The CF64 Winter Race is a 6.4 mile (10.2 km) mixed-terrain race set off-road entirely within the picturesque Cosmeston Lakes Country Park in Penarth. The race is organised by Penarth and Dinas Runners (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and licensed by Welsh Athletics (Licence No. SOUTH R.A.C. TR-05)
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is one of the finest country parks in South Wales and is a designated local nature reserve. It offers some scenic running, with views of the lakes, open countryside, marshy areas and a shaded wooded section.
In establishing ‘CF64’ in 2018, the aim was to put on a low cost, ‘no frills’, mid-winter off-road race for the local running community. The course will challenge experienced runners, particularly those looking to sharpen their mid-season cross-country speed, but is also suited to newer runners looking to try out an off-road mixed-terrain race. There’s trails, mud, woodlands, more mud, hills, fast tarmac sections and some great scenery to enjoy on the twisting course around the park. Plus the usual excellent level of race organisation and support from Penarth and Dinas Runners and friends.
Facilities & Race HQ
Free car parking is available near the park entrance, directed by marshals. It’s a 400m walk from the car park to the race HQ, which is in the barbecue area of the park across the Eastern lake from the entrance (see course map).
Please car share, use public transport, or come on foot if possible to minimise the road traffic associated with the race and to ease pressure on car park space.
Toilets are available near the car park in the visitor centre. There are no changing facilities.
The ‘Refresh’ Lakeside Café will be open before and after the race serving food and refreshments. It has a decked area with views of the lakes.
The undulating course is entirely off-road within the park, on a variety of surfaces, through woodland and meadows, scrubland, and a few marshy areas (see course map and description below).
The course is marshalled at all key points, with additional signage to guide runners through unattended sections. The course route, directions and main marshal locations are indicated on the course map. Mile markers will be positioned around the course.
A first-aid station will be located centrally at the race HQ with mobile first-aid responders positioned at two points on the course. First-aid support will be provided by volunteers from St John Cymru-Wales.
CF64 COURSE RECCE 2020
'Warp-speed' video illustrating the varied nature of the race route!