Gower Ultra 50
The Gower Ultra 50 challenge is to complete a 50 mile circumnavigation of the stunning Gower peninsula on foot. It is suitable for both runners and fast walkers.
"...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 Race starts at 0730 on Saturday 1st October 2016 from the event base at the St Madoc Centre, on the outskirts of Llanmadoc, North West corner of Gower.
From here the route follows the Wales Coastal Path, across the cliff tops heading to and crossing Rhossli Bay. From Rhossli the path heads east along the southern coast of the Gower initially crossing 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 the Mumbles at the southern tip of Swansea Bay.
Following Swansea Bay for approximately 4k, you'll follow the old railway line through the Clyne Woods heading 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 route. A final push through the dunes at Llandimore leads back to the St Madoc Centre and the finish line.
The route is self navigation and participants will need to have a basic understanding to be able to follow a map. 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!
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. A gps file is avaiable here (right click and choose 'save link as')
There will be 7 manned checkpoints which we will provide basic refreshments, usually water, flat coke, tea & coffee, sweets, biscuits, crisps, nuts etc. Exact details of which will be sent out closer to the event.
The time limit for the event is 16.5 hours (Midnight) so it is suitable for anyone who can maintain a pace of 3 mph or 4.8kph. Our slowest competitors came in at 16hours 15 minuets in 2014 after entirely walking the route.
Accommodation and Prices
There are three options available for competitors.
- Race & Bunkhouse accommodation at the St Madoc Centre, Friday & Saturday Night (£75)
- Race and Camping near the St Madoc Centre for Friday or Friday and Saturday night (£60 or £70)
- Race only, no accommodation required (£50)
- There will be a 2 course evening meal available for competitors on Friday night (£5)
You can select the appropriate options when you sign up to the event online.
What your entry fee includes
- Professionally run event
- Checkpoints with basic refreshments
- Event T-shirt
- Event Medal
- Post Event Meal
- Physiotherapy and First Aid Cover
There is a compulsory kit list that must be carried. This can be viewed here .
Registration will be available at the event base 7-9.30 Friday evening and 6-7am on Saturday morning. Campsite and Bunkhouse will open from 6pm on the Friday evening.
Race terms and conditions can be viewed here