In March this year we took the decision to postpone our 2020 Porthkerry 5MT race from May 17th until the Autumn, due to the COVID-19 restrictions that had been introduced at that time.
We’ve kept the situation under review but have now concluded that there’s no realistic prospect of going ahead with the race in the Autumn whilst still being able to guarantee the safety of our many runners, volunteers, event partners and other park users.
So, we’re sorry to have to inform our many running friends that we’ve made the decision to cancel this year’s race.
We’re naturally disappointed to have to cancel what would have been the 15th running of this popular race. We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported the race since it started out as the ‘Porthkerry Plod’ back in 2006 and look forward to welcoming you again, safe and well, on a new course in May 2021.
The Porthkerry 5 MT is a chip-timed 5 mile mixed-terrain race held in May each year. It’s set within the 220 acres of Porthkerry Country Park in Barry, with stunning views of the Bristol Channel and the 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)
It’s about now that we should have been opening entries for the 2020 Cosmeston Relay Race, planned for July 8th.
However, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and their future projections, we’re sorry to have to inform our many running friends that we’ve made the decision to cancel this year’s race.
Unfortunately, we don’t see a realistic prospect of going ahead with the race this summer whilst still being able to guarantee the safety and welfare of our many runners, volunteers, event partners and other park users.
We’ve also considered other options such as a postponement by a few weeks or holding it on a weekend later in the year, but none of these alternatives were deemed feasible, even with a potential lifting of the current restrictions.
We’re naturally disappointed to have to cancel what would have been the 30th anniversary of the race. We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported us in the past and look forward to welcoming you again, safe and well, in July 2021.
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 just 15 minutes!
Entries open: November 2020
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. The race was a sell-out in 2019 with a record field of 350 runners.
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 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.