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1200, Wednesday 18.05.2022

Mandatory Kit Update

The weather forecast for Saturday is looking kind and so we've taken the decision to relax the number of items that runners must carry as part of their mandatory kit.

The following items are no longer required:

Solos - Long sleeved base layer and Windproof jacket

Relays (Pairs & Quads) - Windproof jacket

Whilst we still recommend that you to carry these items with you, it is no longer a requirement.


Mon/Tues 16/17.05.2022

Further "Event Update" emails have been sent to all participants. These messages are to confirm your attendance, offer a few helpful tips on what to expect on event morning and to point you towards the latest version of your Participant Manual. A copy of these emails can be found here:

Solos | Relay Pairs | Relay Quads


1200, Saturday 14.05.2022

All participant numbers have now been posted; please expect to see yours through the letterbox by Wednesday. The final email updates to all participants will go out on Monday / Tuesday.


1500, Monday 09.05.2022

Friday Night Pasta Party & Talks

Location: Lizard Point, Cornwall, TR12 7NT

Food Options: Three separate options to cater for vegans and vegetarians, prepared by the Top House Inn. BYOB.

Food served from: 1900
Welcome & Introduction: 1930
Guest speaker (Ed Chapman): 1935
Guest speaker (Trevor Lee): 1955

Hope to see you all there. Tickets are only £5 and are available here.


1300, Thursday 05.05.2022

Check-in is now open! Participant email "Classic Quarter 2022 : Check-in open!" has been distributed (a pdf copy can be seen here). To access Check-in simply follow the link provided in your email or log in to your online account and select the ENTRIES tab > Classic Quarter > Check-in. Check-in closes at midnight on Sunday the 8th May.


0900, Tuesday 03.05.2022

"Relay Updates!" email has been sent to all relay participants. This message explains how to check your team status, ensuring all places on your team are correctly assigned. A copy of this email can be seen here.


1000, Wednesday 27.04.2022

"Coach transport!" email has been sent to all solo participants. This message reminds participants about the optional coach transport from the finish to the start as well as other misc updates. A copy of this email can be seen here.


0900, Monday 25.04.2022

Check-in for this event will open from Thursday the 5th May until midnight on Sunday the 8th. We will email you a reminder on the 5th. The Check-in process is super easy and will result in a simpler event experience for you by removing the usual on-the-day administration. Within the Check-in process we will ask you to: 1) Confirm your preferred postal address to enable your participant number to be posted out and, 2) Watch the mandatory event safety video.


1700, Thursday 21.04.2022

The rooms at Top House Inn have sold out for the Friday night but there are two remaining for the night of Saturday 21st May. For a 15% discount make a booking online and use the code ENDURANCELIFE15.


1100, Friday 08.04.2022

"Friday night pasta and talks!" email has been sent to all participants. This message is a reminder about this event taking place on the Friday evening preceding event day. A copy of this email can be seen here.


1700, Tuesday 15.03.2022

For those looking for convenient accommodation for the event, why not try Britain's southernmost inn? The Top House Inn at the Lizard has 8 delightful bed and breakfast, en-suite rooms available. They will be putting on an extra-early, carb-heavy breakfast to prepare CQ participants for a challenging day on the trails.

For a 15% discount make a booking online and use the code ENDURANCELIFE15.


1600, Tuesday 01.03.2022

What’s new in 2022? We are excited to announce four new additions to the event this year, we hope you like them!

Fully waymarked route | "Run The Record!" comp. | GPS Batons | "King and Queen of the Quarter" comp.


Click the images above to visit the Solo and Relays tabs and learn more.


1200, Friday 18.02.2022

Relay Quad entries have now sold out!
If you were planning to enter a team and would like to be placed on the waitlist please send us an e-mail. Alternatively, there are spaces left in the Relay Pairs competition but this is filling fast too so don't delay!


1200, Saturday 29.05.2021

Don't forget to click "attending" on the official Facebook Event.


1100, Friday 28.05.2020

Check-in! [New] : We will be asking all registered participants to check in online approximately two weeks from the event. The Check-in process will result in a simpler event experience for you by removing the usual on-the-day administration. Within the Check-in process we will ask you to: 1) Confirm your preferred postal address to enable your participant number and electronic timing tag to be posted out, 2) Watch the mandatory event safety video.


Welcome to the Endurancelife Classic Quarter - now in it's 16th year!

The Classic Quarter is a relentless Ultra Marathon along the south Cornish coast in the UK from Lizard Point to Land's End. First hosted in 2007 each year the event grows in global reputation.

The task is brutally simple: to run non-stop from the southernmost point of England (Lizard Point), to the western most tip (Lands End), along the legendary South West Coast Path. This translates to running 90 degrees of the compass, hence the name, Classic Quarter.

This Cornwall ultra marathon challenge can be undertaken as a solo, relay team of two or relay of four. The atmosphere is of keen and friendly rivalry.

Following 44 miles of the mesmerising South West Coast Path there are innumerable steep climbs and descents. This is the ultimate trail runner's rush, with spectacular exposure and challenging terrain all just a stone's throw away from the potentially pounding Atlantic swells. There is also the unpredictable weather to contend with; every runner must be well prepared, both mentally and physically.

6,993 runners have signed up to this challenge since 2007.

“Great event, great team and people, fantastic route and scenery - epic!” Manuela Pauley, 2018.

Lizard Point
Cornwall, TR12 7NT
21 May 2022
Event Times
Severe Terrain
Rock, Mud, Trail.
 
Solo
Relay Quad
Relay Pair
Distance (mi)
43.7
43.7
43.7
Ascent (ft)
5,531
5,531
5,531
Record (M)
06:27:00
05:37:50
05:53:46
Record (F)
07:02:05
07:18:50
07:27:28
UTMB Qualifier
-
-
Team Size
Solo
Team of 4
Team of 2
Route
Fill Capacity
100/100
100/100
100/100
Prices and Entry
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Solo manual | Spectator info. sheet


Calling all Ultra runners!

Back in 2007, 21 intrepid solo runners set off on this inaugural challenge. The weather was particularly tough that year with 17 finishing the day (the winning time was 08:31:50). Things have moved on a long way since then and the event continues to grow in popularity; in a world with so much choice the Classic Quarter has stood the test of time. This is one for the bucket list and we hope you enjoy it!

3,191 solo runners have signed up for this challenge since 2007.


What others have said:

“ Brilliant event. Brutal for a first timer but unforgettable and very well organised.” Jo Lally, 2020

“Great event to be part of - the toughest race I have ever done but really glad I did it.” Bethany, 2018


What’s new in 2022!

Fully waymarked

This event is now fully waymarked by us over the full 44 miles. No one likes that niggling stress of navigation. You can now relax and focus on your performance.

"Run The Record!"

You’ve got nothing to lose! 2 x £1K in prize money is up for grabs for the winners of this year’s competition if they can beat the current course records. The prize money is offered for both the ladies and the gents competition and is split evenly between the participant and a charity of the participant's choosing. We are fairly sure these times can’t be beaten - are you?


Hall of Fame!

A list of each year's solo winners, ordered by year.
(* denotes current course record)

Female

2021 - Lydia Poole - 08:30:30

2020 - Nadine Bennett - 09:25:40

2019 - Amelia Watts - 08:08:06

2018 - Wendy Chapman - 8:09:26

2017 - Sabrina Verjee - 07:50:37

2016 - Zelah Morrall - 07:02:05 *

2015 - Clare Prosser - 07:11:20

2014 - Clare Prosser - 07:14:05

2013 - Sarah Morwood - 07:28:55

2012 - Isobel Wykes - 07:34:42

2011 - Nichola Taylor - 08:07:11

2010 - Kensa Rescorla - 08:25:45

2009 - Claire Akin-Smith - 08:37:15

2008 - Jayne Angilley - 08:01:53

2007 - Kensa Rescorla - 08:44:21


Male

2021 - Joachim Cassel - 07:18:07

2020 - Jamie Stephenson - 06:45:02

2019 - Alex Van Tuyl - 06:27:00 *

2018 - Alex Van Tuyl - 06:42:12

2017 - Paul Maskell - 06:44:33

2016 - John Ward - 06:50:31

2015 - Pere Capdevila - 06:43:05

2014 - Duncan Oakes - 06:58:18

2013 - Gary Richards - 07:10:21

2012 - Stuart Mills - 06:35:53

2011 - Pete Roper - 06:33:10

2010 - Chris Gilbert - 07:33:23

2009 - Pete Roper - 07:14:26

2008 - Pete Roper - 07:17:35

2007 - Lee Gardiner - 08:31:50


Relay manual | Spectator info. sheet


Calling all Relays!

Grab your teammates and go! It’s as much fun as it is exhausting as you support each other and charge for Land’s End. But, who will do which leg? What’s the strategy and most importantly who’s buying the pints at the end?!

The Classic Quarter relay events (of two and four runners) have proven themselves to be outstandingly popular fixtures particularly on the club running calendar.

3,802 runners have taken on the relay challenges since 2007.

Watch 2019's Classic Quarter Relay video - coming soon.


What others have said

“CQ is a fantastic team event - stunning scenery, great camaraderie”. Jane O'Halloran, 2020.

"I am buzzing from the sense of achievement it gave me only possible from your wonderful helpers at the start and checkpoints and finish. Everyone I met involved with the event were amazing and so encouraging. Thanks." Joanne Tapsell, 2018.


What’s new in 2022!

GPS Batons

All relays (pairs and quads) will be issued with a team baton allowing your team mates, friends and fellow competitors to track you live as the action unfolds. No slacking now - everyone’s watching!

"King and Queen of the Quarter"

This is a sub-competition open to both relays of 2 and 4. The challenge is simple: compete against those of the same sex running the same relay leg as you and whoever records the fastest time of the day will be crowned King / Queen of the Quarter! Your coronation will take place at prize giving where you can take applause from the crowd as we present you with your special Quarter cap.


Hall of Fame!

A list of each year's relay winners, ordered by year.
(* denotes current course record)


Relay 2

2021 - Jacob Wood & Neil Eddy - 06:37:55

2020 - Jacob Wood & Neil Eddy - 06:35:38

2019 - Tom Carthey & Jordan Clay - 05:53:46 *

2018 - Joe Argall & Jordan Clay - 06:51:13

2017 - Simon Parry & Jack Williams - 06:34:06

2016 - Tom Carthey & Jacob Dobson - 06:37:52

2015 - David Parrott & Adam Miller - 06:36:34

2014 - Gary Richards & Noel Kindon - 06:13:35

2013 - Phil Bolt & Heidi Tregenza - 06:57:40

2012 - Sam Scott & Paul Scott - 07:22:04

2011 - Karen Harrison & Tim Rowe - 07:13:43

2010 - Richard & Peter - 08:02:18

2009 - Rich Claire & Rob Chrisholm - 07:37:54


Relay 4

2021 - Tom Carthey, Ryan Hanley, Louis Ratcliffe, Ruth Barnes - 05:37:50 *

2020 - Craig George, Dan Howes, Stuart Blackie, Daren Mccoll - 06:41:54

2019 - Tristan Stephenson, Patrick Stephenson, Jamie Stephenson, Jo Stephenson - 05:58:52

2018 - Gareth Alexander, Dan Skajariwski, Hugo Pyett, Piran Skajarowski - 06:47:52

2017 - Joe Argall, Matthew Yates, Jordan Clay, Zelah Morrall - 05:48:34

2016 - Andrew Martin, Aaron Benney, Nick Martin, Richard Pascoe - 06:02:35

2015 - Ben Hoadley, Philip Montgomery-Smith, Carol Randall, Peter Le Grice - 05:52:25

2014 - Rachael Thomas, Lee Burrows, Julia Pearce, Adrian Ball - 06:47:47

2013 - Nick Hayden, Sean Hayden, Tim Hayden & Jay Rowe - 06:37:42

2012 - S Abraham, M Curtis, S Timms, M Dowrick - 06:27:12

2011 - P Clothier, S Collier, W Hancock, I Ashton - 06:25:29

2010 - Nancy, Phil, Charlie, Steve - 06:46:52

2009 - Chris Hodge, George Williams, Mark Wreford, Mark Dorrell - 06:33:44

2008 - Mark Dorrell, Suzy Bosustow, Mark Burch, Darren Wrintmore - 06:46:27

2007 - Peter Devenport, Malcolm Devenport, Stuart Girvan, Andrew Langdon - 07:32:41


Although all-female teams are recognised through prizes and on the results table the main event is an ‘open’ competition where teams can be made up of any mix of either sex.


Virtual : Don't forget to connect with us via the official Facebook Event where you can select "Going" or "Interested". Here you can network with others and join in the conversation by asking questions and advice.

In Person : It's going to be a long day on the trails. Catch your breath, grab a pint from The Lands End Hotel and park up on the wall overlooking the finish. It's a great afternoon / evening with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere clapping in the finishers. Food as well as drinks served all day.

Friday Night Pasta Party : Arrive fully prepared for the big day by fuelling up the night before. Join us at the Event Base at Lizard Point from 1800 for a friendly gathering and a chance to meet the team and fellow participants. Pre-book your ticket here.

Never be locked in

  1. Cancellation: You will always be given a full refund (no fees or charges) if the event has to be cancelled due to Covid-19. Your entry will never be ‘rolled over’ to a subsequent year unless you want it.
  2. Postponement: You will always be given the following three options should an event have to be postponed (date changed) due to Covid-19. You will have one week from the date the event is postponed to make your choice:
    1. Accepting the new event date (this is the default option if you make no choice).
    2. Transferring to one of our other event locations for any date in the future.
    3. A refund (less a booking & card processing fee which will never be more than £10).
  3. If your plans change or you simply change your mind:
    1. You can receive a full refund (no fees or charges) should you change your mind within 30 days of booking (*1). No questions asked. To do so; log onto your account > Orders > Select the desired order number > Cancel > Confirm. It’s as simple as that. (*1 for bookings made more than 3 months prior to the event).
    2. You can chop and change between our whole events portfolio at any time. Just make sure you do this more than 30 days before the event you are booked on to. To do so; log onto your account > Orders > Select the desired order number > Change > Select the desired (new) event.
  4. A change in the tier system prohibiting travel or participation: If you can't attend due to a last-minute local lockdown where you live then you can opt to move your event entry to another event at a later date. If this is after the online change window closes (30 days prior to the event, point 3.b above) then this request must be instructed via email (see Contact page) with proof of address provided (a redacted cover page of a utility or council tax bill or similar):
    1. No later than 48 hrs before the event date and,
    2. No later than 7 days after a planned local lockdown has been announced (failure to do this limits our ability to offer your entry space to someone on our waitlist who is not in a restricted area).

Never be within 2 meters of anyone else

  1. No event staff will come within 2 meters of any participants:
    1. RFID electronic timing and barcode scanning removes the need for close personal contact.
    2. Checkpoints (aid stations) operate on a self-serve basis; all items will be individually bagged / bottled with staff keeping their distance but there if you need them.
  2. Receive your participant number and electronic timing chip in the post ahead of time. No need to queue in person in a marquee.
  3. Watch the event Welcome and Safety Video online before the event on your phone or laptop.
  4. Join in with our mass start or choose a time-trial start for yourself or your group. Either way you can enjoy watching the online leaderboard update throughout the event day to see how you fare against the competition.

We hope that you can now relax and take part with confidence; we are looking forward to delivering your next tough challenge!

Event Add Ons

10 Minute Massage @ £10.80 Reserve a spot now at 10% discount to the on-the-day price! Simply join the queue once you have completed your event, let the massage team know your name and enjoy your guaranteed spot on the table!

Pick your entry type...

Standard
Fundraiser
Solo
FULL
FULL
Relay Quad
FULL
FULL
Relay Pair
FULL
FULL
Raise money for any charity

All event entries include...

30 Day Refund

Full refund if you change your mind within 30 days

full details
Flexible

Change to another event up until 30 days before

full details
Transferable

Transfer to a friend up to 14 days before

full details
Fully Marked Course

Easy to follow signs, no navigation required

Electronic Timing

Instant result printout with splits timing

Finishers Medal

Your piece of bling to show off down the pub

Energy Bar
Tech Tee (Worth £20)

A coveted Endurancelife T-Shirt to wear with pride