Trail Pursuit Brecon Beacons

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Venture into the Brecon Beacons in this weekend trail festival like no other. Race in one of 6 distances, enjoy workshops and guest speakers, and live music. All levels are welcome to enjoy this epic weekend.
50 Mile Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon, and 4 more
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Sat 2nd Oct 2021
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Talybont-on-Usk, United Kingdom
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4.7
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Where and when
Location
Gilestone Farmhouse and Glamping, Station Rd, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7JE, UK
Start times
50 Mile Ultra:
6:30am |
Marathon:
8:00am |
Half Marathon:
9:00am |
10k:
9:30am |
5k:
10:00am |
Adaptive Athlete 5k:
11:00am |
Kids 1k:
2:00pm
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Trail Pursuit Brecon Beacons
Kids 1k
PathWithPin
1km
£29.00 - £39.00
5k
PathWithPin
5km
£49.00 - £79.00
Adaptive Athlete 5k
PathWithPin
5km
£49.00 - £79.00
10k
PathWithPin
10km
£59.00 - £99.00
Route information
Ultra
Total Ascent: 14,299ft | Distance: 50.5 miles
You’ll start the race from idyllic Gilestone Farm, which stands on the banks of the river Usk and overlooks the majestic Brecon Beacons and pick off multiple peaks on your way which include the beautiful Fan Y Big and the nail biting Cribyn.
Prior ultra experience recommended.
Marathon
Total Ascent: 4,949ft | Distance: 26.8 Miles
Your race begins from the idyllic Gilestone Farm, which sits on the river Usk and overlooks the majestic Brecon Beacons.
Trail Pursuit Marathon will head out on the Brecon Beacons Way around the beautiful Talybont Reservoir, before heading up to Fan Y Big crossing Cribyn, before finally climbing the most sought after mountain South Wales has to offer - Pen Y Fan.
From here you will be treated to a breathtaking decent through the winding trails of Taf Fechan Forest.
Half Marathon
Total Ascent: 2036ft | Distance: 13.8 Miles
This route starts at Gilestone Farm and heads out along the river Usk whilst running along the Brecon Beacons Way, where you will circumnavigate the beautiful Talybont Reservoir.
You'll experience some of the best single forest tracks Wales has to offer, whilst enjoying the mountainous scenery in the heart of the Beacons.
10k
Total Ascent: 1230ft | Distance: 10.3k
Once again starting from Gilestone Farm, runners will head out along the river Usk before joining the Brecon Beacons Way and heading up to Craig Danywenallt where you will pass a beautiful iron age fort. Descending back into forest trails in the valley bottom for an epic run.
Guided Yoga/Breathwork, Navigation & Workshops/Athlete Speakers
Across the weekend there will be a variety of guided yoga sessions led by qualified instructors. All yoga sessions will be completely accessible for all levels. The events resident Breathwork Coach Kay Lou will be running a number of breathwork workshops during the weekend to help re-centre you and elevate your senses
There will also be navigational workshops to brush up, or learn, map and orienteering skills.
A number of inspiring athletes speakers will also be giving talks. Currently the founder of Impact Marathons, a global race series harnessing the power of running to change lives, is confirmed to be speaking.
More speakers will be announced soon.
If all of the above isn't enough, entrants can enjoy the festival vibes, with live music an events village filled with food and drinks, and so much more.
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What's included
  • Fully marked course
  • Chip timed event
  • Finishers eco medal
  • Nutrition by Chia Charge
  • Yoga all weekend
  • Live music on Saturday & Sunday
  • Live film screening
  • Inspiring athlete speakers
  • Navigation & Breathwork workshops
  • Sports expo
  • Official event photography
  • Bag drop area
  • On-site camping
  • On-site parking
  • On-site first aid
Train
How to get there
Gilestone Farmhouse and Glamping, Station Rd, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7JE, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
Camping
Camping located next to the start line. Please note this is a basic campsite, with no electrical hookups. There is a fresh water tap and portable toilets on site.
Also no fire pits are allowed.
By Car
Using the postcode in satnav takes you past the turn off to Gilestone Farm.
If you reach the Usk Inn on your left, or a T Junction, you’ve gone too far.
Turn around and take a left turn into Gilestone Farm then follow the last section of the directions above.
Parking
There is parking available but it is for a fee.
By Public Transport
The nearest railway station is Abergavenny from where buses run to Talybont on Usk (destination Brecon). The bus stop in Talybont on Usk is close to the White Hart public house which is approximately 1 mile / 1.6km walk from Gilestone. Search for Gilestone Farm on Google.
Traveline Cymru is the public transport information portal for Wales. Go to https://www.traveline.cymru/ExternalLink or telephone on 0800 464 00 00 between 7am and 8pm daily.
Several taxi firms serving the area operate from Crickhowell and from Abergavenny.
Event day logistics
Schedule
Friday
15:00 - 20:00 Registration Opens
Saturday
06:30 50 Mile Ultra Starts
07:00 - 08:45 Registration opens
08:00 Marathon Starts
09:00 Half Marathon Starts
Sunday
07:00 - 08:45 Registration opens
09:30 10k Starts
10:00 5k Starts
11:00 Adaptive Athlete 5k Starts
14:00 Kids 1k Starts
Age Requirements
All individual entrants for 5k through to marathon must be aged 17 or over. This is to comply with UK Athletics guidance. For the Kids 1 Mile race any age between 5 - 12 years old.
Backpack
Kit List
Mandatory Kit List
  • Waterproof jacket (taped seams)
  • Waterproof trousers (taped seams)
  • Spare base layer
  • Hat/Buff
  • Gloves
  • Emergency bag (not foil blanket)
  • Whistle
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • High energy snacks
  • 500ml minimum liquid
  • Personal cup
  • Headtorch (Marathon & Ultra only)
FAQ's
What kind of ability level does the Trail Pursuit Brecon Beacons cater for?
All levels and abilities are welcome to this event. There are a number of distances on offer making it the perfect event for new and experienced runners alike.
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Do I need to bring my own tent to the Trail Pursuit Brecon Beacons?
Yes, while there is a package that includes a camping space, please bring your own tent & camping gear.
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Do I need to be able to navigate at the Trail Pursuit Brecon Beacons?
No, all the courses are fully marked and marshalled so theres no need to spend any extra energy on that.
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When are the extra workshops at the Trail Pursuit Brecon Beacons?
Exact timings for each will be available closer to the event date, but they will be spread over the weekend.
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What kit do I need to bring to the Trail Pursuit Brecon Beacons?
The mandatory kit list is as follows: Waterproof jacket (taped seams), Waterproof trousers (taped seams), Spare base layer, Hat/Buff, Gloves, Emergency bag (not foil blanket), Whistle, Fully charged mobile phone, High energy snacks, 500ml minimum liquid, Personal cup, and Headtorch (Marathon & Ultra only).
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Reviews
4.7
2 reviews
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2021
Excellent event - the organizers coped well with challenging weather, and was a very friendly, easy-going, and enjoyable event all round. Would happily come back again and would recommend to anyone interested in trail running.
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4.3
Did the 10k in 2021
Really great atmosphere, lots of friendly people and an awesome course! Loved the trail route up to the lake, it's absolutely beautiful and luckily we had moments of sunshine and only a bit of rain so the views were great. It was a pretty wet weekend and trail shoes were a must as the roots and rocks were pretty slippery. The 10k has 6k of lovely gradual downhill which was lovely - such a nice run down the track to the finish. As always with trail runs a lot of the route was single file, meaning that you're often stuck in a bit of a traffic jam. Important to get nearer the front at the start line if you think you'll run fast. We walked up most of the hills (which is fine by me). There's a beautiful section at the beginning through a lovely wood of tall trees, snaking up the hill. The event was really well organised, the marshals were lovely cheering us on. Real shame about the weather the day before as camping must have been pretty interesting overnight with all the rain. They had a tractor pulling the cars out of the car park field as so many people got stuck in the mud 😂 so luckily people weren't stuck for long. Overall a great event, friendly people, well organised and sustainable (bring your own water cups, wooden medal etc). And so many people doing the canicross which is just so great to see all the doggos running around. I'd definitely be up for doing the half marathon next year, it's such a beautiful setting in the Beacons and a great trail route. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers 🙌🏼
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Recent Questions
Ariana Murray Wells
6/17/2021
Does anybody know if there's a cut off time for the marathon distance? 😬
Steph Ede
8/24/2021
I'm not 100% sure but I've seen on the event FAQ's that the event is for all abilities, beginners alike so I'm sure you will be absolutely fine :-)
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