Atlantic Coast Challenge

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6th - 8th Oct 2017

Distances / prices:

  • Individual - 3 Days - 78 miles - £180
  • Individual - Day 1 - 26 miles - £65
  • Individual - Day 2 - 26 miles - £65
  • Individual - Day 3 - 26 miles - £65

Enter all 3 days at the same time and get £15 off the total price (£180).

Book before 1/08/2017 - £65
Book after 1/08/2017 - £70

St Ives Bay Holiday Park
73 Loggans Rd, Upton Towans, Hayle TR27 5BH, UK - View Location

Now in its 13th year the more windswept and, some might say, interesting younger sibling of the Jurassic Coast Challenge. The route starts near Padstow and finishes at Lands End. Complete up to 78.6 miles (3 marathons) over 3 days by walking, running or crawling, putting your mental and physical prowess against some of the wildest coastlines in Britain.  

Dare to complete 1, 2 or 3 days. Every Atlantic Coast Challenge starter receives an event T-shirt and every finisher receives a classic challenge medal and Cornish Pasty. Monday morning proof to your work colleagues or family that you completed the toughest 3-day Votwo challenge!   


  • Day One: North of Constantine Bay (near Padstow) to Perranporth 
  • Day Two: Perranporth to St Ives Bay Holiday park 
  • Day Three: St Ives Bay Holiday Park to Lands End

    Pre-event information pack:
    The 2016 Atlantic Coast event information is available below. This will give you a good overview of the event.  Please be aware 2017 details could change. The 2017 info will be available approx 2 weeks pre-event. All entrants will be emailed a reminder to read the event information. It is a condition of entry to this event that you participate according to the instructions in the event information. We do not post out information.


    Event Participation Form:

    All participants must fill in the form on the following link before they turn up to the event.

    Wild and rugged. Steep climbs and descents that test your concentration as well as your strength. Each day is unique with its own individual challenges and famous landmarks to add to the experience. The course follows the South West Coast path which is marked by the Acorn sign. It's a very obvious well-worn route. You will be issued with course maps and the emphasis is on self-navigation. In most cases, it's as easy as keeping the sea on your right and the land on your left.

    GPX Files For The ACC:

    ACC Day 1

    ACC Day 2

    ACC Day 3

    Event HQ:
    This will act as a meeting point, catering area, massage/first aid point and reception. This will be open throughout the whole event to answer any questions, sell you some event merchandise or offer you some running advice. The Event HQ will be based at the St Ives Bay Holiday Park.

    Checkpoints (CPs):
    These are located approximately every 10KM. At each CP you will be ‘checked’ in by the CP staff and your time logged. This means we know where you are on the course and if you are late for a checkpoint we can assist you. 

    All the CPs will be stocked with energy bars, jelly babies, salty snacks, filled rolls, water, squash, coke and hot drinks. At the finish point each day a bowl of hot homemade soup and bread roll will await you. CP locations are marked on your issued maps and CP close times will be issued to you along with your actions on the emergency card. The event medics will be available at the CP.

    Each day you will be instructed to meet at the event HQ and then be transported to the start. Once you join votwo on the event you can leave your car at the event HQ and take advantage of the votwo mini buses. On completion of the days run you will be transported back to the event HQ.

    For those that wish to enter as a team, you may do so by clicking the option in the drop down above. There is an additional charge for teams as it incurs additional admin, medals & t-shirts per person. Teams may use the start and finish transportation but if you wish to meet at a checkpoint and swap over you will be responsible for getting yourself to and from the checkpoints. Teams must also at registration make sure that the HQ has everyone's mobile number and emergency details. The booking will be under the group leader who will be responsible for organising the whole group.

    Medical assistance:
    The whole route is covered by our medical support and evacuation plan. Every morning at race registration the medics will be available to sort out any blisters, tape feet up and re-attach severed limbs etc.  Votwo's sports massage staff will also be available at the end of each day to advise on dealing with strains and injuries.

    Food vouchers are purchased at the event. The cost is £17 per day (£6 - Breakfast £11 - 2 course evening meal). The chef is briefed to make large, healthy portions suitable for people running a marathon a day!

    Meals start on Thursday evening and finish on Sunday evening. The catering hall provides a great social atmosphere in the evening, beer, wine and soft drinks available. 

    Running groups and daily start times:
    There are two start groups for day 1.   

    Group 1 is predominately for walkers and slower runners. If you are a faster runner you may start with group 1 but it is preferred you start with group 2. Group 1 starts first each day.  

    Group 2 is for runners and faster runners. No walkers in group 2.   

    The briefing, bus and start times for each group on each day of the challenge can be found in the 'Event Download' - Participant information pack.  

    On day one of the challenge, each group is limited in size to 160 participants. This is the number of people we can get on the mini bus lift to the start. 

    For days two and three, there are two start groups.  You will be able to decide which group you would like to start in at the beginning of each day.   

    Kit list:
    Whilst taking part in the challenge it is compulsory for you to carry the following equipment. Each day at challenge registration you will be asked to prove you have certain pieces of kit on the list. If you don’t have this kit you will not be allowed to participate in the event. We will be enforcing the policy of: no kit, no run. If the worst happens to you any of the below kit could really make the difference to your survival and wellbeing. There will be random spot checks.           

    Essential kit (to be carried on your person or in your rucksack)

    • Issued maps for that day in an easily accessible place.  
    • Make sure these maps are tied in some way to your kit, one gust of wind and they're gone!  
    • Useful numbers, checkpoint timings and lost procedure.  
    • Whistle  
    • Compass (make sure your compass is attached to you or your kit)  
    • Waterproof top  
    • Long trousers or tights  
    • Gloves (waterproofed in plastic freezer bag)  
    • Hat (waterproofed in plastic freezer bag) 
    • Chocolate bar or similar  
    • Small torch with spare batteries  
    • More than 400ml of water or other drink  
    • A lightweight piece of warm clothing (waterproofed)  
    • A fully charged working mobile phone (waterproofed)  
    • A notepad and pencil with your name and your mobile number written on it (waterproofed)

    You must carry all the kit on the kit list. No exceptions.

    Accommodation and catering:
    The St Ives Bay Holiday Park provides the perfect accommodation solution for entrants to the ACC 2016. All caravans are of good standard and are on site very close to the HQ and catering building next to the indoor heated swimming pool (a must for anyone running a marathon a day!) Free on site parking. 

    Accommodation is booked online as an additional cost on top of your entry fee. You can book when you enter the event on-line or by visiting the accommodation shop link below. 

    All accommodation is for up to 4 nights Thur - Monday morning.

    Please note dogs/pets are not allowed on site or in the accommodation.  

    To Book your accommodation please click below...


    Atlantic Coast Challenge clothing:
    Event branded clothing is available in the shop section for purchase online here...