Race details

A point to point 50km ultra marathon along the Suffolk Coastal Path.

The 2nd edition of the Suffolk Coastal Path 50K will take place on Saturday, 9th September 2023.

The race starts in Lowestoft and takes runners south, along the stunning coastal trail through Southwold, Dunwich and along to a seafront finish in Aldeburgh.

The route passes through several stunning natural habitats, including Benacre, Dingle Marshes, Walberswick and RSPB Minsmere.

The flat profile makes this a very runnable race that will no doubt see fast times, while also offering a fantastic environment for those taking on the ultra distance for the first time.

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50K Ultra Trail

£68 unaffiliated / £66 affiliated


Key Information

Saturday 9th September 2023
Start Time
Start point
Lowestoft Lifeguard Corps.
Moot Hall, Aldeburgh
Distance / Elevation
50km / 120m+
Bus transfer
Coaches will be available to take runners from the finish to the start line (pre-race only)
Time Limit
9 hours
Arrow markers and orange ribbons
Dirt Trails - 63% | Paved/tarmac paths - 18% | Country lanes - 17% | Sand/Shingle - 2%
UTMB Qualifier
UTMB World Series Index Race
£68 unaffiliated / £66 affiliated
Minimum Age
TRA Permit No. 5477. Race held under UKA rules.

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Route Description

Starting on the seafront in Lowestoft runners will embark on a 50km point-to-point run along the Suffolk Coastal Path to Aldeburgh.

Along with toilets at CP1, CP2 & CP4 there are several other public toilets available along the route.

CP 1 - Kessingland
CP 2 - Reydon
CP 3 - Dunwich Church
CP 4 - Sizewell

Event resources

Last updated - 31st Jan - 2023 updates

GPX File
OS Maps
Google Maps
Printable map (PDF)
Info document
A downloadable PDF with all key race information.

Latest Updates

Flythrough video
26 July 2022

Route Map

Previous editions

Suffolk Coastal Path 50K 2022

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Race Navigation
Race checkpoints

Aid stations

All our checkpoints will act as timing points and feed stations. These will contain the following items:

  • Water
  • Coke
  • Mountain fuel electrolyte drink (pre-mixed)
  • Mountain fuel energy gels
  • Selection of crisps and sweets
  • Tribe energy bars
  • Fresh fruit
Event base

Event base

Our start is at Lowestoft Volunteer Lifeguard Corps on Lowestoft Beach, we are very grateful to them for their support.

There will be free coffee available during registration, and several public toilets closeby.

We would recommend parking at the finish and using the coach transfer to the start, this leaves at 7am (45 min journey time), and can be booked during registration.

At the finish line in Aldeburgh you will be surrounded by the beautiful sea front with plenty of pubs, restaurants and ice cream vans to choose from.

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Required Gear

Required gear

All runners will be required to carry the following items for the entirety of the run:

  • Mobile phone (emergency number saved)
  • Route map on watch/phone or paper map (provided)
  • Windproof or light jacket (subject to weather conditions)
  • Refillable water/hydration system (0.5L min)
  • Cash or bank card

Entry details

Registration is £68 (or £66 to affiliated runners), runners must be aged 20 years or older.

  • Entry to the 50km race
  • Event permitted by the TRA
  • Finishers medal
  • Chip timing with live results
  • Four on-route aid stations
  • Course wide medical support
  • Bag drop
  • Coach transfer - £7 add-on

Entry details

Event FAQs

We've answered some common questions below. Please contact us if you have any further queries.

How difficult is this race?

Our 50K race is considered a fast and approachable event for all runners. Unlike our other ultras this race is predominately flat and will allow you to keep a consistent pace during the entire 50K.

The terrain is a mixture of paved paths, dirt trails and country lanes and this will suit anyone transitioning to trail running from a road running background. The main challenge at this event is to ensure you pace the first 75% of the race at a managable speed to leave enough in the tank for the last stretch.

Do I need to qualifiy?

No, there are no qualifiying standards required to enter this race.

I'm worried about getting lost?

Our route will be marked throughout with orange signage/ribbons, along with marshals at several key points. Course checkers will be out during the race ensuring that signage remains in place.

We ask runners to make sure they have access to the route via a phone or watch, to act as a backup in an emergency. If you are unsure how to set this up we will be creating some video content in the lead up to the race to help you.

What are the cut-off times for this race?

There is an overall 9-hour time limit for this race. Anyone running significantly behind this time at each checkpoints will be monitored and maybe advised to stop for safety reasons.

Where can toilets be found at this event?

There will be fixed seperate male & female toilets at the start and finish. Toilets will also be available at or near our three checkpoints. The route also passess many public toilets along the coast line.

Are there changing facilities available?

No, unfortunately we cannot provide changing facilities at this event.

How do I get to/from the start/finish?

As this race starts and finishes in different locations you will need to think about how to get to/back to your car. The easiest option is to take advantage of our coach service. This enables runners to park at the finish, and then take a coach to the start line before the race. This can be booked during registration.

How can I attend this event without a car?

Unfortunately this event is difficult to attend using public transport.

Coming soon - We are launching a ride sharing feature to allow other participants to offer lifts to others.

What footwear should I wear at this race?

We would recommend light trail running shoes for this race. The paths are non-technical, but there will be plenty of varied and uneven terrain. There are several sections on paved paths and country lanes, so don't wear anything too minimal, unless you are used to it. Some runners have opted for road running shoes in the past, but please only do this if you are confident in maintaining stability on uneven or soft ground.

What prizes are awarded at this event?

There are awards for the top three male and female finishers overall, along with age category awards for FV40, MV40, FV50, MV50, FV60, MV60, FV70, MV70.

How do I follow the route using my phone or watch?

Most GPS watches allow you to upload a GPX file of the route for you to follow whilst running. Typically this is done via by loading the GPX file into the app (i.e Garmin Connect), and then syncing your phone/watch together.

If you don't have a GPS watch we would recommend using OS Maps (£20/year) or Strava Premium (£48/year).

Withdrawal options

By entering our race, you agree to the following withdrawal policy. This policy applies to all runners with the exception of women of cannot compete due to pregnancy.

Withdrawal date
Race Credits
More than 12 weeks before race day
4-12 weeks before race day
2-4 weeks before race day
Less than two weeks to race day

To make a withdrawal request, please follow the button below and fill in the form.

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Event partners

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She Races
Mountain Fuel
UTMB World Series
Athletic Brewing
Ugoku Projects

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