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Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Races

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Distances in this event

  1. Ultra

    Run 32mi
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  2. Short

    Run 18.5mi
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Meet the organizer

The Vale Of Glamorgan Coastal Ultra challenge is to complete a 32-mile linear route along the entire coast of the Vale of Glamorgan. It is suitable for both runners and fast walkers. There is also a short course option of 18.5 miles taking in the second half of the route.

the full course race starts at 08:00 on Saturday morning from Penarth Pier.

From here the route follows the Wales Coastal Path, almost entirely on a trail. It hugs the clifftop passing numerously hidden and rugged bays all the way to the splendid beachside resort of Ogmore-by-sea. The route itself passes 19 beaches, with the final 14 miles traveling along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with its dramatic cliffs, amazing rock formations, romantic coves and rolling countryside.

The 18.5-mile race starts at 10.30 at Porthkerry Park, Barry.

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What’s Included
    Professionally run event
    Checkpoints with refreshments
    Event T-shirt
    Event Medal
    Physiotherapy and First Aid Cover
    Bag Drop Facility
Course Details

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.

Raceday 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

Kit List

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
    Waterproof Jacket
    Waterproof Trousers
    Upper body long sleeve base layer or thermal (warm) top
    Warm Hat
    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.
    Mobile Phone
    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!)
    Spare socks

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.


Is there a time limit?

The time limit for the event is 10 hours (6pm) so it is suitable for anyone who can maintain a good running/walking pace of 3.2mph. The time limit for the half course is 7 1/2 hours so is suitable for anyone who can maintain 2.5mph! There are generous cut off times- we give you 4 hours to get to 13.5 miles!

Do I need to carry all the compulsory kit?

YES. On both the ultra and 18.5mile courses you must carry all the compulsory kit.

I am in a team, do all team members need to carry all the compulsory kit?

YES all team members must carry the whole kit. This includes all of it... first aid kit, map, compass…all of it!

Will there be a kit check?

Yes. You will be required to show a number of random items from your kit before you are allowed to register and receive your race number.

No kit = No number. You have been warned!

All podium finishers will also be kit checked at the end.

4)-How hard is the navigation?

In terms of navigation we would rate it as easy to follow for a competent navigator. The route is marked with Wales Coastal Path Signs, it follows the coast and there are lots of other runners on it. You also receive a map with the route marked on it and there is a GPS file on the webpage which you can download. We also add some extra signs along the route.

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