***UPDATE 28/07/2020***

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, entries will NOT be opening in August – we cannot sell places until there is a greater degree of certainty about the race going ahead. Under the current COVID-19 UK Athletics race licensing rules, races can only go ahead if they minimise contact between spectators, runners, and volunteers, and maintain social distancing between those not using PPE. For runners, this means no congregating so no water stations, no bag drop, no pacers, no medals, no prizegiving, and a smaller number of entries so that the start can be spread out.

Since the 10k route has narrow areas that are open to the public, it would be impossible to maintain 2 metre social distancing, so the race will not be able to go ahead unless this rule is changed by the Welsh government. If the race does go ahead it will be in a simpler format: turn up, run, go home! Carry your own water and extra clothing as necessary. There will be a printable finisher’s certificate from the results website with your time and category position. Entry fees will be reduced as there will be fewer outgoing expenses, but on the understanding that they are non-refundable in the event of late cancellation due to a second wave of infection – any surplus going to local charities as usual.

We will keep this page updated as soon as there are any changes!


Sunday 6th of December 2020

Race Information

Race Entries open August 2020 – there will be a link from this website.

Prices this year £16 affiliated, £18 unaffiliated. ALL RACE PROCEEDS GO TO LOCAL CHARITIES AND GOOD CAUSES!

There are prizes for all age groups in 5-year intervals. In addition to individual prizes, 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 again this year to avoid congestion in the bandstand; the numbers and final race instructions will be sent out in the last week of November. There will be a bag drop facility in the bandstand if you want to bring spare clothing!

Scroll down for full race instructions….

All race proceeds go to local charities but runners may also raise sponsorship for a charity of their choice – sponsor form links below. (yet to be updated for 2020)

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 Instructions (Please Read)

Will be sent by post in the last week of November, along with final race instructions.
Numbers must be fixed to the FRONT of your vest. The timing chips are attached to the race numbers.
Can take place on-line until the 22nd NOVEMBER after which the personalised race numbers will be printed. After this date please inform the race director at aber10k@aberystwythac.co.uk 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….
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.
There will be a manned bag storage area in the bandstand.
Will be provided by St Johns Ambulance. If you are unwell, ask the nearest marshal to summon them.
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.
Are not permitted to run with participants.
Are not permitted due to the increase in the number of participants, tight turns in the course, and blind corners.
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!
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 marshalled!
There will be tea, coffee and mince pies in the bandstand after the race, free to runners, marshals and supporters though donations are welcome!

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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