• image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image

'Not sure if you realise but it's not the norm to get such a huge positive response to an ultra race. Entry filling in 48hrs and all the thanks and positive comments to follow. You're on a winning formula there!  Congrats.'

'I will of course come back next year. I think I joked after I finished that I'd call it quits.  No way! I love your race, and I want to have another battle with Mark again next year (it was mentally one of the toughest things I've done trying to hold him off).' 

'Thank you so very much for putting on a race that has made us feel so welcome, It was an amazing experience and we would love to return.'

The Route 2017

The route is a very varied one that will test competitors strengths and weaknesses; flat land specialists will love the canal bits whilst the mountain goats will prefer the 'gap', and then of course there's all the 'in between' bits.

The start of the 2017 Beacons Ultra takes place in the heart of the Brecon Beacons starting and finishing in the delightful village of Talybont on Usk. The race starts on the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. The tow path to Llangynidr is probably the flattest 3 miles you will find in Wales! The route then splits from the canal at the canal locks and heads up the Beacons way for about a mile before detouring off to take in the much appreciated trek up and over Tor y Foel before descending down into Talybont forest. Here it picks up the old coal route where originally the tramway and later on the railway brought coal from ‘over the other side’ to be loaded on to the barges for dispatch to Newport. A steady climb continues towards Torpantau before dropping slightly and entering the Taf Fechan Forest. The forest trail then starts to change into open hill, and follow what the locals call the ‘Gap Road’.

At all times the route is easy to follow in terms of navigation and is well trodden, although map reading would be useful for peace of mind particularly if the weather comes in (which is highly likely in Wales during the latter part of November!) The highest point of the route is 600 meters above sea level at the ‘Gap’ itself.

After all that height gain there is quite a bit of descending along one of the Brecon Beacons ‘classic’ routes, down to the canal at Pencelli and back to the beginning of the second loop at Talybont (if you've still got some 'go' left!). There will be a checkpoint here which will determine whether folk want to or intend to attempt the second loop. If they wish to do so they must achieve the 2.30pm cut off time to be allowed to continue. Competitors arriving at the checkpoint after this time will be asked to retire!

Route area map can be viewed HERE

REGISTRATION

Registration will take place on Friday night between 16.00pm and 20.30pm at the Likeys Shop in Brecon (LD3 7LH) and on Saturday between 05.30am and 07.00am at Henderson Hall, Talybont which is the start and finish area.

RACE DAY

The Race starts at 07.30am on Saturday 18th November alongside the Canal approx 100 yards from the Hall.

Participants must complete the first 'loop' of the course by 14.30 pm. Participants must complete the entire course by 22.30pm. Participants failing to meet these cut off times will be retired from the course.

CAR PARKING

The event car park will be at Talybont Farm which is 5 min walk from Henderson Hall (the event HQ), the £5 fee includes safe and secure off street parking and use of the showers after the race.

On race day there will be NO parking at Henderson Hall and we do ask that you use the official car park and don’t park on the streets adjacent to Henderson Hall, illegally parked cars will be ticketed by the local traffic warden who lives in the village..

COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT

*Rucksack

*Means of hydration - ability to carry an absolute minimum of 500ml of fluid

*Cup/Mug/Bottle - No cups will be provided at checkpoints

*Enough food (no shops on route!)

*Full waterproof cover (trousers and top)

*Hat

*Gloves

*Fleece (or similar warm upper body layer)

*Survival/Space Blanket

*Basic first aid kit including antiseptic

*Head torch

*Spare batteries for above

*Compass

*Whistle

*Watch

*Map

It must be emphasised that there will be random spot kit checks before, during and on completion of the race. You must have all of the above on you at all times.

Please also understand that the above is the bare minimum and many individuals may wish to add their own kit requirements to that outlined above. This is especially relevant if the weather conditions are harsh.(i.e…. the temperature in 2008 dropped to -8 at night).

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Car... For those travelling by Car, Talybont-on-Usk is a small village situated approximately 5 miles from the Market Town of Brecon. The race HQ on race day will be located at Henderson Hall and making the assumption that most people nowadays have a Sat Nav of some description the postcode of the Hall is LD3 7YQ. For those without a Sat Nav, drive through the village to its West side and the Hall will be seen on your right hand side. Talbont really isn’t very big, so difficult to get lost. Directions to the Car Parking for the event will be provided within the race details that will be sent to athletes in the week prior to the event.

Bus... There is a regular Bus service to Talybont from both Brecon and Abergavenny, although not early enough on race day. This is only of use for Friday night arrivals.

Train... The nearest Train Station is Abergavenny which is accessible directly from the North, or via Newport for anyone travelling from the South. The Bus station referred to above is about ½ mile from the Train Station.

ACCOMMODATION

For those traveling some distance to the event, there are some excellent places to stay in Talybont or within close proximity of the village. So for details of Camping, Caravanning, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Hostels, Self Catering, Holiday Cottages etc, can be found HERE.

Other excellent options include:-

Talybont Farm opens specifically for the event and is offering camping at £8 per person, further information can be found HERE.

Ty Newydd Holidays, Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering cottages, further information can be found HERE.

The Bull Pens Cottages, further information can be found HERE.

The Boat Cottage, further information can be found HERE.

Bridge Cafe - Bistro and B&B, further information can be found HERE.

Tyn y Cae - further information can be found HERE.