This event will have no mass starts. You will enter the event on a day and one hour time window that suits you to start the race. We will post your packs to you with everything you need on race day. On the big day you arrive and run through the starting gantry starting your race time. We are doing this to ensure the social distancing is possible at all times and restrict the numbers of competitors on the course by only allocating a certain number of entries to each hour window.
The 2020 Causeway Coast Marathon is back on the calendar, and as detailed to registered participants by email, we will be taking the event on tour. The event will now take place in the new venue of Benone strand in the Causeway Coast and Glens. The reason for this change is to enable us to safely deliver the event by allowing participants and the public to sufficiently socially distance whilst taking part. This is made possible by the huge sandy beach at Benone, undoubtably one of the top beaches on the Island of Ireland. It will be the Northern Irish take on a marathon des sables, with the entire course being run on sand, with the stunning vista of the Causeway Coast.
As well as the event moving venue there will be many other changes to how we deliver the event to participants and how you as a participant take part. It’s important that you take time to read all the race information prior to entering this event. The changes to the race format are almost entirely to keep participates taking part in the event as well as our staff and the public safe at all times.
– Electronic chip timing
– Race number
– Event buff
– Postage and packaging
– Free parking
– Access to toilets and showers at the Ark
– First aiders and paramedics on course
– Roving sweeping 4×4
– On course drinking water stations
– Medal at the finish line
– Music on course
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. Running on sand can be particularly challenging especially if the sand is soft due to environmental factors in the days before the event. We have five distance options – choose carefully!
Running shoes / Walking Boots, Hydration pack, cup 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 appropriate 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. Your feet might get wet, so prepare for all eventualities.
There will be ample free parking at the Causeway Coast & Glens leisure complex in Benone near the start line. You will receive a final info email with details on how to find this parking area in the week leading to the event.
Unlike previous years there will be no on the day registration for this event. You must enter online in the appropriate manner to get a place. All packs will be posted out in advance allowing us to deliver a “touchless” event from start to finish.
Professionally organised event by 26 Extreme, Public Liability insurance, , electronic timing system, Race number, Course marking, manned check points, hydration stations, Event Specific Buff & Finishers Medal, Prizes for each category, VAT.
In the weeks leading to the event you will receive all the information you require in the post. There will be no in the day registration.
There will be a touch free water station roughly every 5k in the course. It is your responsibility to carry a means to collect water in the form of a collapsible drinks cup or water bottle for example. There will be no food on the course or at the finish line.
We are actively requesting that only participants arrive to the event, and would ask that you discourage spectators from attending, to reduce numbers at the event area and ensure social distancing, and to keep all participants and members of the public safe.
Yes, we have no problem with participants raising money for charities and other worthwhile causes. If you haven’t yet signed up with a charity please consider Cancer Focus NI. They are once again our chosen charity and a very worthy cause.
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.
In addition there will be a new bolt on set of Social Distancing rules to keep everyone safe on the race course. This will be posted to you in the lead up to the event and made available online. It is very important that you read them carefully and help us with the return to events.
Yes, by entering the event you will be bound by the event disclaimer, which is available on the entry page, and also HERE.