The ADMIRAL SWANSEA BAY 10K returns for it’s 41st race on 18th September, and takes place along the beautiful and iconic sweep of Swansea Bay! To be honest it seems like no time at all has passed since the last event, but these things are always popular so we suggest you sign up now.

Open to all abilities aged 15+, the course is a firm favourite with both experienced and first time runners, as the fast and flat course is a perfect introduction to road running, and perfect for improving your personal best. All of this, combined with a great family atmosphere resulted in the race being named Best 10k in the Wales for the past two years in a row at The UK Running Awards.

Swansea Bay 10k – Junior Races

Since it began in 1981, the event has consistently won numerous awards and Swansea Council is making this year a really special one as it will mark the 40th race for this highly popular event, offering a flat and superbly scenic course.

Whether it’s your 1st Swansea Bay 10k or your 41st, the team can’t wait to see you on the start line.

Swansea Council initiated the run in 1981 and has continued to organise it ever since – ensuring that it is firmly embedded in Swansea’s annual event programme. It will also be the 15th time that Admiral has sponsored the event, which as well as the 10k, offers 1k and 3k junior fun runs, along with a 10k wheelchair race and a mascot race.

Robert Francis-Davies, cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism said at the end of last years event….

“The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k is a key part of Swansea’s event calendar so it was good to see it back.

“Thousands of people enjoyed the atmosphere and had a great few hours out. We’re doing all we can to keep them safe and we thank everybody who contributed in any way to making the event a success. And we can say right now we plan to have it back again next year on September 18th, so running fans should get the date in their diaries.”

Swansea Bay 10k – Fantastic views

The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k is home to one of the most stunning courses in the UK!

Starting alongside St Helen’s Rugby Ground, the first half of the course follows the road down to the picturesque Mumbles, before returning along the stunning Swansea Prom. The course finishes as you run through the iconic Slip Bridge towards the Cenotaph. It’s a firm favourite amongst runners due to its fast, flat surface and gorgeous scenery. There are two water stations on the course – one at the half way mark, and one at the finish line.

When you cross the finish line, stewards will guide you through the funnels where you can collect water, your medal and your goodie bag, and which will lead you back to the athletes village. The athletes village is situated on the green in between the Cenotaph and the Secret Cafe. The village includes the information marquee, toilets, physiotherapy areas and more.

Entering the Junior Races? Check out the dedicated orange markers on the map (the run route is the same as the 10k route, just a shorter distance, with the same finish line).

There are lots of categories to sign up for……

  • The award winning junior races continue to grow every year and the event is a great day out for the whole family. Introduce your children to running with the Junior 1k and 3k fun runs.
  • Being voted as one of the best races in the UK, the organisers aim to be accessible to all, offering a variety of races so that all can get involved on the day! The wheel chair race is open to all, and is a fun yet challenging race for those involved.
  • The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k wouldn’t be complete without the Mascot Race!

The event is about a few things. Achieving something for yourself, the competition, it is a race after all. But crucially, this is a fantastic opportunity for charities to raise some money and, more importantly, their profile.

Every year thousands of runners raise money and awareness for great charities and causes. Over the history of the race, tens of thousands have been raised for local and national charities.

So whether you’re sporting the colours of your chosen charity, simply getting sponsored to run, or going full on with the fancy dress, make the most of your Admiral Swansea Bay 10k race!

Each year the Swansea Bay 10k supports the Lord Mayor’s charities. The nominated charities for 2021 were……..

  • Forget Me Not Dementia Day Club,
  • The Pettifor Trust
  • Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)

Other keen runners will be supporting their clubs, wearing fancy dress, or even running their very first event! So, this year is set to be something very special to everyone, whatever their reason for taking part!  

Realbuzz is the official training partner of the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k. Make sure you run your best race possible by visiting HERE for all the training advice you need, with thousands of articles on everything from training plans to nutrition and injury prevention.

Okay, onto the information you need if you’re planning to take part. Let’s start with the 10K Race.

Race Information

  • Race entries now open
  • Start Time: 11am
  • Closing date: 31st August 2022
  • Distance Markers: Every 1km
  • Water Stations: Yes, at finish
  • Venue Facilities: Toilets, parking, catering, first aid
  • Race Limit: 4000
  • Awards: Yes
  • UKA Affiliated Entry Fee: £25.50*
  • Unaffiliated Entry Fee: £27.50*

You can sign up for the 10K HERE.

The award winning junior races continue to grow every year and the event is a great day out for the whole family.

The 1K Race……..

  • Start time: 9.15am (7yrs and under), 9.30am (8yrs – 11yrs)
  • Distance: 1km
  • Distance Markers: 400m, 200m, 100m to go
  • Water Stations: Yes, at finish
  • Venue Facilities: Toilets, parking, catering, first aid
  • Race Limit: 600
  • Awards: Yes
  • On the day entry: No
  • Entry Fee: £8*
  • Final Entries Closing: 31 August 2022

The 3K Race is for the 9-14 age group and at 3k in distance, this is a great race for younger runners. It offers a challenge in a mixed field and is a great race for building up to longer distances, but most importantly its fun!

The Junior Races really are the perfect introduction – in The UK Running Awards 2017 they were named the Best Child Friendly Event in the UK!

To enter either of the Junior Races go HERE.

The Wheelchair Race will start 10 minutes prior to the main 10k race. They encourage athletes to get in touch in advance of the event to discuss needs and encourage athletes and coaches to review the course. Wheelchair athletes must wear crash helmets – this is compulsory.

  • Race entries now open
  • Start Time: 10.50am
  • UKA Affiliated:  £25.50
  • Unaffiliated: £27.50
  • Surface: Road
  • Environment: City
  • Profile: Flat
  • Distance Markers: Km
  • Water Stations: Yes
  • Venue Facilities: Toilets, parking, catering, first aid
  • Race Limit: 4000
  • Awards: Yes

To enter, please contact the Special Events Team by phoning 01792 635428 or by email at

The ADMIRAL SWANSEA BAY 10K is on Sunday 18th September. For more information, go to the official site HERE.