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.
Running trail at Bwlch Nant yr Arian
"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 Aberystwyth Parkrun on Saturday morning along the town's leafy Park Avenue. Do remember to register with Parkrun beforehand if it's your first parkrun.
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, including teh Borth Beack 10K in August, Aberystwyth Twin Peaks and annual charity 10k.
The Twin Peaks race start on the promenade and heads south twards Aberystwyth harbour and marina before a 450 foot climb to the Wellington monument and Pendinas hillfort. Runners then retrace their steps along the promenade before takling the rocky path that zig -zags up Constitution Hill and a fast final descent back to the promenade for a sprint finish to the end.
Aberystwyth's Twin Peaks profile.
Part of the race is the annual Town versus Gown challenge between runners from Aberystwyth Athletic Club and the University Harriers for the Dolphin Trophy.
Sarn Helen running club, based in Lampeter, is a friendly group of runners and cyclists who meet regularly to train and organise running and cycling events throughout the year.
The popular Teifi 10, which is a flat, fast and scenic certified accurate 10 mile route taking runners along the River Teifi. Apparently it's a perfect course for PBs (Personal Bests).
The Sarn Helen Hill Race has been held annually in mid May for 40 years, and includes a challenging 16 mile hill climb, 9 mile fun run andchildren's races.
The Felinfach 6 mile race is held on a late June evening on a flat, fast course along the country lanes of the Aeron Valley and through the hamlets of Talsarn, Abermeurig and Felindre before returning to Felinfach.
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.