Gower Ultra 50 & Gower Ultra Bach - 6th October 2018

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

There is a choice of two start times for the Ultra 50.

-0600 Early Start for those planning on taking over 14 hours.  

-0730 for the general field of Runners or those planning on taking less than 14 hours. 

-0930 Gower ultra Bach

Time Limit

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

-Gower Ultra 50 Walkers/Early start has a 16.5 hours time limit

-Gower Ultra 50 Runners start has a 15 hours time limit

-Gower Ultra Bach has a 13 hours time limit


The route is self navigation and participants will need to be able to navigate the route using a combination of the map, route description, gps file and the Coastal Path Waymarkings. 

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.  

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! 


There will be 7 manned checkpoints which we will provide refreshments, usually water, flat coke, tea & coffee, sweets, biscuits, crisps, nuts etc.  The checkpoints are at: 


CP1 Gowerton (8.5miles)- Layby

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

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

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

CP5 & 3-  Port Eynon (34/16miles)- Village Hall 

CP6 & 4 -Three Cliffs (42/24miles) - Campsite 

CP7 & 5- Southgate (46/28miles)- 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 cafes and icecream parlours, great leisure facilities and excellent bars and restaurants. 

What your entry fee includes

  • Professionally run event
  • 7 Great Checkpoints (5 for the Ultra Bach)
  • Changing Facilities, toilets and showers at the event base
  • Event T-shirt
  • Event Medal
  • Post Event Meal and Social Afterparty  
  • Physiotherapy and First Aid Cover
  • Coach Transport to the start of the Gower Ultra Bach course
  • Electronic Timing
  • Drop bag transportation to and from Llhanrhidian. 


£55 for the Gower Ultra 50. 

£42 for the Gower Ultra Bach and includes coach transport from the finish to the 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 0500-0530- Ultra 50 (early Starters Only Please)

Saturday 0600-0700- Ultra 50 and Ultra Bach

Saturday 0700-0800- Ultra Bach 


At registration you will collect your

Race numbers, map and recieve your timing wrist band. 

Please bring your kit to registration as you will be required to pass through kit check before you recieve the above. 

The event base will be open from 0500 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 will be at the start. 


Bus Transport for the Ultra Bach Runners. 


Bus transport from the finish to the start is provided for the Ultra Bach runners. The Busses will collect from the mumbles Cricket Club at 0815. You are welcome to be dropped off at the race start but please note there is no parking avaliable at the Ultra Bach start and the lane is very narrow so  we therefor would ask you to be dropped off at the top of the lane and walk down. Spectators to the start 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 in the event notes. 


FAQs  and T&Cs 

FAQs can be viewed here.

Race terms and conditions can be viewed here  

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