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Suffolk Coastal Path 50K

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Suffolk Coastal Path 50K

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

IP15 5DS Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom

Sat 14th September 2024

Starting at 08:30

2 races

£62.00 - £69.00

Organiser's Description

Run the stunning Suffolk Coastal Path from Lowestoft to Aldeburgh.

The 3rd edition of the Suffolk Coastal Path 50K will take place on Saturday, 14th September 2024.

The race starts in Lowestoft and takes runners south, along the stunning coastal trail through Southwold, Dunwich and along to a seafront finish in Aldeburgh.

Races

  • Suffolk Coastal Path 50K

    £62.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Suffolk Coastal Path 50K + Coach Transfer

    Park at the Finish and Take the Bus to the Start Line. Departs at 0700 From Thorpe Road Car Park in Aldeburgh.

    £69.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?

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  • Suffolk Coastal Path 50K

    £62.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Suffolk Coastal Path 50K + Coach Transfer

    Park at the Finish and Take the Bus to the Start Line. Departs at 0700 From Thorpe Road Car Park in Aldeburgh.

    £69.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?

Course Details

Starting in Lowestoft runners will embark on a 50km point-to-point run along the Suffolk Coastal Path.

The route is a mixture of dirt coastal paths, inland forest tracks, and country lanes. All the trails are well-groomed and looked after. This is a non-technical course with a nice amount of variation. Dirt Trails - 63% | Paved/tarmac paths - 18% | Country lanes - 17% | Sand/Shingle - 2%

Please note that with the exception of ~500m you will not be required to run on the sand!

What's Included

A fully supported race. Runners benefit from a marked course, with plenty of marshals to help with navigation. Four aid stations on the route, with public toilets regularly available.

  • Fully Marked
  • On route marshals and medical support
  • Four aid stations
  • Toilets along the route
  • Sea front finish in Aldeburgh
  • Finishers Medal

How to Get There

We recommend parking at Thorpe Road Car Park in Aldeburgh and taking the coach transfer to the start.

Parking

Parking in Aldeburgh is at Thorpe Road Car Park.
Parking in Lowestoft is at Claremont Pier Car Park.

Location

Our start is at Lowestoft Volunteer Lifeguard Corps on Lowestoft Beach, we are very grateful to them for their support.

There will be free coffee available during registration, and several public toilets closeby.

We would recommend parking at the finish and using the coach transfer to the start, this leaves at 7am (45 min journey time), and can be booked during registration.

At the finish line in Aldeburgh you will be surrounded by the beautiful sea front with plenty of pubs, restaurants and ice cream vans to choose from.

Route description & navigation

Starting on the pier in Lowestoft runners will embark on a 50km point to point run along the Suffolk Coastal Path.

CP 1 - KESSINGLAND
6.8km
WC

CP 2 - REYDON
21.8km
WC

CP 3 - DUNWICH CHURCH
34.1km

CP 4 - SIZEWELL
43km
WC

This race will be fully marked, with our orange arrow markers and ribbons.

Marshals will be out on the course aiding navigation at road crossings and busier sections.

All runners must carry a digital version of the route, either on a watch or phone, just in-case you find yourself off course. There will also be printed maps available at registration.

key information

START TIME
8:30

START POINT
Claremont Pier, Lowestoft

FINISH
Aldeburgh

DISTANCE / ELEVATION
50km / 42+

BUS TRANSFER
Coaches will be available to take runners from the finish to the start at 0700. You may book this during registration.

RUNNERS
250

CUT OFF
9 hours

NAVIGATION
Arrow markers and orange ribbons

TERRAIN
Trail

UTMB QUALIFIER
Yes

aid stations

All our checkpoints will act as timing points and feed stations. These will contain the following items:
Water
Real Coke
Electrolyte drink (pre-mixed)
Mountain fuel energy gels
Selection of crisps and sweets
Flapjacks
Fresh fruit

required gear

All runners will be required to carry the following items for the entirety of the run:

Mobile phone (emergency number saved)
Route map on watch/phone or paper map (provided)
Windproof or light jacket (subject to weather conditions)
Refillable water/hydration system (0.5L min)
Cash or bank card

faqs

How difficult is this race?
Our 50K race is considered a fast and approachable event for all runners. Unlike our other ultras this race is predominately flat and will allow you to keep a consistent pace during the entire 50K.

The terrain is a mixture of paved paths, dirt trails and country lanes and this will suit anyone transitioning to trail running from a road running background. The main challenge at this event is to ensure you pace the first 75% of the race at a managable speed to leave enough in the tank for the last stretch.

Do I need to qualifiy?
No, there are no qualifiying standards required to enter this race.

I'm worried about getting lost?
Our route will be marked throughout with orange signage/ribbons, along with marshals at several key points. Course checkers will be out during the race ensuring that signage remains in place.

We ask runners to make sure they have access to the route via a phone or watch, to act as a backup in an emergency. If you are unsure how to set this up we will be creating some video content in the lead up to the race to help you.

What are the cut-off times for this race?
There is an overall 9-hour time limit for this race. Anyone running significantly behind this time at each checkpoints will be monitored and maybe advised to stop for safety reasons.

Where can toilets be found at this event?
There will be fixed seperate male & female toilets at the start and finish. Toilets will also be available at or near our three checkpoints. The route also passess many public toilets along the coast line.

Are there changing facilities available?
No, unfortunately we cannot provide changing facilities at this event.

How do I get to/from the start/finish?
As this race starts and finishes in different locations you will need to think about how to get to/back to your car. The easiest option is to take advantage of our coach service. This enables runners to park at the finish, and then take a coach to the start line before the race. This can be booked during registration.

How can I attend this event without a car?
Unfortunately this event is difficult to attend using public transport.

What footwear should I wear at this race?
We would recommend light trail running shoes for this race. The paths are non-technical, but there will be plenty of varied and uneven terrain. There are several sections on paved paths and country lanes, so don't wear anything too minimal, unless you are used to it. Some runners have opted for road running shoes in the past, but please only do this if you are confident in maintaining stability on uneven or soft ground.

What prizes are awarded at this event?
There are awards for the top three male and female finishers overall, along with age category awards for FV40, MV40, FV50, MV50, FV60, MV60, FV70, MV70.

How do I follow the route using my phone or watch?
Most GPS watches allow you to upload a GPX file of the route for you to follow whilst running. Typically this is done via by loading the GPX file into the app (i.e Garmin Connect), and then syncing your phone/watch together.

If you don't have a GPS watch we would recommend using OS Maps (£20/year) or Strava Premium (£48/year).

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