New for 2017
Holy Island 15km Coastal Trail Run
Anglesey, North Wales, UK
23rd September 2017
Take on the rugged and beautiful coastline of Holy Island. Starting with stunning views of Southstack lighthouse, you’ll race along high cliff edges and around secluded sandy bays with spectacular views of the mountains of snowdonia! Will you be first to reach the grail?
The Holy Trail, a 15km trail run, will take place on the west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales, famous for it’s religious landmarks! The linear 15km running course is approximately 70% off road and the route will take in some of Angleseys’s most stunning scenery, including Southstack Lighthouse and the RSPB reserve, beautiful cliff top paths with views of the mountains of Snowdonia, sandy bays and hidden beaches.
The first Runner to reach the finish line will claim the sacred Holy Trail Grail! But whether you choose to race or ramble, there’ll be a revered medal waiting for you at the end!
The course will be fully marked.
- location: Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales.
- Total course distance: 15km
- Elevation gain: 190m
- Aid stations: 2 (you are advised to carry water and a gel)
Entries will be limited to 50 places – only the righteous will be allowed!
- Online entry opens: 1st May 2017.
- Online entry closes: 5pm on Friday 15th September 2017.
You must be over 18 years of age on the day of the race to enter the event.
Entry fee includes:
- Event number
- Race timing
- Transport to race start
- Fuel and hydration during race
- Post-event refreshments
- Free event photos
- Free blessing
- Prizes for male and female winners
A race number will be supplied. Your number must be visible on your front at all times during the event.
There will be a mandatory equipment check at registration.
- Windproof or waterproof jacket
- Mobile phone
- Off road trail running shoes – if wet the course can be very slippery & treacherous.
- Hydration pack, soft bottle or cup
Highly recommended: Minimum 500m water & energy bar or gel.
This event will be plastic cup free in a bid to reduce waste and help care for the environment. Water and isotonic drink will of course be available at feed stations but you will need to carry your own bottle or cup. We recommend Salomon Soft Cup or similar which can be easily stashed inside a pocket or a soft bottle such as this one.
Registration and kit inspections take place on Saturday 23rd September 2017 from 7am at Rhoscolyn church hall, Holy Island, Anglesey, UK. Please arrive as early as possible and ensure you have your mandatory equipment with you – your kit will be checked! You will be issued with your race number and timing chip during registration. Registration closes at 8am. Buses will carry all participants to the start of the linear route.
Travel to the start
All participants will be bused to the start of the linear route and will then run back to Rhoscolyn. You will need to travel on the bus as the briefing will take place on the journey but friends and family are welcome to travel to the start by car to see you start the race. The race will start at Ellin’s Tower at the South Stack RSPB Reserve, postcode LL65 1YH. The cafe will be opening early for us so there will be toilet facilities there and a chance to grab a last caffine hit whilst you take in the views!
Route and safety briefing
The briefing will be held before you board the bus. Persons who have not attended the brief will not be allowed to start the race!
- 07-00 – 08:30 Registration & compulsory kit check
- 08:40 Compulsory race brief
- 09:10 Board buses
- 09:55 Arrive at RSPB South Stack
- 10:15 Race start
- 11:20 Expected first finisher
- 11:50 Expected last finisher
- 11.45 Grail & prize giving!
- Entries of 50 taken 60%
Our Charity Partner – The Marine Conservation Society
We are so pleased to be supporting The Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The MCS is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect marine wildlife and fish stocks.
Our UK seas and coasts are amongst the most diverse and beautiful on the planet, playing host to dolphins, sharks, whales and turtles. Over half of the UK’s wildlife resides within our seas and many other species such as seabirds rely on them for their survival.
Please help the MCS protect and conserve our precious marine wildlife by selecting to make a donation when you enter. Every little bit will help and every penny will go straight to the MCS. If you are interested in raising sponsorship funds for the MCS in return for a FREE ENTRY please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official nutrition partner
Wild Trail will be helping to fuel you on our events this year as our official nutrition partner! Their all natural fruit and nut bars are made with just 5 simple ingredients you’ll know and love, see them at www.wildtrail.co.uk. They are gluten free, dairy free, have no added sugar, are high in fibre and suitable for vegetarians and vegans! Best of all, Wild Trail bars are inspired by Snowdonia and are made locally in Wales.
Prizes will be presented on the day at 11.30. All finishers will receive a bespoke race medal. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female runners. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered.
Parking & toilet facilities
There will be parking provided on a field close to registration and the finish line in Rhoscolyn. Please do not park on the roads in the village – they are very narrow and parking is limited! There are toilets at registration and portaloos will be positioned close by.
By car: To access Rhoscolyn, turn off at Junction 20 of the M6 onto the M56, follow signs for NORTH WALES to reach the A55. The A55 will bring you onto the Isle of Anglesey. Exit at junction 3 and take the B4545 to Four Mile Bridge. After crossing the river turn left onto Fordd Caradoc and follow signs for The White Eagle Pub. The Church hall is a large white buliding on your left after about 2 miles. Use post code LL65 2NQ in your Sat Nav.
Public transport: The closest train station to Rhoscolyn is at Valley or at Holyhead. Buses do run to Rhosycolyn. For more information on public transport please click here.
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Spectators are welcome at Love SwimRun events. Please park considerately and stick to public footpaths! There are plenty of good spots along the route from which to support your friends or family and plenty of views and beaches to enjoy! If you take any photos or video footage of the event we would love to see them! If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer on the day, please get in touch!