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The Hafren

Rhyd-y-benwych, Llanidloes, Mid Wales
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Organiser's Description

Stage 1 of the 5 stage 'Severn Challenge'. In order to get to the source of the Severn, the race start takes competitors through a near four mile mountain trek, up the Plynlimon which has been described as the most dangerous mountain in Wales, due mainly to the splattered and concealed bogs, so best progress will be made in keeping to the designated routes! Competitors can then commence their journey on Britain’s longest river path. Hopefully nobody will have pulled out before this point!

Good news - the altitude drop from the source at this stage is a remarkable 1,600ft! And at 27 miles, this is one of the shorter sections of the Severn Challenge!

Please note that ALL our races are now cup-free which means we will not be supplying cups and you will need to bring your own. We will provide water and squash dispensers and cola bottles for you to pour into your own cup.


  • The Hafren Ultra Standard Solo 27 miles
    £74 CLOSED

All finishers will receive a finishers medal. An Original Buff will be awarded to the first male / female competitor, and will be presented to them at the end of the race.

Entrants must arrive at Rhyd-y-benwych picnic area in Wales between 10:00 – 10:30 on the 21st May 2020 for registration. Race start will be 10:30.

The race is point to point and it is the competitors responsibility to make their own travel arrangements in getting to the start and leaving at the finish.

Camping facilities are only free of charge to those competing in The Severn Challenge event. If you are only doing 1 or 2 days you can camp but at an additional fee and this must be booked and paid for in advance. Please contact info@ultrarunningltd.co.uk for more information.

Finishers Medals and Awards
All finishers will receive a finishers medal. An Original Buff will be awarded to the first male / female competitor, and will be presented to them at the end of the race.

Please note that bookings within four weeks of the event cannot guarantee their medal type, as all orders are placed at this time.

Hiring of GPS equipment
As with all of Ultra Running Ltd Events, entrants have the facility to hire a Garmin for the duration of the race should they wish to do so at a nominal fee. For more information please click HERE

Navigation & Maps
Link to Maps / GPS / Route Instructions can be found HERE

In line with the race rules, you must maintain a minimum of 4mph. This equates to the following mandatory cut-off times (assuming a 10:30 race start);

Hafren CP1 will close at 12:30

Hafren CP2 will close at 14:10

Outside these times you will not be allowed to continue.

This event is Stage 1 of the 5 stage 'Severn Challenge'. You can enter as many or as few as you like, or enter the full 'Severn Challenge'.

Stage 1 (26 miles) (10:30 start from Rhyd-y-benwch picnic area)
Hafren to Maesmawr B&B
Thursday 21st May 2020

Stage 2 (45 miles) (07:30 start)
Maesmawr B&B to Wingfield Arms campsite
Friday 22nd May 2020

Stage 3 (60 miles) (07:30 start)
Wingfield Arms campsite to Top Barn, Holt
Saturday 23rd May 2020

Stage 4 (60 miles) (07:30 start)
Top Barn to Manor Farm
Sunday 24th May 2020

Stage 5 (27 miles) (07:30 start)
Manor Farm to 'Severn Beach'
Monday 25th May 2020

Total race distance 218 miles

The 'Severn Challenge'.

The Hafren Ultra

The Severn Plod Ultra

The Severn Path Ultra

The Severn Way Ultra

The Bristol Severn Ultra

Race Rules

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  • The Hafren Ultra Standard Solo 27 miles
    £74 CLOSED

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