Saturday 9th September - Sunday 17th September 2017

Friday 8th September 2017 - Registration & Pasta Party

Registration will take place at the pub in Morwenstow from 1PM. You will be issued with your race number, T-shirt, hoodie and a welcome pack. You will need to bring the compulsory race kit (mobile phone, waterproof jacket, space blanket, map, whistle, some cash and at least one 500ml bottle or other hydration system such as a Camelbak). The Pasta Party will be held at the same pub from 6PM. During the evening a race briefing will be held explaining the itineary for the next days stage.

Saturday 9th September 2017 - Stage 1 Marsland Mouth to Tintagel (31 miles)

The race starts at 6AM at Marsland Mouth, which serves as the Devon/Cornwall border. The nearest access by road is at Welcombe Mouth, which is ½ mile from the start. For the access road turn off the A39 at Welcombe Cross. There will be a small race briefing prior to the start.

Dont be daunted by the first few miles, which are, to be honest, brutal. They are not representative of a lot of the coastal path to come. There are at least 6 steep-sided combs to cross in the first few miles. The going then gets slightly easier before an easy 1.5 miles to the tourist resort of Bude. For the coast path, follow the road across the river and canal, and then turn right, past the pub and hotel on your left.

The path then follows the cliff which hugs the road until you reach the first checkpoint of the race at The Bay View Inn in Widemouth Bay. There will be food and drink available there for all athletes (supported athletes can collect their packed lunch if required). The terrain is moderately undulating until you reach the 2nd checkpoint and aid station at Crackington Haven. The path then gradually climbs until you reach the cliff top, which offers stunning views of the beaches below, before descending into Boscastle, famous for the mighty flood in 2004. Cross over the river and climb up from the harbour follow the undulating cliff before descending to the stage finish, just by the castle in Tintagel, famous by the legend of King Arthur. Refreshments will be available at the finish.

Every evening the supported runners will be eating in the race pub. I will let everyone know each day what the pub is. It would be nice to see as many unsupported runners in there each night, giving us all a chance to share the stories of our day. Tonight's pub will be The king Arthur Arms, where the supported runners will also be staying.

Sunday 10th September 2017 - Stage 2 Tintagel to Harlyn (27.25 miles)

The 2nd day of a multi-day ultra-race is often the hardest. Dont be too concerned if your legs are super-stiff. This is quite normal. They should get less stiff with each passing day. The stage will start at 7AM today. The first four miles are moderately undulating to Tregonnick Tail, followed by an extremely difficult four mile section into Port Gaverne, where there will be a checkpoint and aid station.

Just past Port Gaverne is Port Isaac, famous for being the village where the TV show Doc Martin is filmed. Follow the signs climbing up the south side of the harbour to Port Quinn, the going is again difficult until you reach the beautiful sandy beach at Lundy Bay. The next section into Polzeath, a very popular and trendy surfer resort is comparatively easy compared to the previous miles. Out of Polzeath, follow the path until you reach the end of the days racing at Rock. The rest of the stage, from Padstow (across the estuary from Rock) to the finish at Harlyn Bay, is neutral. Your time will be recorded at Rock for racing purposes. There will be food and drink available at Rock.

At Rock, supported runners will be given a ticket for the boat service that will take them to the harbour in Padstow. Unsupported runners can take the boat or drive back to Wadebridge in their support car, before turning right onto the A39, and then right again on the A389 which will take you into Padstow (there is a big Car Park just before town).

Even though no times will be recorded, all runners must then run from the harbour in Padstow to the stage finish in Harlyn Bay. The friendly village pub will serve as the race pub for the night and will also be where supported runners are staying.

Monday 11th September 2017 - Stage 3 Harlyn to Perranporth (29.7 miles)

A relatively easy start to the day round Trevose Head to Constantine Bay. The path follows the dunes before a climb to the top of the cliffs followed by a descent to the lovely beach at Porthcothan. After another climb to the cliff top, you then reach the first checkpoint and aid station at the pub in Mawganporth, a small resort with a surfing beach.

The going is then relatively gentle, passing through Porth before reaching the bustling tourist town of Newquay. Out of Newquay, the 2nd checkpoint and aid station will be at Pentire, before the coast path then encircles the Penhale military area. Past Crantock you then come to Pentire Point before the path descends into an unspoiled cove, Porth Joke. From Hollywell, the path again continues alongside the military perimeter fence, and then after rounding Lugger Point the path drops down gradually to the golden sands of Perran Bay along the foot of the sandhills to Perranporth. The stage finishes outside the pub on the beach, and also serves as the race pub for the night. Accommodation for supported athletes is at The Seiner Arms, Perranporth.

Tuesday 12th September 2017 - Stage 4 Perranporth to St Ives (30.2 miles)

Another 9AM start today. From Perranporth, there is a moderately undulating 4 mile section to St Agnes. Round St Agnes Head there are fine views along the cliff leading to the first checkpoint and aid station at Porthtowan. Following two stiff climbs, you then reach Portreath and the 2nd checkpoint and aid station before the easiest section of the race so far to the finish at Gwithian. The finish of the stage will be in St Ives.

Wednesday 13th September 2017 - Stage 5 St Ives to Penberth (30.3 miles)

Today, we reach the end of the northern section of the path. Out of St Ives, past Clodgy Point, where the first checkpoint and aid station is, the going is then fairly level but where the route dips down to the coves it becomes rather steep, although the magnificent views will hopefully take your mind off the climbs!

You will now be heading through one of the biggest mining areas for which Cornwall is noted. You will eventually arrive at Pendeen Lighthouse, which serves as the next checkpoint/aid station. From there, the path continues past more dis-used mines, towards Cape Cornwall. After Cape cornwall, the terrain, although undulating, should be no problem by this stage of the race. Past Gwenvor Beach, the path eventually leads to the stunning Whitesand Bay and Sennen Cove. Past Lands End, the day's stage finishes at Penberth.

Thursday 14th September 2017 - Day 6 Penberth to Lizard Point (38.2 miles)

From Penberth, the climb out of Lamorna brings you to the headland, Carn Du, before descending into the quaint fishing port of Mousehole. From Mousehole we have to follow the road through Newlyn until you reach the railway station in Penzance. You then pick up the cycle path which takes you to Long Rock, before continuing along the road to the 2nd checkpoint/aid station opposite St Michaels Mount, in Marazion.

A moderately easy 4 mile section will take you to Praa Sands, and then another 4 mile stretch will see you reach the final checkpoint and aid station of the day at the popular fishing port of Porthleven. Through Gunwalloe Fishing Cove, the going is quite difficult for the final stretch to the finish of the stage at Lizard Point.

Friday 15th September 2017 - Day 7 Lizard Point to Portscatho (39.4 miles)

Like with Day 2, the timed section of the race will finish at the river crossing at Helford, with the remaining section to Portscatho being neutral. It is a very difficult start to the day, with numerous steep hills to be negotiated before reaching the charming fishing village of Cadgwith.

Still no let up in the climbing for the next section past Kennack Sands, through Coverack and then onto the 2nd checkpoint/aid station at Porthoustock. The going is now finally a lot easier all the way to the end of the days racing at Helford. Supported runners will get the ferry across the river before beginning the neutral section to the the ferry terminal in Falmouth. Competitors will then get the ferry to Place before the final 6 miles to Portscatho.

Saturday 16th September 2017 - Stage 8 Portscatho to Fowey (37 miles)

The first section to Portloe is brutal. The going gets slightly easier, finally rounding Dodman point, before reaching the checkpoint/aid station at Gorran Haven. From Gorran you next reach the fishing town of Mevagissey, though now it is more reliant on the tourist trade rather than fishing.The next 4 miles to Porthpean is very strenuous before an easy stretch to the charming port of Charlestown, where the final aid station/checkpoint will be. The final 8 miles to the stage finish at Fowey is moderately undulating. Supported runners will take the passenger ferry across the estuary where you will be picked up by the mini-bus and taken to the accommodation. Fortunately, for unsupported runners, there is a vehicle ferry from Fowey, so there is no need for a long de-tour to Polruan.

Sunday 17th September 2017 Stage 9 Polruan to Cremyll (31.75 miles)

The last day!

The climb out of Polruan, from the quay, will certainly wake you up! Once up the hill, you re-join the path, and although there are the inevitable steep climbs for the next 7 miles to Polperro, the beautiful scenery more than makes up for the hills. Polperro is a charming picture-book old Cornish village with white-washed cottages, narrow streets and a busy fishing harbour.

Out of Polperro there is a moderate 4 ½ mile section to the busy town of Looe. Just before Looe the coast path ends and you join the quiet coast road for 800 metres to the checkpoint and aid station, outside the Tom Sawyers Bed & Breakfast in Hannafore.

Continuing along the road into West Looe you follow the river until you turn right over the bridge to East Looe, before re-joining the coast path for the steep climb to the cliff-top, before descending into the developing resort of Millendreath. Following another brutal climb, the path descends into Seaton, which serves as the 2nd checkpoint and aid station. You then follow the road through Downderry (where I live!). Just out of Downderry there is a steep hairpin up the hill where you re-join the path before another long but steady climb and then a descent into the charming fishing port of Portwrinkle (drinks will be available here but is not an official checkpoint).

Out of Portwrinkle, through the golf course, you then run on the road along the cliff top towards Rame Head. Round Rame Head, through the quaint villages of Kingsand/Cawsand, you then follow the path through Mount Edgecumbe to the finish at the end of the Cornish Coast Path in Cremyl, with views across the estuary of the city of Plymouth.

The Awards Party will be held, from 7PM, at the Inn On The Shore pub, in Downderry. There we will celebrate everyones achievements and hand out all the medals, trophies and awards.

All of the staff at BobBrownEndurance will do our utmost that you have one of the best experiences of your life. We really hope you enjoy experiencing a wonderful adventure exploring your limits and the stunning beauty of the Cornish coastline.Any further information you require, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Regards,

Bob