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Royal Marines Iron Challenge 2022

Dartmouth, Devon

TQ6 0RG Blackpool Hill, Dartmouth, United Kingdom

Sun 18th September 2022

Starting at 05:30

Organiser's Description

"Where iron becomes steel"

ONE OF THE HARDEST COURSES IN THE WORLD
This race is an iconic destination for long distance triathletes the world over. Why?

It is both one of the most scenic routes in the world as well as one of the most challenging.

With over 3,500m climbing and a stunning coast path marathon, you will have to dig deep to finish by midnight.

Have you got what it takes?
The 2022 event was the second running of this epic adventure race.

With a swim start in the pre-dawn darkness, over 70 plucky triathletes completed the course.

Each athlete participated in the fundraising for the RMA.

The winning time of 12hours 15min will take some beating

Maximum kudos to Rick Nicholls! We are sure your course record will stand the test of time. (challenge anyone?)

Charity Fundraising to support grievously injured soldiers and their dependents.

Full Iron Distance (3.8km Swim / 180km bike / 42.2km run)
Half-Iron Distance (1.9km swim / 90km bike / 21.1km run)
Just swim 3.8km
Just bike 180km
Just run 21.1km/42.2km

Races

  • Full Iron

    244km Total

    £350.00

    CLOSED
  • Half Iron

    122km Total

    £280.00

    CLOSED
  • Swim Only

    3.8km

    £100.00

    CLOSED
  • Bike Only

    180km/90km

    £100.00

    CLOSED
  • Run Only

    42.2km/21.1km

    £100.00

    CLOSED

Book

  • Full Iron

    244km Total

    £350.00

    CLOSED
  • Half Iron

    122km Total

    £280.00

    CLOSED
  • Swim Only

    3.8km

    £100.00

    CLOSED
  • Bike Only

    180km/90km

    £100.00

    CLOSED
  • Run Only

    42.2km/21.1km

    £100.00

    CLOSED

Course Details

Swim
Three laps of Blackpool Sands bay with water exit and re-entry for race timing system.
Kayak cover and swim buoys clearly mark the course.
Wetsuit mandatory.
Mandatory swim cap provided in goody bag.
Mandatory personal swim buoys TBC.

Bike
Four loops from Race HQ toward Slapton, Stokenham, Chillington, Kingsbridge, toward Totnes, Halwell Cross towards Dartmouth, top of Dartmouth then turn off toward Stoke Fleming and Race HQ.
Each lap is just over 45km (28 miles)
Four laps is just c.350m over the 180k official iron distance (112 miles).
IMPORTANT - NO RE-ENTRY TO RACE VILLAGE DURING 4-LAP COURSE (unless DNF).
2 Water / Food stations at location TBA.
You will never be more than 13 miles from food and fluids.

Run
It's an out and back coast path marathon.
From Race HQ up to Strete, down to Strete Gate and along the only flat bit of the race: Slapton Sands.
Through Torcross, Beesands / Hallsands / Start Point.
Then onwards past Mattiscombe Sands, Lannacombe Cove and the turn around at Prawle Point. That's 21k so half way there!
You must go up to the coastguard shack and run round it.
There will be a food and water station there, one at Start Point, and one at Torcross TBC.

Marshalling & Course Marking
Locations of marshals and strategic course markings TBA.
Make sure you have the GPX files on your device and its batteries fully charged.
You will need a running backpack with at least 1.5L of fluids and electrolytes, as well as an emergency supply of energy food.
You don't want to "bonk" (aka "hit the wall") half way round that exposed coast path.
Please make sure you're eating, drinking and replacing your salts as you go.

Location

Event HQ is Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0RG
Race village, event registration marquee, T1 and T2 / Secure Bike Racking, Food stalls, Sponsor stalls, Toilets and Showers.

Racing to support injured Royal Marines - charity pledge

We organised the 2020 event under pandemic guidelines as a small, self supported race purely for the RMC charity, raising a whopping £13k.

This year the 2021 "Open" event raised in excess of £45,000, which including Gift Aid Tax means over £52,000 for the charity!

If you enter in 2022 you pledge to raise a minimum of £166.40 up to a maximum of £1664. Why 1664?
That was the year the Royal Marines were born here.

This event is held in the spiritual home of The Royal Marines, literally in their stomping grounds.

Essential / Mandatory Equipment

YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START WITHOUT:

Personal GPS Tracker (Issued by us at registration).
Swim: Wetsuit / Goggles
Bike: Helmet / Cycling Glasses & Gloves / 2x Bottle Racks / Cycling lights front and rear.
Run: Head torch / Running backpack with 1.5L fluids / Spare electrolytes / Spare energy bars x2 / Emergency Whistle / Emergency Thermal Aluminium Blanket / Mobile phone fully charged .

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