'Hi Sue,
The pleasure is all mine. All I have to do us turn up, run, enjoy and Smile! The amount of effort and hard work which you and Martin put into the race each year is astonishing (not excluding the marshals), so it is a very big thank you from myself and Team Tan.
Many thanks again Sue and pass my thanks to Martin too.'

'All the best for 2013
…….. always good to do your race, great organisation, friendly faces and plenty of enthusiasm.'

'Hi Sue, well chuffed with that! 
Really enjoyed the day thought it was very well organised.
Thanks'

Race Results for 2016

Race results for the Force12 Event Beacons Ultra 2016 can be found HERE

Photo's of the day can be found on SmugMug HERE

 

Race Results for 2015

Race results for the Likeys Beacons Ultra 2015 can be found HERE

Photo's of the day can be found on Flickr HERE

 

Race Results for 2014

Race results for the Likeys Beacons Ultra 2014 can be found HERE

 

Race Results for 2013

Race results for the Likeys Beacons Ultra 2013 can be found HERE

Photo's of the day can be found on Flickr HERE and on Steve Thomas Mixmedia website HERE

Some of the comments received after the event......

So 47 miles seemed like a good idea this morning... Thank you Likeys for another fantastic Beacons Ultra!
Congratulations to team Likeys for another great Beacons Ultra. Special thanks to all the marshals, providing words of encouragement and smiles for all. Stars all of you. See you all again next year.

Big thank you everyone who helped out before ,during and after the ultra. It was an amazing route, run by really helpful smiley people. I personally had a bad run, its just a reccy for next year is how i looked at it. Thank you great event. X see you next year!

Thanks to all involved - as usual a top event run by top people.

Hi all! Could I once again thank you for all your hard work and allowing us a marvellous day on the hills, absolutely fantastic! Thanks again all, hope to see you in the shop soon so I can spend all my Christmas money

Thanks SO much for such a BRILLIANT race. Now that I've finished running & can just about get down the stairs without having to go sideways, I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute. Respect to all the runners & the walkers & the finishers & the starters & especially the marvellous marshals

Thank you for a great event- I had much fun. Really well organised, friendly, fun (except for that first hill...!) and perfect weather for it. I'll definitely be back in the future.

Echoing so many other posts...thanks Martin, Sue and all the marshals, helpers and everyone behind the scenes.....and the weather! Great day out

I don't normally do races twice as I am too competitive with myself but all being well I hope to be back next year, thanks!

Well there are 2 things from this weekends race... Thanks to LFWB and to his charming wife... who knows no words of Scottish... For allowing the handsome people from the north to attend this years race again. Great weekend of running and drinking... but how the hell did you win the pub quiz again.

I'd like to say a great big thank you to Sue, Martin and everyone involved in yesterday's race. The support from the checkpoint marshals was superb and gratefully accepted. Sorry I was unable to finish, just not my day.

Another fab day in spectacular scenery , great to catch up with you guys

Fab, is not the right word, amazing. Good company and the marshals were wicked. I'm coming back next year and will ensure the word is spread! Thank you Likeys.

My god it hurt as much as last year...but i loved it. Martin and sue, your team where awesome as ever.

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Martin and sue and their great team of volunteers!!! Truly brilliant event!! Such friendly people, great organisation and of course scenery

Thanks as always to our magnificent hosts.... and the weather that afforded us those fantastic views and colours.

Thank you for another super event. Much appreciated all what goes on behind the scenes, the marshalls and the checkpoint people. Thank you xx

Fifth time wobbling around the course, and a 5th course PB. Thanks Sue, Martin and the awesome team. Love this event; see you next November.

A Huge Thank you - Awesome scenery - Wonderful, uplifting people. :0)

Thank you, thank you lots and lots. Everyone involved with running the event just seemed to care very much about what they were doing. Can't thank you all enough!

 

Race Results for 2012

The 5th Beacons Ultra – 17th November 2012  Race Report.

Can sum this up in just a few words……. “It was flippin awesome!!”

At the end of this report we have copied just a few of the many many very kind comments we have received since the event, which is very humbling and makes us as organisers extremely proud of the brilliant support crew and marshals that make the event what it is, and of course the athletes that provide the smiles, grimaces and gladiatorial spirit that we all come to see.

But let’s put a little bit of meat on the bones of this report…..

In the days leading up to the event, the weather could at best be described as miserable with copious amounts of rain and a constant fog over the mountains. This weather continued to not disappoint on the night preceding the event when out marking the course, to the extent that Martin (who knows the course like the back of his hand) managed to get temporarily lost in the forest when he simply couldn’t see, or indeed find the edge of the track. This weather also hindered the travel arrangements for a lot of athletes, who commenced their respective journeys to Talybont-on-Usk only to wisely turn around on route due to horrid road conditions, or indeed to incur cancelled and/or diverted flights.

But 154 hardy souls managed to register either Friday night or Saturday morning.

Saturday morning arrived and it soon become blatantly apparent that we must have been in the presence of some very righteous people as soon after the metaphoric gun went off for the start, the sun was shining, which kindly remained with us for much of the rest of the day.

The sun shining certainly brightened up the faces of all the athletes and support crew, however the underfoot conditions due to the preceding wet weather were certainly testing with some sections comprising large expanses of slippery mud….but hey!!, it’s Wales in November, what else could you realistically expect?

One of the nicest aspects of the Beacons Ultra is that it attracts a vast range of athletic abilities, from multiple World Record holders, Deca Ironmen, International Athletes, Trans European Runners, right through to athletes who enter with the soul aim of going further than they have ever done before. For the vast majority, the Beacons Ultra isn’t their respective “A” race for the year, but it is their race to relax and wind down after what has hopefully been an active adventurous year of running and for sure that attitude seemed to be etched on most participants faces with only a few “poker faces” to be seen on the start line.

Soon into the race and at the sharper end of the pack the faster boys and girls began to show their intentions on the first climb up Tor-y-Foel (the infamous and much loved ascent that is synonymous with the race). In the Men’s race Daz Carter (2nd place in 2010 and 2011) was certainly one man on a mission taking an early lead over Mark Palmer, who has won this event every time since its first running 5 years ago, but also in the mix in these early stages were Matty Brennan, Martin Cain and Andy Stevenson (and others). It certainly wasn’t going to be a easy race for whoever was to ultimately win this year. In the Ladies race, likewise things were heating up. Isobel Wykes from Cornwall taking part in the Beacons Ultra for the first time took an initial lead in the race on Tor-y-Foel closely followed by the 2010 winner Jessica Lovell with Sallie Holt and Wales’s very own Lowri Morgan in hot pursuit.

On the completion of lap 1 at Talybont, Daz Carter had opened up a slender 1 minute 35 second lead over Mark Palmer ensuring that the pressure was most definitely on for the next 23 miles if Daz wanted to dethrone the undisputed champion of this race. It wasn’t until the 2nd ascent of Tor-y-Foel that this lead looked like it wasn’t going to be breached with Daz taking a few more minutes  lead, and over the following 16 odd “easier” miles the lead grew seeing Daz Carter crossing the finish line in a time of 6 hours 34 minutes. Mark maintaining his second place crossed the line in 6 hours 50 minutes with a strong second lap from Martin Cain completing the podium places in 6 hours 58 minutes. Some notable second laps from the likes of Jules Roberts saw his placing improve from 11th to 5th and Karl Zeiner storming the last 23 miles going from 28th to 12th.

In the ladies race, going through Talybont for the first time Isobel Wykes had opened up a commanding lead of over 6 minutes over Lowri Morgan, with Jessica Lovell and Sallie Holt a further 12 minutes back. Although 6 minutes isn’t an insurmountable lead, the ease at which Isobel appeared to be running it looked like it was the Men who should be concerned as the young lady from Cornwall started moving up the overall board. Maintaining this lead all the way through to the finish Isobel crossed the line first in a new Ladies course record of 7 hours 33 minutes 39 seconds (and in the process also moved from 15th through to 10th in the overall positions). An absolutely awesome performance in what were very tricky underfoot conditions. As the second lap progressed, Sallie Holt moved through from 4th place in the ladies race to eventually finish second in 8 hours 22 minutes just pipping Lowri Morgan who crossed the line in a brilliant 8 hours 27 minutes. Jessica Lovell produced another sub 9 hour time to take fourth place, whilst Andrea Allocco produced an amazing second lap with a marginal negative split coming through in 5th place and in doing so going from 87th to 38th overall.

Whilst all of the above was taking place, many other runners were having their own little battles out on the course. Just a few stories………

The youngest competitor (18) on the start line, Hannah Buck, having watched her Dad compete all previous editions of the race, stood alongside him on the start line this time. Finishing the first lap in 5 hours 17 minutes, there was not a moment’s hesitation in starting the second lap and ultimately completing her first ever ultra in a fantastic time of 11 hours 48 minutes and in the process beating her Dad who unfortunately had to pull out on lap 1 due to injury.

Another 1st time competitor was Toby Hatfield who was bitten by the Ultra bug whilst marshalling last year’s event in the cold and mist on top of the Gap. Due to his performance in the infamous Pub Quiz that followed the 2011 race he was obliged to compete in 2012 plus he had to wear cape and mask. Toby completed the race this year in an admirable time of 11 hours 15 minutes.

Although technically finishing outside the time limit (but who cares about technicalities) Gavin Wilson was this year “Lanterne Rouge” finishing in a time of 15 hours 27 minutes. To be out there on your feet for that period of time is quite some achievement, but what makes this all the more impressive is that for the vast majority of the last lap he was suffering from a severe groin injury that should really have meant him DNFing. Whilst not to be recommended, I find it hard not to applaud such stubbornness.

There are lots of others stories out there which can be found on numerous blog sites, facebook etc, the above is literally a minor snippet of the fun that was had.

Photos from this years race can be found HERE

Thank you all for making the Beacons Ultra such fun to organise, we look forward to seeing many of you back in 2013….

Also a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the Sponsors of this little event. Marmot have been supporting the event since its inception and many an athlete around the country is now adorned in their awesome clothing as a result of doing well in the Beacons Ultra…. But in 2012 we were also blessed with very generous support from Hoka, Mountain King, Compressport, X Bionic, X Socks, Nuun, Gu Gels and Wigwam….. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Best wishes

Martin, Sue, Joy and Kev.

A PDF of the full results can be downloaded HERE

See a video of the race on YouTube HERE