JP’s Exe to Axe 2023

JP’s Exe to Axe

Exmouth to Seaton, 2nd April 2023. Start 10:00. Cut off 17:00

Entries close midday Monday 20th March 2023.

Click here for a description of the course. A gallery of pictures from along the route can be found here.

Please note that the cut-off is 7 hours this year, up from previous years when the cut-off time was 6 hours.

About the Race

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The race starts at the Foxes Hole Car Park on the Exmouth Sea Front and because of Covid and chip timing the race runners can set off anytime between 9:30 and 10:00. The route follows the South West Coast Path for 20 miles or so and finishes at the Esplanade at Seaton. This is the 19th year of the race. In 2004 the race started from Seaton and finished in Exmouth, but since 2005 it has started in from Exmouth. Originally the distance was just over 20 miles, but a landslip in June 2012 on the outskirts of Seaton has led to a detour which means the distance is now nearer 22 miles. The race has been renamed JP’s Exe to Axe in memory of John Perratt, founding member and longterm Treasurer of Sidmouth Running Club, and a huge contributor to the sport throughout East Devon.

The race is for individuals and relay teams, dogs are not permitted. There are drink stations at at Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth Sailing Club, Branscombe Mouth, and of course at the finish at Seaton. As there is chip timing, runners can start from 9:30 with the mass start at 10am. There will be a back marker marshal leaving from the start at 10am. The route follows the coastal path all the way so keep the sea on your right and follow the acorn signs.

Relay Option 2 to 4 runners, first runner starting at Exmouth, changeover recommended at water stations. ARC members £42.50 (team fee), non-ARC members plus £2 pp, booking fee included. Race number to be passed on from one runner to the next. Could be attached to belt, vest or other means. See Full race for course details.

Chip Timing. Race numbers with chip timer on the back, will be sent out prior to the event.

A brief description of the course can be found here. We are grateful to everyone who has sent us photos. Click here to see the gallery.

Pre-Race Transport. Transport will be provided from the Finish to the Start (Exmouth) but only before the race leaving Seaton at 8:30am and on condition that a place is booked in advance. The coaches arrive about 9:30.

Please indicate on the entry if this is required so that we can cater for numbers. Hand baggage or kit can be transported from the start at Exmouth to the finish if required. No Entries on the day.

Deferred entry from 2022. Runners who deferred their entry from 2021 will need to contact us to take up their deferred entry.

Time Limit: 7 hours. Cut-off times: White Bridge, Budleigh Salterton: 11:30am, Sidmouth: 1:15pm, Branscombe: 3:45pm, Seaton: 5pm.

Runners who fail to make the cut-off times will be withdrawn from the Race.

There will be mementos for all finishers and teams, though most runners come for the views. Further information will be sent via email to all entries.

On-line entries only and are available through SiEntries.

Race numbers and timing chips will be mailed out before the race.

Course Records – new course in 2017.

Men: 2:40:03. Samuel Kelly, Exmouth Harriers. 2021.
Women: 03:04:31. Rosie Evans. 2022.

If you need to email the Race Organisers, please click here.