Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Races
The Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Races are 3 races - a 32 mile ultra race and 18 & 10 mile trail races all along the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast, taking in beaches, cliff tops and secluded cover before finishing at Ogmore by Sea.
Short, and Ultra
Sat, 9 Apr 2022
Penarth, United Kingdom
Where and when
1 Windsor Terrace, Penarth CF64 1AA, UK
Sat, 9 Apr 2022
The terrain is mixed/light trail. This means it combines grassy trails, hard rock trails, tarmac trails, with some road sections mainly around Barry. The last 14 miles of the courses are on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast which is almost entirely soft trail along cliff top fields, and paths.
The best type of trainer for the vale route would be a trail trainer which is comfortable for road sections. These are commonly referred to as ‘city-trail’, ‘light trail’ or ‘hybrid’ trainers.
If there is a lot of rain in the preceding days, then a more aggressive trail trainer with better grip would be best.
The route follows the marked Wales Coastal Path along the entire route. The Vale portion of the Wales Coastal Path is the closest to the sea and the route is very easy to follow. Whilst the route is self navigation, as long as you follow the clifftop and sign posts it is very simple. All of the route follows the coast and the paths are very well marked by Coastal Path signs. It is possible to navigate the route completely using these signs but all competitors will be provided with a marked map and detailed route explanations to help you find your way around the course.
There will be 4 manned checkpoints (2 for the short course) which will provide refreshments, usually water, flat coke, tea & coffee, sweets, biscuits, crisps, nuts etc. Details of where the checkpoints are at can be seen on the FAQ page. The link is at the bottom of this page.
Organizer route images
Professionally run event
Checkpoints with refreshments
Physiotherapy and First Aid Cover
Bag Drop Facility
How to get there
1 Windsor Terrace, Penarth CF64 1AA, UKGet full directions
As the route is linear you will need to either get dropped off and picked up or park your car at Ogmore-by-sea beach car park and catch one of the busses provided to the start of the event. The bus will leave Ogmore-by-sea at 06:15 for the ultra, and 0845 for the 18.5miler. If you want to catch the bus you need to select this option when you sign up. You will be able to leave a drop bag at the start that will be transported to the finish for you.
Event day logistics
Registration will be available at the following locations and times;
Both Courses - Friday 1200-2000 at Up And Under Outdoor, Cowbridge Road, Canton, Cardiff.
32 mile Course - Saturday Morning Kymin Centre, next to Penarth Pier 0630-0730
18.5 mile Course - Saturday Morning 0900-1000 Porthkerry Park
One of the best aspects of the Vale Coastal Races are the great opportunities for friends and family to support you around the course. The following is a list of the best and most accessible places.
The Ultra start – Penarth Pier CF64 3AU-
The Knap CF62 6FF
The 18 mile start - Porthkerry Park CF62 3BY
Llantwit Beach CF61 1RF
Nash Point CF61 1ZH
Southerdown (Dunraven Bay) CF 32 0TF
The Finish – Ogmore-by Sea CF32 0PR
A more detailed description of the above places will be sent out with the event details one week before the event.
What to bring
Compulsory Kit for both races is as follows:
This MUST be carried (or worn) at all times and will be checked at registration before recieving your race number.
Rucksack or suitable means to carry kit
Upper body long sleeve base layer or thermal (warm) top
Compass ('real'compass, watch or phone not acceptable)
Footwear with adequate grip for slippery off road conditions
Foil Survival Blanket or Foil Bivy Bag
First Aid Kit to include: blister plasters, sterile dressing and bandage or tape.
Map and instructions (provided)
Water Bottle 500ml minimum
Appropriate food for your expected time for the event
Advisory Kit/Optional Kit
Thermal and or fleece top (in addition to compulsory long sleeve top)
Lower Body Base Layer or trousers
Hydration tablets or similar
Money (for ice cream!)
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