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Welcome and Hello

The Lighthouse Marathon

Just when you thought a marathon wasn't hard enough!

Let me explain

The lighthouse marathon runs from the homeground of Pendeen Rovers, Borlaise Park, along the Cornish

coast path to Godrevy Lighthouse.

This marathon has everything. Climbs, mud, bogs, rocks, boulders, tarmac, sand, water and more hills.

And last of all, the light.

The race starts at 10 am on the last day of British Summertime

With a generous 8 1/2 hour cut off, you have to beat the dark before you finish

The race start takes you down the road from Borlaise Park, past Pendeen lighthouse and onto the South West coast path, all the way to St Ives. The path then takes you through St. Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant and Hayle before you join the Dunes of Doom. Find your way through the dunes, up around Godrevy Point and then back to the Rockpool for the finish.

This is a self navigation race but there will be marshals at key points to help guide you. Keep the sea to your left until Godrevy then its a half mile of the sea on your right.

There will be 4 aid stations, due to the remoteness of the route

Gurnards Head    6 miles

Porthmeor Beach    13 miles  (5 hour cut off) strict!

Lelant Church    18 miles

Hayle (Black Rock)       22 miles ( 7 1/2 hour cut off) strict!

The lighthouse marathon takes challenging to another level but the rewards of a finish are priceless

I have ran it and I can tell you, I was happy to finish!

Thank you to all the businesses that support us and all the volunteers. These events would never

happen without you

Event Schedule

Event HQ is at the Rockpool Beach Cafe, Gwithian, TR27 5ED. There is limited car parking at The Rockpool, free parking up the road(again limited) and a National Trust car park next to the venue. You are responsible for your own parking and the fees incurred.

Registration and ID check is 6.30 to 8.15 am

We are situated in the function room to the rear of the building

Coaches will depart from the Rockpool at 8.20 sharp. These will take you to Borlaise Park

The clubhouse at Borlaise Park will be open for tea and coffee, plus access to the toilets.

Event briefing is at 9.45 am, in front of the clubhouse

The start line is in the corner of the grounds, be ready at 9.55 am for the 10 am start

We look forward to seeing you all back at the finish line and presenting you with your medal.

Trophy presentation is at 4 pm

Trophies for 1st to 3rd Female and Male

Trophies for team and 'True Grit' are presented after the last runner has finished

There is a bag drop in the venue. The venue and Bys Vyken Events hold no responsibility

for your belongings or for your car

Health and Safety

We do our absolute best to make sure your day goes swimmingly but sometimes things go wrong.

If you are unwell, please do not turn up and try to run. The whole thing could unravel very quickly.

Look after yourself and your well being first

In light of new government safety guidelines, please pay extra care attention when on the coast path or near large bodies of water. If you are unsure or feel unsafe, please make a marshal aware and we will get you to safety.

Please dress appropriately for the weather, this is an autumn race and  Cornish weather can change instantly.

Some parts of this course are very remote and therefore the kit list is mandatory

The kit list for this event is built on years of knowledge. We would not run without it


There will be no entries on the day and you will be asked for ID.

For safety and medical reasons, we must make sure nobody is running under someone else's name. It is foolhardy and dangerous

Please fill out all the details on the back of your bib number. This is in case you get into difficulties.

It also has our emergency contact numbers on it

We have Omega Medical attending the event and looking after all the runners. They have been at every Bys Vyken event since 2016 and are thoroughly experienced. We would not trust anyone else

If at any point, you feel the need to retire from the event. Please get word to a marshal or contact us directly. We need to know that you are safe. You must return to HQ as we need the timer chip back please

Please respect the environment and do not litter, deliberate acts of littering will be a disqualification

Please overtake runners responsibly and also give way to other runners safely. Respect everyone 

The event is timed with ankle tags, so please think where you would like to be at the start line. May not be worth getting trampled on by the stampede.

For your safety, we have a 8 1/2  hour cut off for this event with a 5 hour cut off at Porthmeor Beach.

Cut offs are there to make sure everyone can complete these events safely. We will have marshals out there all that time and sometimes the weather can be extremely demanding  

Other things to remember

This is a point to point event. You will be passing each other on narrow paths. You are asked to respect each others distance and space when passing where you can. This includes the tourists and walkers you will encounter on the coast path.

Sorry, no dogs are allowed to run in this event

All ID shown must be a physical item, ie; drivers licence, passport

All aid stations provide your standard fare for a race day, crisps, nuts, sweets and fruit. There are large water containers at each station as well as cola. Bys Vyken are a cup less events company so please bring your own.

Please also be respectful at Borlaise Park and at The Rockpool. They have allowed us to host our first event here and we would like to come back again next year

This next bit is very important.

We don't make these kit lists up for a jolly. If you get into difficulty on the course. This could very well save your life. 

We very highly recommend that you put What3words app on your phone as well

Kit List (Mandatory)

Quality waterproof jacket with taped seams (10000 min)

Cap, buff or similar


Base layer

Hydration system (vest/pack) 2 x 500 ml min

Headtorch (150 lumens min)

Spare batteries (must be a battery or battery pack)

Reuseable cup


First aid kit with blister plaster

orange bivvy bag


Fully charged mobile phone

£20 emergency money & photo ID


Thank you for reading all of the above and we look forward to welcoming you all on the day

ARC Permit Number   ARC/24/0291

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