City to sea

Sunday 1st September 2024
Marathon & Half marathon
40 Mile Ultra

Your choice of  Ultra, Marathon or Half Marathon  (Run or Walk)

40 Mile Ultra  “Sea – City -Sea”  – Babbacombe to Exeter and back!

Marathon – Exeter Quayside to Babbacombe Downs

Half Marathon- Dawlish Warren to Babbacombe Downs


Sea – City – Sea 40 Mile Ultra

Your choice of Ultra, Marathon or Half Marathon!

The Marathon starts at Exeter Quayside and follows the Exe Estuary to Dawlish Warren, this is where the Half Marathon starts, both routes now follow the Sea Wall to Dawlish and then the South West Coast Path to Teignmouth, across Shaldon Bridge to Shaldon, this first section is mainly flat tarmac with some gravel paths, from Shaldon the route is hilly trails all the way to Babbacombe Downs and the finish line.  Both distances can be run or walked!


 The Sea – City – Sea 40 Mile Ultra starts at Babbacombe Downs and follows the main City to Sea route in reverse to Exeter, here it turns and follows the City to Sea route back to Babbacombe Downs, at the Shaldon Aid Station you can have a change of shoes waiting for you, which you can change back again on the way back, you can also leave your head torch here. The finishers medal will have its own unique ribbon for the Ultra! 


All distances! 
We will be adding signage and have marshals where needed on the route, however the vast majority is keep the Exe Estuary on your left and then keep the sea on your left (reversed for the first half of the Ultra). The Coast path is well marked with Acorn Signage.

                           There is the option of a £8 coach transfer from Babbacombe to your start line for the Marathon and Half.

Optional Finishers T-shirt (£10) available when you enter.

          For the finishers of the event there is a BIG bespoke “City to Sea medal” and a warm Pasty (Meat, Vegetarian and Vegan choice).

                                                                                   There is an 8 hour Cut-Off for the Marathon.

                                                                                   There is an 6 hour Cut-Off for the Half Marathon.

                                                                                   There is a 12 and a half hour Cut-Off for the Ultra.

                                         The Total Coastal is a cupless event, all participants will need to bring there own cup or bottle.

                                                                                              There are 6 Aid Stations for the Ultra

                                                                                         There are 4 Aid Stations for the Marathon.
                                                                                    There are 2 Aid Stations for the Half Marathon.

                                                     Ultra Starts at 5.30am – Marathon starts at 8am – Half Marathon starts at 9.15am


Mandatory Kit (Failure to carry will result in removal from the event) 

Head Torch for the Ultra (This can be left at the first aid station)

Please carry a mobile phone with the event day Race Director phone number in it, the phone number will be provided in the race info PDF.

Water Bottle or Hydration pack filled to start at least 500ml capacity (250ml for the Half). 

If you want to have some squash or coke at aid stations you may also want to carry a spare cup.

Showerproof Jacket – We may update this requirement the day before the event, if the forecast is for no rain and warm weather, then you don’t need to carry a jacket, we will post on Facebook

£20 Cash or Credit/Debit card for emergencies

Race Nutrition/Fuel – While there will be Aid Stations along the route, carrying some food/gels yourself is a good idea, especially for the first section as this stretch of coast path is longer and strenuous, so you may take longer than expected.


Ultra Affiliated £60 Ultra Unaffiliated £62

Marathon Affiliated Entry £42   Marathon Unaffiliated Entry £44

Half Marathon Affiliated Entry £35  Half Marathon Unaffiliated Entry £37
                                               Minimum Age 18 (21 for the Ultra)

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN) will be the official charity for the event, a percentage of every entry fee will be donated to the charity.