Radyr & Morganstown Half Marathon and Marathon Radyr & Morganstown Half Marathon and Marathon Radyr & Morganstown Half Marathon and Marathon Radyr & Morganstown Half Marathon and Marathon

Radyr & Morganstown Half Marathon and Marathon

Cardiff

Cardiff Harlequins Running Club, Diamond Ground,Forest Farm Road,Whitchurch,Cardiff, CF14 7JN

Sat 13th May 2023

Starting at 08:00

2 races

£32.00 - £42.00

Organiser's Description

Only ten minutes from the centre of the Capital of Wales, a choice of a half or full marathon.

These are very special races, travelling through several SSSIs, ancient woods, and over hills. With breathtaking views from the Brecon Beacons to the Severn Crossings and Devon. You'll find these some of the toughest trail races around with 650m climb for the half, and 1400m for the full marathon. We allow generous cut offs, so you can take your time and enjoy the beauty of the South Wales countryside.

The half takes in the Garth Mountain, the fairytale Castell Coch woods and finishes along an old canal. The route is a fully marked course. The marathon takes it up a level with two more mountains thrown in!

Races

  • Radyr and Morganstown Marathon

    £42.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Radyr and Morganstown Half Marathon

    £32.00

    Booking for more than 1?

Book

  • Radyr and Morganstown Marathon

    £42.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Radyr and Morganstown Half Marathon

    £32.00

    Booking for more than 1?

What's Included

Professional event
Timing
Professional first aiders specialising in off-road rescue (CAVRA)
Aid stations with water and snacks
Friendly volunteers
There are changing rooms and showers at the venue.

Every finisher will receive a 'Finisher's medal'. There will be prizes for:
1st, 2nd and 3rd male
1st, 2nd and 3rd female
1st male veteran (over 45)
1st female veteran (over 45)

  • Not for profit event
  • Eco friendly medals
  • Experienced first aiders with offroad vehicles
  • Limited field sizes to protect trails
  • South Wales's best routes

How to Get There

We encourage the use of public transport. The venue is very well served by the local train services. Radyr Train station has very regular services to and from Cardiff City Centre, usually not more than 10 minutes apart. The venue is about 5 minutes’ walk from the railway station.

If you're driving, please consider car sharing. There is ample parking at the venue.

Parking

There is ample parking at the venue.

Course Details

The half marathon is an excellent trail run for new runners and veterans alike. Mountain views, woods, rivers and camaraderie. Part of the Radyr and Morganstown Festival, with proceeds going to local charities. We aim for this race to be focused on those looking to get into trail running in a safe, supported environment. The route will be fully marked, with two check points to help you on your way. That said, the route is not easy. The winners came in at 1hour 45 minutes in our first race. However don't be put of by the challenge. Our sweepers walked the entire route well within the cut of times, we will do everything we can to get you around.

The winner's time is normally approx 1hr 45; middle field time: 2hrs 40mins
The marathon is for more experienced runners, with over 1400 meters of climb. The route has been described as beautiful, and brutal. A gpx and map will be provided, but some navigation skills will be required. A hill bagging tour of North Cardiff; Garth, Craig Yr Allt, Caerphilly Common and Mynydd Rudry, with a relaxing return along the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway

The winner's time is normally: 4hrs 50; middle field time 6hrs 5mins


Marathon
The course will follow the route of the half marathon for the first seven miles, which will be well marked. The marathon loop to Rudry will not be significantly marked. There will be a few arrows at crucial junctions, though there will be an expectation on runners to be able to navigate.

There will be compulsory clip markers on the summits of each of the hills, and at pertinent locations to ensure runners travel at least the full marathon distance. A map and gpx file will be provided with the marathon route.

Be warned, the marathon route is not easy. It is not a route for a 'first marathon'. Last year, the half marathon took runners an additional half an hour to an hour longer than their road race times. That easily means three hours of racing for the half. If you have not completed a three hour race such as a triathalon, then consider the half route. If you do fancy going for broke we will try to support you, even if it is your first try. You have been warned :-) The cut offs are there to ensure that we can check runners medical fitness at appropriate points around the course. We do want runners to achieve thier goals, but we also bear in mind it is meant to be a beautiful day in the country.

The race contains 3 checkpoints, with water and light refreshments.

Registration

Date: Saturday 13 May
Marathon Race Start: 8:00
Registration Opens: 6:00 (for both races)
Registration Closes: 7:30

Half Marathon Race Start: 9:00
Registration Reopens: 7:45
Registration Closes: 8:30

There will be a kit check at registration – no kit,
no entry.

Kit List

Half Marathon

The course will be signed and should not require map reading or navigation skills. However, due to the length of the race, and wishing to keep the ‘exploring’ feel of being in the countryside, runners should expect distances where there may be no signage. Signs will be at junctions and pathway choices.

Despite the best laid plans, some runners may still lose their way. For that reason, we will be providing a map of the route on Ordinance Survey 1:25000. An ability to understand these maps will be helpful.

We have employed the services of CAVRA for our medical support. They are also a fully trained and very experienced search and rescue team. If you do get lost, please contact the emergency number provided on the day, and we will get you back on the right path.

The race contains 2 checkpoints, with water and light refreshments.

the route

marathon

The course will follow the route of the half marathon for the first seven miles, which will be well marked. The marathon loop to Rudry will not be significantly marked. There will be a few arrows at crucial junctions, though there will be an expectation on runners to be able to navigate.

There will be compulsory clip markers on the summits of each of the hills, and at pertinent locations to ensure runners travel at least the full marathon distance. A map and gpx file will be provided with the marathon route.

Be warned, the marathon route is not easy. It is not a route for a 'first marathon'. Last year, the half marathon took runners an additional half an hour to an hour longer than their road race times. That easily means three hours of racing for the half. If you have not completed a three hour race such as a triathalon, then consider the half route. If you do fancy going for broke we will try to support you, even if it is your first try. You have been warned :-) The cut offs are there to ensure that we can check runners medical fitness at appropriate points around the course. We do want runners to achieve thier goals, but we also bear in mind it is meant to be a beautiful day in the country.

The race contains 3 checkpoints, with water and light refreshments.

the route

Cut Offs

For the half marathon - Cut offs are generous and allow for approximately 2.5 m.p.h pace – which is fast walking. Remember there are some hills, so this is quite a challenge if you are considering walking the whole route.

Race Start: 9:00
CP1 Cut Off: 11:10 (5.35 Miles)
CP2 Cut Off: 13:00 (10 Miles)
Race Finish: 14:30 (13.6 Miles)

For the Full Marathon - since we see this as a race for the more experienced runner, there will be an overall time limit of 8 hours for the full marathon route. This equates to about 3.25 miles per hour.

CP2 Cut Off: 12:30 (15.5 Miles)
CP3 Cut Off: 3:00 (22.5 Miles)
Race Finish: 16:00 (26.3 Miles)

Reviews

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4.5

2 reviews

RS
Ruth

·8 months ago

If you like hilly off road races then this is perfect! Multi terrain - woodland, fields, hills, views galore…. Well organised, low key event.
AJ
Andy

·8 months ago

A well organised event and an off road setting that is both scenic and brutal in equal measures. The climbs up to Garth Hill are crazy and reduced all runners around me to walking. Altitude is then lost very quickly making you feel somewhat cheated and the second half of the race past Taff Wells takes you through spectacular heavy woodland leading you eventually back to Radyr and the finish. Great race for anyone looking for a very hilly off road tough 1/2 Marathon.
Thanks for you very kind words Andy. Its always nice to have feedback. Advertising the race is difficult for us. I think most can do it, so long as they take it easy. Its just hard if you transfer from road. We want to let people know what they are for, but not scare them off :-) Your review is just perfect - thanks Mark
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