Gower Ultra 50 & Gower Ultra Bach

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) is a new race for 2018 following 34 miles of Coast line from Llhanrhidian 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

For 2018 we're shaking it up a bit. Theres a new start and finish location for the Gower Ultra 50 - in the Mumbles- and a new shorter 34 mile option. The great support and stunning route remain the same. 

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 breiefly 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.

Click on the following link for a map and gps file of the 2018 route.

 Start Times

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

-0600 for Walkers or those planning on taking over 14 hours

-0730 for 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)
CP2 Llhanrhidian (16 miles)
CP3 Llanmadoc (22/5.5miles)
CP4 Rhosslli (27/10.5miles)
CP5 Port Eynon (33.5/17miles)
CP6 Oxwhich (38/21.5miles)
CP7 Southgate (45/28.5miles)

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
  • Checkpoints with refreshments
  • Changing Facilities, toilets and showers at the event base
  • Event T-shirt
  • Event Medal
  • Post Event Meal
  • Physiotherapy and First Aid Cover
  • Coach Transport to the start of the Gower Ultra Bach course
  • Drop bag transportation to and from Llhanrhidian for all races


£50 for the Gower Ultra 50. 

£40 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. 


Race numbers, briefing and map will be sent out by post approximaetly two weeks before the race. The event base will be open from 0500 on Saturday morning.

FAQs  and T&Cs 

FAQs can be viewed here.

Race terms and conditions can be viewed here  

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Entries opening on Monday 16th April 2018.

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