmed so look for flags, tape or directional arrows. You should not have to look too far ahead to see the marked route.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU TAKE GREATER CARE AT ROAD JUNCTIONS as there are more on this event than all our events added together!

The full route will be checked a few hours prior to the start of the races and route maps are online at www.puretrail.uk/race-the-Tide. Printed maps will be at Registration.

No dogs are allowed to run with their owner in the races due to UK Athletics rules and their Public Liability Insurance, which differs to Park Runs.

First Aid is provided by paramedics at various locations including at HQ.

AID STATIONS and CUTOFFS – all distances are approximate, timings are accurate

14k – 10:45am start

The 14k Woodland Trail includes the Estuary Crossing this year and has a generous 2 hours to complete 6.9 miles

3.2 – within Flete Estate
7.3 miles after the Crossing – (CUTOFF at Crossing 12:45pm at 6.9 miles)

NO RUNNERS ARE ALLOWED TO CROSS AFTER THIS TIME FOR SAFETY PURPOSES even if it looks safe enough. 12:45pm is the deadline for Racing The Tide. If the cutoff at the crossing is missed we will drive you back to the finish and called it a DNF.

LONG HALF-MARATHON (15.7 miles) – 10:45am start

The long Half-Marathon start is straightforward this year with the removal of Deer Park hill loop and a generous 2 hours is given to achieve 6.9 miles. The cutoffs continue once across the Estuary to Lambside and Whitemoor X Aid Stations.

NO RUNNERS ARE ALLOWED TO CROSS AFTER THIS TIME FOR SAFETY PURPOSES even if it looks safe enough. 12:45pm is the deadline for Racing The Tide. If the cutoff at the crossing is missed we will drive you back to the finish and called it a DNF.

From the Estuary crossing route then takes in the tougher South West Coast Path for 3 undulating miles and then the rest of the route is far easier. We expect everyone to finish within 4 1/2 hours (3:15pm), however there is increased time due to the marathon cutoffs being longer, please see details in AID STATIONS. The sweeper will monitor the progress and speak to runners to see how they respond to ensure their safety, but our intention will be to guide all runners to the finish.

3.2 miles – within Flete Estate
7.3 miles – after Estuary Crossing

(CUTOFF before Crossing 6.9 miles 12:45pm)

9.8 miles – Lambside – CUTOFF 13:45
13.4 miles – Whitemoor Cross – CUTOFF 14:45
15.7 miles – FINISH – CUTOFF 15:30

Marathon – 08:00 start

6.8 miles – Wonwell
9.8 miles – Ringmore
15.3 miles – Bigbury-on-sea – CUTOFF 11:45am
20 miles – after Estuary Crossing – (CUTOFF before Crossing 19.6 miles 12:45pm)
22.6 miles – Lambside – CUTOFF 13:45
26.0 miles – Whitemoor Cross – CUTOFF 14:45
28.4 miles – FINISH – Mothecombe – CUTOFF 15:30

NO RUNNERS ARE ALLOWED TO CROSS AFTER THIS TIME FOR SAFETY PURPOSES. 12:45pm is the deadline for Racing The Tide. If the cutoff at the crossing is missed we will drive you back to the finish and called it a DNF.

The sweeper will monitor the progress and speak to runners to see how they respond to ensure their safety, but our intention will be to guide all runners to the finish.

Supporters should keep their dogs under close control at all times but must realise the route goes out onto narrow paths and cliff edges!

Aid stations will be well stocked with some locations having a larger selection depending on the race and the need of the runner at the distance in the race. Foods include biscuits, jellied sweets, crisps, peanuts, fruit, water and coke.


– Capacity to carry 1 litre of water
– Waterproof jacket
– Whistle
– Mobile phone with stored numbers for Race Directors below
– Emergency food

Kit checks will be at Registration.

Should anyone withdraw from the race you MUST report to a marshal who will assist you and remove you race number / timing chip.


A well earned medal will be waiting for you and a Congratulations from our enthusiastic marshals.

The first two male and female runners in each race will receive a bespoke trophy and a presentation will be arranged soon after. Age category winners will receive a discount voucher emailed a few days following Raceday.

Unfortunately we cannot provide any private changing facilities due to the start/finish location.


A great place to watch the marathon runners is on Bigbury beach as runners approach and run around the famous Burgh Island.

With the new start and finish location, Mothecombe beach and the Estuary Crossing are only a few minutes walk downhill and an ideal place for kids to play and wait for the runners. All runners will cross the Estuary between 11:30am and 12:45pm.

There is a charge levied to park at either Mothecombe (our field is free parking) and Bigbury-on-Sea.

With marathon runners away for hours and hours, the SchoolhouseDevon restaurant will be open at Mothecombe and is just 300m from the start/finish line.

We look forward to chatting with as many runners and supporters as possible before, during and after the race.

We hope you enjoy the day and good luck.

Steve and Mark

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