Race name – Causeway Half Marathon by Extreme 26 (in Northern Ireland)

Distance – 13.1 miles

Runner – Lesley Muggeridge

Approx # Competitors – 420 half marathon runners plus marathon runners, ultras and challenge walkers

Price – £35.00

What do you have to show for it – Technical t-shirt and a medal plus burger afterwards

Course Description – All Causeway Coast events will be fully waymarked and will follow the paths, tracks, beaches and coastline of the Causeway Coast Way – probably one of the most spectacular coastlines in the whole world. The entire route passes through magnificent coastline scenery with fine views of wide bays, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and offshore rocks, all of which characterise the Causeway Coast, making its beauty and uniqueness world famous. All events will run through the world famous Giants Causeway with the Ultra and Marathon events passing close to the actual Giants Causeway stones.

As with all 26 Extreme events, there will be a high level of support and feed stations en route. Participants in all events will be chipped timed by our timing partner ChampionChip Ireland and we will provide split times and finish times for all participants after the event.

Reality of Course Description – Accurate description not as hilly as I thought it would be (the marathon route would take you from the shore to the overcliff so would have one steep section but not technical)

Water and Fuel Stations – 2 along the route

Time of year – September

Why I chose this race – wanted to see the Giants Causeway

Organisation – very well organised and very friendly

Feedback Summary –

Will I be back – Yes

Tips for next time – fancy having a go at the full marathon. Quirky course not a PB course as a lot is single track and you have marathon runners running to the half marathon start then looping back, stiles to climb, beaches and rocks to clamber over. If the weather is bad it could be awful but dry the views are fantastic. Very friendly people, loved it.


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