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Vale Coastal Ultra 2017. From Penarth, just outside Cardiff and Porthkerry, near Barry to Ogmore-by-Sea, Bridgend. Photographed by Andrew Davis Photography at Nash Point Lighthouse and at Ogmore-by-Sea.

Vale Coastal Ultra 2017

Mad people running a stupid distance!

What more can be said about an Ultra race? 32 miles was the distance for full course, although due a rock fall it was kindly extended to 33.7 miles! The short (most inappropriate word ever) course was a mere 18.5 miles…again extended to avoid the rock fall. Starting in Penarth and Porthkerry respectively the route followed the coastal path all the way to Ogmore-by-Sea. It took in 14 beaches, many cliffs, a power station and a couple of lighthouses at Nash Point. Not sure how much any of the runners would have appreciated the scenery though!

The undulating terrain would in itself have been enough of a challenge, but the rain in the past week didn’t exactly help out and then the sudden contrast of sun during the race made it a bit of a killer. Wales in April, who would have predicted sun???

To take part in either of the races is an amazing achievement and well done to all who took part.

What I can’t forget to mention was the support at the finish. Absolutely outstanding, cheering and encouraging all the way to the line.


I now have a wife that has been broken by¬†this race, but is determined that she is going to beat it. I’m really not quite sure what is wrong with her…..!
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