JP’s Exe to Axe 2024


JP’s Exe to Axe, Sunday 7th April 2024

“…a brute of a race with some outstanding views…”, previously voted one of the best races in the country.

Start Time: 10am. Race end: 5pm. Please note that the cut-off is 7 hours  the same as last year, up from previous years when the cut-off time was 6 hours.

Change of Start Location and Registration

The toilet block at Foxholes is imminently due to be demolished and a new toilet built. Alternative arrangements nearby are not suitable and so the start location has had to be moved. Registration will now be at Ocean (Exmouth EX8 2AY ///magic.become.friday).

Repairs to the seawall mean that the start of the race will now be beyond these works about 200 metres from Ocean (Mickeys Beach Bar & Restaurant ///basic.wooden.phones).

About the Race

 The race starts at the Foxes Hole Car Park on the Exmouth Sea Front with a mass start at 10:00. The route follows the South West Coast Path for 22 miles and finishes at the Esplanade at Seaton. This is the 20th year of the race. 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 long-term 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 Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth Sailing Club, Branscombe Mouth, and of course at the finish at Seaton. There will be a back marker marshal. The route follows the coastal path all the way so keep the sea on your right and follow the acorn signs.

The course. Click here for a description of the course. A gallery of pictures from along the route can be found here. We are grateful to everyone who has sent us photos. Click here to see the gallery.

Relay Option 2 to 4 runners, first runner starting at Exmouth, changeover recommended at water stations. Ankle chip timer to be passed on from one runner to the next.

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

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.

Entry Fees. Kept the same as last year. ARC members. Main race: £32. Relay: £42.50 per team. Non-ARC members plus £2pp.

Deferred entry from 2023. Runners who deferred their entry from 2023 will need to contact us to take up their deferred entry.

Time Limit: 7 hours. Cut-off times: 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 will be available through SiEntries. Entries open Sunday 22nd October.

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.