Work underway to complete Red Bull Quicksand course in Margate

Competitors will take part in the challenge on Saturday

Preparations are underway to get Margate Main Sands ready for the Red Bull Quicksand event on Saturday (September 1).

Competitors will push through the sand to complete their mile target in a knockout format, with heats, semi-finals and finals.

Runners expend 1.6 times more energy on sand than running on a road surface and the course  will be full of sandy climbs, testing competitors endurance, acceleration and speed.


Runners must complete their mile within 20 minutes or they will be cut off from the heat. A participant’s time on the course starts when their timing chip passes the electronic mat at the start and stops when the timing chip passes the electronic mat at the Finish.

There will be flags in the sand at the finish line. Competitors will need to claim a flag to progress through the competition.

The event is free to watch and there will be designated viewing areas for spectators.

Estimated timetable

08:30 Registration Opens

09:15 Open Warm Up

09:30 Men’s Heat 1

10:00 Men’s Heat 2

10:30 Men’s Heat 3

11:00 Women’s Heat 1

11:30 Women’s Heat 2

12:00 Men’s Last Chance Qualifier 1

12:30 Men’s Last Chance Qualifier 2

13:00 Women’s Last Chance Qualifier

13:20 Men’s Semi Final 1

13:40 Men’s Semi Final 2

14:00 Women’s Semi-Final 1

14:20 Women’s Semi-Final 2

14:40 Men’s Final

15:00 Women’s Final

15:20 Prize Giving

Photos by John Cripps