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Running and Orienteering

​Feel the freedom and fresh air as you along the Ceredigion coast or into the hills and forests of the Cambrian Mountains. There is a great choice of marked trails to explore, competitions and challenges you'll enjoy.Runners at the Arch, Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge and the Hafod Estate

Devil's Bridge is the home of the Red Kite Challenge  an annual series of walking and running events, with half marathon and 10k races Welsh championship qualifying races.​

According to the Welsh Athletics Association, the woodland estate of Hafod was the site, in 1860, of the first organsied athletics events in Wales. Today the Hafod estate is managed by Natural Resources Wales, and has several miles of trails for walking which are also popular with runners.​ Ras yr Hafod is an annual race event for adults and juniors, held in May.

Running trails at Bwlch Nant yr Arian

There are waymarked running trails at Bwlch Nant yr Arian, all of which start from the centre's car park. Named after two local standing stones, Y Fuwch a'r Llo (the Cow and Calf), these exciting routes offer a fantastic introduction to trail running in the Cambrian Mountains.

"Y Fuwch"​ route is the longer of the two routes (6.5 miles, 10 kilometres) and has a variety of surfaces and several steep ascents, whilst "Y Llo" (3.1 miles, 5 kilometres) starts off with a flat section almost two kilometres long before climbing up onto the ridge before returning to the car park.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian is also the venue for the Nant yr Arian Silver Trail half marathon in March.

Race to the Sea walk, jog, run challenge 2019

Inspired by the legend of the 'three sisters' (the rivers Severn, Wye and Ystwyth that rise on the slopes of Plynlimon, but take very different routes to the sea) this new event in 2018 follows a scenic route to the sea along the Ystwyth river. The 50km route is fully waymarked and support includes regular check anc rendevous points. Transport is available to the start point, and the finish will be at Aberystwyth. For full details and entry forms are availabale on the Race to the Sea​ website.

Racing near the sea

Whatever time of day you visit Aberystwyth Promenade you are bound to see someone running - it's the perfect place- a flat mile - distance and elevation - with fantastic views that change with the seasons and the time of day. This is also the venue for Aberystwyth's Race for Life, Triathlon and Twin Peaks races.​


Parkrun is a free, weekly, 5km timed run open to everyone and easy to take part in. You can join residents and visitors for Abe​rystwyth Parkrun on Saturday morning along the town's leafy Park Avenue

The Llanerchaeron ​Parkrun is more rural, along trails following the river Aeron from near the National Trust estate of Llanerchaeron. The flat route is a 5km loop, along pleasant riverside tracks


There are four permanently marked orienteering courses at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian. 

In Aberystwyth there are permanently waymarked orienteering trails at  Parc Natur Penglais which is swathed in bluebells in spring and Aberystwyth Univerisity grounds, which are open to all.

Mid Wales Orienteering Club organise several events in the area. World champions such as Megan Carter Davies lead the way across the hills.


Ceredigion Running Clubs

Aberystwyth Athletic Club is a well established and busy athletics club which organises a series of annual events in and around Aberystwyth

Sarn Helen running club, based in Lampeter, is friendly group of runners and cyclists who meet regularly to train and organise running and cycling events throughout the year.

Campau Caron​ is Tregaron's local events group, hosting a range of events including 5k,10k, duathlon, triathlon, cycling sportives, a mud run, enduro and an annual santa run.​

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