Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Races - 28th March 2020

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The Vale Coastal Races are the original trail races along the Vale of Glamorgan Coastline, now proudly in thier 6th year!  The Ultra race is a 32 mile linear route along the entire coast of the Vale of Glamorgan.  The Vale Trail 18 (or mini ultra as it has become known!) is an 18.5 mile run along the Coast Path passing through the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and new for 2020 the Vale Trail 10 is the last 10 miles of both races.  The Ultra route is a UTMB qualifying race worth 2 points.

The Route

The Ultra Race starts at 08:00 on the Saturday morning from Penarth Pier. 

From here the route follows the Wales Coastal Path, almost entirely on trail.  It hugs the clifftop passing numerous hiden and rugged bays all the way to the splendid beachside resort of Ogmore-by-sea. The route itself passes 19 beaches, with the final 14 miles travelling along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with its dramatic cliffs, amazing rock formations, romantic coves and rolling countryside. 

The 18.5 mile race starts at 10.30 at in the shadow of the viaduct at Porthkerry Park, Barry, joining the Ultra route on the seashore at Porthkerry.

The 10 mile route starts at 10.30 and joins both the 32 and 18 mile routes as they pass across Llantwit beach.

For an interactive map and gps file is avaliable at the following link

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


The route follows the marked Wales Coastal Path along the entire route.  The Vale portion of the Wales Coastal Path is the closest to the sea in all of Wales and the route is very easy to follow.  Whilst the route is self navigation, as long as you follow the clifftop and sign posts it is very simple.  All 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 but all competitors will be provided with a marked map and detailed route explanations to help you find your way around the course.  


There are 5 manned checkpoints for the Ultra, 3 for the 18.5mile Trail Race and 2 for the 10 mile race, which will provide water, energy drinks, squash, sweets, biscuits, oranges, crisps.  Details of where the checkpoints are can be seen on the FAQ page. The link is at the bottom of this page.


As the route is linear you will need to either get dropped off and picked up or park your car at Ogmore-by-sea beach car park and catch one of the busses provided to the start of the event.  The provisional timings (please note these may change, full details will be confirmed in the pre-race email) for the busses are:
For the Ultra leaving Ogmore-by-sea at 0630
For the Trail 18 leaving Ogmore-by-Sea at 0900
For the Trail 10 leaving Ogmore-by-Sea at 0930 
If you want to catch the bus you 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.

Time Limit

The time limit for the event is 10 hours (6pm) so it is suitable for anyone who can maintain a good running / walking pace of 3.2mph.  The time limit for the 18 course is 7 1/2 hours so is suitable for anyone who can maintain 2.5mph! There are generous cut off times- we give you 4 hours to get to 13.5 miles!


There are three race distance options available for competitors. There is also the option of adding coach transport from the finish to the start.

  • Ultra (32 mile) race only (£38)
  • Trail 18 race only (£30)
  • Trail 10 race only (£28)
  • Coach Transport (£10)

You can select the appropriate options when you sign up to the event online.

What your entry fee includes

  • Partcipation in an established event
  • Checkpoints well stocked with refreshments
  • Event T-shirt
  • Event Medal
  • Electronic Timing
  • Emergency First Aid Cover from CAVRA

Compulsory Kit

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


Registration details will be released before the event.

FAQ can be viewed here.

Race terms and conditions can be viewed here 


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