The 10Peaks™ Brecon Beacons courses visit a predetermined list of peaks in a set order in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales. The courses are unmarked so you will have to navigate yourself and be confident doing so day or night. The Short Course includes 6 of the 10 highest peaks, and the Long takes in all of the 10 highest peaks. Both courses have a 24 hour cut-off.
Friday 8th September
- 16:00 Car Park and Camping Opens (please do not arrive before this time)
- 18:00 to 22:00 Registration Open (please note, registration is NOT open on Saturday morning)
Saturday 9th September
- 04:45 Long Course participants: Assemble at Event Centre
- 05:00 Long Course Starts
- 05:45 Short Course participants: Assemble at Event Centre
- 06:00 Short Course Starts
Sunday 10th September
- 05:00 Long Course Closes
- 06:00 Short Course Closes
- 09:00 Event Centre Closes
- 12:00 Camping & Parking Close
Event Centre Location
The Event Centre is located at YHA Danywenallt. The Event Centre is Race HQ and this is where you need to go to register, and where both the Long and Short courses start and finish. The address, postcode and location of YHA Danywenallt is:
The Start and Finish Locations
Easy! The start and finish of both the Long and Short courses is at YHA Danywenallt
Easy! The Event Parking is at YHA Danywenallt. However, the parking is in an arable field, and vehicles that are low to the ground, or large motor homes (Camper Vans e.g. a VW Transporter would be ok) will not be able to access the parking. There is no alternative parking close to YHA Danywenallt.
Your entry includes a Wilf’s vegetarian chilli with cheese & pitta finisher’s meal, available to you on your return.
The YHA is, separately, offering other options as per the following details:
Friday night evening meal – £7.50
- Starter –
- Ham salad pot
- Cheese salad pot
- Tuna salad pot
- Bread rolls
- Mains –
- Chicken curry, rice & naan bread
- Vegetarian curry, rice & naan bread
- Dessert –
- Fruit Salad
- Jam sponge & custard
Saturday Early bird breakfast (3am to 5am) – £3
- Coffee / tea / fruit juice
- fruit / berries
(Supporters) Saturday Standard breakfast (7am to 10am) – £6.25
- Coffee / tea / fruit juice
- toast and croissants
- cooked breakfast
- Sausage (veg option available)
- Hash Brown
- Baked beans
- Grilled tomato
Sunday Standard breakfast (8am to 12pm) – £6.25pp
Pre-ordering to Danywenallt@yha.org.uk (subject: 10peaksfood) will be appreciated to allow for proper planning of quantities and staff to ensure fast efficient service in preparation for a good nights rest for all competitors and officials.
Registration, Kit Check & Briefing
Registration and Kit Check will be at the Event Centre (IMPORTANT: bring your running bag packed with the mandatory kit to present at registration). Your race Briefing will be given while you register. At Registration, you will be issued with the following –
- Two race numbers and safety pins (the smaller race number must be placed on your rucksack, and the larger one on your vest/t-shirt/tights [forward facing]. Race Numbers must not be folded)
- Harvey map with route and checkpoints pre-marked.
- 10Peaks™ T-shirt
- A GPS tracker (to be returned)
- SI Timing Dibber (to be returned)
Photographic ID Required
IMPORTANT: Participants can only register with photographic ID. The person at registration, the photographic ID and the online entry credentials must all match. Even if you think someone at registration will know you, you still require photographic ID. We are happy to accept a photocopy of your photographic ID if the photocopy is sufficiently high enough in quality that someone who doesn’t know you can identify you from it. A driving license, passport, or military ID are acceptable. A credit/debit card is NOT acceptable. We need to ensure that the person entered is the person standing in front of us at registration.
Mandatory kit – UPDATED FOR 2017
Every competitor will be required to carry (or wear) the following items for the duration of the race. Registration includes a kit check, and random kit inspections may be carried out at the finish. Competitors found not carrying the full mandatory kit may be disqualified. This is for your safety and we will not compromise on this list –
- Map (issued at registration)
- Compass suitable for mountain navigation
- Water Bottle / Bladder
- Cup (no cups are provided at the support points for water/soup – you can use your water bottle if you want)
- Waterproof Jacket with a hood and taped seams
- Waterproof trousers
- Spare warm top (spare means unworn at the start)
- Hat or buff
- Headtorch (with spare batteries or an entire spare unit e.g. Petzl e-Lite in addition) – with sufficient light to be able to navigate in the darkness
- Survival bag* (NOT A BLANKET)
- Mobile phone
- Food to eat on the move
- Suitable footwear for mountain use (no road running shoes)
The following additional items are recommended –
- Money for food, taxi etc.
- Purification tablets
- Plasters and blister kit
- Walking poles
- Sun cream
- Waterproof rucksack liner
*Survive Outdoors Longer® Emergency Bivvy
Our recommended product for mandatory kit list item “survival bag” – starting at £17.95
The Survive Outdoors Longer® Emergency Bivvy is made from heat-reflective polyethylene (reflecting 90% of your body heat back to you), and is fully sealed so that no wind, rain, or snow can get inside.
Support Points – UPDATED FOR 2017
There will be four Support Points along the routes:
- Storey Arms (Long and Short Courses)
- Blaen Llia (Long and Short Courses)
- Penwyllt (Long Course only)
- Cray (Long Course only)
The long courses visit the Storey Arms Support Point twice; once on the way out, and a second time when returning.
At each support point we will provide water, bananas, Wilf’s cakes, sandwiches and savoury snacks. You must ensure that you are carrying sufficient food and water supplies to be self-sufficient on the course in between the Support Points. There are opportunities to re-fill water from streams on the hill.
Hot Soup and Drinks: At the Penwyllt and Storey Arms Support Points, we will also serve hot soup, tea and coffee.
Drop Bag: All competitors will also have the option of leaving a small (3kg maximum weight), carefully labelled kit bag at registration for the organisers to forward to the Storey Arms Support Point, in which you can pack spare clothing and food etc. Bags will be returned to race HQ once all competitors have passed through.
Please note that (especially short course) competitors may have a long wait after finishing for the drop bags to be returned to YHA Danywenallt.
Race Map – UPDATED FOR 2017
The 2017 map will be 1:40,000 scale rather than 1:50,000 scale as used in previous years. It is provided by Harvey Maps as in previous years. The 1:40,000 scale makes the map much more legible. Both the Short and Long Courses are marked on the map, as are the Checkpoints and Support Points for each course.
The GPS trackers record their location via GPS but only send out their location via the GSM network (the same network that is used to send text messages). As such, there are black spots along the route where there is no network coverage. At these locations, the tracker records its location, buffering the data, and then sends it out once it is back in network coverage. In these black spots, it is not possible to send an SOS message.
What to expect from your GPS Tracker
- Trackers will be taped to the shoulder strap of your rucksack at registration, as far back as possible. They can not be put in top pockets, or hip pockets.
- Please don’t take the tracker off (unless to push the SOS button – use of the SOS button is covered when you register)
- These trackers are left on until the end of the event. Do not try to turn the tracker off.
- Take care when picking up your rucksack so as not to grab the tracker and accidentally initiate the SOS button.
- The tracker only sends updates when it is moving. Please don’t use your rucksack as a pillow on Friday night – it will think it is moving as you stir in your sleep, and thus run the battery down!
- If for whatever reason you retire please do not under any circumstances leave the event without passing your tracker to event staff.
GPS Tracker SOS Button
Participants’ GPS tracker has an SOS Button. This should only be pressed in an emergency when there is a threat to life or limb. The SOS Button sends a message with your location to the Race Director via the GSM network. In an emergency, it is worth attempting an SOS button press even if no mobile phone signal is available (according to your own mobile phone).
As we will be using a GPS tracking system for all competitors we will not have a sweeper on the courses this year.
Emergency Telephone Number
In the event of an emergency please contact the Race Director in the first instance on the number printed on the map. It is often best to send a text message but please only assume this has been received if you receive a response back. Alternatively, phone 112 and ask for the Police and then Mountain Rescue.
There will be limited transport from each Support Point to transport back to the Event Centre for those who are unable to continue. Please note that this is NOT a guaranteed service.
You will be given your race numbers at registration and these must be pinned to your vest/t-shirt (larger number) and rucksack (smaller number) so that it is visible at all times. You won’t be able to get any water or food without one. Race Numbers must not be folded.
Competitors are asked to assist another competitor that is in distress. The assisting competitor will be credited for time lost. All competitors are required to carry a mobile phone. In the event of getting lost or injured, where there is no assistance on hand, use your phone to contact race HQ where you will receive advice on what to do. If you are in a life threatening emergency dial 999.
If you are lost (and all attempts to confirm your whereabouts have failed) and you have no mobile phone reception, head downhill, following a track, stream or road until you have phone reception or obtain outside assistance. Inform race HQ as soon as possible.
Race HQ will attempt to monitor all competitors’ whereabouts by regular contact with checkpoints on the course. Missing competitors will be searched for, so to avoid unnecessary work for emergency services, please contact race HQ as soon as you have realised that you have made a big navigation error that will result in you falling behind on schedule.
Please give all marshals the respect that they deserve. They are all volunteers and without them the race could not go ahead. Marshals will have been issued instructions on what to do in certain events. Please adhere to their requests at all times.
The Short and Long Course are open to solo competitors only in 2017. However, we encourage competitors to join up with others, especially for the night sections and during bad weather.
There will be prizes for the first 3 male and first 3 female finishers of both the long and short courses.
This is a navigational event and all competitors must be experienced at navigating in the mountains using a map and compass, in darkness and bad weather. Competitors may use GPS devices for navigation but must still carry a map and compass (and know how to use them!).
Waterproof Harvey maps will be provided and will have the full route marked on them, showing the peaks, mandatory checkpoints and feed stations. The suggested route will have already been plotted on the map for you and you are advised to follow it. You are ultimately responsible for your own route choice however, so you are free to choose an alternative (so long as all peaks are visited in the correct order and you check in at all checkpoints and feed stations). Any areas marked out of bounds must be avoided. Entry into these areas will result in disqualification.
Competitors may carry their own maps in addition to (not instead of!) the issued one.
Checkpoints and cut-off times
Most Checkpoints will be un-manned but will have a SPORTident timing control box secured in the location, into which you must “dib” your timing chip to record your visit.
Once all competitors have passed through a checkpoint it will be closed down.
For safety reasons there will be (fairly generous) cut-off times that competitors have to leave certain checkpoints by. Failure to meet these cut-offs will result in the competitor being switched to the short course or retired. This is a safety measure that has been put in place to ensure that as many competitors as possible cross the finish line, and within the 24 hour time limit. Long course competitors that are having a bad day will also have the opportunity of switching over to the short course at the Blaen Llia Support Point only. This must be notified to the marshals. All long course competitors that switch to the short course during the race will not be eligible for prizes if they happen to be one of the first 3 finishers on the short course, but will still receive the relevant finisher’s medal.
These events are very demanding! The short course is not as easy as the name would suggest and we will only allow those with relevant skill and experience to take part. The long course is only for those competitors that have competed in similar challenges, are very experienced in navigation in mountainous environments, in all weathers (and in the dark), and are fit. In previous years, we have had anything from 60% to 100% drop out rates (yes, in 2010 not 1 person finished the Lake District race!) and we urge you to take this as a warning.
General Event Rules for all Ourea Ltd Events:
1. The Participant must abide by the Event rules as laid out below by the Organiser. Ignorance of these rules by the Participant is no excuse and failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification from the Event. In the event of disqualification the Participant maybe required to leave the Event and travel back to the start at their own expense. In these circumstances no refund of the Participant’s entry Fee will be given.
2. The Golden Rule. Once registered, each Participant must download their SI data at the Event Centre before departing regardless if they have retired or not (or even not started). This is our check to account for everyone being safely off the hill.
3. All Participants are expected to enter into the spirit of this mountain running race and not seek to gain any unfair advantage.
4. Participants must comply with our basic safety rules and obey any reasonable instruction given by an event official.
5. On open hills and mountains, which are generally defined as Access Land, Participants may cross walls or fences but are encouraged to use gates and stiles where available.
6. On agricultural and farmland, Participants must follow rights of way, established footpaths and tracks and must NOT cross walls and fences except at designated crossing points, gates and stiles.
7. Any Participant seen dropping litter will be disqualified.
8. Participants must comply with the ‘Equipment List’ and carry all mandatory items as specified. Any breach of the mandatory kit list will result in disqualification.
9. Any Participant who acts in a manner that brings the Event into disrepute or endangers another competitor, marshal or member of the public will receive a life ban from Ourea Ltd events.
Specific Event Rules for The 10Peaks™ Brecon Beacons Race:
10. Any Participant that fails to visits all the checkpoints, in the correct order, will be automatically ranked below another competitor who has, regardless of their overall time.