Blade Runner Ultra Marathon Series – Winter 2020

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Push yourself to the limit with this epic 50K ultra-marathon across the Brecon Beacon Mountains. Ideal for those looking for a tough challenge, the route takes you through the heartland of SAS selection and passed many of its iconic features. Come to experience what it really takes to be in the SAS.
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50K
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Calendar
Sat, 11 Jan 2020
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Brecon, United Kingdom
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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

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Where and when
Location
Start times
Sat, 11 Jan 2020
50K:
6:30am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Blade Runner Ultra Marathon Series – Winter 2020
50K
Distance
50km
Route information
The 50km Bladerunner marked route has it all. With old Roman roads, steep rocky hills to clamber up, trails to dart down and eerie forest paths, the terrain provides a formidable challenge throughout.
There will be strategic check points throughout the route where you must sign in and be assessed before continuing. Here you can grab some much needed food and drinks to fuel up for the next section of the challenge. There will also be medical assistance on hand should you have any issues.
As the winter edition starts in early morning darkness, the beginning section of the course will have military level lighting to help you find your way. This said, head torches are still required.
As you start to wrack up a total of 2200m elevation gain across the course, you must endure one final challenge and climb Jacobs Ladder to the top of the impressive Pen y Fan Summit. Here you'll be rewarded for all your hard work standing proud at the top of the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons and the infamous red post-box.
Clean Fatigue:
This is a military term for parachuting without equipment. In this capacity, it means that participants do not have to meet heavy weight carrying requirements. This ticket category is moulded for trail and fell runners who don't wish to wear boots or carry a large bag.
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What's included
  • Official event photography
  • Free access to photos
  • Distinctive finisher's cloth patch
  • Prizes for female and male winners
  • Age-grade prizes
  • Post-race hot meal
  • Aid stations
  • Marked route
  • Medical assistance on-site
  • Pre-event support
Train
How to get there
Corn Du, Unnamed Road 8NL, Brecon CF48 2HY, UK
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Address: Storey Arms Outdoor Centre, Libanus, Brecon LD3 8NL
Train:
Abergavenny is the closest major train station. If you're coming from the North you can reach here directly and those travelling from the South must go via Newport.
There is also a smaller train station situated at Merthyr Tydfil (about a 20 minute drive from Base Camp) but the service is much less frequent.
Bus:
Buses go from both Brecon town and Merthyr Tydfil to Storey Arms Outdoor Centre.
Accommodation:
If you're travelling from afar, don't worry there are some great places where you can stay nearby. Event organisers will also send out a guide with personal accommodation suggestions once you have registered.
Event day logistics
Schedule:
Friday 10th
1700 – 2100: Registration
Sat 11th
0730 - 0845: Registration
0900: Clean Fatigue starts
Please ensure you arrive at least 45 minutes before the race start time in order to complete the registration process.
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Backpack
Kit List
There will be a pre race inspection to ensure that each participant has the below items with them:
  • Small backpack
  • Warm jacket & waterproof jacket
  • Hat & gloves
  • Emergency bivi
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Head torch & spare batteries
  • Compass & Whistle
  • Watch & phone
  • Route map
  • Food and drinks
FAQs
What should I bring to the race?
All entrants will receive an email from AEE with an extensive clothing and kit list.
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How fit do I have to be to participate?
You do not need to be an SAS soldier to complete this course, however a committed training programme will be needed. Anyone who is able to walk 15 miles including uphills can take part.
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What do finisher's receive?
All competitors who complete the event will receive a coveted Fan Dance Race cloth finisher’s patch and a post march meal. Additionally, there will be special prizes for the winners in each category as well as True Grit& Fortitude awards.
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What should I bring to the race?
All entrants will receive an email from AEE with an extensive clothing and kit list.
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How fit do I have to be to participate?
You do not need to be an SAS soldier to complete this course, however a committed training programme will be needed. Anyone who is able to walk 15 miles including uphills can take part.
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What do finisher's receive?
All competitors who complete the event will receive a coveted Fan Dance Race cloth finisher’s patch and a post march meal. Additionally, there will be special prizes for the winners in each category as well as True Grit& Fortitude awards.
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Recent Questions
Diana Hopkins
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Hi what are the cut off times for this event?
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there. The cut off limit to reach the halfway point is 3 hours 15 minutes.
Johanna Brighton
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My hyperthyroidism is really bad at the moment and I’m struggling with severe fatigue, my training has gone down hill and I fear I won’t be able to Finnish safely I am a sole runner and do not want to be a burden to organisers or emergency services it things take a turn for the worse I’ve ran 3trail marathons this year so I know I would be fit to do it but I have had an iron infusion recommended by my specialist a few weeks ago at the hospital, it think it would be prudent of me for everyone if I pulled out of the race , how do I go about applying for a refund ? I am gutted and thought long and hard about my capabilities over the last couple of weeks Yours sincerely Johanna Brighton
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. I am so sorry to hear about this and finger's cross you are all okay soon. Do not worry as we can definitely sort a refund out for you. Please can you ping customer support an email and they will help you out - support@letsdothis.com Many thanks! :)
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