Entries open 6:00 p.m. Friday 2nd November
[registration link will be posted here in advance]
- Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is one of the finest country parks in South Wales and is a designated local nature reserve. It offers some scenic running, with views of the lakes, open countryside, marshy areas and a shaded wooded section.
- In establishing ‘CF64’ in 2018, the aim was to put on a low cost, ‘no frills’, friendly, mid-winter off-road race for the local running community. The course will challenge experienced runners, particularly those looking to sharpen their mid-season cross-country speed, but is also suited to newer runners looking to try out an off-road mixed-terrain race. There’s trails, mud, woodlands, more mud, hills, fast (new) tarmac sections and some great scenery to enjoy on the twisting course around the park. Plus the usual excellent level of race organisation and support from Penarth and Dinas Runners and friends.
- Read on for information about the race and how to enter.
- A full race information pack with detailed joining instructions will be posted here approximately 7 days before the race.
- The race will be run under UK Athletics rules. Race licence applied for.
Note: A registration link will be posted here in advance of entries opening
- On-line entries will open at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2nd and will close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18th (or earlier if the race is full). There will be no on-the-day entries.
- The 2019 race has an entry limit of 300 runners (increased from 250 in 2018).
- No refunds will be given for runners who are unable to take part. However, transfers will be possible up to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18th, using the link in the runner’s registration confirmation email.
- If it’s necessary to cancel the race at short notice due to inclement weather or another reason, then entry fees will not be refunded. If feasible, the race will be re-scheduled to a later date, with runners’ entries valid for the alternative date or transferable to another runner.
Race Entry Fees
- General entry – £10.00
- Welsh/UK Athletics Registered Runners – £8.00
(Note: To receive the £2.00 discount, runners will need to provide their Welsh/UK Athletics registration number and
the name of their affiliated club as part of the entry process.
- There are no additional payment, admin. or card processing fees.
Race Location and Directions
- Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is located about five miles west of Cardiff. The main entrance is 1.5 miles south of Penarth town centre on the B4267 Lavernock Road from Penarth to Sully.
- Address: Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village, Lavernock Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 5UY.
- For Satellite Navigation or Google Maps (see map at foot of this page), use the postcode CF64 5UY
Key Race Rules
- Race numbers must be worn on the front of the runner’s clothing and be clearly visible at all times.
- All runners must be aged 17 or over.
- Runners must obey marshals’ instructions at all times.
- The wearing of earphones, headphones or similar devices (including bone conducting headphones) is not permitted in the race.
- The undulating course is entirely off-road within the park, on a variety of surfaces, through woodland and meadows, scrubland, and a few marshy areas (see course map and description below).
- The course is marshalled at all key points, with additional signage to guide runners through unattended sections. The course route, directions and main marshal locations are indicated on the course map. Mile markers will be positioned around the course.
- A first-aid station will be located centrally at the race HQ with mobile first-aid responders positioned at two points on the course.
- Starting at the barbecue area, most of mile 1 is run on wide, undulating trail paths around the Western Conservation Lake, finishing with a short grassy climb after entering the Dovecot Field area of the park.
- Mile 2 initially follows the top edge of open fields, then drops down to the bottom corner of the fields, where it’s likely to be wet and muddy. The course then runs alongside Sully Brook, doubling back through two gates heading into mile 3.
- A short grassy climb early in mile 3 leads back to the trail paths and, after 3 left turns in quick succession, down into Cogan Wood. This should be a fast section of the course on wide trail paths. Runners emerge from the Wood up a short gentle incline turning right through a gate into the open land of the West Paddock.
- Mile 4 starts just before the Dragonfly Pond, located on the runners’ left. The drink station will be visible after the next left turn as the course enters the open meadow and the wet marshy areas of the Paddock. A kissing gate (single file, please) leads from the Paddock onto a short section of tarmac path on Mile Road before a left turn into the East Paddock via a short, stony descent. Marshals will direct runners to take care on this section.
- Runners will turn for home just after the 4 mile markers at the start of mile 5. The open land and meadows of the East Paddock are likely to be wet and muddy, before the second kissing gate (single file again, please) leads back onto the Mile Road and then a second pass around the top of the Eastern Conservation Lake and back into the open field area. A grassy downhill section leads into mile 6.
- The course again loops either side of Sully Brook, before a final sharp grassy hill leads from the side of the Brook up to the top of the open fields and the start of the run for home. The 6 mile markers come up as runners exit the Dovecot Field and re-join Mile Road for the final time in a gentle 0.4 mile uphill run, mainly on tarmac, to the finish. Just after the bridge between the 2 lakes, it’s a final right turn and then a 150 yard sprint down the finish funnel to the line.
‘Relive’ Course Video
Click on the image below to see a brief ‘Relive’ video-run through of the course.
High Speed Course Video
Click on the image below to see a high speed video of the course (courtesy of Ian Thorne).
- Bottled water will be available just after the finish line to all finishers. There will be a water station (cups of water) near the half way point on the course.
Parking, Facilities and Race HQ
- Free car parking is available near the park entrance, directed by marshals. It’s a 400m walk from the car park to the race HQ, which is in the barbecue area of the park across the eastern lake from the entrance (see course map).
- Please car share, use public transport, or come on foot if possible to minimise the road traffic associated with the race and to ease pressure on car park space.
- Toilets are available near the car parks in the visitor centre and café building. There are no changing facilities.
- The Lakeside Café will be open after the race serving food and refreshments. It has a decked area with views of the lakes.
Other Park Users
- Runners are asked to note that the park will be open as normal at the time of the race and will be in use by other members of the public. Please show due consideration for other park users whilst attending the park and participating in the race.
- Course marshals will be briefed to warn runners and park users of each others’ presence during the race and to ensure each others’ safety.
Race Number Collection
- Runners can collect their numbers on the morning of the race from the race HQ area from 8:45 a.m. The race starts at 10:00 a.m.
- Please allow sufficient time to complete the emergency information on the reverse of the number.
- The course is likely to be slippery, uneven, wet and muddy underfoot. Good trail shoes are recommended (no spikes) for extra grip.
Fitness to Run
- It is the responsibility of the runner to be fit to compete on the day of the race. If any runner has any medical issues which they think might put them at risk when running a race, then they should consult their GP.
- Runners who should seek medical advice from their doctor include those with existing medical problems or symptoms/signs as follows:
- Heart disease
More information on assessing fitness to run can be found on the ‘Fit to Compete?’ page of the Runners Medical Resource website.
- By entering this race, you will be agreeing that Penarth and Dinas Runners may publish your personal information as part of the race participant list and results and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, licences or for publishing results either for the race alone or combined with or compared to other events. The participant list and results may include (but not be limited to) name, gender, any club affiliation, race time and position, occupation and age category
- Prizes will be given to the first three male and female finishers and to the first male and female finisher in the Masters Age categories as follows; M40, M50 & M60 and F35, F45 & F55.
- If the first 3 male and female prize winners fall into a Masters Age category, they will not receive a Masters prize as well.
- Presentations will take place at 11:30 a.m. or earlier if all runners have finished. Weather permitting, the intention is to make the presentations near the Race HQ area.
- The race results will be published as soon as possible on the Penarth and Dinas Runners’ Facebook page and website.
(Website photographs courtesy of Abyd Quinn Aziz and Emma Marshall)