Causeway Coast Marathon 2021​

Event Planned Start​

18th September 2021




The 2021 Causeway Coast Marathon will take place on Saturday 18th September.

The Causeway Coast Marathon needs little introduction. It’s truly iconic in the trail running world and has established its self as one of the top trail runs in the UK.

For 2021 there will be a slight change to the event format due to planning to be covid safe. The following race categories will be available to enter.

Full Marathon and challenge walk

1/2 marathon and challenge walk. - for 2021 cancer focus

All events will start and finish at the Portballintrae Village Hall and run in an out and back format.

The reason for this change is to eliminate the requirement to bus competitors as this could be effected by future restrictions. We hope to return to the traditional event format for 2022.

There is also a Charity Challenge Walk along the 26 mile route of the Causeway Coast Marathon for those avid walkers out there.

For 2019 Cancer Focus Northern Ireland has been nominated as our official charity partner with much needed funds being raised.

If you wish to enter the walk and fundraise for Cancer focus please follow this link.

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 Marathon and Challenge Walk 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 Jaguar Timing who will provide finish times for all participants after the event.


These are PROVISIONAL TIMES, you will receive your final information 72 hours before the
event start which details times. 

 Times are dictated by the tide, and may be 1 hour earlier,
or 1 hour later.  

Challenge Walk 7.30am
Marathon 9.30am
Half Marathon 10.30pm



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

1) How difficult is each event? 

It’s very hard!  It’s far from flat, the terrain varies from tarmac to sand, to rocks and boulders.  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!  The Causeway should be considered a challenge event, and is not a PB course.  


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

Running shoes (trail runners recommended or ordinary runners are not advised) / Walking Boots for the challenge walk or trail running shoes are good, Hydration pack or  reusable 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 or waiting for a start. 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.  


3) Where is the parking area for the event?

All competitors MUST report to Portballintrae Village Hall for registration and event briefing. Parking is very sparse in this area – there are no large car parks, and the use of a field at this time of year can be impossible due to ground conditions.  For this reason, we ask competitors to please give themselves plenty of time, and park in the town, legally, not blocking driveways and abiding by the directions of the traffic management signage.  


There is NO BUS TRANSPORT in 2021, all events will be “out and back”, and will start and finish at Portballintrae Village Hall. 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, electronic timing system, Race number, Course marking, manned check points, hydration and feed stations, Event Specific merchandise & Finishers Medal, Prizes for winners.  


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 water and aid stations roughly every 5km 


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

In previous years, family and friends have been 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. .  It is unclear currently how many spectators can attend, however, and with this in mind, we will be updating this information closer to the time when all restrictions have been finalised for this period.  Should it be possible, 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, and spectators can cause congestion at access points along the route.  


9) Can I raise money for Charity?

Yes, we have no problem with participants raising money for charities and other worthwhile causes. If you are looking for a charity to raise money for our 2021 charity partner is Cancer Focus NI

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) 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, however there will be a deferral window that you can avail of, please email for more information.