In the glorious private setting of the Flete Estate, Mothecombe, Devon (PL8 1LB) we are hosting 3 races, a 10k, half-Marathon and a 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 seaview at picturesque Mothecombe. This is the 5th year of the races and the new date is Saturday 29th May 2021. Start times from approximately 10am.

The half-marathon and Woodland Trail start are approximately 12:30-130pm.

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

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Video of the 15 mile race

photo courtesy of Chris Iversen Photography

Race The Tide Marathon route

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

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 half-marathon, primarily beautiful Woodland trails with the tranquility of the estuary in close proximity, for the first 7 miles. The total ascent is approximately 613 metres. It is not an elitist race and we hope to cater for all speeds of runner.

Race The Tide half-marathon route

The 8.5 mile woodland trail race is primarily on the private Flete Estate and has just 3 hills at miles 4, 6 and 8. An Aid Station will be situated at halfway around the course and you will be racing the tide at mile 7.5. A Race The Tide event medal will waiting for you at the finish.

Race The Tide 10k route

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