The Porthkerry 5 MT is a chip-timed 5 mile mixed-terrain race held in May each year. It’s set largely within the 220 acres of Porthkerry Country Park in Barry, with stunning views of the Bristol Channel and Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
The course is challenging enough for experienced runners but is equally suited to newer runners looking to try a short multi-terrain race.
First run in 2006 as the ‘Porthkerry Plod’, the race has since established itself as a popular fixture on the local running calendar and hosted the prestigious Welsh Short Course Trail Championship in 2015.
All 300 places sold-out in record time in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
(Photo courtesy of Nigel James)
The Cosmeston Relay Race is a chip-timed baton relay race over an approximate 3 mile course in the picturesque Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Penarth. Each runner runs one circuit of the course in teams of three or four.
The race is held on a Wednesday evening in July each year.
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is one of the finest country parks in South Wales and is a designated local nature reserve. The race is run on paths entirely within the park and affords some scenic running, with lake views, open countryside and a wooded section. There are numerous team categories, plenty of friendly competition and chances to win prizes for athletic club teams and all-comers teams.
The race has an entry limit of 250 teams – and the 2019 race sold out in 15 minutes.
Following on from the club’s successful spring and summer races, and held for the first time in January 2018, the CF64 Winter Race is a 6.4 mile (10.2 km) mixed-terrain race set off-road entirely within the picturesque Cosmeston Lakes Country Park in Penarth. Despite some awful weather for the inaugural event, participants roundly praised the race (and the brilliant, hardy volunteers) and so the field has been expanded from 250 to 300 runners for 2019.
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, possibly water, hills, fast (new) tarmac sections and some great scenery to enjoy on the twisting course around the park. Plus the usual excellent level of support from Penarth and Dinas Runners and friends. The aim is to provide a friendly, low cost, ‘no frills’ mid-winter off-road race.
And why ‘CF64’?
Well, CF64’s the postcode area for Penarth and Dinas (Powys) and the race is around Cosmeston Fields – and so we decided to tie it all together at 6.4 miles long just to make it an interesting distance.