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Marathon des Cote

15-Jun-2018 St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, UK (Wales)

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299KM / 186Miles
3 Days - 50 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From £200 GBP

The Marathon of the Coast, is run from St Dogmaels on the North Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion border and takes in the entire 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (The UK’s only coastal National Park) and finishes at Amroth on the South Pembrokeshire / Carmarthenshire border.

The path is made up mainly of rugged uneven ground which covers a diverse route that will see you run high along open and exposed sea cliffs as well as underneath them at sea level as you pass through the numerous fishing hamlets, villages and towns, as well as taking you through some of the most iconic and historic locations in Wales.

The course is visually stunning and due to the nature of the terrain and the elevation loss and gain being over 30,000ft it is also one of the most difficult you will run anywhere in the world. This really is a bucket list run!
 

The Challenge

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path all 186 miles of it in 3 days, Starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth, It will be run or walked in the following stages

There will be 3 starting times 0400hrs, 0700hrs or 0900hrs and the cut off on each day will be 0000hrs. The first two days are stage runs win the winner being the first Athlete to cross the finish line on day 3.

Stage 1

June 15th, St Dogmaels, non stop to Caerfai (66miles) cut off 0000hrs

Stage 2

June 16th, Caerfai non stop to Pembroke (62miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs

Stage 3

June 17th, Hundleton, non stop to Amroth and the finish (58miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs

Why do the MdC and Why do it with Man-Up UK

We do like a challenge and this is the ultimate running challenge in Pembrokeshire and further a field, once you have completed this you will be amazed and full of pride of your achievement and in awe of the scenery and beauty that you have passed along the way, which will play it’s own part in keeping you going.

We also offer you support along the way. Although this is largely a self sufficient race and competitors will have to be well prepared we do supply the following:

  • Timed event
  • T-shirt / Medal / Numbers
  • Water stops along the course
  • Food / Accommodation at the end of each stage (Bunk Barns Stage 1 & Tents stage 2)
  • First Aid cover throughout the course and welfare at the end of Stage 1 & 2
  • Massage service at the end of stage 1 & 2
  • Detailed map of course and information pack of the event.
  • Bag, kit and supplies transfers between each stage
  • GPS Trackers
     

There is also a 3 person relay team option please contact us for further detail.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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greyrunner

10:56 06-07-18

June 18th 2018.
So it can be done in under 3 days. But its hard, really hard. You cannot walk it in the time frames given. Starting at 4am and cut off at midnight. You have to run most of it and when you are walking, you are walking as fast as you can. The terrain is brutal, most times the angle is too steep to run up and too steep to run down. The coast park authority do their best to cut down the foliage but in some places it can be above head height and you are wading through wet grass, soaked through to your pants. Racing the tide times to avoid long detours along roads. However when your knees are not being smashed to pieces and your feet are not being shredded by the stoney coast path, the views are stunning. Running with the dolphins, seals, puffins and through farmland and in some areas around the heavy industrial areas and coastal towns of Pembrokeshire. Around 300km and 10 - 11,000m of ascent makes for a superb journey. Man-Up UK who organised it really went out of their way to make this work. Relaxed but efficient organisation meant that my kit and supplies were where they were supposed to be. I could literally come into a checkpoint and would be treated to whatever I wanted, my personal kit was there for me to resupply my nutrition, the Man Up team supplied me with everything else, even brought me sausage and chips, made the best coffee and porridge I have ever tasted and the evening massage sports therapists made overnight recovery far more efficient that I could have ever expected. It can be done, its hard but the time I am sure can be beaten. Try again in 2019. The full report can be read here... https://www.man-upuk.com/ri/
Look forward to supporting you next year.

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