Breaking: The 10Peaks™ Brecon Beacons (long course) carries 5 qualifying points for UTMB events.
Starting from race headquarters in Talybont-on-Usk, you will head out to the western extreme of the course, the Black Mountain, traversing along some spectacular ridgelines, tackling some torrid climbs and passing over 2 of the 10 highest peaks (Fan Fawr and Fan Llia). There will be 3 feed stations along this section of the course that will help prepare you for the tough long ascent of Fan Brycheiniog and then Bannau Sir Gaer, at the furthest point west on the course. From here you will be able to look east and see just how far you have travelled (and how far you still have to go!). You will then begin your return journey following a more northerly route back to Talybont, which although shorter than the first half, will seem a lot tougher. There are only 2 feed stations on the way back and 6 peaks still to bag. Some very painful climbs on tired legs will see you across the most stunning and dramatic looking landscape in South Wales. This will include the highest and most iconic mountain in the south of Britain, Pen y Fan. From the top of that famous red sandstone ridge you will be able to look east and west (on a clear day) to gain a real perspective of just how far the course takes you and how amazing the Brecon Beacons really are. A couple more peaks to go before you see the familiar sight of Craig Pwllfa, the first ridgeline that you climbed to some 20 hours or so earlier. A pleasant run downhill to Talybont Reservoir and a short flat trail section is all that now stands between you and the finish of what will undoubtedly be one of the toughest challenges you will have faced.
Here are the details of the peaks that you will encounter, and the order in which you must conquer them –
- Fan Fawr, 734 metres
- Fan Llia, 632 metres
- Fan Brycheiniog, 802 metres
- Bannau Sir Gaer, 749 metres
- Fan Gyhirych, 725 metres
- Fan Nedd, 663 metres
- Fan Frynych, 629 metres
- Pen y Fan, 886 metres
- Cribyn, 795 metres
- Fan y Big, 719 metres
Competitors must complete the course by visiting the check points in the correct order. The course follows the (squashed looking loop) route marked below, in a clockwise direction.
This route may be subject to change should conditions require.
Please see last year’s map below as a rough guide of what to expect for the 2017 route – all changes and a GPX file download will be coming soon. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be first to hear about updates.