Mini Burn Family Adventure Race
Sat 8 Jun 2024 Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, UK

Mini Burn Family Adventure Race

Run, bike and kayak with your family and experience Adventure Racing for the first time! Beautiful surroundings and a supportive environment. Medals for all!

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  • Sat 8 Jun 2024
Penllyn Estate, Cowbridge

Mini Burn Family Adventure Race



All ages

  • 2.8 km trail running
  • 3 km mountain biking
  • 1 km kayaking
  • 1 km
  • 5 km mountain biking


Back for its third successful year, the Mini Burn Family Adventure Race welcomes adults and children to try Adventure Racing for the very first time!

If you'd like a fun family activity in a no-pressure environment, this is for you. With kayaks provided and medals for all finishers, all you need to do is bring a bike and your sense of adventure and have a go!


  • Experience adventure racing for the first time 
  • See the Vale of Glamorgan at its best
  • Event designed by Adventure Racing World Series athletes
  • Well-signed route with only a small amount of navigation
  • Some mud and hills
  • Close to Wales’s top voted Farm Shop and Cafe
  • Suitable for all ages and levels
  • For families, couples, siblings, friends
  • You can race hard or simply take your time
  • Everyone receives a uniquely designed medal!

  • All fitness levels
  • Families
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams


  • 09:30 - 12:30 | Arrive at registration 30 minutes prior to your start time
  • 10:00 - 13:00 | Staggered starts
  • 16:00 | Prize-giving ceremony for winners


Each team must have 2-4 participants:

  • Family Team with a junior under 7
  • Family Team with a junior 7 and over but under 12
  • Family Team with a junior 12 and over but under 18
  • Team over 18

Not sure? We'll help!

You don't need to have a child to take part, couples, siblings even friends are very welcome in the over 18's category.

  • Accommodation
  • Cafe
  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Penllyn Estate
Vale of Glamorgan
South Glamorgan
CF71 7FF


Parking is available close to the event centre. It will be fully signposted when you arrive through the main entrance to Penllyn Estate.


Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase throughout the day from Forage Away and a Hog Roast will be at the event centre in front of the farm shop. If you’d like a little more luxury then please contact Forage Farm Shop and cafe to book yourself a post-race table for lunch or an early dinner. 


There are log cabins available to rent with Cowbridge Cabins on Penllyn Estate.



  • Check points
  • First aid
  • Marshals
  • No cut off time
  • Out and back
  • Staggered starts
  • Undulating
  • Way markers

Every member of the family does every phase together.

Phases and distances

  • 2.8km run
  • 3km mountain bike
  • 1km kayak
  • 1km foot navigation phase
  • 5km mountain bike
  • Some special challenges too


  • Foot phase

    A short undulating run on grass and a little pavement around the truffle field and chicken farm at Penllyn Estate will warm you up for the adventure ahead.

foot phase
  • Cycling phases

    The cycling is on hard and soft-packed trails. There will be some ascent and descent on small stoney tracks and grass, and if wet, it’s likely to be very muddy in places – it will be an adventure! There will be a small section of road. Helmets must be worn. One checkpoint will be at the top of the hill on the long course only.

cycling phase
  • Kayaking phase

    The kayaking phase will be around four buoys in the lake. There will be plenty of water safety, and there will be support and instruction if required. All kayaks and kayaking equipment is provided. For this event, the kayaking phase will be midway around the bike course, so there will be a small transition area for you to leave your bikes. You may want to carry some waterproof trousers in your bag for the kayaking phase, as you will get a wet bottom! Also, if you wear bike shoes, you may want to carry your trainers as the foot orienteering phase will also occur here. 

kayaking phase
  • Foot navigation phase

    Straight after the kayak, you will be given a map featuring five checkpoints. All you need to do is find them! If you choose to race competitively, there will be time penalties for any checkpoints not found. You will then get back onto your bike to finish off the rest of the course. There will be a finish checkpoint at the end of the course.

foot phase

Staggered starts

Staggered starts between 10.00 and 13:00. You'll find out your start time one week prior to the event. 

  • Sustainability policy

This event's policy is to ensure that no sign or trace is left of the event having been there. There are recycling facilities during the event to encourage participants to place rubbish in the suitable bins. Lift sharing is encouraged wherever possible.

  • Chip timing
  • Medal
  • Training plan
  • Trophy


  • Event designed by Adventure Racing World Series athletes
  • Pre race training tips and information
  • Friendly and supportive environment
  • Access to beautiful private park and estate land
  • All kayaking and special stage equipment
  • Kayak instruction and support
  • Water safety team
  • Professional electronic race timing
  • Uniquely designed medals for all finishers

Not Included

  • Bikes (if you don't have one please borrow one from a friend; there is no bike hire)


  • Wooden sculpted trophies for winners

Timing and results

If you’d like to race competitively, you will be given a timing device to record your time.

This is optional for those who would rather not race. Results will be based on those completing the full course first and then based on time second. This means it’s worth aiming to get around the whole course, even if it takes a little longer. There is no time limit.

  • All ages
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
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Entry fees

Junior entry fee


Junior entry fee


Early bird entry fee


Entry fee



It was our first adventure race and we both had a lot of fun. I must admit that I got very emotional before we started as this was something that I could do with my young son and we could do it together, it meant the world to me. Anthony Leadbetter


Great fun- friendly and well organised! Brilliant time at my first adventure race and would love to come back for more. Carol Day


Thoroughly enjoyed despite the weather. The mud just added to the experience. Family events are amazing and the way to capture youth inspiration early. Did the world of good for family bonding too. Would enter the next family event now. Kids loved it! Thank you. Robert Llewellyn


Its so lovely to find an event that tailors for families and children that goes further than just running and includes other disciplines. Claire White


My son and I really enjoyed the day despite the weather. He hasn’t stopped talking about it because he came 3rd and he can’t wait for the next one. Thank you. Team ScottLuck


It was my sons first event and I bought it for his six birthday as he is always nagging to come training with me. We both enjoyed it and it was special doing it with him as many events are split into adult and children sessions. Len Williams