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!
9th - 11th October 2020
St Ives Bay Holiday Park
73 Loggans Rd, Upton Towans, Hayle TR27 5BH, UK - View Location
Prices rise on the 31st March 2020
Please note entry prices do not include accommodation.
Package includes all 3 days of entry and accommodation from Thursday evening until Sunday evening, choice of accommodation for sole occupancy.
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.
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:
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.
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 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The route is covered by our medical support. Every morning at challenge registration the medics will be available to sort out any blisters, tape feet up and re-attach severed limbs etc. Sports massage staff will also be available at the end of each day to advise on dealing with strains and injuries.
All food vouchers are purchased at the event. 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 catering hall provides a great social atmosphere in the evening, free beer (while 3 kegs last), wine and soft drinks available. Bar opens at 7.00pm
Running groups and daily start times:
There are two start groups for day 1.
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.
For days two and three, there are two start groups. You will be able to let us know if you wish to change groups at the start of each day and if there is space you will be able to move.
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)
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...
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.
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."