Pembrokeshire Coastal Races – Trail & Ultra Running Festival

7 June 2024 - 9 June 2024
Dale, Pembrokeshire, uk
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trail race
160 KM
3 days
500 Runners
Alternate Distances: 
80 KM
   
50 KM
   
35 KM
Difficulty:    Advanced
ENTRY FEE:    140 gbp

Back following the COVID break with NEW RACE DISTANCES, a fantastic new event base with camping and parking onsite, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Races promises to be an epic weekend!  Which race distance will you enter?

The Pembrokeshire Coast path (PCP) is quite simply amazing and every trail and ultra runner should experience it at least once in your lifetime. As a designated national trail along ‘Britain’s most breath taking coastline’, the path encompasses rugged cliff tops, sheltered coves, wide-open beaches and winding estuaries. There are 4 race distances to choose from, and all finish in the small harbour village of Dale, Milford Haven:

100 mile ultra-marathon starting in St Dogmaels, Cardigan (160k / 6300m)
50 mile ultra-marathon starting at Porthgain (80k / 2850m)
31 mile (50k) ultra-marathon starting in St David’s (50k / 1850m)
22 mile trail race starting in Newgale (35k / 1300m)

Event HQ 
The event HQ is at Dale Hill Farm Campsite a former RAF airfield and the base includes the following facilities:-

Camping for competitors and families (caravans and motorhomes also welcome)
Event marquee
Toilets and showers
Food & drink vendors
A breath taking finish line on the cliffs overlooking the coast & Milford Haven
Event parking on hard standing which can accommodate many, many cars!
Easy access to some secret and secluded bays

The Route

All races follow the Pembrokeshire and Wales Coast path

The 100 mile race represents a considerable physical challenge set against a rugged, beautiful backdrop. But be aware, this 100 miler is no tame trail race, and on previous years a highly experienced 100 miler competitor said, 

 ”WOW. RWC you absolute stars. That was the hardest coastal 100miler I have ever done!”

The route has a formidable 6300 meters of ascent – comparable with some mountain ultras – and is only suitable for competent and experienced ultra distance runners.  Starting at St Dogmaels, just outside Cardigan, it follows the beautiful and rugged northern section on exposed paths. 

The PCP 50mile starts at Porthgain, and is perfect for those wanting a tough challenge. With approximately 2850 meters of ascent, this is also a hilly course, however you will be rewarded with stunning views and fantastic coastal trail running. It is also a great race to bring supporters to as there are numerous beaches, and facilities, and onsite camping at the event base. 

The 50k ultra-marathon starts at St Davids and with 1850m ascent is perfect for those wanting to step up the challenge from some of our more gentle routes or those looking for a fast days running on the coast and to be finished in time for the afterparty. 

The 22 mile race starts at Newgale beach, and follows the PCP passing numerous bays and cliff tops around with views over to Skomer and Skokholm islands. This race has over 1150m of ascent, but with its generous cut-off times is suitable for anyone wanting to step up for the challenge. 

All races give you the opportunity to camp in an exclusive area of Pembrokeshire with your family, running club, or running companions, making it a great place to spend the weekend – whatever distance you decide to take on.

Map and Gps

An interactive map and gps file is available at the links at the bottom of this page. 
To download the gps click on ‘actions’, then ‘export’ and follow the onscreen prompts. 

Navigation
All routes follow the marked Pembrokeshire Coast Path and Wales Coast Path signs along the entire route. Whilst the event is self navigation, it is very well marked on well maintained paths.  It is possible to navigate the route completely using the Coast Path signs, but all competitors will also be provided with a race guide and gps trace to aid navigation.  Any particularly tricky or difficult sections or areas where you must leave the coast path (e.g. into checkpoints) will have extra running markers, marshals and flags.

Checkpoints
There are:-
12 checkpoints for the 100 mile race 
7 checkpoints for the 50mile race
5 checkpoints for the 50k race
3 checkpoints for the 22mile race

Checkpoint locations can be seen on the interactive maps (links at the bottom of the page) and on the FAQ page under question 17. 

Transport
As the route is linear you will need to get to the start line!  You can either get dropped off and picked up by friends / race crew.  Or you park your car at the finish in Dale and catch one of the busses provided to the start of the event.  Busses are included for all competitors as part of the entry fee.

Start Times and Time Limits
The 100mile starts at 1200 on Friday and has a challenging 36 hours cut off.
The 50mile starts at 0730 on Saturday and has an achievable 16.5 hour cut off.

The 50k race starts at 0900 on Saturday and has a generous 15 hour cut off.
The 22mile race starts on Saturday at 1000 and has a very generous 14 hour cut off.

Compulsory Kit
There is a compulsory kit list that must be carried. This may vary depending on the conditions. This can be viewed here. 

Timetable -including Start, Coach Pick up and Registration Times
Details coming soon.

Entry Options
There are four race distances available for competitors. Parking and coach transport from the finish to the start is included for all races.  The PCP 100mile and PCP 50 mile races have GPS tracking and 2 nights camping included in the entry fee.  The PCP Ultra Bach (50k) and Trail race include coach, transport and parking but do not include GPS tracking or camping.  Camping can be added as an additional extra if required. 

What is included in each race?

PCP 100 mile – Race, coach, parking, 2 nights camping (Fri / Sat night), gps hire – £140
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PCP 50 mile – Race, coach, parking, 2 nights camping (Fri / Sat night), gps hire – £90
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PCP 50k – Race, coach, parking – £48
(Add camping £10 per person per night)
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PCP trail – Race, coach, parking – £38 
(Add camping £10 per person per night)
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Optional Extras
Weekend camping and parking £15 per night for non competitors (pay on the day)
Parking for spectators / non-competitors £5 per vehicle (pay on the day)
Event T-shirt (£15)
Event Hoodie (£35)
Donation to Wales Air Ambulance
Donation to CAVRA (Volunteer emergency medical cover)

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Event Organiser

Sian Parry

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