Brightlingsea Challenge

Next Race: 19/03/2023

Millenium Park, Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Essex. CO7 0HH

Now in it's fifth year, why not join us for our Brightlingsea Challenge marathon and 6hr timed event on the Essex coastline. Typically, this brings out the extremes in the weather, with both snow and warm sunshine in the last 2 years! 

The undulating but predominantly flat, traffic-free looped trail course, will give you the opportunity to run a marathon or as many or as few laps as you wish, within the time limit of 6 hours. The loops will be 10.54km/6.55m in distance and so you will need to complete 2 laps for a half marathon, 4 laps to cover full marathon distance, and then if you choose to continue, the clock will be your only limiting factor!

With an aid station at the end of every lap, you will have the ability to fuel yourself without having to carry everything you might need. You may leave a bag with your specific requirements at the aid station, for you to raid as you see fit! Alternatively, there will be flapjacks, fruit and nuts, and also water and squash, should you feel like a change!

PLEASE NOTE – In an attempt to reduce our race-day plastic waste, this is a CUPLESS event! We will provide all drinks and refreshments as per our usual aid stations, but you will need to provide a receptacle of some description. It can be a reusable cup, soft flask or whatever vessel you choose, even your very own running shoe at the end of every lap, but we won’t be providing any cups at all, and there will be no drinking from jugs either! We will, of course, be more than happy to assist you with the filling of whatever you choose as normal. If you wish, you are able to purchase a Hydrapak Speedcup online as part of your registration, or on race day.

An opportunity to run on a fast, lapped course, without the need to carry your usual ‘clobber’ and with a sought after, unique, bespoke medal, this promises to be a fantastic event for runners of all abilities. UKA Affliated Member & Race Permit issued by TRA and a 100 Club qualifiying event.

Run Route & Aid Station

The race will start at Millenium Park, Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Essex. CO7 0HH.

There is ample parking on the roadside along Promenade Way, but also in public car parks located on Promenade Way.

Toilets are located near Bateman’s Café on the West Promenade, in the car park at the end of Promenade Way. These will be accessible, before, during, and after the race.

Please view our Terms and Conditions before registering for any event.

Brightlingsea is a small historical sailing town with much to offer the day visitor or as a base to explore the surrounding towns and countryside.

Today Brightlingsea is a thriving town with many interesting old buildings set amongst a town centre of friendly mainly independent shops. The narrow streets lead down to the Town Hard where you can spend some leisurely time to watch the comings and goings, see families enjoying crabbing from the town jetty or disembarking from the ferry or visiting yachts.

From the Town Hard you can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade lined with colourful beach huts, past the open-air swimming pool to Batemans Tower where you will find a café, children’s playground, skateboard park and the start of your next challenge!

Please be mindful of other users of the promenade area and park responsibly. There will be no excuse for littering given the ability to dispose of any unwanted rubbish at the end of every lap in the bins provided. We would like to continue to return to this venue regularly and constant littering might make this difficult.

Race day will be run in strict accordance with our H&T COVID 19 race day procedures and they will be approved by the UKA and under a permit issued by the Trail Running Association. These will be communicated prior to the event to all participants.

Brightlingsea Challenge Mar 2023

  • 19/03/2023, 09:30


    £38.00 - £40.00
  • 19/03/2023, 09:30

    6hr timed event

    £38.00 - £40.00



Batemans Tower Café, Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Essex. CO7 0HH