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Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

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About
This 70k ultra trail run takes runners through Brecon Beacons National Park and all its glory. An easy to navigate route, this is perfect for new ultra runners or those looking to smash a PB.
Participants
Ultra
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Calendar
Sun 1st Aug 2021
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Brecon, United Kingdom
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4.5
(16 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Unnamed Road, Brecon LD3 8NH, UK
Start times
Ultra:
8:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Brecon to Cardiff Ultra
Ultra
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70km
Route information
  • Picturesque trail which moves from forestry trail to tarmac
  • 70k, one way, fully marked route that starts in Brecon and finishes at Coleg Y Cymoedd, Nantgarw
  • Closed or roads:
  • Starting the course with an early climb leading into a downhill route to the finish line
  • The route is widely accessibly for supporters looking to cheer you on on the day
  • 5 checkpoints across the route providing water, energy drinks and various refreshments
  • First aid for the event will be 4 roaming off road emergency ambulances supplied by CAVRA
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What's included
  • Finishers medal
  • Water & Refreshment stations
  • First aid
Train
How to get there
Unnamed Road, Brecon LD3 8NH, UK
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Parking
There will be parking at this event.
By Car
Easily accessible off the A470 and one junction off the M4
Bus and Rail
Excellent bus and rail links from Cardiff
Event day logistics
08:00 Race Starts
Registration for the event takes place the night before and the morning of the race - in Nantgarw between 17:00-20:00. Coach transport is supplied for all competitors from race HQ at the finish to the start in Brecon on the morning of the event.
Bag drop
There is a drop bag facility which transports one drop bag from the start to the Merthyr Checkpoint (at approximately 32k) and then onwards to the finish, allowing access to a change of kit.
Kit List
Compulsory Kit for all races are as follows;
This MUST be carried (or worn) at all times and will be checked at registration before receiving your race number.
  • Rucksack or suitable means to carry kit
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Upper body long sleeve base layer or thermal (warm) top
  • Head Coverage -Warm Hat or Buff
  • Head Torch
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Compass (a 'real' compass is required- a watch or phone is not acceptable)
Trail Running Footwear with adequate grip for slippery off road conditions
  • Foil Survival Blanket or Foil Bivy Bag (Foil Bivy Bag is Compulsory for all Black Beacon Races)
  • Small First Aid Kit to include: blister plasters, sterile dressing and bandage or tape.
  • Mobile Phone
  • Emergency Map (provided)
  • Water Bottle 500ml minimum
  • Appropriate food/energy products for your expected time for the even
Advisory Kit/Optional Kit
  • Thermal and or fleece top (in addition to compulsory long sleeve top)
  • Lower Body Base Layer or trousers
  • Hydration tablets or similar
  • Money
  • GPS with route on (recommended)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
Crowds
Spectator Info
  • The route is widely accessibly for supporters looking to cheer you on on the day
Reviews
4.5
16 reviews
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4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
Definitely change to road shoes at the kit stop. Dont require a full trail shoe for the start. Better with less hard core. More road to trail shoe
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4.3
Did the Ultra in 2018
Great event, atmosphere and support from Marshalls, organisers and supporters. My only small gripe was that on arrival st race start check in venue there was a queue to enter the sports hall meaning I was waiting in the cold for about 10 mins. I would suggest everyone is moved into the sports hall straight away as queue outside was caused by earlier arrivals registering causing a queue backlog to enter building. Sorry other suggestion is to notify runners in pre race package that course is suitable for trail or even road shoes with some tread. I carried studs in my rucksack for half the race before dumping them as they werent needed at all. I was a first time Newbury to Ultras so it was all a learning experience for me. I really thought it was a fantastic event which Ive recommended to friends and I would really like to do again next year. Thank you for organising and allowing me to have a fantastic experience
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4.3
Did the Ultra in 2018
Just when and where toilets are at PitStops. Kit recommendations is definitely a Buff to help keep neck area warm and can be used too cover face during bad weather. Mine came in handy is probably one of major factors in myself finishing.
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4.3
Did the Ultra in 2018
Just keep going...youll get there.If you were prepared to sign up, dont let a lack of training worry you. Your mentality will get you to the end. Trust me!
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4.0
Did the Ultra in 2018
Consider putting road shoes in your drop bag; the second half of the course is more tarmac.
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4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
Definitely need water proofs. The weather can be challenging and 2018 was no different. Experienced all the seasons!! Trail shoes are a must for the first half so I was really glad of choosing them as I almost decided not to. Make sure you eat well during the race and don't rush as you will miss the beauty of the Brecons.
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4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
There are very few toilets along the route, be prepared!
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4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
Excellent race with gorgeous views along the way. Packing a second pair of shoes in the drop bag was useful - as was having some dry clothes to change into! Had snow and hail change to sunny weather and back all along - so come prepared!
Star
4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
I was alone for the last 10km on a lonely creepy bike path, felt a little uncomfortable. I would recommend either running with someone or arranging company from last feed to finish line.
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4.7
Did the Ultra in 2018
The chance to change trainers at the Merthyr check point was a bit of advice that I had read that was very welcome.
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