Welcome to the most beautiful 10K run in the UK. The off-road route is undulating yet quick but most of all it is incredibly stunning. Running along the famous Llangollen Canal this race is truly one of a kind, It is a beautiful course with stunning scenery perfect for all abilities. The entry fee includes a Bespoke finisher medal and Brecon Carreg bottle water.
If the 10K sounds too much, simply come along and soak up the atmosphere, and experience the canal culture with a chance to see the stunning town of Llangollen which you will guarantee an incredibly warm welcome from the local Welsh community.
You did warn of "mud" which was a good thing. The upper field was just a bit dodgy due to the hard dried mud forming ruts which were potential ankle twisters. The fields were, though, a lovely part of the run.
Llyn Brenig, Llyn Brenig, United KingdomView event
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2 LAKES, 2 DAMS, 2 FANTASTIC TRAIL ROUTES!
The 2 LAKES TRAIL HALF MARATHON & 10k events are based high up on the Denbigh Moors, taking in the reservoirs of Alwen and Llyn Brenig. The routes stay well above the 300m contour throughout and take in lakeside tracks, more technical woodland sections, moorland paths and some fast dirt track and minor road.
We are really excited to deliver these Summer trail races on this beautiful private estate, which explores corners that few people get to see! Expect a few hills, but nothing too sustained - also expect some wonderfully scenic running, and tons of support and facilities provided by the wonderful farm shop
Test your bravery, endurance and mental strength with this multiple distance obstacle run with opportunities to collect stars and place them in your bag, at the finish you will count stars out of your bag which determine what medal you receive. 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra Marathon.
Woodlands Caravan Park, Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth SY23 3JW, UKView event
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The Red Kite Challenge is an established, annual series of running and walking events with the profits going to support our local hospital.
We are honoured to have been given the responsibility to hold the West Wales and Welsh Championships for all junior age groups, while for the under 17s, the race is also a trial for the WMRA International Youth Cup. The seniors half marathon is also a championship race for the West Wales and Welsh Championships.
Last year I completed the Liverpool Spring 10k, it was two laps round the glorious Sefton Park in the sun and I couldn’t wait to sign up again!This year the route had changed to incorporate the iconic cathedrals of Liverpool, starting at the Catholic Metropolitan cathedral and making its way past the Anglican Cathedral down into two parks of Liverpool. This included Princes Park and the larger Sefton Park. As soon as we entered Sefton Park the crowds were amazing. Lots of cheering and support, along with the usual drummers and musical acts.The last 6K went by so quickly as we looped around the lakes in the park and past the famous Palm House – a Dome-shaped Victorian palm house situated in the centre of the park.I strongly recommend this race, it is organised by couple Matt and Sam Davies and they put their heart and souls into ensuring the T-Shirts are amazing, and the medals are worth the run! This year the reward was a trophy style medal which stands up on your mantlepiece (or office desk!).The thing I really love about the event is that it forms part of a weekend where there is a timed 5K and a Kids 1K. The timed 5K is a wonderful chance for newer runners to push themselves and get a feel for an official race. The event is chip timed, there are bands around the route and finishers are rewarded with a lovely medal and training t-shirt. When 5Ks are labelled as “fun runs” the terminology can often take away from how much of an amazing feat 5K is for any runner so Matt and Sam stay away from this. Last year two of my friends did their first 5Ks at this event and it gave them a massive sense of achievement, one went on to do a half marathon the next year. To conclude a good time was had by all amazing route, great medals and t-shirts, fabulous weather and a well organised and enjoyable run!
Easy registration process and race number arrived in plenty of time beforehandVery well organised set up pre race with more than enough toilets a very efficient baggage drop. Colour coded starter pens made for a very good startA new route means the run starts by the Catholic Cathedral and goes down Hope St and Princess Ave, both wide enough to easily accomodate the masses of runners. The final 6km enters familiar territory with a few loops within Sefton Park with the trees providing decent shade on a hot morning. A cheeky incline brings you onto a short finishing straightSupport was minimal in the residential areas but was much more evident in the Park with a couple of drumming bands and a packed finishing areaA well set out area after the finish line made water, t-shirt and medal collection very easy with both the shirt and medal being good quality. There was a massive field next to finish were runners could meet up, compare times, get burgers and ice cream and bag collection was easy. Free buses ferried runners back to the start area
The ABP Newport Wales Marathon is a national marathon for Wales, boasting a fast, scenic route arguably one of the UKs flattest marathons with over 70% of participants claiming a PB in 2019.
Starting and finishing on Newports vibrant riverfront, the route offers iconic landmarks, coastal wildlife, picturesque medieval villages and a high-profile opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the recently regenerated city-centre.
The much-anticipated race has finally satisfied the demand for a premier marathon distance mass-participation event in Wales, made possible by the support of Associated British Ports, Newport City Council and the Welsh Government. Nearly 10,000 runners signed up to take on Marathon, 10K and Family Mile in 2019.x
The flat, fast supporting 10K race, which attracts some of the UKs top athletes, gives runners of all abilities the opportunity to get involved in one of Wales biggest weekends of mass participation, without committing to the challenging 26.2-mile distance.
i think the route would be much better in reverse the support is very quiet from mile 10 (Magor) to Mile 21(NISV). the supporters give you a natural boost and it would be much better if this was about mile 16 instead of mile 10 Magor was amazing.Quiet exspensive , a pity that the 10k Tshirt were better than the Marathon ones. yellow is good for night running
Pros- Great to have a flat, fast mass participation marathon in Wales- Fab t-shirt and medal- Easy registration (everything sent through the post in advance)- Good feed stations, regular and offering water/lucozade/gels- Lots of toilets along the route (although they did fill up and run out of toilet roll so were a bit grim at points)- Good environmental ethos, lots of recycling bins throughout the route encouraging runners to bin gel packets and bottles - Great support in certain parts of the route; loved the crowds and live band in Magor, and the crowds at the start/finishCons- Issues with park and ride (organisers well aware, pushed start back by 30mins and have said they will review) Consequence was it took 1hr40 to go 2 miles, we didn’t get to the race village until 9.10 (original start time 9am), in a rush and no signage directing us to start pen added to our pre-race panic!- The route, while flat, suffers from being so rural at times as it meant miles and miles of long country lanes with no supporters - it was tough on morale but then any marathon has its low points - Getting to Magor later on would boost morale as there was so much going on there but we arrived at 10 miles, boost would’ve been nice later on- Out and back to the transporter bridge was a bit soul destroying in the late stages, not sure what can be done there though
As this was the inaugural Newport Marathon and being a proud welsh girl, it had to be done as my first ever marathon outing. Run4Wales always put on a good race (Cardiff Half being one of my favourites!) and they didn't disappoint on this first marathon either.Big bag drop in the car park, which eveyone got through quickly, LOADS of toilets (I wasn't queuing behind more than 3 people for a loo, bravo on this one!).The race did start 30 mins late, due to the park & ride but through no fault of Run4Wales, as the roadworks there are a nightmare. Rookie error by me for not taking an old jacket to throw away, so was a bit cold.The route is flat (apart from the bridge at mile 1 & 25 but it's only a slight gradient, nothing serious and then there is one more gradient round the course), so it's certainly a fast route if you're going for a PB!Some of the roads are quiet as they are country roads, so not much support on the way (I was already aware of this as I had been helping out at the pre-marathon training session, so I had already run some of the course). If you don't mind not having the crowd support, then it's all good but the people who came out in Magor to cheer everyone on totally made up for it. Plus lots of runners were chatting to each other, so the moreale around the course was good anyway.Plenty of water stations, aid stations and lots of recycling bins & boxes on the route to throw your empty bottles and gel packs into (yet I still saw some people thowing their empty gel packs to the floor :-(.....)Volunteers were rocking it round the course with loud hailers, big foam fingers & lots of cheers and at the finish with big hugs for us finishers.Surreal points..... Having horses in a field run alongside us, Cows runing up to the fences to see what was going on and the Banging DJ in his pimped up red tractor of decks and speakers, smashing out dance tunes.Only low point for me was the loop run up to the transporter bridge and back (around mile 22-24) longest few miles of my life! The finish line straight was amazing, so lovely to see so many people had come out to support and cheer. You certainly feel amazing running up that last straight. Chip timing was spot on, so my supporters knew exactly when I was coming into the finish.Nice medal, good tshirt, congrats to Steve Brace for a super route & to all at Run4Wales for putting on a great event. I am so coming back next year!
The Brecon Beacons are located in South Wales offering some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Starting out at Gilestone Farm, Talybot-on-Usk (1 hour from Cardiff) we offer four distances for this event. The Ultra Marathon, Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K routes all take in the scenic trail runs of Brecon. Canicross friendly.
10k is a great step up from our 5k events. Up the challenge and take part in a Race for Life 10k event. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER.
The Aberystwyth route initially makes its way along the promenade from end to end and really captures the beauty of the Aberystwyth coastline. Breaking off from the coastal path and running alongside the River Rheidol, this route is a scenic trip through Aberystwyth. A lovely flat route on paved ground with an amazing atmosphere and plenty of spectator points for cheering friends and family.
Dont forget to bring your friends and family along to support you. They can cheer you along the course or take a stroll around the event activities and entertainment available on the day.
Join us at Llandegla forest for a weekend of Trail Running fun! Last year we sold out all of ourJ races! On Saturday we have the 10km trail, Canicross and Half Marathon trail races! The Half Marathon trail race uses parts of the 10km route but is mostly a separate route. On Sunday weve got a brand new trail Marathon and the 10km trail challenge. The Marathon is 2 loops of the Half Marathon route.
This was my first ever race so perhaps im not the best person to review it.
Llandegla is known for its mountain bike tracks, however Up Hill Down Dale have made use of the facility really well.
It was a scorching day and the forest provides a sun trap. There is a car park and possible surrounding areas for a picnic which is what myself the wife and kids did before the race, i ate a banana they had a picnic!
Otherwise there is a cafe and shop, however logistically there is no real space for an athletes village or any pop up stands. Having said that they did offer a massage facility.
The 10k trail race briefing warned us that this would feel like a half marathon and that it wasnt easy. They were right, the course was very undulating with some long hills and also some really sharp ones. The route required the ducking and diving through the forest whilst at the same time keeping an eye out for pits, falls and tree roots. I was surprised how much of the course was on gravel roads and paths rather than mud and grass routes but then again i wasnt sure what to expect and the weather had been dry for some time.
There was one basic water station, i think at the half way mark, this was very welcome following a really long hard stone track in the baking sun up hill for roughly a mile. The course is marked sufficiently, however the facility remains open to walkers and cyclists therefore beware of collisions.
The race finishes back at the cafe/shop area and includes a few sharp up hills in the last 2 miles which are brutal. Its a small event with 400-500 entrants overall, which makes it very friendly.
There is a tech shirt and medal for all finishers as well as unlimited ice lollies, water and fruit at the end which is very welcome. There is a crafted shield for podium finisher also.
I would recommend this race to anyone and everyone, it was a great first race for myself and i do love trail running. This is also part of a 3 part series including Bala and Brynkillt which i intend to complete at some point.
This was my second ever 10K and my first trail run. It was a tough event with very steep, varied terrain. Organisation was spot on and very welcoming. I was a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect so the race briefing was really helpful, and funny too :)One "work on" - having the Canicross running the same course at the same time was tricky when running down through the woods on a narrow route - dogs were getting tangled round trees and we were regularly being asked to stop to let the canicrossers by. That can be a bit frustrating when you're trying hard and concentrating on not falling over tree roots / getting stuck in bogs!Overall this was a super event though and I can't wait to have another go next year.
I did the 24k version of this in 2016 which was 2 12k loops on a tough but pleasant course.This year in 2017 I was a little more under trained so I decided to take it easy on the new 10k route, but there was a new half marathon route as well for those who wanted the punishment of a tough a fairly tough trail run. I say fairly tough as I don't want to put people off, they are as hard as you make them subject to your pace and whether you have any little walk breaks etc.Coed Lllandegla is a mountain biking mecca so has a facility called the One Planet Adventure Centre which is a big wooden/log building with a generous sized indoor and outdoor cafe and eating facilities inc a BBQ on some days. It also has a mountain bike shop in there and toilet facilities, and not forgetting for the mountain bikers a hire facility for bikes.The organization was top draw as always , and for a company that only set up last year it is a welcome sigh of relief as there are a fair few dubious and unreliable event companies out there.Much to their credit Up Hill Down Dale announced this year that all profits go to charity which is a fine testament to a company with the right ethics and a genuine kindness towards others.The new route was a challenge with a total of 1100ft+ of climb overall in a 10k! A lot of the climbs were shortish one and a lot of them grouped toward the end so it was a tough challenge if your legs were tired.The mix of terrain was superb. You had trail, forest path, fire road, forest floors, lakeside paths etc etc, it was a constant change from one to another with no long stretches.Llandegla forest itself is a lovely place with great surounding scenery and when you are at the highest point on the course you get a good look at it. It is also a treat to travel to and from and is not that far away from Wrexham so is easy to get to, it's roughly an hour from Liverpool as well.Overall I would rcommend this event to anyone as I have done it twice and both have been pretty much the best trail 10k and half I have been to.Also woth noting they now do a Cannicross or CanyX as they call it.
The Henri Lloyd Abersoch 10K is an exhilarating race with a memorable atmosphere in a most stunning part of the world. Starting in Abersoch's picturebook village and finishing along the golden sands of Abersoch's main beach.
The race is capped at 1,000 entrants & sold-out in advance last year so recommended to enter in advance. Good marshals, clear signage, huge crowds with a fantastic atmosphere.
Port Sunlight Village Trust, 23 King George's Dr, Bebington, Wirral CH62 5DX, UKView event
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The Port Sunlight 10K and 5k take place in the lovely surroundings of this historic village. The start and finish of the Port Sunlight 10K and 5K races are on the green at Windy Bank in the center of the Village.
Burwain House, 54 The Spinnakers, Liverpool L19 3RY, UKView event
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A popular, friendly 10k race for runners of all abilities. The attractive route takes in the River Mersey and local parks and keeps runners well away from traffic. The course is generally flat and fast.
a great little event , never done before . Really good value for money . Course nice and flat really good potential for PB if the body was up to it which it wasn't happy with 42:30 having done a IM 6 days earlier. Would recommend to anyone , wearing the Tshirt now , only slight pity was for people who like the bling there was no medal .
The team at Castle Tri really do run absolutely brilliant events and are one of our favourites at Let's Do This - they are a strong mix of meticulous organisation and a friendly attitude. Whether you're there to race or there to have a chilled day out they're a brilliant organiser.
The organisation and undertaking of this event seemed really good, although the course length was disappointingly short. My GPS only recorded 5.44 miles, and even allowing for signal issues this is incredibly short of the 10k mark (6.2miles). Having checked on Strava, other people who ran only clocked up to 5.7 miles. Rookie error I wouldn't expect from a company that puts on so many events.
Very disappointed to find at the finish that the Half Marathon course was 1.9km short! Reading some 10k reviews it seems that the suppossed 7km lap was 600+ metres shortRegistration and race number collection was very slick with a very detailed and clear pre race briefingOnly a small field (77 runners?) so a smooth start ensued, the course was a mix of dusty uneven track, tarmac paths, concreted road and a testing woodland section with a short steep hill, altogether about 600ft of climb over the 3 lapsThe 3rd lap was livened up as runners from 4 events all mingled together ( 2 x Triathlons, the 10k and Half)The scenery was gorgeous and variedWell stocked and well run feed stations with cups of water, Hi5 and flat coke together with jelly beans and gelsWell marshalled although it got a bit frantic not long after i finished near the final stretch as runners from the 4 events converged all with a varying number of laps to complete, an extra and more decisive marshall would have helped Plenty of food available post run with a good mix of cakes, fruit and drinks. Lots of concession stalls in the post race arenaAt least i set a PB for my first (and hopefully only!) 19.2km HALF :-)However, for a £40 entry fee it would have been nice to have got a finishers t-shirt and a better quality medal.......and a correctly measured course
I've done the Castle Triathlon Series before. In 2017, I did the swim as part of a triathlon relay team. I knew that the parking was easy and right next to the event village which means a relaxed start. Plenty of portaloos and changing tents too.We picked up our numbers from the registration tent. This was nice and easy and there were no queues. We later learned that there was about 77 people in the race so I am not sure how it would be if the numbers were greater. We had a full race briefing from the Race Direcetor which was great and unnusual for races these days although it is standard in triathlons. He explained it was three 7km laps of the grounds, pointing out the various landmarks and feed and water stations on the course.As it was warming up, these were much needed and well stocked. I stopped at every one to either take on water or throw it over me to keep cool. It was great to have coca cola and jelly babies for fuel. High 5 gels were also on offer. The marshals were all fantastic (and probably sunburnt!) and the quality of the food at the finish was great: there were melons, oranges and bananas, along with cakes of various descriptions and plenty of water. All in paper cups, doing their bit for the environment.The course was very picturesque, taking in the castle's chapel, running along a treelined avenue and back, across the fields to the stables and then up the hill behind the castle. The hill was steep but the run down was good fun! The major problem with this race was that it was too short...by 2km! My Garmin registered 19.19km. Most people can forgive a few hundred metres, but this was a major error. I hope the organisers address the issues and provide an explanation as to what went wrong with the course measuring.The medal felt a little flimsy and not as substantial as last year's medal at all. There was no finisher's T shirt supplied as part of the package and the one available to buy cost £25. I was invited to do the race as a race ambassador (hence I have left value of money blank in the ratings above) but, had I paid to do this race, I would be very disappointed with the short course. I think the organisers are missing a trick not providing a T shirt as part of the package as they serve as good advertising by those who wear them. I saw that spectators were charged £7.50 to enter the grounds which also seems a bit steep. If the course distance issues could be addressed and the cost either reduced or more provided for your money, this could easily be a 5 star race, as it had a great family friendly, almost festival like, vibe and the course was stunning.
Thanks Ann, great to hear you had a good event by in large! Some constructive points that we will address in our event debrief. Key point being the event distance. What I would say about the spectator entrance is that there is lots of offer; on a normal day £7.50 is charged to go to those castle gardens and we offer live music, free entertainment for kids etc. Maybe we need to communicate that offering more. Thoughts very welcomed and congratulations on your race! :)
RunFest Wales really is a festival of Personal Bests, set along the promenade at the seaside town of Rhyl. Each race distance is designed with one thing in mind, helping you achieve your goals, so if your a club runner or a fun runner you can be sure of a good time.
The Porthcawl 10K is an exciting addition to the town known for its surf, sports and coastal walks.
A summertime hotspot for both locals and visitors Porthcawl is renowned for shining under the sun.
The all-new race will take place on closed-roads, taking in a number of landmarks and stunning seaside spots including Rest Bay, Trecco Bay, Coney Bay, the picturesque town centre, historic Grand Pavillion and the iconic Porthcawl Lighthouse.
A host of other sporting activities for families and children will also be included in the days action including an electrifying new Family Fun Run, giving budding athletes a chance to take their first footsteps into running.
The Wales 10k, now in its 3rd year, will be taking part during the final day of the Long Course Weekend, on the fully closed roads of The Wales Marathon. Heading from Manorbier to Tenby's award winning red carpet finish, dedicated athletes and fun runners alike will earn themselves the knowledge that they have raced in the first year of what is sure to be a huge event for years to come.
Taking place alongside The Wales Marathon, athletes will line up at the start line in Manorbier to compete in The Wales 10k, heading along fully closed roads back to Tudor Square in Tenby.
Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail, Cardiff CF15 7JR, UKView event
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The first addition of the Cardiff Epic Trail 10k went down a blast this year, selling out in just a FEW WEEKS! Hundreds of people turned up on a hot day in July to soak up the pure beauty of Fforest Fawr.
The route within the Forest has certainly got that key element of Tough and comprises some stunning views, including the historic Castell Coch.
If you havent been to a Tough Runner event before, youre in for a surprise! We like to think of it as more than just a race, we make extra effort to make sure its a day for you to remember!
I've done a few trail races this year and each one has its own uniqueness to it, and this one was no exception. Cardiff Epic Trail certainly lived up to its name. With the glorious backdrop of Fforest Fawr as the setting for this race, runners were shaded by the trees as they wound their way along the route. This was a welcome relief from the oppressive. With lovely, long sections of winding downhill trails you were lulled into a false sense of security and it was easy to forget that as far as trail runs are concerned, what goes down must come back up again. And up we went. Up, up, up and up some more of the most brutal hills I've tackled on a trail run. We're talking stopping for breath, bent double, wondering whether you have the strength to go on. But with a name like Cardiff Epic Trail, no one ever said it was going to be easy. After all, flat is boring, right? Really impressive medal and a great welcome at the finish line where you were greeted with bottles of water, as many sweets as you could shove down, and a medal placed around your neck by the local Police Community Support Officers. All in all, a great experience. 10/10 would run again.
Wirral Country Park, Station Rd, Thurstaston, Wirral CH61 0HN, UKView event
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This is a Beautiful Point to Point 13.1 Mile Trail Run along the Wirral Way Old Railway Line. Starting at Hooton Train Station and finishing at Wirral Country Park with Stunning Views across the Dee Estuary.The Route is a Out and Back From Wirral Country Park to West Kirby and Back Along the Wirral Way Trail Path. There will be a feed station at the turn around point 3.1Mile stocked with Water and Nutrition.
Welcome to the On Snowdonia Trail Marathon 2019, a stunning Trail Marathon, Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k, starting and finishing in Wales's outdoor capital, Llanberis. Entering the On Snowdonia Trail Marathon 2019 is your ticket to compete in one of the UK's most challenging trail races. This is a race to shout about - an astonishing 99% of participants taking part in 2018 would recommend the Snowdonia Trail Marathon to a friend or family member!
This was my first trail race and I can honestly say that I absolutley loved it! Everything went smoothly and Always Aim High Events put on a fantastic event. The race itself was a brilliant mix of off road and country roads with steep inclines and some steep descents, whilst taking in the stunning surroundings that Snowondia has to offer. I would like to step it up a gear next year and go back and do the half!
The guys at always aim high know how to stage a race, starting off on the Llanberis playing fields, this half winds itself up the valley from the village, the views are amazing the terrain is good, solid paths, once at the top it zig zags up towards the summit, great sight of hundreds of coloured runners against the hillside.the ranger path joins the top of the Pyg Track on the Llanberis path, steeped in cloud you turn left after the railway track and race towards the bottom, the path here is a variety of footings, steady as you go, unlike me I stumbled to say the least!! Dented elbows knees and pride once at the bottom you follow the route through the forest and up into the slate quarry steep in sections, energy sapping climbing sees you at the top, a decent through the woods and the booming welsh PA announced that the finish in near!passes the former slate miners hospital the road section leads back to the playing fields, plenty of activities to keep you hanging around to cheer on your fellow runners grest event team, great environments thought routes to put you through your paces!! well done AAH
Sadly, on the day I fell ill and had to withdraw at 17 miles, BUT l shall review my experience anyway.Race Registration:Done online (it sells out quick, and for good reason) you can choose to have your number sent to you (at a small cost) or collect on the weekend of the race.Pre run info: Communication pre race is excellent, you’re kept up to date with all relevant info. On the day the safety brief beforehand was thorough without being to much and very informative.Route:The route (or what I did of it) can only be described as brutal, but absolutely stunning. Running in this area of the country is a joy, almost all off road this is a proper trail adventure.Feed stations: The feed stations are adequate, and the wonderful volunteers that run them are so friendly and helpful.Withdrawal: Sadly, I get to praise the organisers at how well this system works, I informed a volunteer at the feed station (17 mile point) that unfortunately my day was over, he contacted race control to let them know whilst a lovely lady looked after me, within 15 mins a 4x4 was up the mountain track to collect me, so although I didn’t want my race to end this way, It did and the two volunteers at the feed station couldn’t have been more sympathetic or helpful, the system to get me back to the start worked really well.This was my first Always Aim High event, and whilst it didn’t go as I had hoped, the organisation and volunteers were excellent.I’m already booked for the Ultra again next year.
Barry Island, Barry Island, Barry CF62 5AJ, UKView event
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Sun, sea, and sand provide the backdrop to the Barry Island 10K which brings a summertime festival of running to the popular seaside resort with a 10K race and family fun run. A firm favourite with runners renowned for its varied and scenic route, unbeatable crowd support and feel-good atmosphere.
The 10K race takes place on fully closed roads with a challenging yet rewarding route showcasing all of the towns most scenic seaside spots and recognisable landmarks including Whitmore Bay, the Knap, Romilly Park and Watch House Bay.
A host of childrens activities including a Family Fun Run and Toddler Dash take place along the promenade giving budding athletes and families a chance to get in on the action.
The event is delivered by Run 4 Wales, the team behind the Cardiff Half Marathon, Newport Wales Marathon & the Run 4 Wales 10K Series.
This was the final 10km in the trilogy - another hot run and hilly, surprisingly hilly. I was over taken by a Postbox !!!!!!!! Lol - really enjoyed this one it felt like you worked hard on this one - bling and tshirt was lovely - this may be on my list for next year
Barry Island is probably most famous for the TV series Gavin & Stacey, well give it a while and that will be forgotten but the way they put on this event will soon take over and be the talk of the town.I registered earlier in the year for this event and booked a weekend hotel as this is a beautiful part of the country and my family and I have been there many times and love the place and when i said we were going back everyone was over the moon, even my mum wanted to join us too.I got plenty of emails regarding the event and parking for the day which helped me with my preperation and i knew exactly where i wanted to be at what times, with checking out of hotels etc.Then an interesting tweet and email was recieved to say that ex olympic runner Iwan Thomas was going to be entering the race and Healthspan, a race sponsor would donate £10 for everyone who finished ahead of him, i couldn't, i wouldn't not a chance, but out of interest what times he aiming for????A few tweets later and he said he was going for 46 minutes, 3 minutes quicker than my PB, should i, could i, no its too warm, i've done alot in July lets take it easy and just enjoy it.But getting to Barry Island on the Saturday i felt nervous and wasn't sure why, we went to the town and had a walk round to scope the place out and find out whats what, the family ate chips, i nicked a couple lolThe morning of the race and the alarm went off early, we checked out the hotel and drove to the car park which was busy but not full and got our space, runners everywhere, i stood by the car in my trainers, shorts and jacket zipped up, "why are you wearing a jacket" my wife asked "is boiling, are you crazy", i'm not 100% about running in vests and am a little body shy of my "girly arms" so kept it on until i was ready.We walked down to the seafront and there were hundreds of people, we sat on a bench, and the megaphone guy said what start times and what colour bibs needed to be where, it was very helpful.I went into the pen and we all shuffled forward, passing my jacket to my wife, i stood there and looked around thinking, its not so bad, i dont look out of place, no one here looks like what i'd picture a runner to be, everyone was different and thats why i like running.The horn sounded and the wheelchairs were off, then Iwan Thomas counted us down too, oh yes i forgot about him, nerves kick in some more now, 3...2...1....go and we're off, round the corner out of the town, seeing my family and high fiving my son, a long road and up a slight incline the course was good and it was hot, a few more hills than expected and a few tough parts where a 5 second breather was needed, but i kept going through the crowd and maintaining a steady pace, supports everywhere, locals were out and not a part of the course felt lonely, halfway through was a water station and was just at the right point too, up a big hill, round a corner and back onto the seafront, pushing myself, cheering on others around me, but 300 yards i needed to catch my breath again when someone said "keep going", i looked up and saw the finish and went for it, the support at the finish was amazing, cheering and shouting everywhere as i sprinted with energy i didnt realise i had, past 1, 2, 3 maybe 6 or 7 i dont know but it felt like i had turned into the FlashOver the finish line to collect my medal, t-shirt and much needed water, as i was met by my family, i turned the corner and started to walk away from the finish line to see Iwan Thomas coming towards me and his tent, i quickly asked for a selfie, it was great, shook his hand and he said well done.My wife told me he had finished before me but that he had started before me too, he had a time of 48:16 and i waited eagerly for my time to come through and still a day later am smiling as i finished in 48:05, 11 seconds ahead of him, the event had said anyone who beat Iwan would get a t-shirt saying #ibeatiwan on it too which i will await, but we then went off to the race village for food and to relax.I'd say this is one if not the best event i have done so far, great support, beautiful place to run and really well organised too, i would highly recommend this event, especially if you get the chance to beat an olympic athlete lol
Barry Island provides a fantastic backdrop to a pretty unique road race. Starting off by the fun fair, the course winds around the town, up some hills of varying steepness, through a park, before turning back to head for home along the coastline. There was plenty of local support all along the route, and the marshals were exemplary in their race management and encouragement. The heat made things pretty challenging the day but it was a fantastic event all in all and one I'd be happy to do again. The lovely medal went down well too.
This unique event is a must for all multi - terrain runners. Many competitors return regularly to try and better their performance or just beat that train while others have run nearly every year since the races started. Most serious runners have heard about it either from their friends, TV, or the press so if you havent already competed perhaps this year is the time to attempt it. These events also give you the additional challenge of not only racing your fellow competitors but also the Train. Having been televised world-wide on several occasions we have attracted many runners from abroad coming from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, America, Hong Kong, Africa etc.
Competed in 2018 Quarry Challance race (10k) and wow was it a good race.Arrived at the event carpark, this was manned but unfortunately was asking for £4 - i didnt have any cash so had to leave the carpark to look for a cash point in a tiny town i had never been to before. I was starting to feel a little bit anxious as i knew that the race had buses laid on to take you to the start line and i didnt want to miss it! Luckily quite near to the race HQ there was plenty of places to park with a short walk - phew made it! I had a wonder around and there was loads for people to do, stalls selling things, an event tent with tea and coffee etc, bouncy castles for the little ones. I headed the for the start line buses which were outside the train station so had a good look at the train i would be racing. I got on the bus and could feel the energy from the varius club runner groups. You could see how far and wide people had come to do the race. It very quickly dropped the 5 mile runners off at their start point and then the 10k. Standing in the middle of a field i had a few chats with people in the porter potty queue lol everyone was so excited. Could have done with some more loos really, only 2 supplied although most of the men used natures toilet lol.The train passed through a couple of times while waiting for the start time at 1115. When the time came the train was right next to us at the start and the train whistes 3 times to signify the start of the race. Luckily a gentleman who had ran before told me this or id have never known. First couple of KM's was all uphill and quite a steep uphill too, but what goes up must come down, this is when the path narrowed and a steep downhill. We ran through some woodland and the train track was right next to us but by this time the train was gone and ahead. There were some real boggy parts, im sure the more competative runners just smashed through it but the likes of me, we stop and tentativly make our way around the edges haha. We then ran through many fields and started to hit bits of road. The support was fantastic, people out of their houses on the streets cheering everyone on. They were fantastic. We even ran through someones garden at one point! He was also outside with a brew cheering. About 2km from the end, i saw the train, on its way back up the track. So i hadnt beaten it but you know what, i dont mind. I enjoyed myself that much it really doesnt matter. I came into streets on the last km or so and the support, again was fantastic. The community spirit i could feel in the air. I crossed the finish line and collected my goody bag. This was also well organised. So all in all, couldnt have asked for more really. I didnt attend myself but they had on the Friday night, a local pub/restaurant doing a pasta night for all the runners and also on the saturday there was a bit of an after party once the 14 mile competitors had finished. So it really is an all day event and such a good price too.
I ran the full distance (up and down) this year, having down the shorter down-only race previously.The course is fantastic - and great support in the town and of course when you pass/ get passed by the train! I ended up completely covered in mud - veen taking a deep dip in one plave - but loved the challenge of the terrain, the mud, the hills, the cross camber field.It really is an amazing race in amazing location - you have to put it on your bucket list!!
Lake Rd, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7JE, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser
Starting on 1st September 2015, Ben Smith famously set off on a journey of a lifetime to complete 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days. His feat made headline news and as well as encouraging almost 10,000 runners to share in his journey, Ben raised over 330,000 for two anti bullying charities and raised the much needed awareness of bullying in the UK.
Ben's adventure may be over, but his journey is not complete and the work continues to carry on the legacy of The 401 Challenge. The setup of The 401 Foundation which offers grants to grassroots projects that focus their efforts on building confidence and self esteem along with tackling mental health and self development issues for all ages is that legacy.
So, why not join us for the return of this fantastic event and get involved with The 401 Foundation through their second Festival of Running? The Festival will in the spirit of The 401 Challenge, appeal to runners and non runners, of all ages, sizes and abilities. With a choice of races for the youngsters as well as 5k, 10k and half marathon distances available. Why not test yourself and take on The 401 Foundation Challenge and complete a series of four distance events including the 401 6.1km to complete the marathon distance. You will also receive a special challenge medal! All routes take place in and around the beautiful location of Portishead near Bristol, Ben's home town.
The Saturday event will kick off with the 401 5k, followed by The 401 500m, The 401 One Mile Dash and The 401 Half Marathon. Followed by The 401 After Party, with food and music! Come dressed in your favourite bright clothes and light accessories to help illuminate the course! The brighter the better, be creative!
Sunday will see The 401 10k, as well as a chance for the Young Runners to do the double and complete the 500m and One Mile Dashes. And for those who have entered the festival will finish the weekend with the new 401 6.1km to complete the iconic marathon distance!
Bespoke medals on offer to all finishers plus prizes and trophies available for leading runners in all races, plus top three overall male and female for those who enter The 401 Foundation Challenge!
The Lakelands School, Oswestry Rd, Ellesmere SY12 0EA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser
The fabulously fast Ellesmere 10km race and 2k fun run is back for 2019 and the date is confirmed as Sunday 25th August.
This is as fast and as popular as ever! This race genuinely does have PB potential for runners prepared to take it on with the course record being 29 mins 12 seconds which made Ellesmere 10k the 6th fastest 10k in the UK in 2012.
One of my favourites this year and the scene of my PB! Nicely organised despite the constraints of the small school hosting. Very speedy and no-fuss registering, lots of helpful volunteers and the school canteen opened for pre and post race snacks! Absolutely adored the race, despite the very wet weather, a good thunder round the pretty town with a fab mile along the canal towards the end before coming in via the school athletics track for a sprint finish. Not much in the way of goodies but adequate with banana and mars bar, but great shirt and nice chunky medal!
Excellent 10k in Ellesmere. Course is pretty flat, just a few inclines with bridges over canal. A nice variety of on road, hard standing track next to lake and decent surface along canal trail. Standard British August Bank Holiday weekend weather meant it was extremely wet and therefore a few muddy puddles to deal with. Plenty of marshalls on the course to direct and keep everyone safe. Cheap entry with a nice medal and t-shirt.Recommended. Hopefully next year will be drier.
One of the top road races in the UK will introduce a brand-new course for 2019, which will take its runners through Cardiff's City Centre. The race capacity has been increased to 10,000, which will make this year's race the biggest one yet! Enter today to be part of Wales' famous race through the Capital.
I received my race number & information in the post in good time of race day, however, i had several friends who did not. They reassure me they signed up for the race in plenty of time, but when they didnt receive theirs in the post, were advised to collect their race number on race day. The queues on the day were so long, many runners were still queing for their bibs when the race had started. This did not affect me directly, but it did some of my running companions. The actual race itself was brilliant. It was well marshalled, lots of crowd support, plenty of water stations along the route (especially as it was a hit day), it was a flat course but was very busy in some areas. Despite this, i throughly enjoyed my experience & finished with a pb. I will still be entering this race next year. The organisers have reasured runners that they will endeavor to prevent a repeat of the pre-race shambles with the running bibs.
This is a very big & popular race, with, I believe, 7000 people taking part this year. Starting & finishing in Cardiff city centre, it's easy to get to, with plenty of parking & out transport options close by. Race numbers & info packs were sent out well in advance, so all you need to do is turn up & run!
The course is very flat, so a definite PB potential if you don't get held up by crowds of runners. It's not the most exciting course, with a fair amount of it being through a park, but support & marshalling was excellent throughout. There was one aid station at about 5k, which was very well run, with a table providing water on both sides of the road to ease congestion.
The one criticism I would have is that the finish area was quite disorganised. There was a fair crush after finishing as people made their way through the finish area, and this needs to be looked at as it did feel a bit dangerous at times. We got a goodie bag with the usual selection of stuff, a nice technical t shirt, and a decent medal.
A good race which was generally well organised, but as said, they do need to make changes/improvements to the finish area.
Not a usual review as I won my entry so value for money and ease of registration don’t really apply. Massive thanks to Cardiff 10km for the opportunity to run and have an Itab engraving on my medal :)
Start/facilities - Lots of toilets, didn’t use the bag drop as I had a husband with me but it looked ok although super busy. Start was delayed by 15 mins - announced over the tannoy. Wasn’t sure why but other runners told us there was a bit of chaos with picking up numbers, most were posted out, but there seemed to be a massive queue to collect on the day for some reason and the volunteers ended up just throwing numbers at people so there was a lot of bad feedback online. We had different coloured bibs but no idea if there were designated pens as this wasn’t clear and we all mixed in.
There was a bottle neck at the start and I had to do a lot of weaving - always going to be an issue with such a massive race. There were around 7000 people I think.
Course was flat, fast - I got a massive pb!! - and overall a decent route, some twists early on which were a bit annoying with so many people.
Crossing the line took a long time as there were long queues for t-shirts and the medals, water was provided but we had to wait 10mins or so to get to it.
Enjoyed my day, happy with my time and got a nice t shirt and medal. Not sure I’d want to run again without winning the entry as it’s an expensive one, that’s possibly got a bit too big.
The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k takes place along the beautiful and iconic sweep of Swansea Bay, open to all abilities aged 15+. The course is a firm favourite with both experienced and first time runners, as the fast and flat course is a perfect introduction to road running, and perfect for improving your personal best. All of this, combined with a great family atmosphere resulted in the race being named Best 10k in the Wales for the past two years in a row at The UK Running Awards.
This unique event brings swimmers and runners from all over the country to the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales Expect wild weather, wide open spaces, a stunning landscape and a tidal push that is into bore category. This Autumnal celebration embraces the change of the seasons: bring on the firepits, blackberries, pumpkins, gorse and empty beaches. Skin swimmers welcome.
The 11K run takes place at the same time as the swim, so at some point in the course you will see swimmers in the estuary beside you. The route will take you from Barmouth Beach, over the iconic Barmouth bridge then flanks the estuary all the way to Penmaenpool. Perfect for supporters who might not be water lovers but would like to get in on the action.
A 11K run followed by the 10K swim for those of you keen for a double challenge. You will be bused to Penmaenpool to join the Mawdacch Trail, run 11k to the swim start in Barmouth alongside the banks of the estuary and across the Barmouth Bridge, then swim back under it with the other swimmers on the incoming tide. This is a long run before a long swim: you can run in your running clothes, change and have a drink before setting off with the other swimmers (there is likely to be a small time gap between the two events giving time for this to happen, and swimmers to depart together).
This was my first time running this race, having juts moved to the area. It starts from a good, easy to get to location--Mold leisure centre. I arrived before they closed the road at 8am and found easy parking. There was some confusion where to pick up bib and timing chip as no signs pointed the way, I just followed others! Collecting bib was easy and quick (also had a look at the tshirts for sale cheaply from other races). Toilets were easy to find without a queue. Getting to start line was easy and the race set off without hassle. The route itself was good, but didn't pass anything too interesting, I didn't like at one point you either had to run single file on the pavement ot step out on to a busy road, as this part was uphill there was a lot of running on the road past the walkers on the pavement, I felt a bit unsafe. Soon enough it was the finishing point, back at the centre and the crowd was good. Good race, would run again.
Good 2 lap race with a big hill to do there are 3 races on the day 1k fun run, then the 5k and finally the 10k, each of which are run separately. So if doing the 10k you have a lot of waiting around as they wont start the next race until the last competitor of the previous one has finished. there is no goodie bag with this one and if you need a different size t shirt you can forget it [not very helpful]
Gower was the first place in Britain to be designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB). The unique peninsula is a protected haven for some of the richest and most varied wildlife habitats in the UK. The coastal trails here are set against an awe-inspiring natural backdrop of cliff tops, downland, woodland, sand dunes and world famous beaches. This trail running paradise is very accessible from most parts of the UK.
Nothing out of the ordinary for a coastal trail event. Course was more or less as expected. I keep going back-and-forth on whether I would've preferred to run in the other direction. The majority of the muddiest spots were towards the end when legs were quite wobbly already. Saw a few people slip and fall. Advice to future runners - shoes w/ excellent traction.
Llanharan Miner's Welfare hall and grounds, Llanharan, Pontyclun CF72 9NR, UKView event
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Don't be fooled by our beautiful hills. They may not be as high as the Brecon Beacons or as tough as the Mountains in the North but what they can certainly do is test you - and they will don't you worry! This is an ideal event for the hardy & experienced trail runner to the novice and first timer alike.
1 Grove Pl, Little Haven, Haverfordwest SA62 3UG, UKView event
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As Britain's only coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire is justifiably famous for its rugged cliffs, quiet coves, expansive sandy bays, picturesque coastal village and its abundance of marine life. The coastal trails here are wild and exposed, with undulating terrain and spectacular views. The course is challenging but the views presented to you around each corner make this a beautiful course that must be experienced.
Caerphilly's main selling point is the castle and the race starts and finishes in its vast shadow. This in itself makes the race iconic and worth the visit if you aren't local. I no longer live in Caerphilly, but I grew up there and the route takes in a lot of my haunts as kid, traversing Lansbury Park and pretty much the length of Van Road. It's not a pretty route, but it's safe and flat enough to run a good time. Always well organised by the local council and the locals turnout in force on the day to support the race. It's a great event at the price. The only drawback is parking. You have to arrive very early to get a space in the allocated areas, otherwise you are forced to chance it on residential roads - some a fair distance away from race HQ if you aren't familiar with the town.
The Caerphilly 10k race was my first ever 10k back in 2015. It's a great local event, full of families, local groups and first timers, ably supported by local businesses who sponsor the event. However, it is also a very hilly route!!2017 was a last minute decision to enter as i needed a hilly run as part of my triathlon training. Caerphilly doesn't disappoint! The event centres around a large grass area just outside the magnificent castle. You run up into the town around the top of the castle, into the town, out towards the north, a loop down the main road and basically back into the town centre, around the castle again and back down to the finish.Yesterday was another great event but it was absolutely boiling!! There are 2 water stops at 4k and 7k but if there were another 10 it may not have been enough such was the heat! Thanks to lots and lots of locals who came out the front of their houses to support and stood there with their hoses showering everyone who went past!!Took my family along yesterday who cleared my wife of money by going on all the bouncy castles and eating ice cream and drinks when i was running! Great to have them there, it's a real community type event and on Fathers Day as well it was great to see.It's £19 to enter which gets you a race number to the event, a medal and t-shirt.It's a great little event which grows each year. If you fancy something different in terms of a route on partly closed roads and lots of hills, give it a go!