Causeway Coast Marathon 2016

The Beaches Bays And Cliffs Marathon

The 2016 Causeway Coast Marathon will take place on Saturday 24th September 2016. Having established itself as one of the most scenic marathons in the world the 2016 event is set to attract participants from across the globe that will come to compete alongside fellow runners on this fantastic route. 

With the addition of the Ultra Marathon distance (60km) in 2010 there is now an event for everyone from the serious Ultra Runner to the 10k specialists on the day of the event. In addition to the Ultra and 10km distances there are also Marathon and Half Marathon options. There is also a Challenge Walk along the 26 mile route of the Causeway Coast Marathon for those avid walkers out there, which is being hosted by Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association and which MUST be entered separately.  

All Causeway Coast events will be fully waymarked and will follow the paths, tracks, beaches and coastline of the Causeway Coast Way - probably one of the most spectacular coastlines in the whole world. The entire route passes through magnificent coastline scenery with fine views of wide bays, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and offshore rocks, all of which characterise the Causeway Coast, making its beauty and uniqueness world famous. All events will run through the world famous Giants Causeway with the Ultra and Marathon events passing close to the actual Giants Causeway stones.

As with all 26 Extreme events, there will be a high level of support and feed stations en route. Participants in all events will be chipped timed by our timing partner ChampionChip Ireland and we will provide split times and finish times for all participants after the event.

On the 24 September 2016 runners from across the world will once again step up to the start line in one of the Causeway Coast events.

The event was a sell out in 2015, so we urge all our customers to enter online with haste to avoid disappointment.  
There will be four distance options on the day with the cost to enter each event being as follows:

  Up to 31st August From 1st September to event close
Ultra Marathon  - 40 miles
£55 £60 (£5 late entry fee)
Marathon £45 £50 (£5 late entry fee)
Half Marathon £35 £40 (£5 late entry fee)
10k £25 £25
 Challenge Walk

Event Registration Times

All events Friday 25 September 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Ultra Marathon
Saturday 26 September
6.00am – 6.30am
Challenge Walk Saturday 26 September 6.30am – 7.00am
Marathon Saturday 26 September 7.00am – 9.00am
Half Marathon Saturday 26 September 9.30am – 11.30am
10K Run / Walk Saturday 26 September 11.30am – 13.30pm

** It is VERY IMPORTANT to register on time and during the appropriate time slot as bus transport will be departing for the start location of each event once the registration for that event closes.  

Event Start Times

Ultra Marathon 7.15am
Challenge Walk 7.30am
Marathon 9.30am
Half Marathon 12.30pm
10k Run / Walk 14.30pm

Why not make a weekend out of the race – there are some fantastic restaurants and pubs in the locality and you can enjoy the food and hospitality that is on offer well into the wee hours.

The nearest towns to the Event Centre are Portballintrae and Bushmills. There is plenty of camping, B&B and hotel accommodation in the area.

For a full listing of Accommodation and other amenities in the area please log onto the dedicated tourism sections of:

B&B and Self Catering

The Manor House B&B and self catering town houses. Speak to Martin or Janette for reservation questions.
You can also access thousands of self catering properties let by Causeway Coast Rentals 

Self Catering

Causeway Cottages - three bedroom self catering houses in Portballintrae. Speak with Lyn Fawcett (077 7153 7987) and he will be able to arrange your booking. Lyn also has access to a further 14 cottages in the vicinity so if there are a group of runners or a family travelling for the night or weekend feel free to contact him and he will do his utmost to accommodate you.

Harbour View Apartment - Self catering apartment in Portballintrae.

Bayview Farm Cottages - Bayview Farm Cottages are very convenient to the coast path itself and command spectacular views over a large section of the route (Benbane head to Dunseverick). The start at Portballintrae is 5 mins away by car. Speak with Tony Boyce and he will do his best to accomodate you.

Blairs Caravans - They have 21 double glazed central heated 3 bed caravans, sites for touring caravans, and sites for tents. Speak with Paul Rohdich and he will take your booking.


Please note that this section will be added to as questions are asked by competitors.

1) How difficult is each event?

Without us knowing your level of fitness the answer to this question is difficult but we would say that unless you have put in the training and have the miles in your legs please do not enter a distance option that you know will be out of your league. We have five distance options – choose carefully!

2) Do you have any recommended kit for the event?

Running shoes (trail runners or ordinary runners) / Walking Boots, Hydration pack or water bottle, Energy snacks, Windproof top, Hat or Buff ®Participants must be aware that weather conditions along the coastline can change and deteriorate rapidly and should bring appropiate clothing to keep them warm in any adverse weather. It is also essential that all competitors undertake a training programme in the months leading up to this event to ensure the day is as memorable as possible.

3) Where is the parking area for the event?

All competitors MUST report to Portballintrae Village Hall for registration, kit check, and race briefing. All vehicles can be left at the registration area and we would ask that as many people as possible car pool for the event. With the exception of the Marathon Runners and Walkers all competitors will be transported to the appropiate start location for their event by bus. For those who are being guided by GPS the postcode for Portballintrae is BT57 8RT

4) Where is the event registration area?

Registration for all events will take place in Portballintrae Village Hall. There will be important welcome and safety briefings for all competitors that will cover safety, the latest weather forecast, logistical considerations and other important information.

5) What's included in my entry fee?

Professionally organised event by 26 Extreme, Public Liability insurance, Bus Transfer for participants from Portballintrae to the start of their event (if applicable), ChampionChip electronic timing system, Race number, Course marking, Manned check points, hydration and feed stations, T-shirt / Finishers Medal, Prizes for each category (age categories will be introduced if entries deem there are enough in each class), VAT.

6) Is there anything sent to me in the post before the event?

No, all information and items to include race numbers, timing chip and other information associated with the event will be given to you upon registration on the day of the event.

7) Are there any feed / hydration stations?

There will be hydration / feed stations at various locations along the route. Ultra Marathon Checkpoints (mile 6, 13, 20, 26, 32)Marathon and Challenge Walk Checkpoints (mile 6, 13, 19), Half Marathon Checkpoints (mile 6) 10km (none)

8) Where is the best place for my family to see me taking part?

Family and friends are more than welcome to come along to this event to show support. Supporters also add an atmosphere and additional energy to the experience for all the other participants and the crew. The best place for your supporters is at the run into the finish in Portballintrae as there will be a festival type atmosphere in the village that day.
Please note:It is asked that spectators follow the recommendations of the organisers in order to prevent bottle necks and congestion.

9) Can I raise money for Charity?

Yes, we have no problem with participants raising money for charities and other worthwhile causes. We have a series of Charity partners and if you are yet undecided as to what charity you will raise money for please click here

10) Do you have any Rules that I have to adhere to?

The event is open to runners, and walkers of 18 years of age and over. Participants must ensure they have appropriate footwear, clothing and have access to water and energy food whilst competing. All participants must refer to the recommended kit list. All participants must follow the prescribed course & adhere to the spirit of the event by showing courtesy to other trail users, dropping no litter – we operate a Leave No Trace Policy. If you drop your rubbish you WILL be disqualified. Leaving gates as found and offering fellow runners who are injured, exhausted or confused, help and support.

11) Will I have to sign a Disclaimer?

Yes, by entering the event you will be bound by the event disclaimer.

12) Can I get a refund if I have to pull out?

Once entered, NO REFUNDS or credits of any kind can be offered for withdrawals from the event.

13) Where can I see the routes?


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