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Atlantic Coast Challenge Atlantic Coast Challenge

Atlantic Coast Challenge

Hayle, Cornwall

TR27 5BH

Fri 8th October 2021 - Sun 10th October 2021

4 races

£65.00 - £180.00


In these uncertain times, Votwo wants you to book your 2021 event with confidence.

We will implement any actions required by government guidance in order to hold the event safely. If in 2021 the event is stopped by national or local lockdown then all entrants will be notified immediately and given the two below options:

Transfer to a rearranged postponed date or next similar event. You will be given a code to enter the relevant event online.

Receive a 90% refund on your entry fee. The 10% goes some way to help with unrecoverable losses.

Please email [email protected] with which option you would like. The cut off for letting us know is two weeks after the planned/canceled event. Emails received after this cut off will not be actioned and no transfer or refund will be made

votwo events has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

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!

Or just do 1 or 2 days of your choice

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.

Accommodation at the event base with Sea views available.


  • Individual Entry: Atlantic Coast Challenge


    8th October - 10th October

  • Individual Entry: Nr Padstow - Perranporth


    8th October

  • Individual Entry: Perranporth - St Ives Bay Holiday Park


    9th October

  • Individual Entry: Lelant - Lands End


    10th October



  • Individual Entry: Atlantic Coast Challenge


    8th October - 10th October

  • Individual Entry: Nr Padstow - Perranporth


    8th October

  • Individual Entry: Perranporth - St Ives Bay Holiday Park


    9th October

  • Individual Entry: Lelant - Lands End


    10th October


What's Included

GPS tracker, supplied by Geo Tracks

Live view GPS tracking course maps

Event branded t-shirt

Food and drink on the course each day

Transport to and from the event HQ to the start/finish each day

Bespoke finishers medal

Free parking at the event HQ

Medical cover

On course support and mini bus pick up for retired participants

Event briefing pack

Finishers Cornish pasty


Located at the St Ives Bay Holiday Park TR27 5BH, the event HQ is situated in the large conservatory next to the bar and the Bay View cafe.

Catering will be available at the HQ.

Accommodation keys to be collected from the HQ.

Course Details

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. 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.

Day One, 42.1 KM: Nr Padstow - Perranporth

Day Two, 41 KM: Perranporth - St Ives Bay Holiday Park

Day Three, 44.3 KM: Lelant - Lands End


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


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.

Clif Bar have kindly supported the ACC and supplied their bars, shots and blocks.

All the CPs will be stocked with Clif bars, jelly babies, salty snacks, filled rolls, water, squash, coke, and hot drinks (at CP 2 and 3). 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.


Event catering at the Bay View Cafe (next to the registration area)

The cost is £18 per day (£6 - Breakfast £12 - 2 course evening meal - prices as of 2019). 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!


For those that wish to enter as a team, you may do so by emailing [email protected] 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 course is covered by the medical support team. Every morning at challenge registration the medics will be available to sort out any blisters, tape feet up etc.

On the day

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.

Group 3 on day 2 and 3 is for faster runners.

Your start group for day 1 will be determined by the event organiser 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.
Kit list:

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

Useful numbers, checkpoint timings, and lost procedure


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

Minimum of 400ml spare water

Issued '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.


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.

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.

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