The Marathon des Cote

It can be done and here’s the blog about 2018 MdC details on 2019 to follow Richard the Lion Heart

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!

June 2017 we ran the course over 6 days and it was spectacular here’s the blog of the event

The Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge

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, walked and crawled in the following format.

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

Now if this is done it will be the quickest time that the coast path has been done (that we know of)

Overflow Day

As this is a unique challenge and a tough one at that we are allowing a forth day as an overflow day, You Will not receive a Marathon des Cote T-shirt or Medal but you will receive a Pembs Coast Path T-shirt and the knowledge that you completed it and we will support you in this extra day and give you a finishing time. But this day should be treated as an emergency and not a training target!!

1 Day Stand alone Ultra Marathon

For those of you who are thinking of doing this and need a bit of a recce or persuasion this is your chance. The first day of the Marathon des Cote will be a stand alone ultra marathon of 66 miles a challenge in itself and an insight into the 3 day event

Relay Teams

The event is also open to relay teams of 3 under the same guidelines and would be the ultimate in ultra relay racing

Why oh Why

Well we do like a challenge and this has to be the ultimate running challenge in Pembrokeshire and possibly anywhere

plus

  • The whole coast path is a bucket list event and adding the time cut offs just makes it that much more extreme

Where else would you want to be for 3 days in June!!

“Many will talk about it few will do it”

Marathon des Cote 2018

15th, 16th and 17th June @ Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The first official MdC will take place over the weekend of 15th, 16th and 17th June 2018. Registration and compulsory briefing will take place on Thursday 14th June at 1700hrs in St Dogmaels and another later briefing in St Davids time TBC

The Challenge

The task ahead is not an easy one, it is The entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path all 186 miles of it in 3 days, Starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth, with over 33’000ft of elevation to tackle along some of the most rugged and beautiful coast line the UK has to offer

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path boasts the fact that it s the UK only Coastal National Park

The Event logistics and rules

Each day there will be 3 start times 0400hrs – 0700hrs and 0900hrs and the cut off will be 0000hrs the first two days will all be about finishing, resting and recovery.

The last day will be the race, the first person across the line wins. Therefore on the last day if you are out to win a 4am start may best

Stage 1 

15th June – St Dogmaels to Caerfai -66miles

Stage 2

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

Stage 3

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

To date no known person has completed the route in 3 days

Overflow Day

As this is a unique challenge and a tough one at that we are allowing a forth day as an overflow day, You Will not receive a Marathon des Cote T-shirt or Medal but you will receive a Pembs Coast Path T-shirt and the knowledge that you completed it and we will support you in this extra day and give you a finishing time. But this day should be treated as an emergency and not a training target!!

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

For further details please contact us at Manupukevents@gmail.com

Registration now open for 2018 with limited places available

To Enter 2018 Marathon des Cote at £200 – CLICK HERE

Stage 1 Accommodation ST DAVIDS BUNK BARNS at Caerfai

The course will be sign posted by the Acorn which marks the route of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, in addition to this we will send you a detailed guide to the path and a map, the below interactive map highlights the course and elevation

Please note the course will not be sign posted with specific event signs as this is unrealistic and unnecessary if you follow the instructions and Acorn

Marathon des Cote 2018

15th, 16th and 17th June @ Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The Relay Race

The first official MdC will take place over the weekend of 15th, 16th and 17th June 2018. Registration and compulsory briefing (for first leg athlete) will take place on Thursday 14th June at 1700hrs in St Dogmaels, followed by a later briefing in St Davids TBC

The Challenge

The task ahead is for a team of 3, to race or run the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path all 186 miles of it in 3 days, Starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth, with over 33’000ft of elevation to tackle along some of the most rugged and beautiful coast line the UK has to offer

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path boasts the fact that it s the UK only Coastal National Park

The Event logistics and rules

Each day there will be 3 start times 0400hrs – 0700hrs and 0900hrs and the cut off will be 0000hrs

For the relay teams the time taken by each runner will be the combined time and the quickest team wins

However this would also be an outstanding challenge for whatever your team goals are and we would encourage all team members to stay at stage HQ throughout the race to support others, which would be included in the price.

Stage 1 

15th June – St Dogmaels to Caerfai -66miles

Stage 2

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

Stage 3

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

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
  • Accommodation and food available for all team members throughout the event

For further details please contact us at Manupukevents@gmail.com

Registration now open for 2018 with limited places available

To Enter 2018 Marathon des Cote at £450 per team

Stage 1 Accommodation ST DAVIDS BUNK BARNS at Caerfai

The Marathon des Cote – The Half

The One Day Ultra Marathon

Date – 15th June 2018

Distance – 66.6 miles

The Course Point to Point – St Dogmaels to Caerfai (St Davids)

Cost – £50 ENTER

The one day option is not only a great challenge in it’s self it is an ideal recce and preparation for taking on the big one, one day.

The day will begin at St Dogmaels and starts with a 2.5 mile climb to the highest point on the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path. And we won’t lie the northern coast of the Path is the most rural, isolated and hilliest but is also spectacular and gives you a real sense of being in the wilderness. The route will take in 6770ft of elevations over it’s 66.6 miles (which happens to be the same as our previously run “To hell and back” ultra.

Competitors will receive

  • T-shirt
  • Medal (finishers)
  • Published Times
  • Live tracker
  • 3 x Aid Stations

Other than being a very challenging run this route will take you past some of the coastal jewels in the North Pembrokeshire  section of the National Park. You will pass by some great scenic and steeped in history iconic locations such as  Dinas Head, The Jemima Nichols monument and the site if the last invasion of the UK, Strumble Head, The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy, Wales Most Westerly Point at St Davids Head, The Birth Place of St Davids at St Nons to name but a few. All great spots that will help you overcome the physical and mental hurdles of the day!

Q Where do you stay

A. The end of Stage 1 is on 66.6 miles and you will stop at Caerfai (St Davids) and will rest up in the comfort of St Davids Bunk Barns, the facility are top quality and you will have a bed, shower, toilet, dining area, hot food, massage service and footcare 1st aid!

The End of Stage 2 is 62 miles (or 128.6 in total) and you will stop in Hundleton, where you will stay in a tent, have access to toilet, hot food, massage service, and foot care 1st aid.

Q Is the run self sufficient

We will have a number of aid stations along the way (3 per day) and/or stops where you can pick up pre-packed food and water supplied by us

However if the runner wants to leave a specials need bag at these pre-determined locations (named by us) this can be arranged as we know you may want to sort your own nutrition or a runner can have outside support from a 3rd party supplying food, clothes and water along the course.

Q. How is the event timed

A. The clock starts at 0400hrs on the first day and stops when you finish on the 3rd day

Q. What are the cut offs

A. Day one cut off is at 0000hrs and Day two cut off is 0000hrs and Day three cut off is 0000hrs

Q. What is the compulsory rest period?

A. On day one and day two there is no running between 0000hrs and 0400hrs (You can start later that 0400hrs but you will have to make to 0000hrs cut off

Q. What is the overflow day?

A. We appreciate this is a mammoth challenge  and possibly once in a lifetime or bucket list journey and to fall short by some 20 miles would be a hard pill to swallow. Therefore to help you complete the whole Pembrokeshire Coast Path we have added an overflow day although this will will not entitle you to a Marathon des Cote finishers Medal and T-shirt but a “Pembrokeshire Coast Path T-shirt” instead it’s still some challenge

Q. What is the quickest time it has been done in?

A. There is no official record, we have researched it and the best we can find is 4 days (exact hours not known) there is rumours of someone doing it in 3 days in the 80’s but no name, date or other details have been supplied! However only one person can do it the quickest and no doubt people will outdo each other over the year/s. But to be an MdC finisher will be some achievement and one that not many will be able to boast! NB. The fastest time is for continuous clock running not stages

Q. Where Can I park my car, will I be transferred to the start from the finish, where should I stay the night before  

A. If you are travelling to the area and need accommodation the night before and to leave your car somewhere secure, we recommend the following. If you stay at St Davids Bunk Barns (The stopover point at the end of day 1) You can leave your car here free of charge, it will be the location of the briefing the night before, you will be transferred from here to the starting point, and you will be transferred back here after completing the run. The Bunk Barns cost £22 per night

This is a wonderful route and a real tough challenge that will take you through some special places whilst taking you to some special places metaphorically!!!!!

The stunning Pembrokeshire landscape
The stunning Pembrokeshire landscape
The stunning Pembrokeshire landscape
The stunning Pembrokeshire landscape
Ras Dewi Sant (Coast Path Marathon/Half Marathon)