Gower Ultra 50; Ultra Bach and Trail 22 Race - 12th October 2019

The Gower Coastal Trail Races are three long distance events following the Wales Coastal Path around the Gower Peninsula. 

The Gower Ultra 50 race is a complete 50 mile circumnavigation of the stunning Gower peninsula.  

The Gower Ultra Bach (Little) follows the final 34 miles of Coast line from the small settlement of Llandimore to the Mumbles.

The Gower Trail 22 follows the final 22 miles of the Gower Ultra route from Rhossili to Mumbles.

"...the marshalls and everyone at Run, Walk, Crawl did an amazing job in their first Gower 50, their unflinching support all day was really appreciated, their well stocked checkpoints would put many larger organisations to shame, a truly well run event, and the after run curry was to die for!!"  Allan

"This was a brilliant event. The beach running was superb, the coast path views stunning. The organising team made everyone feel really welcome. This should become a classic ultra challenge."  Richie

The Route

The Ultra 50 route starts on the dramatic cliffs overlooking Limeslade Bay, before dropping down to the Mumbles Pier and following the fast flat coastal path for approximately 2 miles around Swansea Bay. From here the route  leaves the coastal path and heads inland, passing through Clyne Woods, before dropping down onto an old railway line cycle track which takes you to the north cost of the Gower. When it reaches Gowerton you will regain the Coastal Path and follow the Loughor Estuary on a flatter faster section to Llhanrhidian. It is here the Gower Ultra 50 and Gower Ultra Bach joins together. It is at Llandimore where the route starts to become challenging as faster trail sections are replaced with rolling cliff tops, and beach side coves. From Rhossli and the breathtaking worms head, the path heads east along the southern coast of the Gower. It is here the Gower Trail 22 runners join the course as the trail initially crosses farmland along cliff tops, until it reaches Port Eynon.  You will then cross a string of stunning beaches and bays including Port Eynon, Oxwich, Three Cliffs, Caswell and Langland until reaching Rams Tor and completing your adventure.

GPS & Route Map

Click on the following link for a map and gps file of the Gower Ultra50 route.

Click on the following link for a map and gps file of the Gower Ultra Bach route.

To download the gps click on 'actions', then 'export' and follow the onscreen prompts.

 Start Times

-0700 Gower Ultra 50 Start at Mumbles Cricket Club.   

-0930 Gower Ultra Bach Start from Llhanrhidian 

-1030 Gower Trail 22 Start from Rhossili 

Time Limit

All courses close at 2230 and the overall time limits are as follows.

-Gower Ultra 50 has a 15.5 hours time limit

-Gower Ultra Bach has a 13 hours time limit

-Gower Trail 22 has a 12 hours time limit

Navigation

The route mainly follows the marked Wales Coastal Path. Where you leave the Coast Path and at any particuarly sections there will be additional running arrows or flags. You must navigate the route using a combination of the signs, map, route description and gps file.  

Over 90% 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 however, you will be provided with a marked map and detailed route explanations to help you find your way around the course. Where it is difficult or the route leaves the coast path we will add extra signs.  

We aim to facilitate easy navigation of the route and add extra signage/marshals at any potential trouble spots. 

If your time for 50 miles is over 12 hours then it also worth getting experience of running / navigating in the dark as you will probably be doing the last 1 or 2 checkpoints in the dark! 

Checkpoints

There will be a number of manned checkpoints which we will provide refreshments, usually water, energy drinks, tea & coffee, sweets, biscuits, crisps, nuts, fruit, soup etc.  The checkpoints are at: 

 

CP1- Gowerton (8.5miles)- Layby

CP2- Llhanrhidian (17 miles)- Indoor Village Hall - SHOE BAGS AVALIABLE HERE

CP3/1- Llanmadoc (22/3.5miles)- Woodland path 

CP4/2- Rhosslli (27/9miles)- Large Tent in Car Park by National Trust Building. 

CP5/3/1- Port Eynon (34/16/6miles)- Indoor in Village Hall 

CP6/4/2- Oxwhich Bay - (38/20/10miles) Large Tent in Car Park

CP7/5/3 -Three Cliffs (42/24/14miles) - Campsite 

CP8/6/4- Southgate (46/28/18miles)- Large Tent in Car Park

Access and Accommodation 

The Start loactions provides easy transport links. The mumbles is 60 minutes from Cardiff, 35 minutes from Llanelli, 100 minutes from Bristol and 20minutes from the M4.

There are many hotels, campsites and bunkhouses around Swansea and the Mumbles and further afield on the Gower Peninsula itself. Furthermore it is a great event to bring the family, and supporters to with numerous easily accesed beaches, numerous (and exceptional) cafes and icecream parlours, great leisure facilities and excellent bars and restaurants. 

What your entry fee includes

  • Professionally run event
  • Wellstocked Checkpoints, - 8 for the Ultra 50, 6 for the Ultra Bach, and 4 for the Trail 20 
  • Changing Facilities, toilets and showers at the event base
  • Event T-shirt
  • Event Medal
  • Social Afterparty where food and drinks will be avaliable at the Mumbles Cricket Club
  • Physiotherapy and First Aid Cover
  • Electronic Timing
  • Drop bag transportation to and from Llhanrhidian for the Ultra 50. 

Prices

£55 for the Gower Ultra 50.

£38 for the Gower Ultra Bach (race only)

£29 for the Gower Trail 22 (race only)

£8 for Coach to start

Compulsory Kit

There is a compulsory kit list that must be carried. This can be viewed here. Kit checks will be perfomed at random locations around the course and at the finish. 

Registration and Race Briefing

Registration will be at the following times

Friday 1700-2100- All races

Saturday 0530-0630- Ultra 50 

Saturday 0700-0800- Ultra Bach and Trail 22

Saturday 0700-0900- Trail 22

At registration you will collect your race numbers, map and recieve your timing wrist band. 

There will not be a check at registration as you will be kit checked on route and at the finish. 

The event base will be open from 0530 on Saturday morning.

There will be a short race brief 20 minutes before the start of each race. 

The race brief for the Ultra 50 will be at the start location at Mumbles Cricket Club and the Ultra Bach and Trail 22 will be at the race starts.  

Bus Transport for the Ultra Bach and Trail 22 Runners. 

Bus transport from the finish to the start is avaliable for the Ultra Bach and Trail 22 runners.  The Busses will collect from the mumbles Cricket Club at 0815- Ultra Bach and 0915 for the Trail 22 Runners. You are welcome to be dropped off at the race starts, but please note there is no parking avaliable at the Ultra Bach start and the lane is very narrow so we therefor would recommend where possible to be dropped off at the top of the lane and walk down. Spectators to the start for the Ultra Bach should park in Llhanmadoc and they can walk down onto the Wales Coast Path to get a good view of the runners over the first couple of miles. More information on this will be provided at the event notes.

Spectators and parking for the Trail 22 is ample in the Rhossili Pay and Display Car park, so spectators are very welcome.

If you want to catch the bus you need to select this option when you sign up.  

FAQs  and T&Cs 

FAQs can be viewed here.

Race terms and conditions can be viewed here  

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