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THHN City to Sea Ultramarathon

01-Sep-2018 Exeter to Torquay, Devon, UK (England)

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55KM / 34Miles
1 Day - 475 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £70 GBP

Which challenge will you take on?

The City to Sea Ultramarathon, a 55 Mile Ultra Marathon

The City to Sea Marathon, a 26 Mile Run

The challenging routes will take you along country lanes, up and over cliff tops, along riverside paths, along beaches, into woodland and more.

The City to Sea Ultramarathon starts from Exeter Quayside and winds its way to Berry Head in Brixham before heading to Torquay and finally up to Babbacombe Downs for the finish line and event village.

The City to Sea Marathon starts from Exeter Quayside and takes a more direct but still very scenic route to Babbacombe Downs and the event village.

On Babbacombe Downs there will be the event village, with finish line, information point, race HQ, live music, family entertainment, stalls, games and more. It will be a fun day out for all the family, open to all.

The THHN City to Sea events are being organised by Torbay Holiday Helpers Network, all profits from the events go towards helping families, our aim is to not only put on a first class event but to raise funds so we can give more families affected by serious illness and bereavement memories to treasure forever.

It is not a requirement of entry to fundraise for us, but if you would like to that would be fantastic.

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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.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Adge

05:36 12-10-15

I completed the inaugural City to Sea 53 event in 2015. The organisation was superb throughout, and the checkpoints were supremely well-stocked - I could probably have lived off one of them for a year. The first 15ish miles are deceptively flat, but don't let that fool you - the hills are coming! Unfortunately there was an issue with signs that meant a few unplanned detours (I gather some scalliwags kept nicking them) so I ended up relying on GPS rather more than anticipated - if they get that sorted (and I'm sure they will) this will be a 5* event all the way. The Event Director and Race Director were so keen to get feedback in this first event from the runners which was really nice to see, but really they don't have to change much in my opinion. Oh, and according to my family there was a great 'festival' at the finish - I missed most of it as I was busy running!

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TheWelshWonder

10:10 09-09-15

I completed the CtS23 with two friends, one of which completed the Ultra. There was lots of communication and information directly from Brian prior to the race, which was a lovely personal touch, covering last minute questions we had.
For a first time race, it was slick and very well organised. There were a good number of volunteers and support people around to help. The checkpoints were brilliant - great food and drink - and a huge amount of support and goodwill to keep you going.
The course was very interesting - starts fast and flat, then come the hills and steps. I knew this was coming from the elevation maps supplied, but nothing prepares you for the brutal last five miles. The course was well signposted for a trail run, but I did hear some grumblings that there could have been a few more signs, but I put that down to personal opinion.
This is a race not to be underestimated - do your research before entering - but you'll be rewarded with beautiful views and meeting some of the loveliest people around, raising money for a great cause of THHN.

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TeamLake

08:54 08-09-15

Completed the 23 mile run which was extremely well organised by Brian, Luke & their dedicated team. Gruelling course towards the end on the coastal paths from Shaldon which tests both physical and mental strength! Checkpoints were very well supported with excellent food and drink available. Stunning scenery virtually the whole route and sadly only negative was a few signs stolen or moved but a detailed map was provided to assist runners. Definitely competing again next year, great fun and all for the amazing cause of THHN. Big thumbs up 👍

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Johnlill1

07:49 08-09-15

This was my 11th Ultra Marathon, the first time this event had been run, my overhaul opinion,
The start was very good, the event support volunteers were among the best, nothing was too much trouble, the food available at the 6 checkpoints was the best that I have seen, The course was not for the faint hearted quite brutal in places, the scenery stunning, physically and mentally demanding , my only concern was the lack of signage. I ran a total distance of 58 miles, 5 more than the distance of the event, on one stretch of the course I never saw any signage for 7 miles.
I shall return next year, hopefully the signage issues will be resolved

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kevhar

01:42 08-09-15

My first 50 mile plus ultra. The friendliest and most accomodating organisers I've ever met. Really well organised. Beautiful but tough route. Brilliant feeding stations. And all for a great cause. What reason is there not to do it? Unfortunately signage was stolen and led us the wrong way a few times. The organisers attempted to remedy this during the race but they were stolen again. We were supplied with detailed maps, not so detailed maps, course notes and a gpx file which had to be used a lot due to this. This was the first City to Sea 53 and already the organisers are welcoming feedback on how to make it even better next year. A great race indeed and an excellent start for the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network who organised it. Look them up and drop them a few quid!

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