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26 extreme Causeway Marathon

Thursday, 28 September 2017

26 extreme Causeway Marathon thumbnail Christopher Murray, Timothy Jonston and Ross Armstrong (Springwell RC)

NOW in its tenth year the 26 extreme Causeway Marathon event has established itself as one of the most popular running events in the running calendar, attracting 1300 runners from all around the world to the Causeway Coast with another 800 on a reserve list hoping to get an entry.
The event provides entrants with a choice of four distances; a 40 mile ultra marathon, a marathon, a half marathon and a 10k event.
The ultra marathon starts on Portstewart Strand and competitors follow the coast path through Ballyreagh onto the West Strand promenade in Portrush, around Ramore Head and along the East Strand to the White Rocks and then along the coast road to Portballintrae from where the marathon event also starts.
The course continues past Bushfoot golf club and along the sand dunes, past Runkerry house and onto the cliff path to the Causeway itself, where runners have the opportunity to run through the Unesco World Heritage site, before climbing the shepherds steps and following the cliff path to Whitepark Bay, Ballintoy and eventually Larrybane Quarry which is also the starting point for the half marathon.

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