Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Ultra Challenge

The Vale Of Glamorgan Coastal Ultra challenge is to complete a 32 mile linear route along the entire coast of the Vale of Glamorgan.  It is suitable for both runners and fast walkers.  There is also a short course option of 18.5 miles taking in the second half of the route.

The Route

The full course race starts at 08:00 on 1st April 2017 from Penarth. 

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 Porthkerry Park, Barry.

For an interactive map click here.

A gps file is available here.


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 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 will be 4 manned checkpoints (2 for the short course) which will provide refreshments, usually water, flat coke, tea & coffee, sweets, biscuits, crisps, nuts etc.  Details of where the checkpoints are at 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 bus will leave Ogmore-by-sea at 06:30 for the ultra, and 0900 for the 18.5miler.  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 3mph.  The time limit for the half course is 7 1/2 hours so is suitable for anyone who can maintain 2.5mph!


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

  • Full (32 mile) Race only (£32)
  • Half (18.5mile) Race only (£25)
  • Coach Transport (£10)

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

What your entry fee includes

  • Professionally run event
  • Checkpoints with refreshments
  • Event T-shirt
  • Event Medal
  • Physiotherapy and First Aid Cover

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 will be available at the relevant event starts at the following times;

Full 32 mile Course Saturday Morning Penarth Pier 0630-0730

Short 18.5 mile Course Saturday Morning 0900-1000 Porthkerry Park 

FAQ can be viewed here.

Race terms and conditions can be viewed here

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