Introducing the Cambrian News VIRTUAL Aberystwyth Charity 10k!

UK Athletics Race licence number 2020-41105

Entries are LIVE on this link:


Entry fee £8, your 10k race to be completed any time from Tuesday 1st December to Monday 7th December 2020.

Once you have entered, you will receive an e-mailed receipt and a confirmation e-mail. You should keep the confirmation e-mail in case you wish to transfer your entry to someone else (by simply editing your details to theirs).

Closer to race date, you will receive an e-mail with a downloadable race number, which you can print off and wear for a more realistic race experience!

You then walk, jog or run a 10k route of your choice and submit your result on-line (full details on how to do this will be provided by e-mail), then your result will appear on the leaderboard and this will be followed by a downloadable printable “virtual” medal!

Every finisher will also receive a commemorative coaster by post, kindly provided through sponsorship from the Cambrian News.


  1. Follow government guidance regarding how many people you run with, maintaining social distancing, and travel restrictions in place at the time.
  2. Plan your route to avoid busy places, or run at a less busy time, being considerate and giving way to other path users.
  3. Tell someone where you’re going and carry “In Case of Emergency” contact details.
  4. It’s advisable to wear hi-viz/reflective clothing, especially if running in poor light or on public roads.
  5. The race is licensed by UK Athletics and participants are therefore covered for third party/public liability insurance. *Please Note* this insurance cover is only valid if you abide by UK Athletics race rules regarding: No headphones; No racing with dogs; No racing while pushing a buggy.

Feel free to use the regular Aberystwyth 10k route shown below!

Facebook Group

Keep up to date during the lead up to this years event using the Aber 10K facebook group.

Aber 10K Group

Course Records

Male: Carwyn Jones, Cardiff AAC, 32:13 (2015)
Female: Carys Hughes, Les Croupiers, 37:13 (2015)

Race Route

Aberystwyth 10K course

-Start and finish are North of the bandstand, opposite the main entrance of the Marine Hotel.
-Run 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!
*** PLEASE 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!

Race History

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!

Previous Results

Aber 10k – 2019 https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events

Aber 10K – 2018

Aber 10K – 2017

Aber 10K – 2016

1-Mile Prom Dash Results:

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