Norfolk Coastal Path

Following the success of our Sunrise winter ultra marathons, we have introduced three summer variants. Starting at sunrise (Full) and racing the sunset, our races follow the Norfolk Coast Path, passing through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

We are also delighted to add a marathon distance race to our events calendar.

June 12-13, 2021

Sunset: 83 miles from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Half Sunset: 38 miles from Cley-next-the-sea, Norfolk

Sunset Marathon: 26.5 miles from Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk

All three races finish on Snettisham Beach, Norfolk and will be run under race permit 3487, granted by the TRA, following UKA rules for competition.

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Sunset Ultra Marathon
12th June 2021

Sunset Ultras and Marathon

The Norfolk Coast Path runs for 83 miles from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea, travelling through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).   Following the success of our winter Sunrise Ultramarathons along this course, we have decided to put on the summer equivalent and the Sunset Ultras were born!

Unlike their winter cousins which run during the hours of darkness, all Sunset events start during daylight hours, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful Norfolk coastline in all its glory.  As the sun rises in the east, you will be set off from the start in Great Yarmouth.  How far can you get before the sun sets in the west at 21:39, some 17 hours and 8 minutes later? For the speedier runners amongst you, can you reach the finish 83 miles away on the beach at Snettisham?

Support is provided along the route but is kept to a minimum, to minimise the environmental impact of the race and to add to the running adventure.  For this reason, runners own crew will be banned from the course between the hours of 22:00 and 07:00.  Pacers are also not allowed in any of our events.

A full indoor checkpoint is provided at roughly halfway, in Cley-next-the-sea.  Here you will have access to a drop bag and also be provided with warm food and drink. A further six additional mobile checkpoints will also be provided along the route but these will be limited to cold water and snacks, so pack accordingly.

For those that don’t fancy the Full Sunset experience, we offer the Half Sunset. This starts from the “halfway” checkpoint at Cley-next-the-sea at 14:30 and follows the same route to the finish on Snettisham Beach, some 38 miles away. 

Finally, we are pleased to include the Sunset Marathon. Starting at 16:30 on the beach at Wells-next-the-sea, you run westwards, joining the Norfolk Coast Path at Holkham Gap and onto the finish at Snettisham Beach.  You have 4  hours and 49 minutes to beat the sunset, can you make it?  Don’t worry if not, as you have until midnight to reach the finishline.

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UTMB® and ITRA Qualifier Events

Both ultra marathons will offer ITRA points, allowing you to use them as qualifying events for the 2021 UTMB® races.

GPS Tracking

All ultra-marathon athletes will be given a GPS tracker to carry during the race, for safety and also allow your friends and family to follow your progress as you race the sun to the finish in Snettisham

Regular Support

Regular support is provided along the route, with six water stops and one indoor checkpoint for those racing the Full Sunset, where Full runners can access a drop bag and warm food and drinks

Bus Transport

Buses are provided if required to transport all racers from the finish in Snettisham back to the start at Great Yarmouth for the Full Sunset, Cley-next-the-sea for the Half Sunset or Wells-next-the-sea for the Sunset Marathon. This is an option you can select at checkout.

Eco-friendly

We aim to minimise the use of plastic and other non-recyclable materials in our races. For example, race t-shirts will only be available as an additional purchase. Competitors will also be expected to carry their own reusable cup.

Giving Back

We are keen to support the local communities and environment that our races pass through. As a result, a minimum of £1 from every entry will be donated to a coastal charity.
Beautiful route following one of the newest UK national trails

The Route

Starting at sunrise beside The Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth, The Sunset heads north following the Norfolk Coastal Path all the way to Hunstanton.  From here it turns southwards along the promenarde, finally reaching the finish on Snettisham Beach, some 83 miles / 133 kilometres away.

The Half Sunset starts in the pretty village of Cley-next-the-sea and follows the Norfolk Coast Path westwards, also finishing on Snettisham Beach, covering a total distance of 38 miles / 60 kilometres.

Finally, the Sunset Marathon. Starting from the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, this follows the beach around to Holkham Gap, where it joins the Norfolk Coastal Path.  Like the other two races, this also finishes on Snettisham Beach, 26.5 miles / 42.5 kilometres away.

Cley-next-the-sea also marks the major checkpoint on the full Sunset, where runners will be able to access a drop bag, take shelter and get warm food and drink.

Additional mobile checkpoints will be set up along the route but these will be outside and will only provide cold water and simple snacks. Competitors are therefore expected to be self-sufficient for the majority of the race and pack accordingly.

Both events will be run under race permit 3487, granted by the TRA and will also run under UKA rules for competition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Is there a mandatory kit list?

Yes, for safety reasons there is a mandatory set of kit you are required to carry at all times. This will be checked at registration, with further random checks during and at the finish. Failure to produce items will result in disqualification. 

Full details on mandatory kit, can be found over on our Sunset Race Kit page.

Are there any entry requirements?

As per UKA rules for races of these distances, you must be a minimum of 20 years old on the date of the event. 

Full Sunset entrants must have previously completed a trail marathon.

Read our full terms and conditions for further details on our entry requirements

What are the time limits / cut offs?

For the Sunset you have until sunrise on the Sunday (04:34) to complete the course. There is an enforced cut off at the major checkpoint at Cley (45 miles) of 17:00 Saturday.

For the Half Sunset you have 9.5 hours to complete the 38 mile journey to Snettisham, with the finish line closing at midnight on Sunday. There are no cut-offs along the route.

For the Sunset Marathon you have 7.5 hours to complete the 26.5 miles, with the finish line also closing at midnight on Sunday. There are no cut-offs along the route.

Is the course marked or is it a self-navigation event?

All Sunset events are self-navigation events along a designated national trail.  

This means that aside from some markings we may add around the checkpoints, you will be required to navigate yourself using map, compass and the existing signposts and acorn markers positioned along the route. 

The route will be marked from the finish of the Norfolk Coast Path in Hunstanton to the finish line in Snettisham.

While the signs are fairly well placed, familiarity with navigating in the dark using a map and compass is essential, for those that expect to be out after sunset.

What food is available on the course?

A full menu will be published closer to the event itself but expect a small selection of cold simple sweet and savoury snacks at the mobile checkpoints out on the course. For the indoor checkpoint at Cley, we will also provide soup, warm drinks and a vegetarian pasta dish.

Warm food and drink will be povided for all ultra runners at the finish line.  For marathon runners, cold snacks and a warm drink will be provided.

What if I change my mind?

Details of our refund policy can be found in our terms and conditions but in short we are able to offer some sort of refund up to eight weeks before the race and transfer to another runner up to two weeks before.  

Should the events sell-out (as they did in 2019) we will operate a waiting list and can transfer a place for a £10 admin fee.

No transfers are possible two weeks before the race.

Read our full terms and conditions for further details on our refund and transfer policy

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83 miles

Sunset

Starting at sunrise (04:32) outside the Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth, the route heads north along the Norfolk Coast Path to Hunstanton.  From here it follows the promenarde southwards, finishing on Snettisham Beach, some 83 miles away.   Can you beat the sun and arrive before sunset at 21:19?  Don’t worry if not, as you have until sunrise Sunday (04:34)  to complete your journey.

Schedule

Sat 01:30 TBC
Buses depart Snettisham to start

Sat 03:00 – 04:00
Race registration at start (Great Yarmouth)

Sat 04:00
Race briefing

Sat 04:32
Race start (sunrise)

Sat 17:00
Cut-off at Cley checkpoint

Sat 21:19
Sunset at finish

Sun 04:34 (sunrise)
Finish closes

38 miles

Half Sunset

Starting at 14:30 just outside Cley-next-the-sea, you follow the same course as the Full Sunset westwards towards the finish at Snettisham Beach, some 38 miles away.   Can you also beat the sun and arrive before sunset at 21:19?  Don’t worry if not, as you have 9.5 hours or until midnight Sunday to complete your journey.

Schedule

Sat 11:00 TBC
Buses depart Snettisham to Start

Sat 12:00 – 13:45
Race Registration at Start (Cley)

Sat 13:45
Race Briefing

Sat 14:30
Race Start

Sun 21:19
Sunset at finish

Sun 00:00
Finish closes

26.5 miles

Sunset Marathon

Starting at 16:30 on the beach at Wells-next-the-sea, you head west towards Holkham Gap, where you join the Norfolk Coast Path and follow the same course as the Full and Half Sunset towards the finish on Snettisham Beach, 26.5 miles away. Can you also beat the sunset at 21:19? Don’t worry if not, as you have 7.5 hours or until midnight Sunday to complete your journey.

Schedule

Sat 19:00 TBC
Buses depart Snettisham to Start

Sat 14:00 – 15:45
Race Registration at Start (Cley)

Sat 15:45
Race Briefing

Sat 16:30
Race Start

Sat 21:19
Sunset at finish

Sun 00:00
Finish closes

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Sunset

83 miles
£95

  • Start at Sunrise 04:32
  • 24h time limit
  • 7 checkpoints
  • Drop bag
  • GPS tracker
  • 4 ITRA & UTMB Points
  • 15% UMRS discount code
  • Bus transport to start (optional)

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Half Sunset

38 miles
£55

  • Start at 14:30
  • 9.5h time limit
  • 4 checkpoints
  • GPS tracker
  • 2 ITRA & UTMB Points
  • 15% UMRS discount code
  • Bus transport to start (optional)

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Sunset Marathon

26.5 miles
£35

  • Start at 16:30
  • 7.5h time limit
  • 3 checkpoints
  • 15% UMRS discount code
  • Bus transport to start (optional)

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