Black Beacon Mountain Races
The Black Beacon Mountain races are linear long distance running races crossing the Brecon Beacons National Park from North to South. There are three race distances to choose from, a 22 mile trail race starting in Brecon, a 32 mile / 50k trail race (Ultra Bach) starting in Llangynidir, and a 50 mile ultra starting at 10pm on Friday night in Hay-on-wye. All races finish in Pontneddfechen at the Southern edge of the park.
The 50 mile race has 3750m of ascent and starts starts at 10pm on Friday 13th May
The 32 mile race has 2400m ascent and starts on Saturday 14th May
The 22 mile trail race has 1600m ascent and starts on Saturday 14th May
The 50 mile route - The toughest of all the races, with 3750m of ascent, starts at 10pm on the Friday night in the Market town of Hay-on-Wye at the Northern end of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains range. The route heads straight up Hay Bluff into the Black Mountains and the darkness of knight. A stunning and dramatic high-level ridgeline traverse over mountains summits follows, before dropping down to Llangynidir and the start of the Ultra Bach race.
The 32 mile (52k) ultrabach route - Starting in the small village of Llangynidr at the Northern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route heads out towards the central Brecon Beacons with some excellent running. The first summit is Tor Y Foel followed by a stunning climb past waterfalls to the top of Craig Y Fan Ddu. From here you join the Beacons Way crossing flatter ground to Fan Y Big, across the gap road, and then the steep climb up Crybyn where all routes meet. The route has 2400m ascent.
The 22 mile route starts with an amazing climb up the North Ridge of Cribyn (watch out- it's steep!) where it meets the ultra race runners at the top. All routes then head up 'Jacobs Ladder' to the summit of Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain. A short run across to Corn Du is followed by a fast fun descent to the Storey Arms Centre to cross the A470. Fan Fawr follows, then Fan Llia before dropping down a long descent into Ystradfellte and the fast runnable forest trails of Waterfall Country. Here you pass under the breath-taking Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfall - another highlight of the route. A fast mile all on forestry trails brings you to the finish in Pontneddfechen on the southern edge of the National Park. The 20 mile trail Race has 1600m ascent.
There are three race distances available for competitors. There is also the option of adding coach transport from the finish to the start. You can select the appropriate options when you sign up online.
This event offers the option to purchase Booking Protect, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.