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EVENT UPDATE

It's on! Don't panic. We need to make a few changes to the format but it's definitely on! A few details have changed below and the Participant Information Document highlighting all the changes will be published shortly. 

Introduction:

Now in its 16th 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!

This year's event will see a few changes to the normal format as explained in the various sections below. 

Date:

9th - 11th October 2020

Event HQ:

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

Distances/prices:

  • Individual - 3 Days - 78 miles - £170
  • Individual - Day 1 - 26 miles - £60
  • Individual - Day 2 - 26 miles - £60
  • Individual - Day 3 - 26 miles - £60
  • Package Deal Available (see below)

Prices rise on the 31st March 2020

  • Individual - 3 Days - 78 miles - £185
  • Individual - Day 1 - 26 miles - £65
  • Individual - Day 2 - 26 miles - £65
  • Individual - Day 3 - 26 miles - £65

Please note entry prices do not include accommodation.

Packages: 

Package includes all 3 days of entry and accommodation from Thursday evening until Sunday evening, choice of accommodation for sole occupancy. 

  • Event entry and 2 bed caravan - £360
    (Full price £395)
  • Event entry and 3 bed caravan - £380 
    (Full price £425)
  • Event entry and 2 bed chalet - £360 
    (Full price £395)
  • Event entry and camping Pod - £300
    (Full price £340) 

Schedule:

  • 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:

    A link to the 2019 Atlantic Coast event information is shown below this text. This will give you a detailed overview of the event. Please note some details might change for the 2020 event.   All entrants will be emailed a reminder to read the event information. Accommodation lists and entry lists will be updated nearer the event date. 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.

     

     

    Terrain:

    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, Maps and GPS Tracking Live View links for The ACC:

    https://votwo.co.uk/pages/acc-maps-and-gpx-links

    Event HQ:

    Located at the St Ives Bay Holiday Park TR27 5BH, the event HQ is now situated outdoors under the shelter of a marque. Registration each day will follow a simple one-way system (more details in the event information pack).

    Catering will be available in the main hall (where registration used to be)

    Accommodation keys to be collected from the HQ

    Checkpoints (CPs):

    One of the major changes to the operation of the event is the checkpoint system. The good news is the event is using GPS trackers so the actual 'checking at a point' nature of the checkpoint is now not as relevant. Due to the virus, various landowners on the coast are not permitting commercial use of there land for our regular checkpoint locations. So, checkpoints have changed from 3 a day to 2 a day and they are now Water Stations, serving both water and coke.  The locations of these are shown on the GPS Tracking course maps to the right of this page. If its hot weather, we will endeavor to set up more water stations on the course each day in accessible areas.

    Our 'checkpoint' supplies have been kindly sponsored by Cliff Bar this year. Each morning at daily registration you will be issued a lunch bag, this will include shots, blocks, and gels from Cliff bar and on the first day a tube of Precision Hydration. 

    Extra food items are TBC and will be added to the daily lunch bag. 

    Food will not be issued at the water stations. Participants are to carry the issued fuel from the morning's registration.

    The idea behind this is to stop any cross-contamination from the old-style checkpoints.   

    The famous soup is still available at the end of days 1 and 2, but is now issued under strict supervision and of course, the lukewarm pasties at the finish of day 3 will still be available in meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or pasty free formats.

    Transportation:

    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 minibusses. On completion of the days run you will be transported back to the event HQ.

    Due to the current situation, extra shuttle runs on day 2 and 3 have been added and on the long lift to the start of day 1, an extra bus has been added to give more seating space.

    Wearing a face mask and sanitizing hands before boarding the transport is now mandatory. 

    Medical assistance:

    The route is covered by our medical support. Sadly the very popular morning foot fixing club is no longer available and medics are in place on the course each day to cover major injuries.

    Catering:

    Event catering at the Bay View Cafe (next to the registration marque) is going ahead with a socially distanced eating area (tables of 4 only) and masks/hand sanitizer when collecting food from the buffet. 

    Food is served in biodegradable takeaway boxes but you are welcome to bring your own plates and cutlery. 

    The cost is £18 per day (£6 - Breakfast £12 - 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 onsite bar opens at 7.00 pm and Skinners have provided 3 kegs of free beer, available from the bar with the special nod. When it's gone it's gone!

    Running groups and daily start times:

    There are two start groups for day 1 and 3 start groups for day 2 and 3

    Group 1 is for walkers and slower joggers ONLY. 

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

    Your start group for day 1 will be determined by the event organizer and published in the 'Participants information pack' pre the event date. 

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

    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.  

    Please note: This kit list has been updated from previous events. Updates highlighted in red.        

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

    • Face mask (for wearing on the event transport)
    • A small dispenser of hand sanitizer
    • Issued maps for that day in an easily accessible place (App, gps device or paper maps)
    • 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 a plastic freezer bag)  
    • Hat (waterproofed in a plastic freezer bag) 
    • A chocolate bar or similar  
    • Small torch with spare batteries  
    • 2 liters of water or other drink, keep a minimum of 400ml spare 
    • Issued food for the day
    • Issued wrist 'bib number'
    • 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. 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 online or by visiting the accommodation shop link below. 

    Accommodation is booked for your own sole use for yourself and friends.

    Single rooms in a shared caravan are also available 

    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...


     

    Results:

    https://votwo.co.uk/pages/results

    Images:

    What is the ACC?

    Partners:

     

    Course Maps:

    To download the course maps please follow this link

    Please note that physical copies of the maps will not be issued.  Use the GeoTracks Live View GPS  Tracking map (click here) or download and print your own maps.

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    ACC Feedback:

    Debbie B "Just to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for an outstandingly awesome ACC! I did the JCC this year also and loved it so mush..... I'm hooked, I shall be there every year now to BOTH!! Such fantastic organisation and support and the friendliest people you could ever wish to meet in event volunteers to participants, I made so many great friends...... EXCELLENT food and massage,,,,,, Did I understand you were planning on doing another three day event?? I'll be IN if you are! Thank you for a truly life changing event and the weather was perfect on all three days.... I love the rain - Liquid Sunshine! See you a the JCC I'm already entered with my buddy Caroline Taplin x x x x"

    Carol M "Just to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone involved in organising the ACC. A fantastic event, amazing support and brilliantly organised. I loved every minute of it!!! Well done!!"

    Carol G "Dear Ben and team, I just wanted to offer my thanks for this weekend's Atlantic Coast Challenge. The toughest thing I have ever done! I felt very well cared for from the moment I registered. The Votwo staff and volunteers couldn't have been more helpful and kind. I appreciated the high standards around safety, especially given the weather and terrain. And I am convinced that Votwo employ time shifting Ninjas - the same people seemed to pop up everywhere from registration to the most remote checkpoints, doing all sorts of jobs with infinite patience and cheerfulness. Thank you so much and I hope you're all getting at least some rest this week."