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Welsh Black Mountains Trail Running Challenge

Llanbedr, Powys

Perth-y-Pia Outdoor Activity Centre

Sat 21st November 2020

4 races

£30.00 - £62.00

Organiser's Description

Set at the wonderful Perth-y-Pia Outdoor Activity Centre, Llanbedr, Wales, we are in the perfect place for trail running and our challenge will not let you down. Offering distances from 14K to the 50K Ultra Marathon there is a distance for everyone.

This is going to be one of our hardest and most scenic trail running challenge in Wales, depending on your distance you will be running high in the Black Mountains with breathtaking views all around.

If you are going to run a trail race this year then the Black Mountains Trail Running Challenge has to be the event to choose. This is the first year of this event, so enter now and join us from the beginning of our adventures here in the Black Mountains.

Canicross friendly.

Races

  • 14 Km
    £30.00 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon
    £42.00 CLOSED
  • Marathon
    £55.00 CLOSED
  • Ultra 50.4 Km
    £62.00 CLOSED

Book

  • 14 Km
    £30.00 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon
    £42.00 CLOSED
  • Marathon
    £55.00 CLOSED
  • Ultra 50.4 Km
    £62.00 CLOSED
Location

Perth-y-Pia Outdoor Activity Centre, Llanbedr, Crickhowell Powys NP8 1SY

What's Included

Trail Events Co large bespoke finishers medal

Trophies for first three male and female runners in each distance

Experienced medical cover – Medics (Mobile)

Friendly, personal assistants, advice and support

Fully Signed Course

Chip Timing

Energy refreshments at the checkpoints and finish line

At our checkpoints you will find water, squash, coke, sweets, crisps and nuts. We are trying to reduce the use of plastic so we ask runners to bring reusable cups for coke and squash.

How To Get There

By road: Take the M50 heading towards South Wales/Ross-on-Wye, to where it joins the A40 road continuing westwards into Wales. Then follow A40, the Heads of the Valleys Rd/A465 and the A4077 to Llanbedr Road in Powys. Use postcode NP8 1SY for your Satnav.

Event Details

14k: Registration 9:30am; Briefing 10:15am; Start Time 10:30am; Cut Off Time 5:30pm

Half marathon: Registration 8:30am; Briefing 9:15am; Start Time 9:30am; Cut Off Time 5:30pm

Marathon: Registration 7:30am; Briefing 8:15am; Start Time 8:30am; Cut Off Time 5:30pm

Ultra: Registration 6:30am; Briefing 7:15am; Start Time 7:30am; Cut Off Time 5:30pm

Numbers and timing chips are to be collected on the day of the event at registration

Please make a note of your registration time for the distance you selected and make sure you arrive giving yourself enough time to register

Please also make a note of your briefing time and ensure you attend the briefing

Both the number and the timing chip have to be worn at all times during the event

You also have the chance to rent GPS tracking units, which enable your friends and family to track you all the way around the course

We use a number of signs during our events. Arrow markers are on a hi-viz reflective red with white arrow to mark the direction to be taken. We also use striped tape, these are placed after any split to reassure you that you are on the correct trail. We also use them along long stretches where no turn off is required or directional arrows needed.

We advise runners to bring a map of the route with them on event day in case of emergencies.

Course Details

14.6 km - 846 Meters / 2776 Feet total elevation.

The route will take you on a short but vicious climb onto the Table Mountain where you will have some amazing views across the Brecon Beacons, The Sugar Loaf and LLangattock Caves.

You will follow the trail before descending onto a short lane section which will lead you into a beautiful valley. Following this stunning but harsh climb you will eventually reach the ridge leading to Crug Mawr which you will follow – a fast section with magnificent views in every direction will lead you back down Blaen yr Henbant.

The Beacons way will help you to find your path crossing streams and running through woods, retracing your steps to reach the Table Mountain. Your climb will be rewarded with a fast finish on this strenuous but rewarding route…

23 km - 1083 Meters / 3553 Feet total elevation.

The route will take up on a short but vicious climb onto the Table Mountain where you will have some amazing views across the Brecon Beacons, The Sugar Loaf and LLangattock Caves.

The trails will then lead you up through a tranquil valley to summit the mountain ridge of PenTwyn Glas – you will continue on this ridge until you descend into you a fast section known locally as the famous McNamara’s Pass. Leaving the base of the valley, you will follow an ancient wall where you will run through a forest. Leaving the forest trails, you then cross streams and fields whilst climbing once again to retrace earlier steps to the trails.

Your final climb is the Table Mountain, where you may encounter herds of wild Shetland ponies, but keep a look out for the Red kites and Buzzards that live here which shouldn’t be missed, then rejoice in the knowledge of a fast but steep descent to the finish

44.5 km - 1960 Meters / 5430 Feet total elevation.

The route will take you on a short but vicious climb onto the Table Mountain where you will have some amazing views across the Brecon Beacons, The Sugar Loaf and LLangattock Caves.

The trail will then lead you up through a tranquil valley to summit the mountain ridge of Pen Twyn Glas – descending once again you will run through beautiful forests before you start the steady climb through a valley known locally as McNamara’s Pass.
You will then follow the trails to Summit Waun Fach the highest peak in the Black Mountains.

If you are lucky you may experience Gliders flying amongst the Red Kites and Buzzards of Wales. Steeped in history with ancient Castles alongside more incredible views across this beautiful land you will continue to scale the ridge, you then descend to a valley hosting the stunning Grwyne Fawr Reservoir with its hidden Bothy.

The ancient forests of Mynydd Du are to be explored before you again summit another finger of the Black Mountains. More spectacular views await before you descend once into another valley of streams, wild flowers and wildlife. Awaiting you at the final checkpoint is a natural plunge pool set in a beautiful meadow…for only the brave but what better way of cooling down.

Your final few miles is on a short lane section but you will finally meet the path of the Beacons Way, again a final climb on these beautiful trials lead you to a fast-downhill path to the finish.

50.4 km - 2140 Meters / 7021 Feet total elevation.

The route will take you on a short but vicious climb onto the Table Mountain where you will have some amazing views across the Brecon Beacons, The Sugar Loaf and LLangattock Caves.

The trails will then lead you up through a tranquil valley to summit the mountain ridge of Pen Twyn Glas – descending once again you will run through beautiful forests before you start the steady climb through a valley known locally as McNamara’s Pass. You will then follow the trails to Summit Waun Fach the highest peak in the Black Mountains.

If you are lucky you may experience Gliders flying amongst the Red Kites and Buzzards of Wales. Steeped in history with ancient Castles alongside more incredible views across this beautiful land. Continuing to scale the ridge, you then descend into a valley hosting the stunning Grwyne Fawr Reservoir with its hidden Bothy.

The ancient forests of Mynydd Du are to be explored before you once again summit another finger of the Black Mountains. Following the ridge, you will encounter Crug Mawr & Blaen yr Henbant hosting more spectacular views before you descend once again into a valley of streams, wild flowers and wildlife.

Finally, you then encounter the paths of the Beacons Way before your last climb up to Summit the Table Mountain in readiness for a fast but steep decent that will bring you to the finish.

Parking

Parking is available in the HQ field at Perth-y-Pia, NP8 1SY.
Sign posts and flags will also be out on show to guide you into Perth-y-Pia.

There is ample parking on site.

Cost for parking – £5 per vehicle all day parking. CASH ONLY

Kit list

14K MANDATORY KIT

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone
  • Race Directors Contact Number (supplied on the day)
  • 500ml Water Carrier - Full From The Start


14K ADVISED KIT

  • Reusable Cup
  • Waterproof Jacket (Taped Seams)
  • Map


HALF MANDATORY KIT

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone
  • Race Directors Contact Number (supplied on the day)
  • 500ml Water Carrier - Full From The Start
  • Waterproof Jacket (Taped Seams)
  • Foil Blanket


HALF ADVISED KIT

  • Reusable Cup
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Map
  • Emergency Food
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • First Aid Kit


MARATHON/ULTRA MANDATORY KIT

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone
  • Race Directors Contact Number (supplied on the day)
  • 500ml Water Carrier - Full From The Start
  • Waterproof Jacket (Taped Seams)
  • Waterproof Trousers (Taped Seams)
  • Map - To Be Printed From Our Website
  • Compass
  • Foil Blanket
  • Whistle
  • Head Torch
  • Emergency Food
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Base Layer
  • First Aid Kit


MARATHON ADVISED KIT

  • Reusable Cup


At our checkpoints you will find water, squash, coke, electrolytes, sweets, crisps, nuts, chocolate, bananas and other carby bits on the marathon and ultra checkpoints. We are trying to reduce the use of plastic so we ask runners to bring reusable cups for coke and squash.

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Llanbedr, Powys