Devon Coast Challenge

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Register your interest in the DCC 2018 here


Inspired by the Atlantic and Jurassic Coast Challenges the Devon Coast Challenge is the latest new event in Votwo's original 3 marathons in 3 days format. 

The route starts near Hartland Point and finishes Porlock Bay. Complete up to 78.6 miles (3 marathons) over 3 days by walking, running or crawling along the South West Coast Path. The route passes over simply stunning coastal areas and passes famous towns and villages such as Croyde Bay, Lynton and Lynmouth, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and The Valley of the Rocks. 

11th - 13th May 2018

Event HQ:

Sandaway Beach Holiday Park, Combe Martin, EX34 9ST


Entries open on the 1st December 2017. 

  • Individual - 3 Days - 78 miles - £160 (Offer ends 30th Dec)
  • Individual - Day rate - 26 miles - £60 (Offer ends 30th Dec)
  • Individual - 3 Days - 78 miles - £180 (From 31st Dec)
  • Individual - Day rate - 26 miles - £65 (From the 31st Dec)

Please note prices do not include accommodation.

Schedule (provisional):

  • Day One: Hartland Quay - Appledore
  • Day Two: Crow Point - Combe Martin
  • Day Three: Combe Martin - Porlock Bay

    Pre-event information pack:
    The 2018 event info will be available approx 4 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.

    Terrain and navigation:
    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 Coast path which is marked by South West Coast  Path signs. 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 left and the land on your right.

    GPX Files For The DCC:

    GPX files will be provided here once the final route plan is released.

    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 location will be in Combe Martin

    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 minibusses. 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:
    Event medics are available on the route during the course of the day. Every morning at race registration the medics will be available to sort out any blisters, tape feet up etc. Votwo's sports massage staff will also be available at the end of each day to advise on dealing with strains and injuries.

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

    Group 1 is predominately for walkers and slower runners. Group 1 starts first each day.  

    Group 2 is for 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. 

    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, based on a first come first run bases.  

    Daily start times are likely to be approx 09:00 for Group 1 and 10:30 for Group 2.  

    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 (issued at registration)
    • 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:

    Sandaway Beach Holiday Park provides the perfect accommodation solution for entrants to the DCC 2018. All caravans are of good standard and are on site very close to the HQ tent. 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.  

    Accommodation is booked as 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.

    To Book your accommodation please click below...

    Devon Coast Challenge clothing:
    Event branded clothing will be available for purchase.








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    Challenge Event 2017 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 organization 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 organizing the ACC. A fantastic event, amazing support and brilliantly organized. 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."