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St Illtyds Trail Race 50K or 100K

05-May-2019 Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, UK (Wales)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
50KM / 31Miles
1 Day - 125 Runners

Alternate Distances: 100KM/62M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £35 GBP

The St Illtyds Trail race is to become the best Trail race Wales has to offer!

Be the first runners ever to conquer the ST ILLTYDS TRAIL.

A 100KM and 50KM race across varied terrain and spectacular scenery including canals, woodlands, hills and rivers, taking in scenery such as waterfalls, old ruins and crossing canals and rivers.

Great for a first ultra whilst also offering a true challenge for seasoned ultra runners with amazing support from 6 fully stocked aid stations, more like picnics than aid stations! Fully marked course making navigation as easy as it can be. This is an amazing route that really showcases rural wales at its best.

What Do You Get?

  • Medal for all finishers
  • Tech T-Shirt for all finishers
  • Generously stocked goody bag
  • Aid Stations – 3 fully stocked aid stations during 50k (plus one at finish) with a wide variety of food/ energy choices, Our aid stations are more like picnics than aid stations and ar some of the best you will ever see! along with water, 6 fully stocked aid stations during 100k.
  • Well marked and marshalled course
  • First Aid cover
  • Trophies for Male and Female winners
  • A race on a stunning trail that passes by or through a number of popular locations

Free car parking at start (please arrange lift-sharing or to get dropped off and picked up where possible; we can help with this if necessary)

The History

The coastline began its retreat from the foot of Pembrey Mountain some 6,000 years ago, revealing land which shows human occupation since the Iron Age, with hill forts dating from around 400 BC.

Roman pottery remains have been unearthed in the oldest parts of the village. Evidence of an early Norman motte-and-bailey castle has been suggested close to the village square and buildings remain in the village from later Norman times.

St Illtyd flourished in the latter part of the fifth and beginning of the sixth century, and was held in high veneration in Wales.

The route

Starting in the ancient village of Pembrey the route then skirts the fringes of Burry Port, heading east to the Lliedi reservoirs then to the small town of Pontarddulais. It then turns northeast heading up via Graig Fawr (Big Rock).

You will visit Penlle’r Castell Castle ruins on the summit of Mynydd y Betws (The Betws Mountains) with breathtaking views and then onto Mynydd y Gwair; then head southeast via Bryn Mawr discovering beautiful farmland, lush gardens and magnificent trails, leading onto Mynydd Carnllechart to the Swansea Canal north of Pontardawe, following the towpath towards Cilmaengwyn and the turnaround point, and finally going back the same way to finish back at Pembrey.

Race Information

The start time for each race is listed below, there are cut off times for each race and winners male and female in each race will receive a winners trophy.

All finishers will receive a bespoke medal, a super fantastic goody bag and a finishers tech t-shirt.

Cut-off times

  • 9 hours for 50k,
  • 15.5 hours for 100k

Start times

  • 100k – 8am – registration opens at 6:00 until 7:30 with race briefing at 7:45
  • 50k – 10am – registration opens at 7:00 until 9:30 with race briefing at 9:45

Max Entry Limit

  • 100k – 50 Runners
  • 50k – 75 Runners

Prices

  • 100k – £60 – Book before 1st Jan – £55
  • 50k – £40 – Book before 1st Jan £35

Parking

There will plenty of parking nearby and we will be sending out details of this nearer the event.

Accomodation

There are many accommodation options nearby including some great B&B’s and guesthouses, hotels, and plenty of camping options. Please email us and we will be happy to provide recommendations based on your requirements.

Kit

This race will be taking part in April therefore the weather is unpredictable.

Required:

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Long sleeve base layer or fleece
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Safety blanket
  • Means of carrying 500ml of water
  • Headtorch for 100k runners

This race is on trail and although road shoes should be ok, we would advise wearing trail shoes as some areas may get a little boggy after heavy rain.

This event is fully marked using tape & arrows for the full distance. Marshalls are in place at the Aid Stations. First Aid Medics will be present throughout the race too.

Please Note:

Despite the fact we take huge care to fully mark the route it is always the runners responsibility to stay on course. The runner should have a basic awareness of the route direction, carry maps and remain aware to spot the tape at all times. Tape can go missing.

Runners must be prepared for this eventuality and take ownership to stay on route. Failing to accept this responsibility can be very dangerous on trail events. We will do all we can to help you stay on track. Please do all you can to take care of yourself.

Entries will CLOSE on April 15th 2017 or when the race is full.

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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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