The Dragon 100 & Dragon 50 Coastal Race- 2nd & 3rd May 2020

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The Dragon Coastal Races are ultra-trail footraces along the Wales Coastal Path. There is a choice of TWO distances - 100 miles from Rhossili Bay to Cardiff Bay OR 50 miles from Margam to Cardiff Bay. The routes are ideal for a first attempt at either distance or for a seasoned runner looking to post a quick time over some fast runnable trails.  Both races are UTMB qualifying races, the 100 mile race is worth 5 points and the 50 mile race is worth 3 points.

The Route

80% of the 100mile route follows the Wales Coastal Path and passes through some stunning sceneary including the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The remaining 20% of the 100 mile route leaves the Coast path and takes you inland through a 'magical' network of Forests through the Afan Forest.

The Dragon 50 route starts with a 3 miles loop of trail before joining onto the Wales Coast Path at Kenfig sands and following it to Cardiff.

Both routes finish at the lively Cardiff Bay after a run over the Cardiff Bay Barrage. 

The Dragon 100 route has approximately 3000 meters of ascent, and the Dragon 50 has approximately 1300 meters of ascent, so are perfect for a first attempt at  either distance or a fast time. 

A link of the provisional route and gps file can be found at the following link

Dragon 100 Miles

Dragon 50 Miles

Checkpoints

There are 11 manned checkpoints for the 100 mile race and 5 checkpoints for the Dragon 50 race which will provide a mixture of sweet and savoury snacks and hot and cold drinks. Provisonal checkpoint locations and distances are listed below. The distances for the Dragon 50 ultra checkpoints are in brackets.

CP1 Port Eynon 7 miles
CP2 Southgate 16.5 miles
CP3 Mumbles 24 miles- Drop Bags
CP4 Baglan 35.5 miles
CP5 Bryn 46 miles 
CP6 Margam 53 miles 
CP7 Porthcawl 61miles (8 miles)
CP8 Ogmore-by-Sea 69 miles (17 miles)-Drop Bags for both race distances
CP9 Llantwit Major 79 miles (27 miles)
CP10 Porthkerry Park Lodge 88.5 miles (36.5 miles)
CP11 Sully 96 miles (44 miles)

*Note Distances are approximate and rounded.

Start Times and Time Limits 

The Dragon 100 mile course starts at 1700 on Saturday evening and you have 31 hours to complete the course. The Dragon 50 starts at 0800 on Sunday morning and you have 16 hours to complete the course. 

Route Markings and Navigation

The route is marked with a mixture of Wales Coastal Path Signs, and RunWalkCrawl arrows around difficult sections or when you leave the Coastal Path. We want the route finiding to be easy so you can concentrate on looking after yourself and completing the race. In addition to the route markings you will recieve a marked map and route description and gps file so if you lose or come off the route you can easily find your way back to it. The section where you leave the WCP will have lots of extra markings and illuminous flags. 

Entry Requirements

For the Dragon 100 you must have completed a 40mile ultra race within the last 2 years. For the Dragon 50 you must be physically fit enough to complete the course and have completed a marathon or greater distance race within the last two years. If you have not yet completed the relevant qualifying distance for your chosen race you can enter the Dragon now and complete a qualifying distance race before race day. 

Safety Team

We have a highly experienced safety team who follow the route and are positioned around the course to aid you should you get in any difficulty. They are at strategic positions around the course- hopefully you won't need them! However, if you do need them you can rest asured that they are a team of dedicatted, highly experienced mountain leaders, first aiders, physiotherapists and ex-military personel that can get to you quickly. 

Timetable 

Saturday

1300-1400- Registration in Cardiff for Dragon 100

1430- Coaches collect Dragon 100 runners from Cardiff Bay

1615- Coaches drop off in Rhossili

1600-1615- Dragon 100 Registration in Rhossili for those that have pre-booked and are not using the Coach.

1700- Dragon 100 Race Start

Sunday

0615- Coaches collect Dragon 50 runners from Cardif

0630-0730- Dragon 50 Registration at start 

0700- Coaches arrive at start

0800- Dragon 50 Race start

0000- (Midnight) All courses closed

Transport

As the route is linear you will need to either get dropped off and picked up or park your car at the finish in Cardiff  Bay and catch one of the busses provided to the start of the event. The busses leave Cardiff Bay at the 1430 on Saturday for the Dragon 100 race and at 0615 on Sunday for the Dragon 50 race. If you want to catch the bus you will 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.  

Compulsory Kit

The compulsory kit list can be found here.

Whats included

Checkpoints with refreshments (11 for the Dragon 100 and 5 for the Dragon 50).

Waymarked Course, GPS File & Route Notes

Race Medal

Race T-shirt

Post event meal

Race Safety Team Cover

Amazing Marshals

Prices

Dragon 100 

Early Bird- £110 if you sign up before September 5th 2019

Normal- £130 if you sign up after 

Coach Transport for the Dragon 100 race is £15. 

 

Dragon 50 

Early Bird- £60 if you sign up before September 5th 2019

Normal- £70 if you sign up after 

Coach Transport for the Dragon 50 race is £10

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here.

T&Cs

Race terms and conditions can be viewed here

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