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Endurancelife - Coastal Trail Series - Gower

09-Nov-2019 Oxwich, Glamorgan, UK (Wales)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
56KM / 35Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 45KM/28M 21KM/13M 11KM/7M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £33 GBP

Gower was the first place in Britain to be designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB).

The unique peninsula is a protected haven for some of the richest and most varied wildlife habitats in the UK.

Our coastal Gower 10K, half, marathon and ultra courses are set against an awe-inspiring natural backdrop of cliff tops, downland, woodland, sand dunes and world famous beaches.

This trail running paradise is very accessible from most parts of the UK.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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marc403572

05:13 12-11-18

Ran the half marathon as part of the Endurancelife event. The scenery was fantastic and so were my fellow runners but unfortunately that’s where it ended. The race briefing was poor and I was shocked that there was no DQ for dropping litter at what is a AONB, the race briefer jocked about awarding a spot prize to the person who picked up the most litter. After a long arduous bus journey we arrived at Hillend and there were no toilets for the competitors and unfortunately people had to resort to having a toilet break where they could. The aid stations were very poor, I did the half so it did not matter that much but if I did anything longer this would have being extremely disappointed. On top of that the rules for mandatory kit differed with some people having no coats or water but in their defence this was not covered at the race briefing prior to getting on the prehistoric buses. Would recommend the route but not the event so save yourself some money and run the route yourself

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gioelepassoni2

08:26 12-11-18

I ran the CTS Gower Ultra in 2018. The place and the local people were amazing. Really great scenery and great race despite the bad weather. However, race organisation was really poor. I ran many other ultra trails around Europe before (including another one by Endurancelife - Dorset Ultra+ 2018) and this was by far the worst. I explain why:

-the stations had only water, jelly bears, bananas and (only some) had energy bars. They do say to take nutrition with you, but a bottle of coke or mineral salts would bot be so difficult to provide.

-the course included a 45 km loop + a 10 km loop. To start the 10 km loop (after having done 45km) we had to pass from the finish line. This was clearly done to save money on an extra station (which was bad anyway). And passing by the finish line 10km before the end of the race is the most anticlimatic thing in the world.

-25 minute briefing at 8 o'clock in the morning. Seriously... 25 minute briefing? I don't even know how you fill 25 minutes with a briefing.

-medals and t-shirts are the same for all Endurancelife events and they have no info about what event you did, name of the race, year, distance... nothing... just their logo.

-no shower at the finish line. They had massage (5£ for 5 minutes) but no shower.

-No real entertainment at the end (nor at the beginning) of the race. You finish, a guy says well done, and you're ready to go home. Not even a free pint or something at the end...

The race was great, but Endurancelife and their mass-production organisation really spoilt it. If you want a real ultra experience, I would strongly recommend Gower as a place, but absolutely NOT Endurancelife as an organiser.

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Peter Telford

09:58 12-11-17

This is a really good event - well organised, well marked and the support from the 'volunteers' helps those aching limbs. There isn't much food or drink at the checkpoints which is highlighted in the event manual so be prepared to carry your own - the cars are close at the 26 mile point and a number of people took food on at that point for the last 10K. A thoroughly enjoyable event and despite dire warnings about the weather it was much better than expected. Definitely one I would do again.

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awv

06:50 05-01-17

My second ultra and a perfect location for one. Fortunately the overnight rain stopped just as everyone set off and later in the day we were rewarded with sunshine and a stunning sunset. The course was well signposted and marshalled but as already mentioned, the aid stations weren't the best, particularly for the fee paid. Fortunately I passed my car at the marathon split and could grab a sugary drink. I understand you need to provide your own nutrition but have experienced better aid stations on a half marathon! Another minor point was the medal which was I believe was exactly the same for everyone regardless of distance entered (10K, Half, Mara, Ultra). I'd seriously reconsider weather I'd run another race from them.

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Jojo246

01:54 01-01-16

My first ultra! Mad weather but fantastic scenery. A tough run as the rain had made it extremely slippery underfoot. Great marshals and good signing. Not the best aid stations but the rules do state to carry your own nutrition.

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DanOws

03:33 06-12-15

Baptism of fire for my first Ultra. Wind, rain the lot, got lost 3 mile detour, bailed out at the marathon split. Lessons learnt. IT was awesome though, well organised, and despite my wrong turn, well signed!! Great Stuff!!!

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col

08:52 17-11-15

Mad weather that was character building, but well organised, well signed, well run event, especially considering the weather

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awat1445

04:30 17-11-15

Massive thanks to event organisers - everyone was really cheerful & friendly despite torrential rain & crazy wind. First time in the Gower & might have to return to actually see the supposedly stunning views....spent most of the race looking at my feet mud in front of me.

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Adrien

01:07 17-11-15

Really nice course, really challenging especially in this weather... Good organisation. Had a lot of fun!

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