Organisers are pleased to announce the return of the hugely successful Asics Coast Ultra Xtreme, presented by Sportsshoes.com, which will see athletes come together for a gruelling 214km, 5-day, ultra-running challenge over the rugged and beautiful Cornish coastline.
It was announced this week that the event will not only be held from October 6th – 10th, but through the support of sponsors including Asics and Sportsshoes.com, the event will not only include a £2500 prize purse but will also carry ITRA and UTMB points.
“Despite such a turbulent year, the 2020 event was a massive success bringing together quality elite runners, with those breaking into the sport,” says event co-founder and 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 route will take runners from Porth Mellin to Padstow, with stages ranging from 27km to 60km each day. The new course follows some of Britain’s best coastline trails including plenty to interest the world’s best elite athletes yet is achievable for newcomers to the sport.
Ry Webb, winner of the men’s 2020 CUX 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.”
The new course announced this week will see runners cover a total of 215km including 7400m of elevation including:
Day 1 Lands’ 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 Lands’ End: 44km and 1230 meters of elevation
Organisers have put a limit on the number of entrants, so it Is advised to secure your slot early. Early bird race entry costs from £325 for solo entry or £400 for a team (2 or 3 members) before May 31st.
Athletes already registered for its sister event, the Votwo Atlantic Coast Challenge can upgrade to the Asics Coast Ultra Xtreme by contacting organisers.
Thanks to support from Asics, CLIF, Precision Hydration and Sportshoes.com, there is a guaranteed prize purse of £2500 and a host of spot prizes for participants during and post event.
The Coast Ultra Xtreme was piloted in 2020 alongside the Atlantic Coast Challenge gaining instant praise from participants. Julia Davis, winner of the women’s 2020 CUX said; “Covid it was just really nice to do a race where you felt really safe and at ease.” Whilst Oxfordshire-based Slovakian Robert Gunar added; “Looking out into the ocean is too good to be true. Look at these colours, they are so vibrant, blue, grey, turquoise – everything is just so vivid. What more do you want from life?”
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.
To register for the 2021 Asics Coast Ultra Xtreme visit: www.votwo.co.uk/asicscux