Run To The Castle Challenges
The Winter Run to the Castle
7th December 2019
The Run to the Castle Ultra
15th August 2020
Run to the Castle will take runners and walkers from the coastal village of Aberdyfi up the beautiful coastal path, taking in the seafront at Tywyn, the village of Fairbourne, the famous Fairborne bridge, Barmouth, to the castle town of Harlech which is approx 40/42 miles away.
For those of you looking to take on smaller distances we will also be offering a marathon distance where you run from Aberdyfi to Barmouth. For those of you returning to the Castle – Belt Buckles will be awarded instead of the traditional medal.
The race will take place on Saturday 15th August 2020 and on Saturday 7th December 2019 and will start at 8.45 giving runners time to drive to the finish then catch the train to the start if they wish. Registration & bag drop will be open from 7.15am on race morning for people driving or getting dropped off.
The 9bar Run to the Castle Ultra
The start is about 200 yards from both Aberdfyi train station and the main car park in the village (LL35 0NR). There is also a connecting train station in Harlech approx 200yards from the finish (so no need to change, and it takes an hour) as this is a point to point race entrants can get back to the start easily. We will also be transporting one bag per runner from the start to the finish area, so you have dry clean gear afterwards. Once National Rail release next years time table we will put times on here for you, but if they are anything like this years these run every 90-120 minutes.
There are lots of different accommodation locally if you wish to extend your stay, Have a look at this website for more information.
The entry fee will include a fully recced course, food and drinks at 4 separate checkpoints, and a finishers medal. Results will be available online after the race.
The course is very well signed, and is a mixture of beach, tracks, and pavements. Details of the Garmin tracks are below (please note this will be updated prior to the 2015 race as the course has changed slightly).
The race will be held under Association of Running Clubs rules and a race permit has been granted.
There will be a time limit of 12 hours for the race.
Compulsory kit includes rucksac and bladder or bottle to carry a minimum of 1lt of water, emergency food, a fully charged mobile phone, waterproof jacket, whistle, map of the area, and compass. You will also need to carry a 1st aid kit.
OS Explorer maps OL23 and OL18 or we can email you basic maps courtesy of the Welsh Coastal Path Website.
Here are a few pics to show you some of the views you will get to see. More pics can been seen on our Flickr site –