Running trails at Bwlch Nant yr Arian
There are waymarked running trails at Bwlch Nant yr Arian, all of which start from the centre's car park. Named after two local standing stones, Y Fuwch a'r Llo (the 'Cow and Calf') offer a fantastic introduction to trail running in the Cambrian Mountains.
"Y Fuwch" route is the longer of the two routes (6.5 miles, 10 kilometres) and has a variety of surfaces and several steep ascents, whilst "Y Llo" (3.1 miles, 5 kilometres) starts off with a flat section almost two kilometres long before climbing up onto the ridge and returning to the Centre.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian is also the venue for the Nant yr Arian Silver Trail half marathon in March.
Devil's Bridge and the Hafod Estate trails
Devil's Bridge is the home of the Red Kite Challenge an annual series of walking and running events, with half marathon and 10k races Welsh championship qualifying races.
According to the Welsh Athletics Association, the woodland estate of Hafod was the site, in 1860, of the first organised athletics events in Wales. Today the Hafod estate is managed by Natural Resources Wales, and has several miles of trails popular with runners. Ras yr Hafod is an annual race event for adults and juniors, held in May. There's also a series of summer events with races for all ages.
Racing by the sea
Whatever time of day you visit Aberystwyth Promenade you are bound to see someone running - it's the perfect flat mile distance and elevation - with fantastic views that change with the seasons and the time of day.
Aberystwyth promenade is also the central venue for Aberystwyth's Race for Life, Triathlon and Twin Peaks races.
Aberystwyth's Twin Peaks race start on the promenade and heads south towards Aberystwyth harbour and marina before a 450 foot climb up to the Wellington monument and Pendinas hillfort. Runners then retrace their steps along the promenade before tackling the rocky path that zig-zags up Constitution Hill and a fast final descent back to the promenade for a sprint finish to the end.
Part of the race is the annual Town versus Gown challenge between runners from Aberystwyth Athletic Club and the University Harriers for the Dolphin Trophy.
Borth and Ynyslas beaches are famous for the remains of a prehistoric sunken forest, celebrated in local legend. Despite the forest's tree trunks, there's is still plenty of space on ths wide sandy beach for runners. The Borth Beach 10k starts at Borth and heads north to the turning point at Ynyslas. The race is held at low tide which means runners have a perfect, flat and firm track to follow.
Inland, the popular Teifi 10, organised by the Sarn Helen Club is a flat, fast and scenic route along the Teifi river valley. It is a certified accurate 10 mile route and, apparently, it's a perfect course for PBs (Personal Bests).
The Sarn Helen Hill Race has been held annually in mid May for 40 years, and includes a challenging 16 mile hill climb, a 9 mile fun run and children's races.
The Felinfach 6 mile race is held on a late June evening on a flat, fast course along the country lanes of the Aeron Valley and through the hamlets of Talsarn, Abermeurig and Felindre before returning to Felinfach.
Walk, jog, run challenges in Ceredigion
Inspired by the legend of the 'three sisters' (the rivers Severn, Wye and Rheidol that rise on the slopes of Plynlimon, but take very different routes to the sea) The 50 km Race to the Sea follows a scenic route from a start near the source of the Severn and Wye in Powys and then crosses into Ceredigion along an ancient route into Ceredigion and then dropping down along the river Ystwyth to reach the sea at Aberystwyth. You can tackle the route at your own pace by walking, jogging or running. Transport is provided to the starting point and the route is fully waymarked for the event.
Use your map reading skills to find marker posts ( or 'controls') and your ability to run between them in the right order to complete the challenge on four permanent marked orienteering courses at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian. The courses range in difficulty, from easy - for beginners, which is also very popular with families - to challenging for experienced orienteerers. Maps are available from the Visitor Centre.
In Aberystwyth there are permanently waymarked orienteering trails at Parc Natur Penglais which has several pleasant routes, and with the extra bonus of surroundings swathed in bluebells in spring and the beautiful colours of the beech trees in autumn. The nearby Aberystwyth University grounds, which are open to all, also has a number of trails.
Mid Wales Orienteering Club organise several events in the area. World champions such as Megan Carter Davies lead the way across the hills.