Beacons Way Ultra 100k

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Beacons Way Ultra 100k
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Challenge yourself with this epic 100k ultra exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park. With spectacular views from Pen y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales, and checkpoints along the way, this is the perfect way to take on the Beacons. Conquer the race and claim a bespoke finisher's medal.
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Sat, 27 Jul 2024
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Llangynidr, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Llangynidr New Village Hall, Cwmcrawnon Road, Llangynidr, Crickhowell NP8 1LS, UK
Start times
Saturday, 27 Jul 2024
105k: 11:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Beacons Way Ultra 100k
Route information
Distance: 105k
Terrain: Trails Elevation: +3,451m / -3,511m
Embrace the great outdoors in this trail Ultra, and feel the earth beneath your feet as you get back in touch with nature on this amazing challenge. You will follow the Beacons Way trail and tackle some tough climbs and technical trails. This is a spectacular race spanning across the Brecon Beacons!
On this self-navigational course, there will be plenty of ascents and descents throughout, so expect to feel the burn as your legs churn to the finish. Expect plenty of checkpoints along the way, which will give you the opportunity to pause, refuel and keep on grinding.
The course begins in Llangynidr, a village in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and starts by heading past the beautiful waters of the Talybont Reservoir. You will then tackle Craig y Fan Ddu, Craig Cwareli, Fan y Big and Pen y Fan, experiencing the stunning views as you reach their summits.
The route then crosses the A470 and heads towards the scenic woodlands of the Fforest Fawr. Participants will be treated to the sights of the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu Nature Reserve as they pass the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave and into the Penwyllt hamlet. The course then pushes on towards Craig-y-Nos Country Park and Castle, where it will turn northwards, following the River Tawe.
This brings you to the Black Mountain range, where you'll find the natural lake of Llyn y Fan Fawr and Picws Du, the second-highest peak of the Carmarthen Fans. Passing through the tiny community of Llanddeusant, the route will then begin to descend from the Black Mountains, before looping through the village of Bethlehem and finishing at Llangadog Village Hall.
Checkpoint Locations
  • CP1: 6 miles - Talybont, Blaen y Glyn Uchaf car park, Talybont-on-Usk, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UT
  • CP2: 13 miles - Storey Arms/Pont ar Daf car park, Brecon, LD3 8NL
  • CP3: 20 miles - Sarn Helen car park, Blaen llia, Ystradfellte, Aberdare, CF44 9JD
  • CP4: 26 miles - Penwyllt car park, South Wales Caving Club, A4067, Tase-Uschaf, SA9 1GQ
  • CP5: 39 miles - Neuadd Llanddeusant Village Hall, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, SA19 9YB
  • CP6: 48 miles - Mountain View, Mountain Road Car Park, A4069, Llangadog, SA19 9PA
  • Finish: 62 miles - Llangadog Village Hall, Dyrfal Road (A4069), Llangadog, SA19 9BW
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What's included
  • Finisher's Beacons Way 100km Medal
  • Fantastic support at GB Ultras checkpoints
  • The opportunity to take in the highest mountain in South Wales, Pen-y-Fan, and the incredible Carmarthen Fans!
  • Live Online GPS tracking of each runner
  • UTMB Qualifying Race
  • Optional coach transfer (added cost)
How to get there
Llangynidr New Village Hall, Cwmcrawnon Road, Llangynidr, Crickhowell NP8 1LS, UK
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Please car share wherever possible, as there is only limited car parking at the Village Hall.
Coach Transfer
There is an optional coach transfer available from the finish line back to the starting point at the cost of £12.99.
Event day logistics
09:00 Registration and kit check opens at Llangynidr New Village Hall
10:30 Registration and kit check closes
11:00 Race starts
15:20 CP2 Cut-off time
17:40 CP3 Cut-off time
20:20 CP4 cut-off time
00:00 CP5 cut-off time
03:00 CP6 cut-off time
07:00 Finish line cut-off time
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 20 years of age or older to enter
Eligibility Criteria
Please note that this race is by application only. This ensures each participant has the suitable experience to take on the race and helps maintain the safety of everyone involved. Once you have completed your booking, the GB Ultras team will reach out to confirm your qualifications for the event.
The qualifying criteria are listed below:
  • Must have completed at least one ultramarathon distance event prior to the race
  • At least 20 years old at the time of the race
  • Must be in good health
  • Must be able to self-navigate using a map and compass
  • Mountain experience preferred
Kit Checks
Failure to comply with the following in the kit check will result in disqualification and you will not be able to race at any point.
  • You must bring a full map, you will not be allowed to race if you cut it down
  • Only a real compass will pass - you cannot use your phone
  • A long sleeve top as a base layer
Mandatory Kit
  • Hardcopy Ordnance Survey Explorer OL12 (Brecon Beacons)
  • Waterproof coat with sealed seams minimum 10,000mm
  • Base Plate Compass
  • Base layer long-sleeved (Separate from Start Kit in a dry bag)
  • Water bottle or bladder minimum 1-litre capacity
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Foil Blanket or Survival Bag
  • Headtorch Minimum 75 Lumens
  • Emergency Rations minimum 500 Calories,
  • Whistle
  • Backup Light source minimum 25 Lumens (Not your phone)
  • GPS Tracker (property of GB Race Tracker - given at Race Registration)
  • All runners experiencing difficulty must inform Checkpoint Marshals
  • All runners must have Race HQ mobile phone numbers stored on their phone
  • Phones must only be used in emergency situations to conserve batteries
  • Participants who lose time helping a fallen participant may claim back their time, subject to the Race Directors' discretion
  • There will be live tracking available for the event with updates on participants' positions every 2 minutes.
When does the Beacons Way 100k start?
The Beacons Way 100k starts at 11:00, but please arrive early enough to register between the hours of 09:00 and 10:30.
What kit do I need to bring with me to the Beacons Way 100k?
There is a mandatory kit list available under the Kit List section of this page. Please bring all mandatory kit otherwise you will not be able to race.
What is the eligibility criteria to sign up for the Beacons Way 100k?
All entrants must be over 20 years older to compete and must have completed at least a marathon distance event prior to the race. They also must be in good health and able to self-navigate.
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