Ras Dewi Sant 2018, 3rd March

Results for 2017 – CLICK HERE

2018 will see Man Up UK stage the 6th Annual; Ras Dewi Sant (Coast Path Marathon/Half Marathon). The Ras is one of our flag ship events as it shows off the best St Davids and the Peninsular has to offer. The event is staged every year on the same Saturday as the City’s St David’s Day Celebrations. This adds an extra vibrant feel to the run as the city is bustling and decorated with all things Welsh.

Both the routes are predominately on the Coast Path and pass by some of the most scenic and historical sites in Wales and wider. The Half is a challenge but an achievable one for all and has a great atmosphere amongst the runners. Whilst the Full is a Challenge for anyone and has been described as one of the most beautiful and difficult Marathons anywhere in the World and should be on any runners bucket list.

The 2018 Ras will see us moving from St Davids Rugby Club to The Cross Hotel, which is ideally situated in the centre of St Davids. This move excites us as the event will be starting and finishing in the heart of the UK’s smallest City in the comfort of this splendid hotel.

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Ras Dewi Sant (Coast Path Marathon/Half Marathon)

The Marathon has been described as the toughest in the UK.

Marathon Man himself Rik Vercoe, the holder of numerous marathon world records and someone who boasts a 39th Place finish in the Marathon des Sables, won the 2013 Ras Dewi Sant and said on completion

“I’ve run a 137 Marathons in 137 weeks and this is the best, the course is stunning”

Additional information

CourseFull Marathon, Half Marathon

The Full Marathon

Results 2017 – CLICK HERE

Runners will meet at the Cross Hotel and then be transferred by bus to the starting point at Abercastle, 8 Miles North of St David’s. From there the competitors will join the Coast Path and head south taking in the splendid fishing village of Porthgain and Abereiddy Bay.

From here you will cover some of the toughest terrain and most breath taking views anywhere in the UK as you make your way to Whitesands Beach.  Amongst the constant undulating elevation that you will face there are two decent climbs – the first on about the 9 mile mark at Penberi (this sneaks up on you!) and the second is on 14 miles and a bit naughty as we take you on a diversion, just so you can experience the Carn Llidi Climb AKA The Whitesands Challenge Hill!  Following this you will re-join the coastpath and head down to the aid station at Whitesands Beach.

From here you will pick up the half marathon route and continue on the Coast Path for a further 9 mile stint along this spectacular part of the National Park until you reach Caerfai Bay, taking in the scenic sights of St Justinian’s, Ramsey Sound (and the Bitches), Porthclais, and St Nons (St David’s Birth place) along the way.

The on the 25.5 mile mark when you start to think that’s that and you’re almost finished you reach ‘The Sting in the Dragons Tail’! The spectacular site of the 12th Centaury Cathedral, it’s 39 steps and the Pebbles Hill, which are all amazing as they lead you UP to the finish line at the Cross Hotel in the heart of the City, just pray it’s not a sprint finish.

On the positive side of things the first half of the marathon is a fair bit tougher than the second!

Logistics

Ras Dewi Sant (Coast Path Marathon/Half Marathon)

  • Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
  • Registration: 0600hrs – 0720hrs at The Cross Hotel, Cross Square, St Davids
  • Event Start time: 08.00hrs
  • Cost: £37 – Includes T-shirt, Medal, Cawl, Aid Stations, changing rooms, tea, coffee and a spectacular course – if not a little bit tough!!!
  • Prize Categories: Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd (1st male and female), 1st male and female 40-50, 50-60 and over 60

To Book £37 – BOOK HERE

Disclaimer

  • No refunds can be given
  • Transfers / deferrals can be made up to 1 week before the event.
  • You can drop down to the half up until the day of the race but no refund is given
  • For all enquiries please email manupukevents@gmail.com

The Route

We will do our best to mark the route and have marshals strategically placed but it is not practical and almost impossible to have every section of the coast path marked with signs. You will see a number of desire lines, animal tracks and footpaths coming off the coast path at various locations – the important thing to remember is this is a coast path run and the following points should help:-

  • Keep the Coast on your Right
  • The Coast Path is marked by the ACORN – Follow the ACORN !
  • Footpaths are marked with a walking figure – DO NOT FOLLOW THESE
  • If we want you to head off the coast path we will sign post or marshal it
  • Please have a look at the route and familiarise yourself!

The Half

The Results 2017 – CLICK HERE

New for 2018; The Half Marathon will start in the heart of St. David’s at the Cross Hotel.  From here you will run 2.5 miles which takes in the City!and rural roads to Whitesands Beach. This first section will help split the pack before you reach The Coast Path.

At the beach you will join the Coast Path for a 9 mile stint along this spectacular section of the National Park that will take you around to Caerfai Bay. These 9 miles will see you taking in the scenic sights of St Justinian’s, Ramsay Island, Porthclais, and St Nons (St Davids Birth place). During miles 4.5 to 9 you really will be out in the wilds and face the toughest part of the course as you run along the Ramsay Sound, making your way from the Lifeboat Station to the aid station at Porthclais Harbour. It may be hard but this is also one of the most magical places you will visit and it is there to be enjoyed!

Once you arrive in Caerfai there is a slight pull as course starts to take you back inland and then around the country bridleways and roads on the outskirts of the City until you reach mile 12.5 and the last challenge of the day – ‘The Sting in the Dragons Tail’! this is the spectacular 12th Centaury Cathedral, it’s 39 steps, the Pebbles Hill and the finish on the Cross Square. If you get yourself involved in a personal battle with another, a sprint finish will be interesting!!!

Logistics

  • Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
  • Registration: 07.00hrs – 08.20hrs at Cross Hotel, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
  • Event Start time: 09.00hrs
  • Cost: £25  – Includes T-shirt, Medal, Cawl, aid stations, changing rooms, tea, coffee and a spectacular course.
  • Prize Categories: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd (1st male and Female), 1st Male and female 40-50, 50-60 and over 60

To Enter – £25 – BOOK HERE

Disclaimer

  • No refunds can be given
  • Transfers / deferrals can be made up to 1 week before the event.
  • For all enquiries please email manupukevents@gmail.com

The Route

We will do our best to mark the route and have marshals strategically placed but it is not practical and almost impossible to have every section of the coast path marked with signs. You will see a number of desire lines, animal tracks and footpaths coming off the coast path at various locations – the important thing to remember is this is a coast path run and the following points should help:-

Keep the Coast on your Right
The Coast Path is marked by the ACORN – Follow the ACORN !
Footpaths are marked with a walking figure – DO NOT FOLLOW THESE
If we want you to head off the coast path we will sign post or marshal it
Please have a look at the route and familiarise yourself!

Full Marathon

Registration for 2018 £37 – BOOK HERE

Half Marathon

Registration open for 2018 £25 – BOOK HERE

Booking Policy

  • No Refunds can be given once booked
  • We do offer deferrals to the next RDS or Transfers to other athletes up until 1 week before the race
  • We do allow changing between full and half, If you decide to drop down to the half from the full no refund can be given but if you move up the difference will have to be paid

STAYING IN THE AREA

If you are making a weekend or overnighter of it there are a number of quality accommodation options to fit all budgets. If you fancy staying at the starting and finishing point of the event for the ultimate in ease and comfort please check out the CROSS HOTEL

Ras Dewi Sant (Coast Path Marathon/Half Marathon)