Beast of the Blacks 20 & 40

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This trail event will not forgive easily, come for a real challenge over the 20 & 40 mile routes. You will traverse breathtaking mountainous trails, run through forests, cross rivers and explore ancient churches. This event promises to challenge you, sign up to earn your finisher's medal.
40 Mile, and 20 Mile
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Sat, 26 Mar 2022
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Llanbedr, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Perth Y Pia, Llanbedr, Crickhowell NP8 1SY, UK
Start times
Sat, 26 Mar 2022
20 Mile:
40 Mile:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Beast of the Blacks 20 & 40
20 Mile
40 Mile
Route information
Depending on what race you choose you will either be running 20 miles or 40 miles in The Beast of the Blacks. Starting near Llanbedr in the mountains, you will follow mountains trails, traversing forests, mountain tops, as well as rivers. This event attracts all abilities from elite to beginners so make sure to lace up and join in. Make sure to look up to see if you can spot any Red Kites dancing in the sky above.
The 40 mile route is comprised of two loops. The first will follow the same route as 20 mile race, 40 mile racers will then run the second lap in reverse to switch up the scenery.
There will be a generous 8 hour cut-off time for 20 mile runners and 16 hours for 40 mile runners.
What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Finisher's drink
  • Refreshments
  • Prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 1st male and female V50+ will win a handcrafted wooden trophy)
  • Chance to win free entry to next years event
  • Refuel zones
  • Photographs
  • Online Results
  • Toilets
  • Parking (Extra £5 fee)
  • First Aid
  • Montane discount code
How to get there
Perth Y Pia, Llanbedr, Crickhowell NP8 1SY, UK
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There will be parking available for £5.
By Car
If using a sat nav please follow directions to the following address: Perth Y Pia, Llanbedr, Crickhowell NP8 1SY.
By Train
The closest train station to the start line is Abergavenny which is located on the Transport for Wales service.
Event day logistics
The exact start times will be released closer to the date of the event.
Cut-Off Times
  • 20 Miles: 8 Hours
  • 40 Miles: 16 Hours
Mandatory Kit List
A full mandatory kit check will be taken at registration and checks will be carried out during the event. Please bring the following items:
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Race vest/pack
  • Baselayer top - must be synthetic or mineral wool
  • Capacity to carry 2 litres of fluid
  • GPX file downloaded or map
  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone + back up
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Trail shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Foil Blanket
  • Reusable cup
  • Head Torch + spare batteries
  • Whistle
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Face mask
  • Spare socks (suggested)
Each checkpoint will be stocked with lots of food and drink to fuel you throughout the day. The organisers cater for vegans too. Expect lots of fantastic goodies.
This is a canicross friendly event. All dogs must be at least 12 months of age and fit to join you for the distance. You must also keep them on a lead at all times. Owners must take responsibility for their dogs for the whole event. Unfortunately, any canicross runners will not be rewarded with winner's trophies as you may receive an extra 'pull' from your dog.
Kit List
Mandatory Kit
  • Waterproof Jacket/trousers
  • Race vest
  • Base layer
  • Capacity to carry 1 litre of fluid
  • Food
  • Map or gpx file downloaded
  • Telephone
  • Hat & gloves
  • Appropriate footwear (trail shoes)
  • First aid kit, foil blanket
  • Head torch & whistle
  • Mask & Hand santitiser.
No participant will be allowed to participate without full kit. Full kit check at registration, spontaneous checks will be carried out on the event.
Please note that this is a cup free event - please remember to bring your reusable cup.
Current Covid 19 guidelines will and must be followed .
Can I run with my dog in the Beast of the Blacks 20 and 40 Mile Trail Running Challenge?
Yes, you may run with your dog. However, you will not be rewarded a trophy if you finish in the top 3 as you may have a extra advantage from being pulled by your dog.
What kit do I need for the Beast of the Blacks 20 and 40 Mile Trail Running Challenge?
A full mandatory kit check will be taken at registration and checks will be carried out during the event. Please bring the following items: waterproof jacket and trousers, race vest/pack, baselayer top - must be synthetic or mineral wool, capacity to carry 2 litres of fluid, GPX file downloaded or map, fully charged mobile phone + back up, hat, gloves, trail shoes, first aid kit, foil blanket, reusable cup, head torch + spare batteries, whistle, hand sanitiser, face mask, spare socks (suggested).
When does the Beast of the Blacks 20 and 40 Mile Trail Running Challenge start?
Exact start times will be confirmed closer to the date of the event.
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