coast to cathedral on the West Mendip Way

Saturday 23rd September 2017

the 2010 start on Uphill beach

An off-road relay race starting at Uphill beach and finishing at Wells Cathedral. The route is 90% off-road and more or less exactly follows the West Mendip Way along footpaths and bridleways.

The race is a 'hand-over' relay, run without marshals, water stations or other assistance. Teams are responsible for their own safety and for researching the route although their progress will be monitored at check-points at the end of every leg.


This event is organised to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and aims to donate in excess of £2,000 this year from entry fees and tea sales.

Staggered Start Times

To keep the event together and to make sure everyone finishes at around the same time you can choose your start time when you enter.
StartBest forTime until
min / mi
10:30Social joggers & Solo runners6½ hrs13
11:00Faster social joggers6 hrs12
11:30Steady runners5½ hrs11
12:00Super keenies5hrs8

We have found that solo runners can take much longer than they expect to complete the course; if in doubt, choose an earlier time!

In the interests of safety, we want all teams to aim to be finished in Wells by 17:15. To help make this possible we will be enforcing 'last runner leaving' times.

Start time   Last Leave Time
Loxton Kings Wood Piney Sleight Draycott Priddy
10:30 12:00 12:45 14:00 15:20 16:10
11:00 12:25 13:05 14:15 15:30 16:15
11:30 12:50 13:25 14:30 15:40 16:20
12:00 13:10 13:45 14:40 15:45 16:30

If you do not get yourself or your team to the checkpoint before these times you will be asked to retire. Please respect the marshals when asked to retire from the event.

Teams will have the option of the next runner leaving before these times, setting off before the previous team member arrives. However as the batten will not have been passed so effectively the team have retired from the event. Although other team members can continue to take part their times will not 'count' towards any prizes.


The 29 mile route has a total of 3,259 ft of climb and is divided into six legs as follows: Some leg distances are shorter to allow less able runners to take part whilst stronger runners have the option of combining two or more legs.

Route Notes

Runners are advised to do a practice run of their leg to learn the route before the race.

We have put together some printable route notes to help you find your way.


Teams can be made up from 1 to 6 runners who can run any combination of legs each. The minimum age is 16, with only over 18s allowed on legs 1 and 3.
Classes include:

Medical details

All runners are required to carry details of next of kin and relevant medical details.

A small form will be sent out with the packs and will also be available at the start. This form can be be downloaded by clicking here.

We also ask that you add a clear black cross to the top right of your race number if there is a medical condition that we need to be aware of, should you need assistance.


The entry fee for teams is £20 per team plus £5 per attached runner, £7 per unattached runner. The fee for solo runners is £25 for attached and £27 for unattached. Entries close on 15th September or earlier if full, there will be no entries taken on the day. Entries are limited to 25 teams and 20 solo runners.

Enter online here.

Kit Recommendations

Teams are responsible for the safety of their runners. We suggest you bring the equipment detailed here.

Green Tea

The event will finish on the Green in front of the magnificent Wells Cathedral where we will have tea and cakes ready to refresh you. Runners are expected to arrive between 16:30 and 18:30. Prize giving will be on the Green at 18:00.

views over Draycott Sleights just before the descent into Batcombe Hollow on leg 4

More Information

For more information email or telephone Martin on 07966 00 8778.


This event is organised by Mendip Hills Hash House Harriers under under a permit from the ARC.