Sunday 8th December 2019






***Sunday 8th December 2019***


UK Athletics Licence number 2019-37121


Entries for this year's race are open - CLICK HERE. Prices are the same as last year - £15 affiliated, £17 unaffiliated. Again, in addition to solo entries, there will be a trophy for the winning team of at least 3 runners; as this is historically a "Business Team" prize, team members must be connected by working for the same company. There is a separate prize for the first 3 past the finish line of any sports club, whether affiliated to UKA or not.

As last year, we are governed by the UK Athletics terms of our race licence and insurance which means: Runners must not be accompanied by dogs; No runners pushing buggies or other wheeled "vehicles"; No headphones to be worn other than bone-conducting ones which are not in the ears. 

Race numbers will be sent out by post this year to avoid congestion in the bandstand.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

 Last Year's Race Report

Sunday 9th December was the 20th anniversary of the Aberystwyth 10k. The race was sold out 2 months before the event so we had a record number of runners racing in fairly mild conditions but cooled off by a particularly ferocious hailstorm! It was quite windy but this didn't prevent a large number of runners from getting a Personal Best 10k time. 

The winner was Ollie Thorogood of South West Road Runners (though he was an Aberystwyth lad so we can still claim him!) in a time of 34:43. He was closely followed by Rob Johnson of Aberystwyth AC in 34:55, with Owain Schiavone, also of Aberystwyth AC, not far behind in 35:11. Dylan Lewis of Sarn Helen deserves a mention for finishing hot on Owain's heels in 35:12 - it was quite a tussle to the finish line!

The winning lady was Carol Glover (who was also the winner of the 2016 race) in 38:42. Second lady was Frida Cronqvist of Aberystwyth University Harriers in 39:01, with third lady Donna Morris of Brecon AC following in 41:24. 

The business/charity team prize was won by the National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, with the three best times of Gethin Holland (35:53), Ian Evans (36:19) and Eilir Evans (41:41). Second team was Tim Aber, a University team raising funds for Wales Air Ambulance, with AberPhysio in third place. 

Top running club team was Aberystwyth AC, with the best three times of Rob Johnson (34:55), Owain Schiavone (35:11) and Edward Land (35:21). Sarn Helen running club were in second place, and Aberystwyth University Harriers third. 

Full Results HERE


Race Photos HERE


All proceeds from the race go to local charities, but many runners were raising money for a charity of their choice too, with around £12,000 pledged in sponsorship. 

English sponsor form 

Welsh sponsor form

  Course Records     Male: Carwyn Jones, Cardiff AAC, 32:13 (2015)

                                 Female: Carys Hughes, Les Croupiers, 37:13 (2015) 

 General race instructions

All race proceeds go to local charities but runners may also raise sponsorship for a charity of their choice - sponsor form links above.

NUMBERS AND TIMING CHIPS are to be collected on the day at Race Registration in the bandstand, any time from 10am to 12.45pm.

Numbers must be fixed to the FRONT of your vest. The timing chips are attached to the race numbers.

TRANSFER of numbers on-line can take place until the 30th NOVEMBER after which the personalised race numbers will be printed. After this date please inform the race director if you wish to transfer your number to someone else - on no account should anyone run under someone else's number without telling us, as this is against the rules of UK Athletics who provide our licence and insurance!!! Not to mention making a mess of our results.... 

WATER - there will be a water station half-way round and water at the finish line. Biodegradable cups will be used at the half-way station, 500ml bottles donated by PD's Diner will be handed out at the finish. If anyone prefers not to take a plastic bottle, tap water and biodegradable cups will be available at the bandstand.

BAG STORAGE - there will be a manned bag storage area in the bandstand.

FIRST AID - provided by St Johns Ambulance. If you are unwell, ask the nearest marshal to summon them.

HEADPHONES must not be worn as the route is open to other users. Anyone wearing headphones will be disqualified. Bone conducting headphones are permitted but please make sure you can hear marshals' instructions, bicycle bells, etc.

DOGS are not permitted to run with participants.

BUGGIES are not permitted due to the increase in the number of participants, tight turns in the course, and blind corners. 

CUT-OFF TIMES - there is no formal cut-off time, and we normally find that all runners complete the route in around an hour and a half, followed by the tail runner. However this is a race not a fun run, and while we admire and encourage slower runners who are doing their best, for the sake of the marshals, please don't dawdle deliberately - e.g. stopping to chat or take photos -  if you are the person(s) in last place! 

PRIZES - Podium prizes, Age-Group prizes, Team prize and Club prize to take place around 3pm in the Bandstand.

Cash prizes are awarded to the podium winners and to the fastest finishers (chip time) in each age category (5-year intervals, male and female). The Geraint and Michelle Evans "Dolphin Trophy" is awarded to the first business or charity team to get 3 finishers across the line. There is a separate prize for athletic club teams. 

The route is open to the general public so please be considerate.

There is a narrow section under a bridge with runners in both directions - SINGLE FILE here and keep left, it will be strongly marshaled!  

There will be tea, coffee and mince pies in the bandstand after the race, free to runners, marshals and supporters though donations are welcome!

Any queries, please contact  

 The Race:

The route

The start and finish are North of the bandstand, opposite the main entrance of the Marine Hotel.

The route goes to the South end of the prom, round the harbour, down the road under Trefechan Bridge, onto the red-painted cycle path, and follows the cycle path behind the football club and police station.

Continue on the right-hand track towards Starling Cloud and the 3k mark, then follow the path where it bears right, and turn right onto the footbridge leading to Min y Ddol.

Follow Min y Ddol to where it joins the main road at Pen y Bont hill, turn left down this road then sharp left under the road bridge. Immediately turn sharp left again up the ramp onto the pavement.

Follow the pavement all the way to Blaendolau gate, taking the short cut through Coed Aber.

The 5k water station will be on the grassy bit just as you go through Blaendolau gate.
Continue along the path and turn right just before the green footbridge, following the path round the playing fields and under the road bridge again. Keep straight on behind Morrisons then turn right on the gravel track past the entrances to Cae Ceredig and Ystwyth Surgery. Turn left at the main road and follow the pavement till it rejoins the cycle track at the police station, then the rest is the reverse of the outward journey!

Note that the 1km and 9km markers are in the same place, as are the 2km and 8km markers. The 3km and 7km markers are opposite each other on the cycle path / footpath respectively. The race will, of course, be fully marked and marshalled!

View the route animated on a map here 


The Aberystwyth Charity 10k is a fast, flat race following roads and paths around the town that takes runners along the promenade, through the harbour, and around the Rheidol river's edge to finish back at the race registration.  At Carl Williams' instigation the race was first held in 1999. Since then it has grown into one of the most popular flat road races in mid-Wales. 

The first race in 1999 was jointly organised between Carl, Aberystwyth Athletic Club and Marie Curie Cancer Care to raise funds for the charity. It was an immediate success so the event continues and in 2001 Macmillan Cancer Support took over Marie Curie Cancer Care's role. The original route started outside Woolworths (now Poundland) in Great Darkgate Street and consisted of several laps around town. In later years, as the race grew, Race HQ was in Plascrug Leisure Centre and the route took runners to the outskirts of town around Blaendolau. 

In 2010 the race was adopted by the Cambrian News as part of their 150 year celebrations. 

In 2015 there had to be a new route - hourly trains replaced the 2-hourly schedule to Aberystwyth so there wasn't a safe "gap" for runners to cross the railway line. Increases in traffic also meant that the road crossings in the route caused massive traffic congestion, so a new route was devised to avoid major road crossings. 

The course records for the new route were set in the inaugural year, 2015, and have yet to be beaten!





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