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City to Sea Marathon


The City to Sea Marathon is on 3rd September 2022

Run  or Walk the choice is yours!

The Event

The City to Sea Marathon is a challenging 26.60 mile run or walk from Exeter Riverside to Babbacombe Downs in Torquay, don’t be fooled by the first 20 miles which apart from a couple of short climbs are flat, because as you leave Shaldon and re-join the South West Coast Path things get challenging, this stage is the toughest of the route, with quite a few climbs before reaching the finish. The route has riverside paths, country lanes, woodlands, stunning cliff tops, beaches, harbours and much more. Simply the best scenery Devon has to offer.

Start Location & Time

The Start Race HQ is located at Exwick Parish Hall, Station Road, Exeter, EX4 2AB

The Start Location is a short minutes walk from the Start HQ

Exwick Sports Hub

The Marathon starts at 8am. Full timing details will be in the event information PDF, which is emailed two weeks before the event.

Finish Location

The finish line is on Babbacombe Downs, Torquay. As well as the race village there will also be the fantastic Festival of Fun with lots do to for all the family and live entertainment all day and into the evening.


Coach Transport is available from Babbacombe to the Start HQ in Exeter in plenty of time for the start, it leaves Babbacombe at 6.30am. The cost is £10 and you can pay for this when entering the event.


You will find interactive route maps of each of the 3 stages of the Marathon here.



The route will be marked with signs, tape and there will also be marshals at certain points. We are increasing the amount of signage & tape from the previous event and adding more marshal locations, we do still advise you however to familiarise yourself with the route and carry a map of the route on you at all times.

Check Points

There are 2 check points, and two water only stops, listed below are their locations, the distance in miles between them and the cut off times for each check point. (Subject to alteration, final details will be in event information PDF)

LocationTypeMiles from StartCut Off
Countess WearWater Stop5.50
StarcrossCheck Point 11.7012:30pm
ShaldonCheck Point 20.303pm
MaidencombeWater Stop23.7


What You Get

  • Entry into the City to Sea Marathon
  • Access to the first two of our fantastic and highly praised check points, with great food and drink to help you on your way and access to the two water stops.

On completeing the Marathon you will get:

  • A Finishers Medal
  • Free Fish and Chips from Hanburys Famous Fish and Chip Shop in Babbacombe


Solo entry to the Marathon is £45


The following kit is mandatory and must be carried at all time, kit checks will be in operation and we reserve the right to withdraw you from the event if you are not carrying any of the items listed, you are running on remote parts of coast path for some of the event, the kit list is for your safety:

Mandatory Kit

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director
  • Full Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 500ml
  • Showerproof Jacket

Recommended Kit

  • Headgear (sun, wind and rain)
  • Gloves (good for if you stop and cool)
  • Additional upper body thermal layer
  • Waterproof layers
  • Sunscreen (hopefully)
  • Sunglasses
  • Blister treatment kit
  • Some form of identification
  • Route Map

Baggage Drop

There will be a baggage drop at the Start HQ, your bag will be taken to the finish line.

Race Numbers

Race Numbers will be picked up on Event Day, either at Start HQ or if you are using the race transport, then you will pick them up before boarding.


Just by entering the event you are helping THHN help families affected by serious illness and bereavement, however we have a new category of entrant ‘Memory Maker Fundraiser’ with the chance of receivng a 50% or even 100% refund of your entry, should you be able to fundraise either £150 (50% refund) or, an extra £75 (further 50% refund).
Have a look at our new Charity & Group Entry.

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