Parc Cwm Darran truck

10AM, Sunday 18th August 2019

A fast 5 miler set in a tranquil country park tucked away in the Darran Valley, two miles north of Bargoed.


2018 PHOTOS:


Parc Cwm Darran, Bargoed CF81 9NR

 cwm darran pic                               lake view

A fairly fast 5 miler set in a tranquil country park tucked away in the Darran Valley, two miles north of Bargoed. Built on the site of Ogilvie Colliery and its spoil tips, Ogilvie Colliery was the largest of the collieries in the Darran Valley and at its peak employed up to 1,500 men and boys. The first coal was raised in 1923 and the colliery closed in 1975. The colliery was the location for a 1973 episode of Dr Who, The Green Death, with Jon Pertwee.


Improved, faster course for 2019!

Online entry opening soon!

Race overview

  • A scenic, accurately measured 5 Mile race route within Parc Cwm Darran
  • Welsh Athletics Race Permit applied for
  • Category Prizes, Refreshments / Baggage area.
  • First Aid Provision & Water stations
  • Unfortunately the course is not suitable for wheelchair athletes
  • Race numbers are to be collected on the day
  • No entry fees can be refunded or deferred, even if the race is cancelled or re-schedule
  • Post-race refreshments and food available to purchase in park cafe
  • Baggage storage (at the competitors own risk)

Please Note: Headphones/Personal Stereos are not to be worn at this race as marshal's instructions must be obeyed at all times, people contravening this rule will face disqualification.

The course - to be modified for 2019

The dog-leg will be removed.
Course map


Parc Cwm Darren venue video - well worth watching!

Entry costs

Affiliated (inc. RunBritain members): £10
Unaffiliated: £12
Race limit is 150 runners
Minimum age is 15 years of age on race day.

Race memento

2018 - stainless steel travel mug

2019 - watch this space!

Pre-race safety briefing information

You are responsible for being suitably fit and healthy to complete this event. Although all of the course is on a tarmac path or road, we do not have exclusive use of it so please observe the normal rules of traffic and obey any instructions given by the marshals. There are a number of anti-vehicle bollards in the centre of the path, please take care when passing these. If possible warn other runners of their presence.  Unless otherwise directed by a marshal stay on the left hand side of the route.  If you injure yourself or see anyone hurt please inform the nearest marshal. There will be first aid cover during the event.  There are several access points where spectators can watch the race, please observe any instructions given by a marshal at these points.

Are you fit to run?
It is the participants responsibility to ensure that they are physically fit to run and have adequately prepared themselves.

Water stations
One water station is planned to be on the course and one at the finish.

Prize presentations and results

The awards ceremony will take place at race headquarters at around Noon. On race day, provisional results will be displayed at race headquarters as soon as available. 

Results will also be posted on the San Domenico website as soon as possible after the race:

Race categories, team competitions and course records


1st, 2nd, 3rd.

1st in each of the following age categories - FV35, FV45, FV55+.


1st, 2nd, 3rd.

1st in each of the following age categories - MV35, MV45, MV55, MV65+.

Team prize: First 3 to count  - based on finish position.

Course records

2018 records shown below  - 2019 will have a slightly modified course.

Female Clara Evans  Cardiff AAC  30:22 
Female V35-44 Rachel Lewis Parc Bryn Bach RC  35:21 
Female V45-54 Nicola Jukes Parc Bryn Bach RC  33:40 

Female V55-64 

Female 65+

Female Team

Gillian Murphy

Brenda Avery


Les Croupiers RC 

Chepstow Harriers

Parc Bryn Bach RC



Male Samuel Richards Pontypridd Roadents AC  26:57 
Male V35-44 Daniel Triggs Neath Harriers  28:17
Male V45-54 Adrian Lewis Aberdare AAC  30:03 
Male V55-64 Peter Coles Pontypridd Roadents AC  32:32 

Male V65+

Male Team

Colin Dixon


Islwyn RC 

Pontypridd Roadents AC



Race photos

Will appear on our Flickr site - here.


By bus:  Service 1 - Bargoed to Merthyr, Service 4 - Bargoed to Tredegar.

By bike: Use the Darran Valley cycleway from Bargoed or Fochriw

By car: The entrance is midway between Deri and Fochriw (to the north of Bargoed). Post code CF81 9NR


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Photos - © 2018 Johnny Lam.

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