Beacons 50 Ultra

Secondary header image
Camera
1 / 6
Secondary header image
Secondary header image
Camera
3 +
logo

Event passed
Results & Photos
About
Starting on the bank of the Usk River in the market town of Brecon the Beacons 50 Ultra Marathon will take you on a journey across the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.In a similar fashion to our winter event, the Beacons Ultra, you will find very tough terrain, changeable weather conditions and the finest support to get you to the finish line.The Beacons 50 is an unmarked course and we will host a free recce/navigation day leading up to the event. We welcome runners and hikers alike!
Participants
Beacons 50
View details
Calendar
Sat, 10 Aug 2019
View logistics
LocationPin
Brecon, United Kingdom
View location
Perks of booking with Let's Do This
Tick

Best price guarantee

Tick

Official booking partner

We're #1 in customer satisfaction

The event experience
Elevation

20 to 50m elevation gain per km

Invite friends, earn credit

After booking your event, invite your friends to join you and you'll get £5 credit if they make it their first Let's Do This booking.

Where and when
Location
Corn Du, Unnamed Road 8NL, Brecon CF48 2HY, UK
Start times
Sat, 10 Aug 2019
Beacons 50:
8:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Beacons 50 Ultra
Beacons 50
Distance
52mi
£55.00
Route information
***Entry Requirements*
**20 mile plus Ultra Marathon must have been completed in 2017/2018
The Course
This ultra marathon will take you on a journey across the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.
The Beacons50 is an unmarked course and we will host a free recce/navigation day leading up the event. We welcome runners and hikers alike!
Athletes are chip timed and GPS tracked!
Full race support!
Beacons 50 Ultra Stats
Total mileage: 52 (ish)
Total Ascent: 3300m
Cut off time: 24 hours
Checkpoints
CP 1: Torpantau Station 12 miles
CP 2: Forge Road, Llangynidr 20 miles
CP 3: A479 Cwmdu 32 miles
CP 4: Forge Road, Llangynidr 39 miles
Finish: Brecon 50 miles ish ;-)
What's included
Medal and snood!
Prizes for top 3 male and females!
Train
How to get there
Corn Du, Unnamed Road 8NL, Brecon CF48 2HY, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
Can we park near by?
Yes parking available at Christ College.
Can we sleep at HQ when we finish?
We would recommend booking a local B and B, hotel or campsite for your comfort. HQ will be very busy and noisy. If however you finish in the early hours of the morning (100 milers) you are ofcourse welcome to get some rest and refuel. Please consider this if you are driving – it is hugely important that you rest before driving – bear in mind the gravity of the race you are taking part in and factor this in to your race plan.
Event day logistics
HQ - Christ College, Brecon, Wales
  • Registration Opens @ 05:00 on the 10th of August
  • ​Race Brief @ 07:00 @ HQ Auditorium​
  • Race Start @ 08:00 Outside HQ
  • ​Race Finish @ 08:00 11th August
Force 12 Events's logo
Force 12 Events
We love the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. 10 years of history behind the Beacons Ultra has led to the creation of the Beacons Trail Marathon, the Beacons 50 and the Beacons 100. Our water is cold, our routes are rugged and the weather just does what it wants!
View more Force 12 Events eventsExternalLink
Backpack
Kit List
Mandatory Kit List 50-mile events
You MUST bring the relevant OS maps for the Brecon Beacons and Black mountains.
*Rucksack/Ultra Pack
*Means of hydration – ability to carry an absolute minimum of 500ml of fluid.
*Enough food (between checkpoint)
ll waterproof cover (trousers and top)
*Hat/Snood
*Gloves
*Fleece (or similar warm upper body layer)
*Survival/Space Blanket
*Basic first aid kit including foot care pack
*Head torch + 1 x Hi Viz garment
*Spare batteries for above.
*Compass
*Whistle
*Watch and Fully charged phone
FAQs
road shoes?
Although the event is possible in ‘normal’ trainers it should be understood that the majority of the event is off-road. You might therefore sensibly want to consider trail shoes. However, it must be noted that the route is NOT completely fell orientated and for this reason fell shoes would NOT be considered the best choice.2.
ChevronLeft
Will my feet get wet?
Highly probable! Remember this is Wales, so a ‘bit of damp’ is highly likely. There are options (Goretex trainers or Sealskinz socks etc) that you might want to consider, however, this is probably only going to delay the inevitable – so just accept that your feet at some stage are likely to get wet!3. Will I need an amazing,
ChevronLeft
really expensive head torch?
In short; “No” …… BUT…. you will definitely require a head torch as part of the compulsory equipment and unless you really are a whippet you will almost certainly use it  Remember to have fresh batteries and also spare batteries with you –  these are also part of the compulsory kit list, so don’t turn up without either! If you are looking for a recommendation, the Petzl Tikka XP2 ticks all the boxes.4.
ChevronLeft
Do I need full waterproofs even though I never run in them?
“Yes” – This is the compulsory kit. The event takes place in the Welsh Mountains, so weather wise anything can happen! Even if you are the type that never runs in waterproofs there is always a slight risk that despite every attempt to ensure your safety, there is still an outside possibility that an ‘incident’ may occur. Should such a situation arise, the body can cool very quickly, particularly in adverse conditions, so please make sure you carry these even if you don’t intend to use them. Again for guidance, the Marmot Super Mica and the Montane Minimus are superb tops, whilst the Montane Minimus Pants are the most popular choice of leggings in recent times.5. What about hats, gloves, buffs etc.
ChevronLeft
?
For the same reasons as above, a suitable warm hat and gloves are the compulsory kit. Powerstretch products are ideal being both breathable and thermally very good.6. Do I need to bring a mobile phone /
ChevronLeft
will it work?
Although not compulsory, it might be wise to take one with you for your own personal peace of mind and safety.Closer to the time emergency numbers will be issued as part of your race pack for all competitors regardless of whether you have a phone or not. It should be understood that reception is patchy and some networks have a higher success rate than others. Climatic conditions on the day will also influence the degree of reception. 7.
ChevronLeft
Do we need maps for the event?
Copies of the relevant map extracts will be provided however we do recommend that you bring the relevant maps for the Brecon Beacons and Black mountains. Navigation seminars will be held prior to the event so worry not if your nav is not as good as it should be. Take this is an opportunity to get better at navigation.8.
ChevronLeft
Will Force 12 Events supply food?
There are no ‘shops’ on the route so don’t expect to buy anything anywhere. You should plan to take from the outset all your provisions for the day. Aid stations will be available with snacks and hot water which you can use for soup or dried meal.For our 50-mile athletes, soup and warm snacks will be available at the 26 mile CP.9.
ChevronLeft
Will Force 12 Events supply water?
You will need to start the day with full water rations; running water from the tap is available at the registration, so there are no excuses for starting this event dehydrated. There will be water available on the route at checkpoints approx. 10.
ChevronLeft
Will the Paramedics attend to my blisters and fix me up?
Your feet are your responsibility as are attending to other minor ailments or niggles, so make sure you have your first aid kit (compulsory kit) provisions for dealing with them. Tailor your compulsory first aid pack to suit your personal needs.The medical team will always be on hand to answer any questions and advise you.11.
ChevronLeft
Can we shower when we finish?
Yes, showers are available at HQ.12.
ChevronLeft
Will I be tracked?
Yes, we will follow your progress throughout. We have a Trailmed safety team who will be following your progress. Paramedics are also in attendance.
ChevronLeft
Reviews
This event currently has no reviews, why not be the first? You could help someone find their perfect event.
Recent Questions
Matt Cole
Invalid date
Hi I’ve run a marathon in the past year and am a confident trail runner (no actual races this year but ran the GR221 route across length of Majorca this year). Will I be ok to enter this?
Stephy Dennis
Invalid date
Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. Thats fantastic and very impressive! You will definitely be fine to enter this race :-)
Event passed
Results & Photos
Office

8th Floor, Orion House, 5 Upper St Martins Lane,

London, WC2H 9EA

Reg number 10083277

Follow Us
© Let's Do This 2023
image
🇬🇧