RACE AND COURSE HISTORY
The first edition of the Pen Llyn Ultra Marathon took place in August 2015.
As well as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, much of the Llŷn is listed in the Register of Landscapes of Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales. Large swathes have never been ploughed for farming or cleared for urban development, but instead, have remained unspoilt for centuries. The Llŷn’s many archaeological and architectural features tell an unbroken story which began in prehistoric times.
The Wales Coastal Path runs right around the Llŷn Peninsula, crossing fields with hand-forged kissing gates and passing immaculate coves, cliffs, beaches, churches and forts.
Ynys Enlli means the island of the currents. Christians have been travelling here since the sixth century when St Cadfan established a monastery on the island. Visiting it three times was considered as holy an act of pilgrimage as a journey to Rome.
Only a few sacred stones remain; these days, Bardsey is a nature reserve where grey seals bask on rocks at the water’s edge and Manx shearwaters, fulmars and guillemots nest each spring.