MdC Ultra 2020

2020 will see the 3rd running of this epic yet brutal adventure that covers the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path in 3 days

It can be done and it has been. However the hall of fame makes a quick read

2018 Richard Simpson – 64hrs 32mins

2019 Owen Evans – 67hrs 50mins 

 

To get a bit more of an insight it’s worth reading the 2018 blog  Richard the Lion Heart

The Marathon of the Coasts, is run from St Dogmaels on the North Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion border and takes in the entire 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (The UK’s only coastal National Park) and finishes at Amroth on the South Pembrokeshire / Carmarthenshire border.

The path is made up mainly of rugged uneven ground which covers a diverse route that will see you run high along open and exposed sea cliffs as well as underneath them at sea level as you pass through the numerous fishing hamlets, villages and towns as well as taking you through some of the most iconic and historic locations in Wales.

The course is visually stunning and due to the nature of the terrain and the elevation loss and gain being over 30,000ft it is also one of the most difficult you will run anywhere in the world. This really is a bucket list run!

The History

In 2017 we ran the course in 6 days, it was spectacular and here’s the blog with the difficulties faced.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge

Then in 2018 we held the first official race, which saw one finisher – Rich Simpson who became the first known person to complete the path in under 3days! With a time of 64hrs and 32 minutes. Then in 2019 the event saw just one finisher. Pembrokeshire boy Owen Evans in a time of 67hrs 50mins, yes just 10 mins to spare. That was a stressful day for all concerned.

The Challenge – Ahead 

To cover the entire the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, all 186 miles of it in 3 days (well under 68hrs), on two feet, You will starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth, It will be the ultimate in physical and mental endurance, You will feel tiredness and exhaustion like never before this is not for the faint hearted.

Each stage starts at 0400hrs

You can leave later than 0400hrs on day 2 & 3, but you are adding extra pressure on making the cut off

Stage 1

June 19th, St Dogmaels, non stop to Caerfai (66miles) cut off 0000hrs

Stage 2

June 20th, Caerfai non stop to Pembroke Dock – Cleddau Bridge (52 0r 59 miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs

Stage 3

June 21st, Pembroke Dock – Cleddau Bridge, non stop to Amroth and the finish (58miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs That is the entire South section in one day. 59.2 Miles

If you come first and can beat 64hrs 32mins you will be the fastest person to have done it.

Price / Enter and other options 

MdC Ultra 2020 – 3 Day Event – Entry Fee – £300 BOOK HERE|

In addition to the 3 day event we also hold the following options which are by no means easy

1) The North Coast Ultra Marathon – Friday 19th June – £50 BOOK HERE

For those of you who are thinking of doing this and need a bit of a recce or persuasion this is your chance. The first day of the Marathon des Cote will be a stand alone ultra marathon of 66 miles a challenge in itself and an insight into the 3 day event. The route will see you run the entire North Coast and a bit more! From St Dogmaels to Caerfai (St Davids)

2) The South Coast Ultra Marathon – Sunday 21st June – £50 BOOK HERE 

Again this is ideal for anyone who wants to tackle the 3 day event but wants a taster first. This event is also great as a standalone event. As you will run the entire South Coast of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. From the Cleddau Bridge to Amroth a modest 59.2 Miles and some real challenges and scenic wonders on the way

3) Relay Teams 3 Day Event – 19th – 21st June – £500 BOOK HERE

The event is also open to relay teams of 3 – This will be the 3 runners. With each runner having to run a section of each day. This is very much a tactical thing. As you can swap as many times as you want and run as far or as little as you want. But as a team you still have to make the cut offs.

Why oh Why

Well we do like a challenge and this has to be the ultimate running challenge in Pembrokeshire and possibly anywhere

plus

  • The whole coast path is a bucket list event and adding the time cut offs just makes it that much more extreme

Where else would you want to be for 3 days in June!!

 

Booking Terms and Conditions / Cancellation Policy

Organising events relies on pre bookings, to establish what our outlays will be and how much of everything there is to order. Therefore so that we are not left at a loss by ordering unnecessary items the following policy is in place.

  • You can obtain a refund of 80% up until a month before the event
  • No refunds will be issued after 1 month before the start of the event
  • You can transfer your place to another runner up until 48hrs before the start of the event.
  • You can defer your place to the following years event up until 2 weeks before the start of the event.
  • You can transfer your entry to another event of the same value, up until 2 weeks before the event (assuming there is space on the other event)

Our events are held in the outdoors in wonderful places and that is what makes them challenging and spectacular. Unfortunately from time to time extreme weather conditions can cause serious disruption to the areas of the event or make the running of the event unsafe or irresponsible. On such occasions we may have to postpone the event. If this is done we will look for the nearest possible date to reschedule the event. If a rescheduled date proves to be unsuccessful or one can not be found entries will be deferred to the following years event.

What this means is

If an event is cancelled due to adverse weather, or an unforeseen incident, emergency or such matter that is totally out of our control;

  • No refunds will be given
  • You will be deferred to the new date
  • If the New date does not suit you, you will be transferred to the following years event.
  • Throughout this process you will have the opportunity to transfer your place to another person or swap to another of our events of the same value.

We hope you appreciate the reasons behind such a policy and understand the work and finacial commitment that goes into an event in the lead up, such as staff hours, merchandise buying and marketing. And having to cancel or having a large number of request for refunds can make future events unsustainable. We also very much appreciate the time and financial commitment you have put into training and preparing for an event and the frustration you have at it being postponed. That is why we try to be as fair as possible in dealing with these matters.

Our insurance does not cover cancelations, However I know there are companies that cover individual competitors for entry fees on cancelled events. If you do a large amount of events and ones of high value this may be something to look into.

We would also like to thank our many customers of the the years for their support 99.99% of which are very understanding and are true event athletes when nature strikes.

“Many will talk about it few will do it”

Marathon des Cote 2020 (MdC Ultra)

19th, 20th and 21st June @ Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The 2020 MdC will take place over the weekend of 19th, 20th and June 2020. Registration and compulsory briefing will take place on Thursday 18th June at 1900hrs at Celtic Camping Bunk House Accommodation.

The Challenge

The task ahead is not an easy one, it is The entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path all 186 miles of it in 3 days, Starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth, with over 33,000ft of elevation to tackle, along some of the most rugged and beautiful coast line the UK has to offer

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path boasts the fact that it is the UK only Coastal National Park and is regularly voted in the top 2 Coastal walks in the World.

The Event logistics and rules

Each day will start at 0400hrs and the cut off will be 0000hrs the first two days will all be about finishing, resting and recovery.

The last day will be the race, the first person across the line at Amroth wins.

On day One and Two and t

Stage 1 

19th June – St Dogmaels to Caerfai – 66 Miles

Stage 2

June 20th, Caerfai to Pembroke Dock (52 miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs

Stage 3

June 21st, Pembroke Dock to Amroth and the finish (59miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs

Why do the MdC and Why do it with Muuk Adventures 

We do like a challenge and this is the ultimate running challenge in Pembrokeshire or indeed anywhere, once you have completed this you will be amazed and full of pride of your achievement and in awe of the scenery and beauty that you have passed along the way, which will play it’s own part in keeping you going

We also offer you support along the way. Although this is largely a self sufficient race and competitors will have to be well prepared we do supply the following

  • Timed event
  • T-shirt / Medal / Numbers
  • Water stops along the course
  • Food / Accommodation at the end of each stage (Bunk House Accommodation)
  • First Aid cover throughout the course and welfare at the end of Stage 1 & 2
  • Massage service at the end of stage 1 & 2
  • Detailed map of course, information pack of the event and the facility of Q&A with persons of extremely good local knowledge who have completed the route.
  • Bag, kit and supplies transfers between each stage
  • GPS Trackers

For further details please contact us at MuukAdventures@gmail.com

Registration now open for 2020 with limited places available

To Enter MdC Ultra 2020 at £300 – BOOK HERE

And join a very small and elite group

The course will be sign posted by the Acorn which marks the route of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, in addition to this we will send you a detailed guide to the path and a map, the below interactive map highlights the course and elevation

Please note the course will not be sign posted with specific event signs as this is unrealistic and unnecessary if you follow the instructions and Acorn.

However. It is extremely important that you take this challenge seriously and give it the respect it deserves. You will need to research the route and the areas that may present difficulty. This is all part of the event and the achievement. If you fail to get the navigational part of this course wrong on a number of occassions, you will not be able to complete the course in the required time. Please do your home work, ask questions and do some research. The cut offs and aid stations will be strict.

Marathon des Cote 2020

19th, 20th and 21st June @ Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The Relay Race

The 3rd MdC will take place over the weekend of 19th, 20th and 21st June 2020. Registration and compulsory briefing (for first leg athlete) will take place on Thursday 18th June at 1900hrs at Celtic Camping, St Davids

The Challenge

The task ahead is for a team of 3, to race or run the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path all 186 miles of it in 3 days, Starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Amroth, with over 33’000ft of elevation to tackle along some of the most rugged and beautiful coast line the UK has to offer

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path boasts the fact that it s the UK only Coastal National Park and regularly voted as one of the top coastal trails in the World

The Event logistics and rules

Each day will start at 0400hrs and the cut off will be 0000hrs (You can start later on day 2 and 3 but you run the risk of missing the cut offs)

For the relay teams the time is taken from the start at St Dogmaels to the finish at Amroth The overall winners will be the team that reaches Amroth first.

The teams will have to think tactically the only stipulation is that each runner runs a section of each leg (day) the amount of distance and the amount of times they run is up to the team to manage. The only rule as such is that you make the cut offs and change the tracker to the person actually running.

This is a great team event with some real bonding, supporting each other and working together. The entry fee includes accommodation, massage and food on days one and two for all team members. This gives you a great chance to escape the world for 3 days and enjoy the west coast of wales

Stage 1 

19th June – St Dogmaels to Caerfai – 66miles

Stage 2

June 20th, Caerfai to Pembroke Dock/Cleddau Bridge (56miles approx.) cut off 0000hrs

Stage 3

June 21st,  Pembroke Dock/Cleddau Bridge to Amroth and the finish (58miles approx.) cut off 0000hr

Why do the MdC and Why do it with Muuk Adventures

We do like a challenge and this is the ultimate running challenge in Pembrokeshire or anywhere for that matter, once you have completed this you will be amazed and full of pride of your achievement and in awe of the scenery and beauty that you have passed along the way, which will play it’s own part in keeping you going. The extra benefit of doing this as part of a team, is the bonding and camaraderie you will create from sharing such an experience will be something unique to such an event, where you will be tired, fatigued and hungry and in your hour of need it will be your team mates driving you on and motivating you. Although this is a relay, the distances are still significant and it will not be easy.

We also offer you support along the way. Although this is largely a self sufficient race and competitors will have to be well prepared we do supply the following

  • Timed event
  • T-shirt / Medal / Numbers
  • Water stops along the course
  • Food / Accommodation at the end of each stage (Bunk House Accommodation)
  • First Aid cover throughout the course and welfare at the end of Stage 1 & 2
  • Massage service at the end of stage 1 & 2
  • Detailed map of course and information pack of the event.
  • Bag, kit and supplies transfers between each stage
  • GPS Trackers
  • Accommodation and food available for all team members throughout the event

For further details please contact us at MuukAdventures@gmail.com

Registration now open for 2020 with limited places available

To Enter 2020 Marathon des Cote at £500 per team BOOK HERE

The Marathon des Cote – The One Day Ultras

We have two options for those interested in the one day options. These runs are a massive challenge in themselves. And are ideal for a stand alone ultra challenge or a taster as to what the 3 day event would be like.

  1. The North Coast Ultra 

Date – 19th June 2020

Distance – 66.6 miles

The Course Point to Point – St Dogmaels to Caerfai (St Davids)

Cost – £50 BOOK HERE

The day will begin at St Dogmaels and starts with a 2.5 mile climb to the highest point on the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path. And we won’t lie the northern coast of the Path is the most rural, isolated and hilliest but is also spectacular and gives you a real sense of being in the wilderness. The route will take in 6770ft of elevations over it’s 66.6 miles (which happens to be the same as our previously run “To hell and back” ultra. You will work your way South and cover the entire Northern Coast Line and a bit more as you round the St Davids Peninsular to Caerfai.

Competitors will receive

  • T-shirt
  • Medal (finishers)
  • Published Times
  • Live tracker
  • 3 x Aid Stations

Other than being a very challenging run this route will take you past some of the coastal jewels in the North Pembrokeshire  section of the National Park. You will pass by some great scenic and steeped in history iconic locations such as  Dinas Head, The Jemima Nichols monument and the site if the last invasion of the UK, Strumble Head, The Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy, Wales Most Westerly Point at St Davids Head, The Birth Place of St Davids at St Nons to name but a few. All great spots that will help you overcome the physical and mental hurdles of the day!

The South Coast Ultra 

  • Date – 21st June 2020
  • Distance – 59.2 miles
  • The Course Point to Point – Pembroke Dock/Cleddau Bridge to Amroth
  • Cost – £50 – BOOK HERE

Again this run is a fantastic opportunity to recce the 3rd day of the MdC but it is also much more than that. It is the chance to run the entire South Coast of the National Park. From The Cleedau Bridge to Amroth. Taking in the extremely challenging Angle to Freshwater West Section and the magical sections from Stackpole to Pennally. Where you will pass by some award winning beaches before you get to Tenby and to be honest the last section, is not an easy one, with some big climbs and interesting steps. Making this a real challenge.

Q Where do you stay

A. The end of Stage 1 is on 66.6 miles and you will stop at Caerfai (St Davids) and will be transferred back to Celtic Camping and the Bunk Barns, the facility are comfortable. You will have a bed, shower, toilet, dining area, hot food, massage service and footcare 1st aid!

The End of Stage 2 is 59 miles (or 126.6 in total) and you will stop at the Cleddau Bridge and stay at the dorms of the water sports centre, where you will have a bed, shower, toilet, hot food, massage service, and foot care 1st aid.

Q Is the run self sufficient

We will have a number of aid stations along the way (3 per day) where you can pick up pre-packed food and water supplied by us

However if the runner wants to leave a special needs bag at these pre-determined locations (named by us) this can be arranged as we know you may want to sort your own nutrition.

Q Can a runner have outside assistance

A 3rd party can supply food, clothes, body care and water at any point along the course. However you are not allowed to travel in any 3rd parties vehicle.

Q. How is the event timed

A. The clock starts at 0400hrs on the first day and stops when you finish on the 3rd day

Q. What are the cut offs

A. Day one cut off is at 0000hrs and Day two cut off is 0000hrs and Day three cut off is 0000hrs

Q. What is the compulsory rest period?

A. On day one and day two there is no running between 0000hrs and 0400hrs (You can start later that 0400hrs but you will have to make to 0000hrs cut off

Q. What is the overflow day?

A. The 2020 event will have no overflow day. If you do not finish it by midnight on day 3 the event stops. There will be no medals, T-shirts or awards given to anyone who comes outside of this time.

Q. What is the quickest time it has been done in?

A. There is no official record, we have researched it and the best we can find is 4 days (exact hours not known) there is rumours of someone doing it in 3 days in the 80’s but no name, date or other details have been supplied! However only one person can do it the quickest and no doubt people will outdo each other over the year/s. But to be an MdC finisher will be some achievement and one that not many will be able to boast! NB. The fastest time is for continuous clock running not stages

Q. Where Can I park my car, will I be transferred to the start from the finish, where should I stay the night before  

A. If you are travelling to the area and need accommodation the night before and to leave your car somewhere secure, we recommend the following. If you stay at Celtic Camping (The stopover point at the end of day 1) You can leave your car here free of charge, it will be the location of the briefing the night before, you will be transferred from here to the starting point, and you will be transferred back here after completing the run. Celtic Camping cost £25 per night

This is a wonderful route and a real tough challenge that will take you through some special places whilst taking you to some special places metaphorically!!!!!

The stunning Pembrokeshire landscape
The stunning Pembrokeshire landscape
The stunning Pembrokeshire landscape
The stunning Pembrokeshire landscape
Ras Dewi Sant (Coast Path Marathon/Half Marathon)