Asics Coast Ultra Xtreme to return in October

The tough but achievable event along the South West Coast Path has been extended to five days with a larger prize fund

Asics Coast Ultra Xtreme

by Trail Running |

The second edition of the Asics Coast Ultra Xtreme has been confirmed to go ahead on October 6-10.

With support of sponsors, including Sportsshoes.com, the five-day multi-stage event in Cornwall will offer an enlarged prize purse of £2500, with a top award of £500 for first place.

The new course along the South West Coast Path will cover 215km including 1470m of elevation.

The last three days of the event will be held in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Challenge.

“Despite such a turbulent year, the 2020 event was a massive success bringing together quality elite runners, with those breaking into the sport,” said organiser Ben Mason of Votwo Events. “We have therefore taken this incredible event to the next level, opening up more entries, refining the route and adding to last year’s prize pot. Having safely and successfully run the event last year in the toughest of situations, we are looking forward to develop the event into one of the UK’s leading running events whilst always putting our athletes first to maintain both their safety and enjoyment as they race over Cornwall’s spectacular trails.”

The new course has runners starting at Land's End and heading east to Porth Melin on the opening day. The participants will then head back in the opposite direction on days two and three from Marazion to Perranporth. Finally, the runners will go south west back to finish at Land's End.

Ry Webb, who won last year's event, said: “I loved the variety the event threw at you. One minute you were up on the clifftop paths, and next you were running along the beach itself. From the breath-taking views to the technical scrambles – there was always something to interest and inspire you to the finish line.”

Organisers have placed a limit on entries and are advising early booking.

Regarding the difficulty of the race, they state: "The event provides a significant but accessible challenge in comparison to other extreme multi-day events such as MDS, Dragons Back and UTMB. For the avid ultra-runner it offers a fast and unique course with 4 UTMB qualifying points and for the those running at the front a guaranteed minimum of £2500 in prize money. For the first timer, it’s tough but achievable event with a single overnight site with accommodation or camping on offer and daily transfers to and from starts and finishes it provides the ideal first event, with a comfortable base to recover and refuel for the next day."

TR's Paul Halford ran the Atlantic Coast Challenge last year - check out his report.

New course

Day 1 Land's End to Porth Mellin: 60km and 1470 meters of elevation

Day 2 Marazion to St Ives Holiday Park: 27km and 460 meters of elevation

Day 3 Nr Padstow to Perranporth: 42km and 900 meters of elevation

Day 4 Perranporth to St Ives Bay Holiday Park: 42km and 1060 meters of elevation

Day 5 St Ives Bay Holiday Park to Land's End: 44km and 1230 meters of elevation

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