Royal Welsh to host new Trail Running Festival

17 March 2015

Wales’ number one event for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living, the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, is set to host a brand new Trail Running Festival at its stunning Showground in the heart of Mid-Wales on Sunday 17 May.

In exactly two months’ time, The Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival brings a half-marathon, 10k and 3k family trail races to the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, Powys.

The Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival sees the marriage of two of Wales’ leading event brands, The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society who deliver the Spring Festival, Royal Welsh Show and Winter Fair and Run 4 Wales, the team behind premier running events including the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, commented:

“With such a fantastic venue, located in the heart of mid Wales, we have always planned to extend the types of events and activities on offer here at the Royal Welsh Showground.

“This exciting collaboration between us and Run 4 Wales will put the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival firmly on the map. Both Aled and I are very much looking forward to putting on our trainers and taking part.”

  

Steve Hughson and Aled Jones from the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society trying out the course under the watchful eye of Steve Brace from Run 4 Wales.

Aled Jones, Assistant Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, said:

“The beautiful and undulating setting of the Royal Welsh Showground here in Llanelwedd lends itself perfectly for outdoor sporting activities.

“With the kind permission of our local landowners, the new Royal Welsh Trial Running Festival course takes in a scenic route through farmland and woods and provides wonderful views overlooking the iconic showground and surrounding countryside.”

The picturesque half marathon and 10k races, run over one and two laps respectively, will take place with all the facilities expected of a top-class event with spectator areas, drink stations and full medical support.

A 3k family fun run takes in the 242m climb to Drws Yr Coed house, where the woodland loop is followed by a re-trace to the finish line and for young children there is a toddler challenge along a flat route around the Showground.

There will also be a come-and-try pentathlon alongside the series of races where participants of all ages can try long jump, shot, step hurdles, speed bounce and sprint.

Steve Brace, head of event delivery for Run 4 Wales, said:

“We are confident this event will become a destination weekend for active families, offering an event for all ages and abilities.

“The collaboration brings together the expertise of event and venue management from the Royal Welsh and the organisational experience of Run 4 Wales over endurance disciplines.”

For more information visit the dedicated The Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival website www.RWtrailrunningfestival.co.uk  or visit us on social media @RoyalWelshTrail (Twitter) and facebook.com/ RWTrailRunningFestival