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Everything you need to know about the 2024 Ogi Porthcawl 10K

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THE OGI Porthcawl 10K will return to the popular seaside resort this Sunday 7 July – and it’s set to be the biggest yet.

Over 5,000 runners have registered to take part in the 10K or one of the three supporting Ogi Jogi junior races, with thousands more expected to descend to the beachside town to spectate.

The event takes in a number of stunning seaside spots including Rest Bay, Trecco Bay, Coney Beach, the picturesque town centre, historic Grand Pavilion and iconic Lighthouse. With course entertainment, buzzing event village and friendly race day atmosphere, the 2024 Ogi Porthcawl 10K will provide a fun day out for the whole family.

When is the Ogi Porthcawl 10K?

The event takes place this Sunday 7 July. The 10K race will start at 10:00am and a series of Ogi Jogi Junior races kick off from 12:00pm.

Where is it happening?

The event is based on the seafront in Porthcawl. New start and finish line locations have been introduced this year, enhancing the event experience further. The race will now start on the Eastern Promenade, offering stunning views of Sandy Bay, whilst the finish line had been moved to the Lower Promenade, giving runners the unique opportunity to complete their 10K journey with unspoilt sea views at the Town Beach.

Can I still enter?

Registration for all races is now closed and no on-the-day entries will be available.

Where does the 10K race go?

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The Ogi Porthcawl 10K boasts a stunning and varied course. It takes place on fully closed roads and has been devised by Race Director and Double Olympic Marathon runner, Steve Brace, who is originally from Bridgend and has intimate knowledge of the local area.

The race will start on the Eastern Promenade near the harbour and finish on the Lower Promenade to give runners a unique opportunity to complete their race with unspoilt views of the Town Beach.

The race is set to provide a festival atmosphere and showcase the very best of the seaside town.

Runners will be treated to panoramic views across Newton Bay, Trecco Bay, Sandy Bay as they race through Trecco Bay Holiday Park and Coney Beach Pleasure Park, before setting off on the second-half of their 10K journey.

Spectators will give the mass race a much-needed boost through the heart of the town’s shopping district on John Street. As they conclude their 10K journey, runners will be treated to views of Rest Bay before the famous Porthcawl Lighthouse comes into view to signal a sprint finish.

You can see a map of the route by clicking here.

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What Junior Races are taking place?

There are three Ogi Jogi junior races taking place. The Future Challengers Mile has been designed for competitive young club athletes looking for an accessible opportunity to compete. The traditional, no-pressure Fun Run is suitable for adults and children of all ages. You don’t need to run the whole way, and fancy dress is very much encouraged. There’s also an adorable Toddler Dash on offer for the youngest of competitors. This year, due to a record-breaking number of entrants into the Future Challengers race, there will be two waves – the first for U13s and U15s and the second for U11s.

You can see the maps of the Ogi Jogi junior races by clicking here.

What is the weather forecast?

Good running conditions are forecast for Sunday morning. It’s predicted to be sunny with a chance of light drizzle. Temperatures are forecast to hit 16 degrees.

What is the best way to travel to the race?

Porthcawl is accessible via Junction 37 of the M4 (followed by the Porthcawl / Pyle exit via the A4229). You can also leave at junction 35 (at Pencoed and take the A473 towards Bridgend then follow signage to Porthcawl).

Thousands will be aiming for the start of the race at the same time so runners and spectators are encouraged to allow plenty of time to travel and park before road closures come into force.

A number of car parks are available to pre-book for a stress-free experience on the morning of the race. These have limited capacity and are expected to sell out prior to event day so early booking is encouraged.

Sustainable and active travel is encouraged where possible, such as cycling or lift-sharing. Public bike racks will be available as normal throughout the town centre.

You can find out more about the car parks on offer, or pre-book a space here.

Will there be road closures in place?

Some road closures will be in operation to facilitate the safe passage of participants. A list of road closures and a road closure map to help plan your journey can be found here.

Is there an elite race?

A competitiveelitefield will be lining up on the start line. Dewi Griffiths (28:20), Josh Griffiths (28:41) and Clara Evans (31:57) will head the local contingent at the OGI Porthcawl 10k. Omar Ahmed (28:27), 2023 winner Kadar Omar (28:27), Seyfu Jamaal (29:04) and Louise Small (33:20) will also be in action.

A full elite preview can be seen here.

Will there be atmosphere around the route?

It’s anticipated there will be a fantastic atmosphere in Porthcawl, with spectators expected to turn out to support. Popular spots will include the town centre and Trecco Bay holiday park.

What else is going on?

An Event Village near the harbour will offer entertainment and trade stands, with a whole host of interactive family friendly fun!

There will be a photo wall (so runners can pose with their finish time) as well as a chance to learn circus skills with Organised Kaos.

The Rock Choir will be in the bandstand giving runners that extra bit of motivation to get to the finish line and there will also be music in Trecco Bay around the 4K mark.

For added event day excitement, the Red Arrows are also expected to fly by at approximately 11.20am.

Who is supporting the event?

Ogi, Wales’ leading alternative telco, is headline sponsor of the event for the second year. Other supporters include Brecon Carreg (who will be hydrating the runners), HIGH5 (who will be providing nutritional products), Bridgend Ford, Bridgend County Borough Council, Coopah and Capital FM.

Nearly 150 volunteers, nicknamed the ‘Extra Milers’ will be giving up their own time to make sure everybody has an unforgettable experience. They’ll be helping out at bag drop, on the start/finish line, at the water station – and across a number of other roles.

What will runners receive when they finish the race?

Every 10K runner will receive a commemorative medal and event t-shirt upon finishing the race – unless they’ve opted out to donate to the Run 4 Wales Climate Action Fund.

The medal this year features the waves of the Porthcawl seaside. It will form a matching set with medals given out as part of the 2024 R4W 10K Series, including the ABP Newport 10K, Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay 10K and CDF 10K.

The yellow race t-shirt this year also features the seaside waves behind a group of runners.

Fun Run and Future Challengers finishers will receive a commemorative medal.

Can you track runners around the race?

The Run 4 Wales App on iOS and Android can be used to inspect the route pre-race and live track participants on the day with full Google maps functionality.

Find out more or download the app here.

Race Day Guide

A full lowdown of all the important event information can be found here.

If you’re taking part and have any questions or issues, the Event Helpdesk will be open from 08:00am in the Event Village on Sunday morning. Information about what to do if your race pack has not arrived can be found here.