The Pembrokeshire 100mile Stage Race-11th-13th May 2018
If you are looking for an introduction to multiday stage racing, or are a seasoned competitor wanting to sample the most amazing coastline in Britain over 3 days- the Pembrokeshire 100 mile stage race will certainly deliver. The route starts in the picturesque village of Dale, just outside Milford Haven and follows the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to the finish in St Dogmaels, near Cardigan!
The race is self navigation following the well marked Coast Path with runners carrying basic running kit including emergency equipment, food and water. There will be access to drop bags at the half way support point and overnight camp each day.
Race Stages and distances
Day 1- Dale to St Davids (Caerfai Bay) -36.5miles
Day 2- St Davids (Caerfai Bay) to Fishguard - 38 miles
Day 3- Fishguard to St Dogmaels - 26miles
0630 - Coach pick up from St Dogmaels
0640 - Coach pick up from Cardigan Castle
0700 - Registration in Dale
0745 - Coach drop off Dale
0830 - Registration closes
0830 - Race brief in Dale
0900 - Race starts
2100 - Cut of day 1 (12 hours/3mph)
0600-0900 – Optional race starts times with slowest runners starting first!
2000 - Cut of day 2 (max time is 14 hours/2.7mph)
0700 to 0900 - Optional race starts times with slowest runners starting first!
1700 - Cut off day 3 (max time is 10 hours/2.6 mph)
Mid Day Support Point
There will be one support point each day where you will have access to your drop bag. Participants will have a window (open and close times) in which they must reach this support point. Water will be available at the support point, but you must provide your own food for the duration of the event.
Day 1- Broad Haven (15miles)
Day 2- Porthgain (18miles)
Day 3- Newport Parrog (12miles)
Pembrokeshire has some wonderful camping locations and each day starts and finishes from the overnight camp. Here you will gain access to the larger drop bag which must include your tent, stove and food. All the campsites are a short walk to local pubs or restaurants if you'd prefer to take advantage of them!
The route is self-navigation and participants will need to have a basic understanding of map reading. However, the whole route follows the well-marked Pembrokeshire / Wales Coastal Path (WCP) and is therefore signposted very well. It is possible to navigate the route completely using the WCP signs. A gps file will be available. You will receive a printed 1:50 map on a small scale with the route on it. If you want a more detailed map you may wish to bring the excellent and lightweight Pembrokeshire Coast Harvey map, or the cicerone guide book for Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Drop Bags & Transport of Kit
One waterproof drop bag of 25 litres or less will be transported to the mid-day support point and one waterproof drop bag of 79 litres or less to the overnight camp on days 1 and 2 and to the finish on day 3. Drop bags should be heavy duty and waterproof as they may be stored outside on wet ground. They must include all your kit and there should be nothing attached or hanging off.
Competitors must bring food for the duration of the event. This would include food for evening meals on day 1 and 2 and breakfast for days 2 and 3. Hot water will be available at each of the overnight camps but this will be limited so you may also want to bring a small stove (for example a jetboil). In addition to this you are able to purchase food from shops and cafes as you find them. Water will be available at each mid-day support point and at the overnight camps.
Compulsory Running Kit
This MUST be carried at all times and will be checked at registration before you receive your race number. (NO KIT = NO NUMBER!)
Waterproof jacket, water proof trousers, upper body long sleeve base layer or thermal (warm) top, warm hat, gloves, torch (emergency type is fine), whistle, compass (which can take a bearing - please note: compass on a watch or phone is not acceptable), suitable footwear, foil survival blanket or foil bivy bag, first aid kit (to include: blister plasters, sterile dressing and bandage or tape), mobile phone, map and instructions, water bottle 1 litre minimum, appropriate food for the event duration.
Advisory / Optional Running Kit
Thermal and or fleece top (in addition to compulsory long sleeve top), sun cream, lower body base layer or trousers, hydration tablets, money, sunglasses, GPS.
Compulsory Overnight Camping Kit
The following kit must be included in each participant’s overnight bag
Sleeping mat, sleeping bag (3 seasons recommended), tent (can share with another participant), change of clothes, plate/bowl, mug, knife, fork and spoon, food for the event (2 evening meals; 2 breakfasts; running food/energy products), personal first aid kit (includes plaster, at least 5 Compeed or similar, zinc oxide tape - at least 3 metres, sterile cotton swabs, antiseptic cream and painkillers), torch and spare batteries, means of cooking any hot food (Jetboil, stove or similar).
Additional Overnight Camping Kit
An insulated/warm jacket, travel pillow, spare running clothes, wash kit, towel, ear plugs, anti-chaffing ointment, wallet, credit card/ cash, insect repellent.
Coach Transport, Accommodation and Car Parking
There will be coach transport from the finish in St Dogmaels to the start in Dale. This will be on the morning of the race leaving St Dogmaels at 0630. There will be an additional pick up in Cardigan at 0640.
It is your choice where you stay on the Thursday night and whether you use the bus service provided, but you must attend the briefing and registration in Dale on the Friday morning. There are numerous parking facilities in both St Dogmaels and Cardigan, the majority of which have a ‘weekly’ pay and display option for £9. We will detail the best ones in the pre-event notes.
Entries open on Friday 1st August 2017.
The price of the 3 day stage race is £125 before the 1st of September or £150 after the 1st of September 2017.
There are 100 places for the race in 2018.
All entries are via the sientries online entry system at the following link.