DISTANCE
63 MILES
ELEVATION
3451M
LOCATION
BRECON BEACONS
PLACES
350
CUT-OFF TIME
20 HOURS
ENTRY FEE
£99
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BEACONS WAY ULTRA 105KM

By Application! Saturday 27th July 2024

Race Across Bannau Brycheiniog, the Brecon Beacons National Park! Traverse spectacular mountain scenery starting from Talybont with 6 Checkpoints supporting your progress along this EPIC Journey with 3178m of ascent over 105 km!

The race follows the official trail of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Beacons Way. The ability to navigate is expected during this event and runners must therefore have map reading skills. 

Ready for the challenge?

BY APPLICATION ONLY > We want to ensure that those starting the race are suitably experienced for the race! After a successful application you can either pay in full for the Beacons Way Ultra 105km at only £99 or you can choose to spread the cost over 4 instalments

Follow the Beacons Way Ultra page & join the GB Ultras Community Group.

Course Records

Mens PB – Simon Lewis of Swansea Harriers – (GBR) 13 Hours 43 Minutes 50 Seconds (2023)

Ladies PB – Clara Davies of Amman Valley Harriers – (GBR) 18 Hours 56 Minutes 17 Seconds (2023)

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Are You Ready To

To take on Bannau Brycheiniog National Park? To take on the highest mountains in South Wales? To be tested mentally and physically? Test yourself in the wilds of the Brecon Beacons?

Gold, Silver or Bronze?

Top 100 finishers earn a Gold ‘Beacons Way 105km’ Medal, 101-200 finishers earn a Silver 105km Medal and 201+ finishers earn the Bronze 105km Medal. There are additional prizes for the Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female finishers!

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Click Below For The Live Race Results Feed As Runners Cross The Finish Line

All The Beacons Way Ultra 105km Information

We want you to have the most amazing time at the Beacons Way Ultra 105km! All the information you need to participate in this event is below.

Start Venue

Llangynidr New Village Hall, Cwmcrawnon Road, Llangynidr, Crickhowell, NP8 1LS.

Saturday 27th July 2024 At Start Venue

9:30 – 10:30: Race Registration, Kit Check, Bib Number Collection & Race Tracker Collection.

11:00 – Race Start

Finish Venue

**New Finish Venue for 2024**: Llangadog RFC, Heol Pendref, Llangadog SA19 9EH

BY APPLICATION ONLY!  Each participant must apply to take part in the race to ensure they have suitable experience to take on the Race Across Bannau Brycheiniog.

At least 20 years old + at the time of the race (Rule T3 (141) S5 UKA Trail Running)

In good health.

The ability to navigate is required and expected.

Each participant must have completed at least a marathon distance event 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 100km.

Beacons Way Ultra 100 KM Ultramarathon has 6 Checkpoints en route with the principle aim of maintaining the highest level of support possible across the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Cut-off times per checkpoint are implemented by GB Ultras to ensure the safe and proper running of the event and include the length of time taken to complete sections of the Beacons Way route.

There is a 20 hour cut off time for the event. The locations of the Checkpoints are:

Checkpoint 1 – 6 Miles. Cut Off at CP1: 13:15 Saturday
Talybont. Blaen y Glyn Uchaf car park, Talybont-on-Usk, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UT/LD3 7YT.
Coordinates: SO05610 17560.

Checkpoint 2 – 13 Miles. Cut Off at CP2: 15:20 Saturday

Storey Arms/Pont ar Daf car park, Brecon, LD3 8NL.
Coordinates: SN98270 20280

Checkpoint 3 – 20 Miles. Cut Off at CP3: 17:40 Saturday.

Sarn Helen car park, Blaen Ilia, Ystradfellte, Aberdare, CF44 9JD/CF44 9JG.
Coordinates: SN92730 16435.

Checkpoint 4 – 26 MilesCut Off at CP4: 20:20 Saturday.

Penwyllt car park – South Wales Caving Club, A4067, Tase-Uchaf, SA9 1GQ.
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Checkpoint 5 – 39 Miles. Cut Off at CP5: 00:00 Sunday.

Neuadd Llanddeusant Village Hall, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, SA19 9YB.
Coordinates: SN76050 24870.

Checkpoint 6 – 48 Miles. Cut Off at CP6: 03:00 Sunday.
Mountain View, Mountain Road Car Park, A4069, Llangadog, SA19 9PA.
Coordinates: SN73260 18827.

Finish – 62 Miles. Cut Off at the Finish : 07:00am Sunday

Llangadog RFC, Heol Pendref, Llangadog SA19 9EH

Mandatory kit MUST be carried AT ALL TIMES during the race.

Failure to carry mandatory kit will result in a participant being disqualified.

Random kit checks at race registration, during the race and at the finish line will take place.

Mandatory Kit

Waterproof trousers
Hardcopy Ordnance Survey Explorer OL12 (Brecon Beacons)
Waterproof coat with sealed seams, i.e. Goretex – Min 10,000mm
Base Plate Compass
Base layer long sleeved (Separate from Start Kit in a dry bag).
Water bottle or bladder -min 1 litre capacity,
Fully charged mobile phone,
Foil Blanket or Survival Bag,
Headtorch – Min 75 Lumens,
Emergency Rations – Min 500 Calories,
Whistle,
Backup Light source – Min 25 Lumens (Not your phone),
GPS Tracker (property of GB Race Tracker – given at Race Registration),

Reccomended Kit

Electrolytes/S-caps
Sun protection/head cover
First aid kit
Cup

Please be aware GB Ultras events are cupless! You can buy a GB Ultras reusable cup to use during the event. CLICK HERE to visit the shop.

Please Note:

  • Full map only will pass kit checks cut down maps,  photocopies or illustrations are not acceptable.
  • Compass must be a compass NOT one on your phone or watch.
  • Additional items of kit may be added based on expected weather forecast conditions – full wet weather kit. If necessary, we will advise you by social media in the days leading up to the event what additional items may be required.

GB Ultras Merchandise

We’ll have a range of our GB Ultras branded merchandise available at both race registration and at the finish.

  • Drybags
  • Enamel cups
  • Hoodies
  • Running vests
  • Soft cups
  • Technical t-shirts
  • Visors

 

Optional Finisher T-shirt 

If you’ve pre-ordered your optional finisher t-shirt, you’ll be able to collect this during race registration on either day, or after you finish the race.  To make sure yours is waiting for you to collect, you can order it here if didn’t order one when you entered the race.

Availability is limited and finisher t-shirts won’t be available on the day to purchase!

Participants can utilise a Dropbag facility to take a bag from the start to meet them at the finish line.

As an example, a Dropbag may contain a change of clothes, etc to meet you at the finish venue.  Any dropbag should be clearly labelled with the participant’s Surname & Race number at Registration. Labels will be provided at Race Registration on race morning.

Dropbags must be no larger than 50L.  Bags larger than this size will be refused.

GB Ultras recommend participants use a medium size pack a similar size to a cabin case, approx capacity 37 litres (55cm x 39cm x 20cm). Alternatively, you can purchase one of our drybags from our online store here: Large Dry-bag

Dropbags can be left at race registration ON RACE DAY ONLY.

Dropbags can be left before 10:40 during race registration with the Event Team in a designated area.

We cannot accept liability for lost or stolen bags.

In the event that you withdraw from the race before reaching the finish, you must collect your dropbag from the finish venue.  Dropbags will not be transport to locations along the route.  Any dropbags not collected from the finish line will be disposed of after the event.  We are not able to post out dropbags that are not collected.

Optional coach travel back to Talybont-on-Usk is available at a cost of £19.99 per person. Places on the coach must be pre-booked during race registration or via the link here.

Runners can rest at the finish venue while awaiting coach transport.

The coach will depart Llangadog RFC to Talybont at 09:00 on Sunday.

Please ensure you are outside waiting fo the coach 5 minutes before departure time.

No coach places will be available to purchase on the day.

No Pacers or Support Runners are permitted.  Participants found to be running with another person who is not entered in the race will be disqualified.

No parking is available at the start location.

Limited parking is available in the public car park across the road from the start location. Please ensure you park sensibly.

On-street parking is also available in the vicinity.  Please ensure you do not block residents driveways or restrict access to large vehicles and emergency services.

 

We’ll be posting the links to the official media team photographs here after the race has finished.  Please keep checking back to find yours.

Processing and editing the photographs does take some time so please allow 48-72 after conclusion of the race for the links to be added.

We’ll also be adding photographs taken by the event team on our Beacons Way Ultra Facebook page and in the GB Ultras Community Facebook Group as well!

2024 Event Photographs

Dan Bentley Photography. Finish Line Headshots. Printed versions of the digital images can be purchased here: Photo Order Form

The results will be available real-time during the event and we’ll update this page with the link prior to the event.

As each runner crosses the finish line, their race chip records their individual finishing position and finishing time.

Your position and time shown in the results link is your official result. Please note that the tracking system is different to the timing system and has no bearing on your chip time or result.

Beacons Way 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 20 years old or over on the day of the Event (Rule T3 (141) S5 UKA Trail Running).
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.

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. You agree that we may publish your Personal Information as part of the results of the Event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, licences or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with or compared to other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times, occupation and age category. You consent that your details maybe passed onto GB Race Tracker Ltd and Race Tracker AS to ensure the smooth and accurate running of the Tracking software. Your details may also be passed onto 3rd parties via Live tracking so that your family and friends and the general public can follow every entrants position during the Race.

29. Should a GPS Tracker be damaged, lost or stolen then the entrant agrees to cover the cost of the tracker which is £150 + VAT per GPS tracker.

30. Upon withdrawal or completion of the Race, the runner agrees to return the GPS tracker to the Race Organiser. If a GPS tracker is not returned to a dedicated Race Marshal at Race HQ then the runner will be charged £150 + VAT.

31. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.

If you see a runner experiencing difficulties please inform Checkpoint Marshals. Each runner should have RACE HQ mobile numbers stored in their phone (shared in the Race Instructions email in the weeks prior to the event).

It is the role of the entrant to be self-sufficient. Should an incident occur, our team will endeavour to reach any participant in difficulty as quickly as possible, with Event staff stationed in hard to reach locations. Phones must be used only in an emergency to conserve battery power should the need arise.

Participants who lose time helping another fallen participant, can claim this time back, subject to RD discretion and under the proviso of completing within RD agreed conditions. Please note any extended time will be ‘within’ the cut-offs of the event, due to event staffing, medical cover and venue hire.

GB Race Tracker provide the Live Online GPS Tracking for the event with updates on participant positions approximately every 2 minutes (subject to signal). On the front of each tracker is an SOS button which when pressed immediately alerts the Race Director & Race HQ that urgent help is required who can then act accordingly.

In the event of a Medical Emergency please call Race HQ first.

For those with a Support Crew, we require a Name and Contact Number for your Support Crew at Race Registration.

At checkpoint locations, no more than two Support Crew members supporting an individual runner are permitted at a checkpoint at any one time.  These must not impede the Event team nor other runners.  

Support crews must not take the food nor drink from the checkpoint except for their runner unless given permission to do so.

Support Crews must respect instructions given by Event Staff.  Failure to do so will result in the Support crew being asked to leave the checkpoint and will result in YOUR disqualification.

No dogs are permitted at checkpoints and also not at the finish at Llangadog RFC.

Before the race

Due to the nature of the event, costs are incurred as soon as a participant signs up, no refunds are possible in this event.  However, GB Ultras understand injuries do occur so would URGE ALL RUNNERS to take out DOGTAG PERSONAL MEDICAL COVER or BMC Personal Cover to help claim back the entry fee (due to injury) and thus following the insurance companies process. Please be aware that the Insurance Company determines whether the nature of your injury will necessitate a refund.

We allow deferrals to the following years race or transfer of your place to another runner subject to the timescales below. Transfers to another runner are also subject to the replacement runner meeting the qualifying criteria for the event (please see the Qualifying Criteria section).
 

Deferrals

Any deferrals to the following years Race must be requested by emailing the event team at events@gbultras.com no later than 8 weeks prior to the event subject to payment of an administration fee. No deferral requests will be permitted after this time. Click here to pay the Admin Fee.

Please note that a deferral is permitted for 1 year only (unless due to pregnancy – please see GB Ultras Pregnancy Deferral Policy below).

Pregnancy Deferral

  1. Women who have entered a GB Ultras event and are, or become, pregnant prior to race day can defer entry for up to two years.
  2. Women who fall pregnant again during the deferral period may request another deferral for up to an additional two years.
  3. Partners are also able to defer for one year if the birth is imminent.
  4. To defer please email events@gbultras.com with the medical certificate/medical confirmation of the pregnancy/birth.
  5. All other rules and requirements for race entry will apply.

Transfers to another runner

Transfers are possible up until 3 weeks before the Race day providing qualifying criteria is met (see Qualifying Criteria section) and payment of an administration fee. No transfer requests will be permitted after this time. Click here to pay the Admin Fee.

The replacement runner must complete the Application Form which will be reviewed and if accepted, we will confirm this to the you and the replacement runner.  Please note that applications are not guaranteed to be accepted as the runner must demonstrate a required level of competency to take part in the event.

Once the administration fee has been paid, please email the event team at events@gbultras.com with the following details of the replacement runner who will be applying for your place. 

During the race

Please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal at one of the Checkpoint’s or Race HQ.  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 & GPS Tracker to the Event team to signal their retirement.  Marshals’ will inform the race organiser and each of the remaining Checkpoints can update their event documentation.

Upon withdrawal from the race, it is the responsibility of the individual to get themselves home (or to the event finish if required to collect their dropbag). Given the size of the Start line, we would recommend having your own Support Crew in case withdrawal during the event is needed.

Where possible, runners withdrawing from the race maybe able to be transported by GB Ultras event support from a checkpoint back to Race HQ however this cannot be guaranteed.  Priority will be given to runners still participating in the race.

Where it is possible to transport a runner to the finish, this will only be available after a checkpoint closes and therefore may involve a significant wait.  In addition, as event teams are deployed to multiple checkpoint locations, transport to the finish may involve intermediate stops on route for further (potential lengthy) periods of time to the finish.

GB Ultras also reserve the right to pull any participant out of the race on health grounds.

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Beacons Way Ultra 105km Race Brief

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Beacons Way Ultra 105km Mandatory Kit

The Route

The route follows the Official trail of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Beacons Way. The 105km starts nearby to Talybont and takes in the incredible Pen-y-Fan and the Carmarthen Fans.  The ability to navigate is expected during this event and runners must therefore have map reading skills. Please note the GPX’s below are guides only and low level routes due to severe weather may impact the distance of the race!

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Training Runs

All entrants are invited to join the Team on training runs covering key sections of the Beacons Way Ultra 105km route prior to Race day. You can attend as many as you like, one day or both days of any given training weekend with the aim of learning the route and increasing confidence come Race day. You’ll also have the chance to meet other runners taking on the Race.  Training runs will have a small charge of £19.99 for 1 day or £34.99 for both days for attendance. Included is –

  • Fully guided recce run
  • Mandatory Kit Advice
  • Exclusive group messenger chat for recce and race prep
  • Limited edition buff
  • Meet the team
  • Gain trail experience and knowledge

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 and Covid-19 restrictions.

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’ spanning the trail and these would be a good choice for training run overnight stops.

Section covered & distance

Covering miles 6 – 26 of the Beacons Way Ultra 100km

Starting point

8:00am Talybont. Blaen y Glyn Uchaf car park, Talybont-on-Usk, CF48 2UT

Finish point

Penwyllt car park – South Wales Caving Club, A4067, Tase-Uchaf, SA9 1GQ. Car Sharing: Required.

Section covered & distance

Covering 20 miles of the Beacons Way 100 Ultra

Starting point

8:00am Penwyllt car park – South Wales Caving Club, A4067, Tase-Uchaf, SA9 1GQ.

Finish point

Mountain View car park, Mountain Road Car Park, A4069, Llangadog, SA19 9PA. Car Sharing: Required.

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