Beacons Way Ultra 100
The 1st Ever #GBUltras 100 Mile Beacons Way Ultra traversing the Brecon Beacons National Park. Starting from the Heart of Abergavenny amongst the majestic remains of Abergavenny Castle, with 10 Checkpoints spread out along the Glorious 100 Mile course and with 20100 ft of total Ascent (6100m), the Beacons Way is a Beautiful New Addition to the GB Ultras Race Series & a Qualifying Race for the Race Across Scotland!
Saturday 13th July 2019
FINISHERS ARE AWARDED 6 UTMB POINTS
Top 50 finishers earn a Gold ‘Beacons Way Ultra 100’ Buckle, 51-100 finishers earn a Silver ‘Beacons Way Ultra 100’ Buckle and 101+ finishers earn the Bronze ‘Beacons Way Ultra 100’ Buckle.
There are additional prizes for the Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female finishers!
The route follows the Official trail of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Beacons Way. To help reduce the impact on the environment, the course will have very limited additional event markers (if any). Additional markers should therefore not be expected nor relied upon. The ability to navigate is expected during this event. Runners must therefore have map reading skills. The event also has live tracking.
Beacons Way Ultra 100
Ready for the challenge?RACE OPEN
Full Race details
Friday 12th July 2019 17:00 – 20:30
Registration & Kit Check at Abergavenny Castle Event HQ
20:00 – 20:15 – Option 1 Event Brief ‘Great Hall’– Race Director
Saturday 13th July 2019
04:30 – 05:30 – Registration & further Kit Checks
05:30 – 05:45 – Option 2 Event Brief ‘Great Hall’ – Race Director
06:00 – Event Start
Llangadog Community Centre, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, SA19 9BR. (TBC)
All entrants are invited to join the Team on training runs covering the Beacons Way Ultra 100 Mile route prior to Race day. You can attend as many as you like, and one or a number of days of any given training weekend with the aim of learning the route and increasing confidence come Event day. You’ll also have the chance to meet other runners taking on the Ultra.
Saturday 16th March 2019 – Beacons Way RECCE 1:
8am: Start at Abergavenny Castle (Parking available at Castle Street Car Park NP7 5EE) to Crickhowell Village Hall, NP8 1BB ( Covering the initial 26 Miles). Car sharing required
Sunday 17th March 2019 – Beacons Way RECCE 2:
8am: Start at Crickhowell Village Hall, NP8 1BB to Talybont. Blaen y Glyn Uchaf car park, Talybont-on-Usk, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UT ( Covering the 26 Mile – 46 Mile section). Car sharing required
Saturday 23rd March 2019 – Beacons Way RECCE 3:
8am: Start at Talybont. Blaen y Glyn Uchaf car park, Talybont-on-Usk, CF48 2UT to Tafarn-y-Garreg Campsite (Opposite the Restaurant), Pen-y-cae, Swansea SA9 1GS (Covering 46 Miles – 68 Miles). Car sharing required.
Sunday 24th March 2019 – Beacons Way RECCE 4:
8am: Start at Tafarn-y-Garreg Campsite, Pen-y-cae, Swansea SA9 1GS to Carreg Cennen Castle (22 Miles) or LLangadog (Covering the last 30 Miles depending on group pace). Car sharing required
The training runs are free of charge to attend, we simply ask that runners confirm their attendance via sending an email to email@example.com and/or joining the GB Ultras Community Forum so that closer to the time we can help make arrangements. The idea would be to have some of the runners cars dropped off at the end point of the day’s run, arrange pick up of said runners from this point and bring them to the Start point. At the end of the day’s running, those with the car’s waiting at the finish point, drop runners back to their cars at the day’s Start point. We find this a sensible approach, promoting car sharing, organisation, avoiding charging for mini-bus hire, and also reducing the impact on the environment.
Pace wise we’ll be going at a nice gentle pace ensuring all runners stay as a group with brief stops approximately every mile. Generally our training runs have high attendance and for safety reasons we’ll be imposing a limit depending on feedback. There will be no minimum attendance limit as i feel that if i can help just one runner prior to Race day then its been a success.
Weather conditions can change very quickly in the mountains so we recommend runners refer to the Mandatory kit section and carry sufficient food/water for the duration of each of the runs. No overnight accommodation is included. However, runners may be interested to learn that there are a number of Campsites’ and these would be a good choice for training run overnight stops.
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At least 21 years old + at the time of the race.
In good health. The ability to navigate is required and expected.
Each participant must have completed at least a 50 mile Race prior to the event.
This can be for an event not yet taken place but that will be completed prior to the onset of Beacons Way Ultra 100.
Beacons Way Ultra 100 has 10 Checkpoints en route with the principle aim of maintaining the highest level of support possible.
Cut-Off times per Checkpoint – These conditions include the length of time taken to complete sections of the course and they are implemented by the Event Organisers, GB Ultras, at their discretion, to the ensure safe and proper running of the event.
There is a 40 hour cut off time for the event. The locations of the Checkpoints are:
Checkpoint 1: Outside of The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny, NP7 8DH. SO32550 20630. Cut off 08:48am Sat
Checkpoint 2: Llanthony Treats Campsite, Honddu Cottage, Llanthony, NP7 7NN. SO28804 27759. Cut Off 11.12am Sat
Checkpoint 3: Crickhowell Village Hall, 4 Church Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1BB. SO21664 18393. Cut Off 16:24pm Sat
Checkpoint 4: Bwlch Village Hall, Bwlch, NP8 7JJ. SO14615 22337. Cut Off 20:24pm Sat.
Checkpoint 5: Talybont. Blaen y Glyn Uchaf car park, Talybont-on-Usk, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UT. SO05610 17560. Cut Off 00:00am Sun.
Checkpoint 6: Storey Arms/Pont ar Daf car park, Brecon, LD3 8NL. SN98270 20280. Cut Off 02:44am Sun.
Checkpoint 7: Sarn Helen car park, Blaen Ilia, Ystradfellte, Aberdare, CF44 9JD. SN92730 16435. Cut Off 05:36am Sun.
Checkpoint 8: Mountain View, Mountain Road Car Park, A4069, Llangadog, SA19 9PA. SN73260 18827. Cut Off 16:48pm Sun.
Checkpoint 9: Neuadd Llanddeusant Village Hall, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, SA19 9YB. SN76050 24870. Cut Off 13:12pm Sun.
Checkpoint 10: Llangadog Village Hall (TBC), Dyrfal Road (A4069), Llangadog, SA19 9BW. SN70625 28210. Cut Off 22:00pm SUN.
Ordnance Survey Explorer OL12 & OL13 (Brecon Beacons)
Waterproof coat with sealed seams, i.e. Goretex
Thermal Base layer (Separate from Start Kit in a dry bag).
Water bottle or bladder -min 1 litre capacity,
Fully charged mobile phone,
Backup Light source.
Electrolytes – S-Caps
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There is NO Car Parking for the event at Abergavenny Castle! Please car share wherever possible to minimise the carbon footprint as much as possible. ‘Long Stay’ 24 hour Pay & Display parking are available. The Main Car Parks close to Abergavenny Castle are Castle Street Car Park, NP7 5EE, Tudor Street Car Park, NP7 5YL and Byefield Lane Car Park, Tudor Street NP7 5DL. Alternatively, those travelling up on the Friday prior to Race day might be able to make arrangements with their hotel, should they be staying locally.
Runners can utilise Dropbag facilities at CP5 (Talybont, 45 Miles) and CP9 (Llanddeusant Village Hall, 78 Miles)…
Dropbags will be transported to the Finish line for runners to collect at Llangadog.
An Additional Medium Sized Holdall can be transported from the Start to the Finish Venue (100 Miles)
Ultra-Marathon Admission Waiver
Each ultra runner agrees and understands the full nature of an Ultra-Marathon. That an Ultra-Marathon involves running throughout the day and well into the night at times with limited rest over challenging terrain with inherent risks of changing weather conditions. Each ultra runner understands that it is their responsibility to adequately train for the event, and monitor their own health throughout and are ultimately responsible for their own safety. Criteria ensures that a runners safety depends on their own skills and abilities and these have been gained from other events placing them in good stead to take on the mental and physical challenges of Beacons Way Ultra 100.
Each ultra runner understands these are there responsibilities not those of GB Ultras.
Please read these terms and conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them, before placing an entry on our site. By submitting your entry form, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (“the Terms”), and by submitting, you declare that you hereby, for yourself, your heirs and executors, administrators, successors, and assigns, declare that:-
1. I hereby agree to comply with the Conditions of Entry and all event rules and regulations as set down by GB Ultras Ltd (“the Event Organisers”) a company registered in England and Wales under company number 09397186. These conditions include the length of time taken to complete sections of the course which may be implemented by the Event Organisers, at their discretion, to ensure safe and proper running of the event.
2. I agree that the decision of the Race Referee will be final in all circumstances and no discussion will be entered into.
3. I agree to conduct myself in a sporting, professional and cautious manner during my participation in the event and understand that I may be disqualified if I do not do so.
4. I understand participation in this Event is physically strenuous and demanding and am fully aware of the nature of the event and all associated medical and physical risks involved. I further certify that I am physically capable of competing in this Event and I will only compete if I am fit enough to do so.
5. I will be immediately disqualified from the Event if I am found to have intentionally shortened the route to the race, and found to be deliberately littering the course.
6. If I have any medical condition(s), including allergies, which the Event Organisers or Event medical advisors might need to be aware of, I have provided details of this on my entry form, and will also provide written details of this on the rear of my pin-on numbers prior to my participation in the Event. I agree to display my number at all times during the Event.
7. I acknowledge that my pin-on number is personal to me and it is non-transferable under any circumstances.
8. I understand and agree that I participate in this Event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that I must conduct myself in a manner that is safe for myself and all others throughout the duration of this Event.
9. I agree to retire immediately from the event if ordered to do so by the Event Organisers, any government official or member of the emergency services.
10. I accept full liability for any medical expenses incurred as a result of training for and/or participating in the Event
11. I accept that the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event are not liable for any injury or illness or resultant death that I may suffer as a result of my participation in the Event, whether prior to, during or subsequent to the Event. I enter the race entirely at my own risk. I renounce any rights and claims for damages that I may have against the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event together with their officers, directors, shareholders, successors and assigns, (collectively, “Releasees”) and release them from all liability to the Participant and his/her personal representatives, assigns, heirs, executors, and successors for loss(es), damage(s) and claims therefor on account of injury to Participant or his/her property or the resultant death of Participant, whether caused by the active or passive negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, in connection with Participants involvement in the Event (“Losses”), and further covenants not to sue any of the aforementioned parties for such Losses.
12. Whilst the Event Organisers take every care with the staging of the Event, I accept that I must make all reasonable precautions for the safeguarding of my person and of my property during my participation in this Event. I further acknowledge that personal accident and personal items insurance is my responsibility.
13. I understand that at registration, I must produce photographic identification.
14. I am aware that when running, the function of the marshals is only to indicate direction and that I must decide if the movement is safe.
15. I accept that, in relation to my participation in this Event, I am required to obey instructions from marshals and relevant signage before, during and after the Event.
16. The Event Organisers introduce cut off times for completion of sections of the course as they see fit. These will be made clear prior to the race. Competitors may be instructed to withdraw from the Event in accordance with the imposed cut off times.
17. I accept that the Event Organisers reserve the right to amend the event format or cancel the Event due to health and safety reasons, including storm, rain, inclement weather, winds or any other act of god conditions. I accept that my Entry fee shall be non-refundable in this circumstance as costs have already been incurred.
18. I accept that the Event Organisers will do their utmost to provide me with a finish time following my completion of the Event, however they will not be held responsible for any computer result anomalies.
19. I will be 18 years old or over on the day of the Event.
20. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
21. I understand that confirmed entry to this event is dependent on a fully and accurately completed online Entry Form; and receipt of payment to cover my Entry fee at least 10 working days (2 weeks) in advance of the event. If either of these conditions is not fulfilled then my entry will not be valid nor accepted, and I will not be eligible to take part in the Event.
22. Through my completion and submission of the online Entry Form, I am committing to paying for my Event entry via the means as instructed on the GB Ultras Ltd website.
23. I irrevocably consent to my appearance in any media format, in relation to the publicity of this Event, and in future publicity and advertising of GB Ultras Ltd; provided that such use does not imply my direct endorsement of any official sponsor or suppliers of the Event.
24. All decisions and rulings by the Event Organisers, its employees and its agents are considered final.
25. The Event Organisers reserve the right to vary these conditions by giving notice to in writing in any official event material or correspondence prior to the Event.
26. A person who is not party to these Terms shall not have any rights under or in connection with them under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
27. We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under the Terms that is caused by events outside our reasonable control (Force Majeure Event).
A Force Majeure Event includes any act, event, non-happening, omission or accident beyond our reasonable control and includes in particular (without limitation) the following: strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action; civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war; fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster; impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks; the acts, decrees, legislation, regulations or restrictions of any government; and pandemic or epidemic.
28. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
Extreme care should taken especially at heights where a fall can be serious. Brecon Beacons Mountain Rescue have been informed of the event. We’ll also have a Medical team including Paramedic and our own First Aid team at Checkpoints too (though the First Aiders will likely be mobile between CP’s). The weather and the amount of miles covered in daylight hours will undoubtedly contribute to the possible dangers encountered during the event so the mandatory kit must be carried throughout Beacons Way Ultra.
Checkpoints are approximately every 10 mile so the team will be there to support your event as much as we can. The route will not be signed/marked prior to Race day as its a way marked trail, thus participants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the route.
Should you arrive on the Friday evening prior to the Race as opposed to the Saturday morning of the event we’ll even help mark your map and the Checkpoints on it too. We will also be organising FREE OF CHARGE recce runs covering the route section by section (tbc).
Although largely a mountainous route, due to the nature of the event, there are inevitably some road crossings too where it will be necessary to slow and possibly stop as no roads are closed en route for the event itself.
As always, if you see a runner experiencing difficulties please inform Checkpoint Marshals. Each runner should have the Race Organiser’s mobile number. Our team will always endeavour to reach any participant in difficulty but due to inaccessibility of the Trail this can take time. Participants who lose time helping another fallen participant, struggling against the cut off time due to this reason, can claim this time back, subject to RD discretion and under the proviso of completing within their new, extended cut off period.
In the mountains, the weather can change very quickly so the mandatory kit is mandatory for good reason. Depending on conditions closer to the Start day, additional kit may well be required too. Spot checks will be done on Event day and any runner without the mandatory kit will be disqualified.
In order to ensure ‘Event Safety’ is at its very highest for the event, the course the designed to have the support where you need it and Online Live Tracking too.
Due to running through mountain terrain, careful footing and approaching the ascent/descents from the correct lines are very important. Also when running in woodland and along trails, be mindful of loose branches, unseen stones, uneven terrain, falling branches, some overgrowth, stiles to negotiate, and slippery surfaces. The main danger is presented by steep drops, close to cliff edges on a number of occasions throughout. So please watch your footing and have a good bearing of where you are. For those new to this type of event, the team is always happy to help with any queries so please feel free to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org . Be mindful and understanding of other users sharing the Trail and please be aware mountain bikes are often frequented in and around some sections, sometimes you’ll hear them before you see them.
During the race – Unless medically unable, you should only be pulling out of this Race at a Checkpoint (CP)… It is not our responsibility to pick up a runner short of a CP. Please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal or the Event Director of your withdrawal. This will ensure all participants who are registered and pull out of the race are accounted for, allowing for the accurate and safe running of the event. If a participant withdraws at a Checkpoint they must hand over their race number to race staff to signal their retirement. Marshals’ will inform the race organiser and each of the remaining Checkpoints can then update their lists. A sweeper after the cut off time will take retired participants to the Finish Venue, there may well be a wait to be picked up. Although ultimately decisions to continue are in the hands of the runner, GB Ultras reserve the right to pull any participant out of the race on health grounds.
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