Inspired by the London Marathon runners? There is still plenty of incredible walks, runs and challenges to get involved in this year in Wales.
We have compiled a list of upcoming running and walking events across Wales still to come in 2018, all of which offer a range of breathtaking views and great atmosphere.
[aoa id=”1″]Our selection covers a range of distances for all abilities, everything from 5k and 10ks to a full marathon. Fun runs and challenges offer something a little different, and are great for entering as a group of friends or work colleagues. Why not raise money for a well-deserving charity or cause whilst you’re at it too![/aoa]
Upcoming running and walking events in Wales 2018:
Be Gung Ho: 5th May
For anyone looking for a run that is a little bit different, then The Be Gung Ho might just be for you. Billed as the biggest 5km run in the world, participants will take on a fully inflatable course in Bute Park when the event comes to Cardiff on the 5th May. Book here while spaces last.
Slateman Triathlon: 19th-20th May
The Slateman Triathlon gives participants the chance to take a swim surrounded by mountains, followed by a bike course in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and a run through a slate quarry. With three race options delivered over two days; the Slateman Sprint, Mini Sprint, and the Slateman Full, this offers a unique mix of incredible scenery and a carnival atmosphere to match. More information can be found here.
Snowdonia Half Marathon: 20th May
The Snowdonia Half Marathon takes place on the 20th May and is also set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Runners will start and finish in the village of Llanrwst and have a chance to witness the region’s beauty and landscape, from wild rocky mountains to glacial lakes. More information here.
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Man v Horse Marathon: 9th June
The small town of Llanwrtyd Wells will witness The Man versus Horse Marathon again this year. The marathon is an annual 22-mile race, pitting runners against horses and their riders for 24 miles as they climb 4,683 feet through the town’s paths and trails. Find out more here.
The WAAT4 Challenge: 16th June
This year’s WAAT4 challenge takes place on the 16th June and offers two routes; either 20km or 40km. Both come with some of the best views of the Brecon Beacons. Check out the website here.
Drovers’ Walk: 16th June
Take on this walk to follow in the footsteps of the Welsh Drovers, animal herders of years past who drove their cattle across the mountains to the market towns of England. There is a choice of 10, 15 or 25-mile distances, all through the beautiful summer countryside around Llanwrtyd Wells. Find out more here
Swansea Half Marathon: 24th June
Back for the 5th running on the 24th June, the Swansea Half Marathon offers some of the most breathtaking views of any half marathon during its scenic route, including the beautiful vista of Swansea Bay. Join other runners for this running event and you will see why it has been voted one of the best half marathons in the country. Take a look here to book your place.
Cardiff Triathlon: 24th June
You won’t want to miss one of the most unforgettable city races on the 2018 calendar this 24th June! This is your chance to swim in the world famous bay, take on a fantastic, fast cycle route along completely closed roads and finish with a spectacular run along the Cardiff Bay barrage. Check out more info here.
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Fan Dance: 7-8th July
This walk is the perfect event for experienced runners; involving a serious 24km non-navigational race over two sides of Pen Y Fan. If you are looking for a gruelling running event look no further; the route is part of SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) selection. Find more info here.
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International Snowdon Race: 21st July
The 10 mile International Snowdon race will take you to the very top of Snowdon and down again. The race starts and finishes at Padarn Park, Llanberis, during which you will have a chance to witness the route’s beautiful surroundings. Find out more here.
Man V Mountain: 1st September
The Man v Mountain event begins at sea level in the stunning Caernarfon Castle. From there runners will reach the summit of Snowdon at 5055ft and finish at Snowdon Dinorwic Quarry. Once you have descended there is the ‘All Out Vertical Kilometre’ to conquer; a guided abseil with a series of land and water obstacles. Take a look at http://ratrace.com/manvsmountain
Cardiff 10K: 2nd September
The Cardiff 10K is the longest-running road race in Cardiff. This year, 10,000 runners will given the chance to take on the brand new and exciting City Centre route, while families can also take part in the shorter 2K family run. Entries are still open at www.cardiff10k.cymru.
IronMan Wales: 8th September
This year’s IronMan Wales triathlon returns on September the 8th. The course starts in the seaside village of Tenby, which provides one of the most spectacular swim locations on the race circuit. Billed as one of the toughest races in the world, IronMan beat competition across Europe, Africa and the Middle East to win best race venue in 2017. Have a look at the event’s website if you are interested in taking part.
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Sandman Triathlon: 22-23 September
Newborough Forest is the venue for this year’s Sandman triathlon. The start and finish are both set in an exclusive area within the woods near the world famous Llanddwyn Beach. Participants can enter the Legend 72.4, Savage, Full and Sprint distances either in a relay team or individually, so there is something for all abilities. You can find out more here.
Cardiff Half-Marathon: 7th October
This running marathon features some iconic locations, with beautiful scenery and historic buildings. The course begins at Cardiff Castle, passes the Millennium Stadium, Penarth Marina, before crossing the Cardiff Barrage and racing through Cardiff Bay to finish at Cardiff City Hall. Book your pace at www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk
Coed y Brenin Trail Duathlon: 4th November
This Duathlon, based at the UK’s Number 1 trail centre, combines a challenging mountain bike course with two trail running courses available to individuals or teams. These are the longer distance ‘full’ route, and the smaller ‘sprint’. Both present steep climbs, rewarding descents and a crowd-pleasing atmosphere for participants. More info here.
Conway Half Marathon: 18th November
Now in its 10th year, The Conway half-marathon has been voted one of the top 5 most scenic half-marathons in the UK. It starts on the quayside in front of the 700+-year-old Conwy Castle and passes the Great Orme, taking in views of the Isle of Anglesey, Puffin Island and the surrounding North Wales coastline, then back to Conwy for the finish line. More info here.