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5 Mile Mixed Terrain Race

Porthkerry Country Park, Barry

Welsh Athletics Licence No. South R.A.C. TR-20


Race Information


The 2019 Porthkerry 5 MT (‘Mixed Terrain’) race is brought to you by Penarth and Dinas Runners (  The race will be licensed by Welsh Athletics.

Now in its 14th year, it’s a chip-timed 5 mile (approx.) mixed 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.  It sold out in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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


Note: Change of Race Route for 2019

Please note that because of major sewer work being undertaken by Welsh Water affecting the 4 Fields and Cwm Barri parts of the course, the race route will have to be altered for 2019.  The work means that approximately 1 km of the normal course in this area (between miles 3 and 4) will be out of action.

This distance will be made up at the start of the race, by incorporating a full anti-clockwise loop of the main field (The Meadow) followed by a short ‘Reverse Z’-shaped loop near the start/finish – just over a mile in total.  The course will be unchanged between this point and the 4 Fields, with the last 0.6 miles, from the bottom of Cwm Barri to the finish, also unchanged from previous years.

The new course map and elevation profile can be seen below.


Race Entries

  • Entries will open at 6:00 p.m. on Friday , March 15th, 2019.and close on Friday, May 10th, 2019 (earlier if the race sells-out).


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  • The race has a limit of 300 runners.  There will be no on-the-day entries.

Race Terms and Conditions (Summary)

  • All runners must be aged 17 or over.
  • No refunds will be given for runners who are unable to take part. However, transfers will be possible up to Friday May 10th at 6:00 p.m. using the link in the 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 (including processing fee)

  • General entry – £14.50
  • Welsh/UK Athletics Registered Runners – £12.50
  • To obtain the £2.00 discount, runners will need to provide their Welsh/UK Athletics registration number.
  • Please note that the race entry covers a £250 charge by the Vale of Glamorgan Council for use of the park facilities.

Race Location

Porthkerry Country Park is located west of Barry (off Park Road), between the town and 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 MT 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).   

2019 Course Map

2019 Course Elevation Profile

Course Video

Click on the image below to see a high speed video of the revised 2019 course (courtesy of Dave Shields).

Click on the image below to see a second high speed video of the course (courtesy of Ian Thorne).

‘Relive’ Course Run-Through

Click on the image below to see a short ‘Relive’ video run-through of the course.

Race HQ, Parking and Facilities

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

Mrs. Marco’s 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.

The wearing of earphones, headphones or similar devices is, therefore, 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.


Personal Data

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.

Race Numbers

Race numbers, which incorporate timing chips, can to be collected from race HQ from 8:45 a.m. on the morning of the race.

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 (new for 2019) M70 and F35, F45, F55 and (new for 2019) F65.

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.

Photographs courtesy of  Nigel James, Danielle Rayner, Jeanette Ward, Lyn Evans, Sue Gershenson & Paul Stillman

Race Director: Lyn Evans (email:

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