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The Pendine Sands Races & Ultra

Pendine Sands

Pendine Sands, Carmarthen, UK

Sun 18th April 2021

4 races

£24.65 - £79.68

Organiser's Description

You may think that running on the sand will be extremely difficult, but at Pendine the sands are home to the land speed record attempts made famous by the Blue Bird car. This means that generally the sand underfoot is quite firm and absolutely perfect for running on, especially for barefoot running.

This unique half marathon event is an out and back along the Pendine Sands. Starting from Barnacles Cafe, first to make up the distance you run down the beach 0.6 miles before turning back to the starting location and then running down the beach again to Ginst point, then looping back to Pendine for the race finish.

The 10k and 5k options are an out and back along the beach, turning at a point where a race marshall holds a flag.

Or take on the Ultra - two laps of our pre-determined course, actual distance of just over 32 miles. (details below)


  • Individual ULTRA
    £79.68 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon

    Inividual Entry

    £31.91 CLOSED
  • 10 Km
    £24.65 CLOSED
  • 5 Km
    £24.65 CLOSED


  • Individual ULTRA
    £79.68 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon

    Inividual Entry

    £31.91 CLOSED
  • 10 Km
    £24.65 CLOSED
  • 5 Km
    £24.65 CLOSED
Half Marathon Details

There will be a water station at the start, one at 3.0 miles (the turning point for the 10k), another at 5.9 miles (the turning point at the end of the beach), and on returning the same midpoint station at 8.9 miles and finally one at the finish.

Competitors will receive a free reuseable drinks cup to use at the water stations. This is to eliminate the issue of beach littering with plastic cups blowing away. These commemorative bottles can be kept by competitors.

Ultra Race Details

Commencing with a six mile run along Pendine Sands to Ginst Point, continuing along the coast to Broadwas, then returning back through Tremoilet Farm and finally back to the start / finish point at Pendine Sands, where you complete the route again.

Distance: 16.3 miles per circuit, Ultra Race distance = 32.6 miles
Ascent: 405 m per circuit, 810 m for full Ultra
Descent: 405m per circuit, 810 m for full Ultra

Entry Requirements

All Ultra Marathon entrants must be 20 years of age. Half Marathon entrants must be 18 years of age and 10k runners 16 years of age. Ultra competitors must ensure that they carry with them all of their individual requirements needed to complete the race.

Every entrant must confirm that they have read these rules and other event information and therefore understand the nature of the event and that participation is at their own risk.

Kit Requirements

Ultra Marathon competitors must carry the following mandatory items:

  • Backpack or equivalent
  • Ordnance Survey Map of the route (our downloadable maps are fine)
  • Route Directions
  • Compass or GPS device
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone
  • First Aid Kit

Other Information


A selection of sandwiches, peanuts, Cola, Orange Squash etc will be available at all of the four check-points along the ultra race route.

The Pendine Ultra will benefit from three CP stations and the finish.

Ultra Marathon competitors must go through all check points and it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the check point attendant has recorded their race number; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.

Any competitor found to not follow the pre-determined race route will be disqualified.


If any ultra competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or by telephoning the emergency number which will be written on the race numbers of each competitor.


The Pendine Ultra Marathon consists of two 16 mile loops. The organisers want to give every competitor the opportunity of completing the race and will, where reasonable practicable, allow generous opening times of CP Stations, providing you maintain a speed of at least 4mph.


  • Men’s & Ladies 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for the Pendine Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
  • Men’s & Ladies 1st place for Barefoot Half Marathon & 10k
  • Men’s & Ladies first place for the Pendine Ultra Marathon
  • Men’s & Ladies Veterans first place for the Pendine Ultra Marathon
  • All age category winners as indicated in the Half Marathon & 10k races

Main event winners (1st overall male & female) for the 10k, Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon will gain free entry into the following years race.


Absolutely! The Pendine Half Marathon is for athletes of all speeds and sizes. Please note: Due to tidal times and the need to clear the beach of all equipment, ALL participants MUST complete the half marathon within the 4 hour course time limit. To finish within the course time limit you must maintain a pace of at least 18:00 minutes per mile (or faster).


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