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Somerset Coast Challenge  

21st September 2024

100km, 6AM Start Marathon – 10:30 AM Start

Channel Events are proud and excited to be working in partnership with the Somerset & Exmoor Coast Festival to bring you the brand new Somerset Coast Challenge!
This fantastic trail running event will kick off the Somerset & Exmoor Coast Festival on the 21st September 2024.
Love long distance trail running and the coast?
Then you’ll love this. 100km or marathon distance options along the beautiful Somerset Coast.
The 100km option will start at the Hands Monument in Minehead after registering at The Adventure Centre and the marathon distance will start at Bridgwater Docks. Both distances will finish at the National Trust’s Brean Down Cafe after completing a lap of Brean Down. The event wouldn’t be complete without visiting iconic landmarks at the start and finish.
The event will be ‘self-navigated’, you’ll will be keeping the sea to your left through your journey and following the King Charles III Coast Path way markers. To assist you we will supply via downloads a route description, route maps and a GPX file.
This beautiful route will take you along the coast passing through many wonderful locations such as; Blue Anchor, Watchet, West Quantockshead waterfall, Kilve beach, Lilstock, Steart Marshes, Bridgwater Docks, Burnham on Sea and Brean Down.
There will be aid stations/checkpoints every 8-10 miles to keep you sustained but we strongly advise that you are always carrying plenty of food and fluids to keep you sustained and hydrated throughout the adventure.
The initial response to this new event via social media has been overwhelming and we hope this transfers into fantastic entry numbers and over time make this a ‘Must do’ ultra/marathon.
We’re looking forward to your entries coming in once they open in early March 2024 and can’t wait to see you all gracing the start lines and crossing the finish line.
Thank you in advance for your support.
See you on the start line!

 

Please note: Online entries close 8 days prior to event day. Optional medals also go off sale 8 days prior so please book early to avoid dissapointment. You’ll be asked to register on arrival at the 100km or marathon start where you will receive your bib number. We ask that you check out when you finish at Brean or if you DNF.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support for our social enterprise aims. 

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Everything you need to know

DATE

21st September 2024

LOCATION

100 km Start – The Adventure Centre, Warren Road, Minehead, TA24 5BG

Marathon Start – Bridgwater Docks, Bridgwater, TA6 3EX 

Finish – Brean Down Cafe, Brean Down, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2RS

TIMINGS  

100 km Registration – 04:45 – 05:45 

100 km Brief – 05:55

100 km Starts – 06:00  

Marathon Registration – 09:15 – 10:15

Marathon Brief – 10:25

Marathon Starts – 10:30 

DISTANCE

Choice of 100 km or 26.2 mile (Marathon). 

COURSE

Full course details are available via our downloads page.

ROUTE MAP

ENTRY FEES

100 KM – £65.00 + booking fee

Marathon – £40.00 + booking fee

Finishers Medal – £5.00 + booking fee

Finishers medals are an optional paid extra which can be purchased when entering online at least 8 days in advance. Entries received less than 8 days in advance will not be able to purchase a medal to allow our local supplier to produce them in time. 

REGISTRATION

Registration will be open between 05:45 and 06:45 for the 100 km and between 09:15 and 10:15 for the marathon event. All entrants will need to be signed in to take part.

BRIEFING

This will be delivered as part of the final details email that will come out the day before the event. There will be a short final reminder safety briefing 5 minutes before the start of each distance on the respective start lines.

CUT OFF TIMES

100 KM – 18 Hours (Midnight)

Marathon – 8 Hours (18:30)

Cut off times will be strictly followed for the safety of the runners and the volunteer marshals. Please respect this. Thank you. 

SAFETY

The event takes place during the Autumn and therefore all entrants must ensure that they have appropriate clothing and hydration for the weather conditions. The event is ‘self-navigated’ so the route won’t be way marked as it follows the King Charles III Coast Path. A GPX file, route map and route description will be available to download a week before the event. We also strongly advise that trail running shoes are worn. Sections of the route are wetter and more technical than others but the additional grip of a trail shoe is advised. Runners aged 8 – 16 must run with a supervising adult who has sight of them at all times. 16-17 year olds can run solo with parental consent. Unfortunately our insurance doesn’t allow under 8’s to take part.

DOGS 

We’re afraid that at this stage dogs are not allowed to take part. They are very welcome to join the spectators but MUST be kept under close control.  The coast path is narrow in places and dogs on leads are very likely to cause accidents so we ask that you leave your canine friends at home.

FIRST AID

There will be trained first aiders from Apex Medical and Rescue along the route throughout the event as well as first aid trained TRIBE members. Please alert a marshal should you or a fellow runner require assistance or call the following event day emergency mobile number: 07506 859760

EQUIPMENT

The event takes place during the Autumn and therefore all entrants must ensure that they have appropriate clothing and hydration for the weather conditions.  We also strongly advise that trail running shoes are worn. Sections of the route are wetter than others but the additional grip of a trail shoe is advised. Don’t forget to bring your own drinking vessel. All of our events are now cupless but drinking water will be available. You can also purchase a collapsible running cup from registration which you can reuse time and time again.

A full kit list for the 100km will be available to download in the downloads folder. This must be adhered to, entrants failing to carry the compulsory kit will be asked to withdraw from the event. 

PARKING 

As this is a linear route we ask that you think carefully about how you get to and from the start and finish.

Both start locations and the finish location have public car parks a short distance away.

The best option would be to ask a friend or family member to drop you or a group of you off at the start and collect you from the finish.

Let’s try and be as environmentally friendly as we can be please and car share. Thank you

REFRESHMENTS 

The Cafe at the finish will be open during the day of the event and we are working with them to open late for you to purchase beverages and food after your adventure.  

We suggest you carry plenty of food and fluids with you so you are prepared for the whole distance.

Aid stations will be present every 8-10 miles where you’ll find plenty of goodies to fuel and hydrate you.

Please remember we are now a cupless event provider so make sure you have a drinking vessel with you at all times. 

WATER

There will be water available at the start, at each checkpoint/aid station and at the finish. Please bring a drinking vessel as we are now cupless as part of our eco ethos. 

You can purchase a collapsible running cup from registration which you can reuse time and time again.  

TOILETS 

Public toilets will be available at the start on Minehead Seafront, at various places on route and at the finish. 

WEATHER 

This event takes place during the autumn months and unfortunately we cannot control the weather. Please do make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and the time of year. We are of course hoping to have a lovely warm and dry September day!  

PHOTOS 

Paul and his family from Blowfish Photo will be out on the route taking photos of you all along the route and at the finish.

These images will be available very soon after the event finishes and available to purchase. 100% of the sales profits will go to the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team to help them continue to provide their vital rescue services . We’ll post on Facebook and email you when the images are ready for viewing and you can search using a selfie for best results. 

We’d also really appreciate you sharing any images that you may take during the event to share with the other entrants. 

FINISH

We want to see you celebrate as you cross the finish line. There will be a camera linked to a laser to automatically take your finish photo!

Don’t forget to smile and get those arms raised.

Once you’ve finished, don’t forget to check back in with the team and receive your medal if you’ve ordered one. 

MEDAL

We know that many of you like a something to show for your efforts so we have decided to make our beautiful wooden medals available as an optional purchasable extra. Medals will be available to purchase for £5.00 (+ booking fee) during the entry process. Medals will go off sale on the 13th September to allow our local suppliers (Burnt Chips) enough time to make them.

(2024 medal image coming soon) 

FAQs

Can I borrow equipment?

Unfortunately not, you will need to provide your own running clothing, trail running trainers and other associated equipment.

Can under 18’s take part?

Runners aged 8 – 16 must run with a supervising adult who has sight of them at all times. 16-17 year olds can run solo with parent/legal guardian consent. Unfortunately our insurance doesn’t allow under 8’s to take part.

Will my bib number be posted to me?

No, you’ll collect your bib number at registration on event day. Please bring your own means of attaching your number. We no longer give out safety pins but will have reusable bib clips for sale at registration. 

Are there cut off times? 

Yes

100 KM – 18 Hours (Midnight)

Marathon – 8 Hours (18:30)

Cut off times will be strictly followed for the safety of the runners and the volunteer marshals. Please respect this. Thank you. 

Do I have to decide on my distance now?

There are two distance options available. Please select the distance you wish to run when entering. If you wish to change your distance on the day then simply inform us at registration and arrive at the correct start location at the correct time. 

Can I run with my dog? 

I’m afraid that at this stage dogs are not allowed to take part. They are very welcome to join the spectators but MUST be kept under close control. The coast path is narrow in places and dogs on leads are very likely to cause accidents so we ask that you leave your canine friend at home or with a spectator/crew. 

Will the route be marked?

No, this is a self-navigated event so we won’t be putting out our own route markers. It does use the King Charles III Coast Path so much of the route will have markers and finger posts marking the route. We’ll supply route maps, route description and a GPX file via our downloads folder.