Run, walk or crawl a marathon a day for 3 days along the stunning Jurassic Coastal Path. 3 marathons in 3 days is the original Jurassic Coast Challenge format that is challenging but achievable by most. Runners, joggers, and walkers all take on the challenge and start at different times each day. The routes each day are marked on issued maps but don't require much navigation to follow as the coastal footpath is well marked along the way. The event is facilitated at the HQ area which is also the finish point of day 1. Meals, massage, shop, and briefing are all located at the HQ. Shuttle buses to and from the official challenge accommodation will be provided throughout the day. The Votwo team will take care of everything at the event for you so all you need to concentrate on is completing the distance each day.
27th - 29th March 2020
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy,
Osprey Quay, Portland Dorset T5 1SA - View Location
Enter all 3 days at once for £180 saving £15 (standard day price is £65).
Please note prices do not include accommodation.
Pre-event information pack:
A link to the 2019 Jurassic Coast event information is below this text. This will give you a good overview of the event. The 2020 version will be published approx 2 weeks before the event. Please ensure you read this document before arriving at the event. We do not post out information.
Click this link to follow the event. (Available nearer the event date)
The Jurassic Coast Line is well known for its spectacular views and challenging hills. Each day's route takes in a variety of terrain from coastal footpath to beaches and tracks.
The start point is just outside Charmouth and the course runs from West to East. The Challenge will finish on Day 3 at the National Trust Shell Bay Car Park, Studland. Many challengers will be pleased to note the route still includes the whole circumnavigation of Portland.
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 Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
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 whole route is covered by our medical support and evacuation plan. Every morning at challenge 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. Breakfast is £6 and the 2-course evening meal is £11. 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 is located next to the HQ area at the Sailing Academy and provides a great social atmosphere in the evening, beer, wine and soft drinks available. A shuttle service will run to the accommodation site.
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 minibus lift to the start. The start group lists will be published in the participant information. Your start group will be selected for you.
For days two and three there are three start groups. You will be able to decide which group you would like to start in at the beginning of each day.
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.
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:
Accommodation can now be booked directly with the Chesil Beach Holiday Park on 01305 773233. Please mention you are part of the event.
Prices for 2020 are:
Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th March.
All caravans are for your sole use to share with who you wish.
The caravan site is half a mile from the event HQ at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy and has first-class facilities, swimming pool, clubhouse, restaurant and shop etc.
Alternative accommodation for the Jurassic Coast challenge:
If any competitors would like to stay on site in a campervan @ HQ, they will need to book a space via http://www.wpnsa.org.uk/campervans-and-caravans or by calling reception on 01305 866000. The cost is £18 per night.
Jurassic Coast Challenge Clothing:
Event branded clothing is available in the shop section for purchase online here...