The Dragon 100 Coastal Race- 4th & 5th May 2019

The Dragon 100 Coastal Race is a ultra-trail footrace along the Wales Coastal Path. There is a choice of TWO distances - 100 miles from Rhossili Bay to Cardiff Bay OR 100 kilometers from Afan Forest 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. 

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 an excellant network of Forestry trails through the Afan Forest.

The Dragon 100k route starts with some rolling forest trails, then after approxiately 15 miles joins onto the Wales Coast Path at Kenfig sands and follows it to Cardiff.

Both routes finish at the iconic Norwegian Church after a run over the Cardiff Bay Barrage. 

The Dragon 100mile route has approximately 3000 meters of ascent, and the Dragon 100k has approximately 1700 meters of ascent, so are perfect for a first 100 in either distance or a fast time. 

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

Dragon 100 Miles

Dragon 100 Kilometers

Checkpoints

There are 11 manned checkpoints for the 100 mile race and 7 checkpoints for the 100 k 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 100k ultra checkpoints are in brackets.

CP1 Port Eynon 7 miles
CP2 Southgate 17 miles
CP3 Mumbles 24miles
CP4 Baglan 34 miles
CP5 Bryn 44 miles (6miles)
CP6 Margam 55 miles (17 miles)
CP7 Norton 62miles (24 miles)
CP8 Dunraven 71 miles (33 miles)
CP9 Llantwit 80 miles (42 miles)
CP10 Barry 89 miles (51 miles)
CP11 Penarth 95 miles (57 miles)

Start Times and Time Limits 

The Dragon 100 mile course starts at 1800 on the Saturday evening and you have 31 hours to complete the course. The Dragon 100 kilometer starts at 0700 on Sunday morning and you have 18 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 100mile you must have completed a 40mile ultra race within the last 2 years. For the Dragon 100k you must be physically fit enough to complete the course and have completted a marathon or greater distance race within the last two years.  

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

1500 Coaches collect 100mile runners from Cardiff

1645 Coaches drop off in Rhossli

1630-1730 Regsitration in Rhossli

1730 100mile Brief

1800 100mile Race Start

1900-2100 100k Registration in Cardiff

 

Sunday

0530 Coaches collect 100k runners from Cardiff

0630 Coaches drop off in Afan

0615-0645 Emergency Registration in Afan 

0645 100k Brief

0700 100k Race start

Monday

0100 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 1500 on Saturday for the 100miles race and at 0530 on Sunday for the 100k 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 Comprehensive refreshments (11 for the 100mile and 6 for the 100k).

Waymarked Course, GPS File & Route Notes

Race Medal

Race T-shirt

Post event meal

Race Safety Team Cover

Amazing Marshals

Prices

The price for the Dragon 100miles is

Early Bird- £100 if you sign up before Decmber 31st is

Normal- £120 if you sign up after January 1st

Coach Transport for the 100mile race is £15. 

 

The price for the Dragon 100k is 

Early Bird- £60 if you sign up before Decmber 31st

Normal- £70 if you sign up after January 1st

Coach Transport for the 100k race is £10 

T&Cs

Race terms and conditions can be viewed here

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