date iconDate: Sunday 20 November 2016

clock iconTime: Starts at 11am

cost iconPrice: £20

tough icon Toughness Rating: Tougher

venue iconVenue: Margam Country Park, South Wales

Take on a Tough 10 run over the mountain bike trails in Margam Country Park in South Wales.

No obstacles - this is the chance to take on 10k of steep, muddy trails testing you on steep inclines and slippery declines. Try to keep your eyes off the view and on your footing.

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This route starts near the Discovery Centre, and takes you up a gentle sloping path into the hills. It doesn’t stay gentle for long though as next you turn up a steep rocky path that takes you quickly to the top of the ridge. Here you will be met with views across Swansea bay and the hills surrounding Margam.

Catch your breath at the top and get ready for the return journey down. With the steep, muddy descents that follow it's no wonder this course is so popular with mountain bikers.

Here are some key statistics of the course terrain:

  • 40% grass
  • 60% paths and forest trails

This is just an initial course description as it may change before the event.

You must be aged 16 or over on the day of the event to take part. Persons aged 16 or 17 must take part with either a parent, guardian or, if having obtained their parent or legal guardian’s permission, another registered participant aged 18 or over.

Please see the Tough 10 Event Rules for more details.

  • A fully signed and marshalled route
  • Chip timing
  • First aid response across the whole course
  • Training guidance and pre-event support
  • Fundraising support
  • Free bag-drop
  • Water station and energy gels on course; water and electrolyte tablets at the end
  • Medal for every participant
  • 20% discount at 2XU

Will there be a bag drop?

Yes. There will be a free of charge bag drop in the event area, however we cannot take responsibility for any belongings – please do not bring valuables with you.

Will there be water available?

Yes. There will be one water station on the course and a bottle of water for each participant at the finish line. 

What is available for spectators?

There will be refreshment stands where spectators can purchase food and drink.

Are there toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets at the venue.

Are there shower facilities?


Is the spectator area wheelchair accessible/suitable for pushchairs?

Due to the nature and terrain of the course it is not suitable for wheelchair access or pushchairs. Please note the main event venue is all on grass but there are pathways alongside. The car park is mainly on hardstanding so any wheelchair/pushchair users can access the venue or get close to the event depending on the weather. There are also spectator viewing points that will be accessible to all.

The event is being held at Margam Country Park, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ.

By car

Margam Country Park is situated close to Junction 38 of the M4. Please follow the A48 from here and then follow signs for Tough 10/ East Lodge Car Park. There will be plenty of parking available. Look out for stewards on the day who will direct you. 

Drop Off Point

Participants can be dropped off just outside the gates into the car park at the Discovery Centre entrance, which is a couple of minutes walk to the event venue.

Disabled Car Parking

Disabled Parking is part of the main car park, please follow stewards directions on the day. 

By public transport

Local buses stop at the main entrance to the park. For more information see Traveline Cymru, call 0871 200 22 33 or text 84268.

For full information on how to get there visit the Margam Country Park website

The race will start at 11am. 

Please arrive 45 minutes before the start. You will need your running number that will be sent to you in the post prior to your event.

Before the race starts there will be a short warm up and safety briefing.

The route at Margam Park is a mixture of uneven paths, rocky and gravel tracks, and grass. Strong, supportive running shoes are essential however any trail shoes with spikes may find the rocks and gravel really tricky to grip on to.

The course goes right to the top of the hills above Margam Castle, which are exposed and can be cold and windy. Please make sure you bring spare layers and dress appropriately for the conditions.

2XU discount!

2XU are offering 20% off full price purchases over £25 to all Tough 10 entrants. Full details available on sign up. Browse the collection on their website.

The race will be chip timed using ResultsBase.

The timing chip is a blue loop that attaches to one of your trainers and will be sent out to entrants the week before the event. 

 Here are some instructions on how to attach it on the day.

Our events couldn't go ahead without the amazing support of our awesome volunteers. Right now, we are looking for the following roles for our Tough 10 at Margam Park:

  • Event Day Volunteer - whatever time you can join us at the event, there are many ways you can help out in this role. You could set up marquees, put out flags and banners, get water to the start line or hand out medals at the finish. If you have a proactive attitude and loads of enthusiasm then we want to hear from you!  Find out more about this role
  • Course Marshal Volunteer - inspire, cheer and motivate participants by covering one of the marshal points on the course. This crucial role ensures the event runs smoothly and participants feel motivated. This role is perfect for team players with great communication skills who can use their initiative if things crop up on the course. Find out more about this role