The 10 kilometre race is the headline event. Starting near the centre of the historic town of Llantwit Major the route includes a very fast downhill start which takes competitors off tarmac within 1500 meters when it leaves the road and goes into the nature reserve.
The course remains off road for the majority of the distance, through ancient woodland, public footpaths and farm lanes, taking in the Glamorgan Heritage Coast from Castle Ditches to Summerhouse Point with stunning cliff top views across the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon and inland across the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan.
Turning back inland past the water stop, it remains almost entirely traffic free until the last 800 meters when a shallow but challenging gradient tests the front runners tactical and sprinting abilities back to the finish line.
The 5 kilometre race is intended for those who are new to running, unsure about running or simply prepared for a challenge but not confident of doing a full 10k race. It will not be formally timed so you will need to take a watch.
The route is chosen to offer a challenge so it will start at the same spot as the 10k event and use tarmac roads, all downhill for the first 1500meters until it levels out across a meadow along the beautiful Colhugh Valley, eventually turning at Llantwit Major Beach before retracing the route back to the finish line.
On the last section some competitors may find themselves being passed by the front runners of the 10 kilometre race! Do not be demoralised! Give them a cheer. It does not mean you are slow! They are just quicker than you; it’s all about taking part, challenging yourself and feeling a sense of achievement at the end.