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Guernsey Waterfront Marathon

Quick facts

Location Footes Lane, Guernsey

Distance Marathon

Date 26 Aug 2018

About Guernsey Waterfront Marathon

WELCOME to Guernsey, second largest of the Channel Islands, resting in the bay of St. Malo, only 30 miles from France and 70 miles from the south coast of England. Guernsey is not only renowned for its laid back atmosphere and balmy summer days, but now, internationally, for its marathon. Indeed, for the 2016 event, runners came from 21 different countries and 5 continents.

The Guernse Marathon is a popular race allowing runners to enjoy scenic views of this attractive Channel Island. Conditions for marathon running are ideal as the Guernsey climate is influenced by the prevailing south westerly winds of the Gulf Stream. The race has been around since 1910, but was on a seventeen year hiatus before 2009.

The race has been officially accredited by UK Athletics, to be exactly 26 miles and 385 yards. It takes runners through all10 parishes, pass fisherman’s cottages and sandy beaches, along flower lined roads and lanes, and through valleys shaded by panoplies of lofty beeches. The race offers 20 miles of stunning panoramic views of the Guernsey coastline.



  • 42.195km


Award Medals

There will Trophies and a cash prize fund for the first (£500), second (£250) and third placed (£125) male and female runners. There will be Trophies for the first Guernsey runner, the first Channel Island runner and for the first male and female runners over 40, 50, 60 and 70. There will be an additional prize of £500 for the runner who beats the all comers record for the fastest marathon ever run in Guernsey. Prize to first male and female who are running their virgin marathon

Equipment Storage

There will be marquees for supervised baggage storage, medical care, hot and cold food and refreshments in the Athlete's Foot Pub, and a massage facility.


There will be drinks stations every 5K. Water will be available in bottles and cups.


Official timing of the event is the time from the starter’s gun to the time when the runner crosses the finish line.

Guernsey Waterfront Marathon Route Map

Guernsey Waterfront Marathon Route Map


St. Peter Port

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The course promises runners amazing scenery.

History shows our allegiance to the British Crown, but our customs tend to be closer to those of Normandy and Brittany. Although our national language is patois, English is spoken everywhere, so you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.

Guernsey, an amazing blend of ancient and modern, English and French, frenetic and calm. From tourism to horticulture and now finance, Guernsey’s main industries have changed over the years, but the island itself has remained just as beautiful and exciting – renowned for its laid back atmosphere and balmy summer days.

Take a few days break and relax after the big race. There’s a wealth of history to visit, golden sandy beaches, picturesque coves and harbours.


The race starts on the waterfront in St. Peter Port. The first 1.5 miles gradually takes runners to the top of the island. From there, the course is relatively flat until the descent onto the west coast and then pass by many sandy inlets and bays and around the coastline to the finish on the Albert Pier.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.