The Fan Dance Summer Edition

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The Fan Dance Summer Edition
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The Fan Dance is a gruelling 24km non-navigational race over two sides of Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. This infamous route has long been a part of SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) Selection and is considered the yardstick of a candidate's potential to perform well on Test Week and ultimately pass the Special Forces Selection programme.Starting at the iconic old red phone box the race goes straight up to the summit checkpoint of Pen Y Fan and, after descending "Jacob's Ladder", continues along an undulating stone vehicle track (the "Roman Road") to the second checkpoint which also serves as a tea stop and turnaround point. Then, taking the route in reverse, racers climb back up "The Fan" via Jacob's ladder and pass through the summit checkpoint a second time before legging their way back down to the finish at the old red phone box.The route is a real lung buster that throws everything at you, including the elements. There are steady slopes that allow a solid jogging pace, shocking inclines that have you almost on your hands and knees, loose stone tracks that require cautious foot placements and a forested vehicle track that allows for some rapid going. Even SAS recruits at the height of their physical abilities regard beating the clock in this event as a serious challenge, and all know its capacity to hurt. Aside from the race aspect of this event, just getting to the end is an accomplishment and something to be proud of. The Fan Dance is open to ANYONE looking for a unique challenge: be it personal, competitive, as a sponsored participant in aid of your favourite charity or as part of a team building exercise. As per real Special Forces Selection, the event will be staged in both summer and winter (both load-bearing and clean fatigue).
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Sat 6th Jul 2019 - Sat 13th Jul 2019
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Brecon, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Unnamed Road, Brecon LD3 8NL, UK
Start times
Sat 6th Jul 2019
Double Tap - 6th July:
Black Edition:
Trident - 6th July :
Woodhouse Edition:
Fan Dance - 6th July :
7:00am |
High Moon - 6th July :
Sun 7th Jul 2019
Double Tap- 7th July :
Fan Dance- 7th July :
Trident - 7th July:
Sat 13th Jul 2019
Fan Dance -13th July:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The Fan Dance Summer Edition
Fan Dance - 6th July
£40 - £55
High Moon - 6th July
£50 - £60
Double Tap- 7th July
£40 - £51
Double Tap - 6th July
£70 - £92
Route information
Along the route you will pass through a series of DS manned rendezvous points. You will be required to log in with the DS to have your name and race number recorded and your suitability to continue assessed. The same RV procedure is employed by the DS on the real SAS/SBS Selection course and is in place for safety reasons. It is therefore essential that you pass through each RV point and adhere to the measures in place. RV procedure applies to both Load Bearing and Clean Fatigue participants. You will be provided detailed instructions on proper RV protocol through email information updates.
How to get there
Unnamed Road, Brecon LD3 8NL, UK
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Event day logistics
**Race Day Registration:
  • Load Bearing: 05:30 to 06:45
  • Clean Fatigue: 06:30 to 07:45
Race Start Times:
  • Load Bearing march start time: 07:00
  • Clean Fatigue race start time: 08:00
Fan dance High Moon
Race day registration: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 16:00 to 21:20
Race Start Times: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue joint start: 22:00
1 reviews
Did the race in 2019
Brilliantly organised. Everybody from the ds staff to other competitors will happily give advise. Plenty of cjeck points with safety staff. The course is a very tough one but thats the whole point. But its full of mixed abilities to. Ill definitely be doing it again. Would advise everyone to put next years in your diary.
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