Bideford Bay 50KM.

Welcome to the Bideford Bay 50km page.

We are proud to return with the anticipated  Bideford Bay 50km  On Saturday 11th October 2014,
Below are some images of the course, as you can see this is a stunning route and a few hills can be expected.

There is  4700 ft of total ascent over the 50km course, most of this in the first 17miles.

There will be a strict time limit of 12 hours for the completion of this course, There will also be a cut-off time in place for the half way checkpoint, any competitor deemed to be not able to make the course cut offs will be asked to leave the race by the race Marshall or representative, this decision will always come via the race director.

You will be fully supported throughout the race, with manned checkpoints and aid stations approximately every 7 miles.

We will be recording your timing during the race as you pass through a checkpoint.
We will get the splits for each checkpoint and a overall time on the website as soon as possible, at the end of the race.

Navigation is very simple on this route,
From the start at Hartland Square just head towards the cliff at Hartland quay. Before you reach the edge please turn right. (it's a long way down and a cold swim!)
Then just keep the sea to your left all the way to the finish, in the Historic Port Town of Bideford.
following from feedback of the inaugural race extra markers will be put up on the course especially around the Burrows and Appledore sections. And extra marshals will be on hand at a Hartland Quay. This will eliminate the confusion that some people found

Entry Details.
 All entries are encouraged to enter via the online site, please use the link below.



After the discount race entry fees will be held for this year, as with the inaugural race, the cost will be.

£35:00 for a solo entry,
£45:00 for a team of 2,
£50:00 for a team of 3,
£60:00 for a team of 4,

There is an option for competitors to book transport from the finish area to the start line,

This option is an additional £10:00 per person, not team.

(this will include free parking for the day at the finish)

This race is a 100 Marathon Club qualifying race for all solo participants.

Teams are responsible for getting to and from their designated hand over points, assistance as to most accessible areas will be given by the race director, these will normally be around the aid/water station designated areas but team members are encouraged and free to work out there own race strategies. As with last year teams are encouraged and allowed to finish together. crossing the line as one.

Paper entries available, please contact the Race Director using the contact page.

Competitors will start at 08:00 on Saturday the 11th October 2014
Registration opens at 07:00, with a race briefing at 07:45, This will be held in Hartland Village Hall.
This is a point to point race, competitors are reminded that they will be responsible for their vehicles for the duration of the event.
you will collect your race numbers on the day.

There will be prizes for the following categories;

1st, 2nd and 3rd Solo man, woman.

All competitors who complete the course will get a bespoke medal as a memento of their achievement

Main prizes are being negotiated and will be updated when confirmed.

This race is also supported by many local companies, details of whom will be uploaded soon.

It would not be possible to organise this and future epic events without them. Please support them where you can.
To all involved I am very grateful.

There will be showers & changing rooms at the finish area, a finish line bag can be taken by Beacon Running to the finish area for you please label this clearly and keep the size sensible.

Drop bags,

There will be 1 drop bag position at Bucks Mills, half way point, again please keep this sensible. Be aware the drop bag will be open to the elements, you are responsible for its waterproofing ( I would recommend a 4ltr ExPed style dry bag ) 

This will be returned to the finish village once the checkpoint has been shut. 

Course route:

Please follow the link to see the route and elevation of the course

Race will be held under UKA rules and a permit will be applied for from the TRA.

A full race pack with required kit list and maps stating checkpoints will be updated shortly. Please check back nearer the race.
However please be aware
at Beacon Running, ethics, sustainability and local protection is at our heart, we live in a stunning area and most of which is AONB designated, and part of the North Devon Biosphere Project. The route goes through public rights of way,  but covers local villages, farm land and private lands. Please ensure you follow the countryside code at all times.
The route will not be marshaled other than at specified checkpoints and water/aid stations. (approx every 7 miles) there will be markers put in place at tricky sections but be aware these are going to be erected the night before and we hold no responsibility for there removal or damage during the event.
Navigation is however very easy.

Please be courteous to other coast path users at all times, any directions or alterations to the course given by the marshals or a race official must be adhered too.
Especially at Westward Ho! beach where you will be directed by a Marshall either along the beach or behind the pebble ridge.
This will be solely dependent on the incoming tide and is for your safety.
Any mistreatment towards a race official,

other competitors / public trail users. Disregard for the rules and UN-sportsman like behavior will result in instant dismissal from the race.

Any time used for assisting a fellow competitor or member of the public will be adjusted by the race director.

I am sorry but this race is not suitable for wheelchairs, and dogs are not permitted. 


I could happily tell you all about how good the race is and about the terrain and lung busting ascents and descents, the happy supporters and marshals. However I would prefer you to read about from the people who matter the runners.

Check out the following links and read some great honest blogs about the inaugural Bideford Bay 50 KM,



Great report from Paul Radford and Papa Ferret.