Race Sold Out

5 Mile Multi-Terrain Race

Porthkerry Country Park, Barry

10:00 a.m. Sunday May 7th 2017

All 300 places for the 2017 race have sold out and registrations are closed.

Click here to see the race entry list.

Race Information Pack

The final information for race entrants is now available – Click here to see the Race Information Pack.

Any late changes will be posted below.



The 2017 Cadwaladers Porthkerry 5 Multi-Terrain race is brought to you by Penarth and Dinas Runners (www.penarthanddinasrunners.co.uk) and sponsored by Cadwaladers (www.cadwaladers.co.uk).

Now in its 11th year, it’s a chip-timed 5 mile multi-terrain race set largely within the 220 acres of Porthkerry Country Park with stunning views of the Bristol Channel and Glamorgan Heritage Coast.  This race has established itself as a popular fixture on the local running calendar and hosted the prestigious Welsh Short Course Trail Championship in 2015.

The course is challenging enough for experienced runners but equally suited to newer runners looking to try a short multi-terrain race.

Race Sponsors

Cadwaladers will provide sponsorship of the race t-shirts and goody bags.

The Cadwaladers name is best known for its’ original vanilla ice cream.  Today, the company operates 8 cafés, including its flagship beach-front café at Barry Island.

The cafés sell a variety of Welsh-made flavoured ice creams, a wide range of superb value-for-money sundaes, shakes and delicious food, all complimented by their own bespoke blends of coffee, loose leaf tea and other hot and cold drinks.



Cadwaladers’ partners, Princes Gate, will provide bottled Pembrokeshire spring water for runners.

Race Entries

On-line entries will open at 6:00 p.m. on Friday 24th February and close at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 3rd (earlier if the race is full).  There will be no on-the-day entries.

The race has a limit of 300 runners.

All runners must be aged 17 or over. No refunds will be given for runners who are unable to take part.

Transfers will be possible up to Friday May 5th at 6:00 p.m.

Race Entry Fees (plus processing fee)

  • General entry – £12.00
  • Welsh/UK Athletics Registered Runners – £10.00

To obtain the £2.00 discount, runners will need to provide their Welsh/UK Athletics registration number.

Race Location

Porthkerry Park is located west of Barry (off Park Road), between the town & Cardiff International Airport. It comprises 220 acres of woods and meadowland in a sheltered valley leading to a pebble beach and spectacular cliffs. The park has a number of nature trails, picnic sites, a café, a play area, barbecue areas and mini golf course. Picnic tables and benches are situated a short distance from the main car park

Click here for more information about the park: Porthkerry Country Park

Course Information

The Porthkerry 5 Multi Terrain race is run on a mixture of surfaces including open grassland, woodland paths, trails and tarmac paths in a roughly figure-of-eight course. It includes two challenging hill climbs, fast flat sections and downhills.

The course can be slippery underfoot so it’s recommended runners wear good road shoes or trail shoes (no spikes).   

Water and fruit will be available just after the finish line.

Race Map

Course Elevation Profile

Race HQ, Parking and Facilities

 The race headquarters will be in the Forest Lodge log cabin, located near Marco’s in the Park Café.

Car parking is available near the race headquarters but is limited. Please consider car sharing wherever possible.

Facilities at the park are limited; there are no changing rooms but there are public toilets at the car park near the start/finish area.

Marco’s in the Park café will be open before and after the race serving food and refreshments. It has a large decked area with wonderful sea views.

Health and Safety

A short section of the race will be run on public roads. There will be no police cover or road closures so extra care is required when crossing junctions or going around corners.

Marshals will be advising runners on the specific hazards that exist in these areas and must follow their instructions at all times. Runners who ignore their directions may be disqualified.

Headphones and Similar Equipment

Part of the race is run on public roads that are not closed to traffic.  UK Athletics’ rules now stipulate that the wearing of earphones or similar devices is not permitted in races that are run on single carriageway roads that are not closed to traffic.

Therefore, the wearing of earphones, headphones or similar devices is not permitted in the race.  This includes bone-conducting headphones.

Any runner not complying with this requirement will be disqualified from the race.

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
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy


More information on assessing fitness to run can be found on the ‘Fit to Compete?’ page of the Runners Medical Resource website.

Race Numbers

Race numbers and timing chips are to be collected on the morning of the race from the race HQ.

Race Prizes

Prizes (based on gun times) 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.

Note that if the first 3 Male and Female prize winners fall into a Masters Age category, they will not receive a Masters prize as well.

Race T-shirts

All runners will be guaranteed a technical wicking race t-shirt in their requested size if they enter by April 28th.

Runners who enter after April 28th, or transfer their number to another runner at any time, will receive the t-shirt size of the original entrant.

Race t-shirts are to be collected on the morning of the race from the race HQ.

All photographs courtesy of Paul Stillman.

Race Director: Lyn Evans (email: pdrunners@gmail.com)

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