What is the Marathon de Gwyr?

The Marathon de Gwyr (MdG) is the Darth Coastal Runners’ summer challenge.  The MdG consists of 3 consecutive days of fell-running across the stunning Gower peninsula, covering a total distance of 55 miles. Unlike The Darth Mannion there are no sea-dips or river runs, just beautiful landscapes and stunning coastline. Local ales are tested every evening.

You can find write-ups of previous Marathon De Gwyrs here:

MDG I Write-up

MDG II Write-up

MdG2

 MdG III will take place from 15th-17th June and will consist of 4 stages:

Stage 1: 15th June P.M. – 19 miles

Stage 2: 16th June A.M. – 11 miles

Stage 3: 16th June P.M. – 8 miles

Stage 4: 17th June A.M. – 17 miles

Each route finishes on a beach giving runners the option to cool off in the sea (after Stage 4 the ‘cool off’ will be accompanied by cold beers!) Participants are encouraged to run the full distance; however you can take part on the final day.

Each route finishes on a beach giving runners the option to cool off in the sea (after Stage 4 the ‘cool off’ will be accompanied by cold beers!) Participants are encouraged to run the full distance; however you can take part on the final day.

Internationally recognised Darth Mannion Peloton System

Similar to The Darth Mannion, the MdG is an inclusive challenge and not a race. It will utilise a peloton system and there will be no static marshals. As such runners will be expected to run together, and not faster (or slower) than their designated peloton. Multiple pelotons will be utilised at the half way point of each stage to cater for different abilities.

Accommodation and Clothing

Campsite accommodation will be organised for all runners. A two-course meal will be provided each evening at the campsite pub. Warm breakfasts and lunches will also be provided. Participants will be expected to bring their own camping equipment, as well as sufficient warm clothing. Equipment will be transported by MdG vehicles.

MdG Summer Party

The post-run social is an extremely important part of the MdG. After the final stage runners will be invited to a BBQ at South Gower RFC and then in the evening to The Valley Hotel, also in Bishopston. Food throughout the day is free for participants.

Cost

The full cost to take part in the 2017 event is around £195.  This includes:

  • All meals [2 x breakfasts, 2 x evening meals, 1 x lunch, 1 x BBQ and 1 x hog roast meal at Marquee Party]
  • Energy drinks, energy bars & fruit
  • Insurance
  • Transport & safety car hire
  • Campsite costs
  • MdG ‘Survivors’’ T-shirt

Register For MdG III – Full 3 Days

 

Saturday-only event

The final stage of the MdG III will take place on Saturday 17th June and will consist of 17 miles of brutal trail running from Port Eynon to Pwll Du.  The cost for this is £25, which includes a £10 donation to the Wales Air Ambulance.

Register For MdG III – Saturday Only

Route Maps

MdG - Day 1

Day 1 – 19 miles (click to view)

MdG - Day 2 (morning)

Day 2 (am) – 10 miles (click to view)

MdG - Day 2 (afternoon)

Day 2 (pm) – 8 miles (click to view)

MdG - Day 3

Day 3 – 17 miles (click to view)