Rat Race | Man Vs Coast
Sat 6 Jul 2024 Marazion, Cornwall, UK

Rat Race | Man Vs Coast

Man vs Coast is a 25-mile adventure run in Cornwall featuring natural obstacle challenges such as sea wades and coasteering for the adventurer who wants to make a weekend of it.

  • Sat 6 Jul 2024
Marazion Beach, Marazion > Land's End, Penzance

Rat Race | Man Vs Coast



Age 18 & over

  • 25 miles trail running


This breathtaking 25-mile route takes in high cliffs, brooding moorland, picture-perfect beaches, crashing waves, big swells, rough-hewn rocks, water jumps, short swims and a few cheeky surprises.

It's an utterly unique event where coasteering meets running! Bring your family, bring your mates. Stay for a while and experience Cornwall in the height of summer. With a stunning start line at Marazion Beach, the route will weave its way coast to coast from one side of the Cornish peninsula to the other, taking in a course that is exciting beyond belief.


  • Unique running and coasteering event
  • 25 mile route from one side of the Cornish peninsula to the other
  • For runners and hikers who don't mind getting wet
  • Fully waymarked with Pit Stop support on route
  • Explore the Cornish coast and have some fun!

Event video

  • Average fitness
  • Event village
  • Spectators


  • Friday 14:00-22:00 | Registration at Penzance Leisure Centre
  • Saturday 08:00 | Event begins - you will be allocated a start time from 8am onwards

Fitness level

Be prepared for a long day on your feet. You should be able to comfortably complete a half marathon and be used to off-road terrain, whether that’s hiking or running but this event is not designed solely for whippet-y fell runners. It is a unique proposition. You'll need good footwear and the right clothing for if the weather turns. It is summer but it can get windy and the sea air can take it out of you too. This is a step-up for 10K road runners but it has been designed to be achievable.

Running along the coast

Swimming ability

This is a running event, not a swimming event, and you will certainly get wet. When it is full immersion the team will issue buoyancy aids and have water safety staff on standby. In order to complete the event fully, you must be able to swim. But all of the water sections are short and can be bypassed if you wish. This is not a ‘swim-run’ event where you are transferring from land to water on a regular basis. Wetsuits are not required as this is predominantly a running event with short (and fun) water sections interspersed.


It's fully way-marked to make navigation easy so you won't need a map and compass. This allows you to fully concentrate on the challenge.

Kit list

A comprehensive kit list will be available.


Supporters are welcome and there will be ample opportunity for them to see you in action on course. Please ensure your supporters have read all the event information and that they follow advice to help maintain a safe environment for everyone. Cornwall is an amazing destination in the summer and you are encouraged to make a trip of it with family or friends!

  • Bag transfer
  • Cafe
  • Coast
  • Paid parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Land's End
Land's End
TR19 7AA

Getting to the event

The event course goes from Marazion Beach to Land’s End. The registration venue is at Penzance.

By air

The nearest airport is Newquay, served from London, UK regional airports and some European destinations. It is 45 mins drive to Penzance from Newquay airport.

By rail

The mainline train from London and from stations across Britain terminates at Penzance. Journey time from London by train is 5h45m and there are up to 12 trains/day from London Paddington and connecting stations via Reading, Bristol and Exeter.

By road

The A30 dual-carriageway goes to Penzance and connects to the motorway network via the M5 through the South West and to the North and M4 towards London. Road journey time to Penzance is 3h15m from Bristol and 5h00m from London.

Bus transfer to the start

On race day there will be a pre-event bus transfer from the finish line venue at Land’s End costing £12.50. Buses must be pre-booked when you enter or through your account. The bus will leave Land’s End Saturday morning at 7am and 8am. Those in early waves should aim for the early bus to ensure there in good time, while those in the later waves should book the 8am service so they are not waiting around at the start line too long.

Driving to the start

You can also drive to the start and park at Marazion Beach where a parking charge will apply payable to the land owner. If you leave your car at the start line you will need to plan your own transport to collect it.

Taxi service at the end

A taxi shuttle will be available after the event, from Lands End to Penzance Train Station (£8 per person) and from Marazion start line (£11). These will leave every 30/45 minutes depending on demand.

The shuttle tickets can be bought at registration, but can be pre-ordered via email and paid for on the day in cash. Alternative destinations are available and can be pre-booked in advance or requested on the day.

  • Check points
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Wave start
  • Way markers

The route is at least 25 miles but has significant ascent and descent, some very steep terrain, possibly strong winds and very salty sea air. This is a full day’s outing on rugged ground with the sea never far away and on multiple occasions, you will be in it too.

Expect hands-on rock scrambling, jumps, short swims and a solid outing in the legs on the run.

Mixed-terrain route

  • Carbon offset
  • Plastic-free event
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

Environmental pledge

This event has made a firm commitment to really elevate its approach to a sustainable and environmentally aware way of working. Each activity has been assessed to improve its environmental impact, including:

  • race t-shirts to be collected at the event and not shipped across the world
  • wooden medals instead of metal
  • phasing out single-use plastics
  • local event catering
  • tighter recycling activities

This event is on track to achieve carbon-neutral in its day-to-day business activities and is making progress with carbon off-setting for worldwide travel, including ground-breaking ways to make a difference in some of the host locations.

  • Eco medal


  • Guides and support

    Fully waymarked route meaning no navigation required plus Pit Stop support on route.

  • Safety

    Professional 4x4 support vehicles, safety staff, mountain safety, medical and welfare. Audited and accredited to BS8848 expedition safety standard.

  • Transfer policy

    Flexible transfer policy up to 1 month before the event.

  • Medal and Kit

    High quality eco medal and rat rag for all participants.

Not Included

  • Bus to the start (Β£12.50)
  • Finish line or start line parking
  • Event t-shirt
  • Camping

Event leader

Rob is your event leader. He's a highly experienced Operations Director with a wealth of leadership and safety knowledge.

Rob, your leader

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Pay by instalments

Instalment plan

eg. Β£29.75 in 4 instalments.

Choose how many months you want to spread the cost over, totally interest free. There is no credit check required to use this facility. When you sign up to the instalment plan the organiser will set up a recurring payment and your card will be debited on the same date each month.

Refund protect

Add Refund Protect to your booking during purchase and receive a full refund of your entry fee if you are unable to attend the event due to a qualifying unforeseen circumstance.

Entry fees

Entry fee


Pairs entry fee


It's one of my all time favourites, such a wild adventure! Also a great excuse for a holiday down in Cornwall! Well worth the trip and an adventure of a lifetime! Zoe Attenborough

The route was well marked, the volunteers were excellent and the scenery was stunning. Andrew Broadhurst

I had the best experience. I never thought I'd get as far as checkpoint 2 let alone complete the whole thing and all the activities. I really felt empowered and on top of the world with my achievement. Despite some of the "big" activities having to change due to sea conditions etc and me being near the back of the pack the martials etc made the adapted activities fun, daft and enjoyable. Liz Gurney