Black Mountains 50 & 100 Mile Trail Running Challenge

We are very excited to be offering our very first long distance Trail Event on the Beautiful Black Mountains deep in the heart of the National parks.

Sat 18 Jul 2020

Trail Running

400
Competitor Limit

Perth-y-Pia Outdoor Activity Centre
Llanbedr,
Crickhowell
Wales
NP8 1SY

Event Stats

Distance

80.5 KM

50 Miles

Total Elevation

Elevation stats coming soon!

Elevation Chart

Elevation chart coming soon!

Entry Fee

£ 95

Difficulty: Strenuous

Registration: 7:00 am

Briefing: 8:30 am

Start Time: 9:00 am

Cut Off Time:

Distance

160.9 KM

100 Miles

Total Elevation

Elevation stats coming soon!

Elevation Chart

Elevation chart coming soon!

Entry Fee

£ 180

Difficulty: Strenuous

Registration: 7:00 am

Briefing: 8:30 am

Start Time: 9:00 am

Cut Off Time:

We are very excited to be offering our very first long distance Trail Event on the Beautiful Black Mountains deep in the heart of the National parks.

July 18/19th 2020
The date to add to your diary

This long distance challenge is one that will fulfil the elite and seasoned runner besides also offering amazing support for the less experienced trail runner who may be looking to step up a gear and attempt to challenge themselves with the knowledge that they will be receiving incredible support and checkpoints throughout the duration of the run.

Support crews and supporters will be most welcome during the event..

What you can expect

Friday afternoon the Trail Events Team will welcome you to Race HQ – camping and parking will be available close to the start of the race. Registration and kit check will be available for an easier pre-race morning. For those unable to attend Friday please do not worry as a gentle start time of 9am will allow everyone a stress-free race morning …

Both race distances will start together. This Trail Challenge is a self- navigation experience however we will be supporting certain areas that may lead to some confusion with our Traditional Signs along side some added night time route markers…however every runner will be tracked by our team throughout the entire race. Family and friends will be able to monitor and support each and every one of you..

Each competitor will pass a stringent kit check during registration and at the main CP Zones on route … Mountain Rules set by the Local Mountain Rescue Team must be obeyed.

There will be incredible support on your challenge as our aim is to ensure that the experience is to inject confidence that the Trail Events Team will do everything to make this challenge, whether it’s your first attempt or not, an incredible experience which hopefully will inspire you to achieve and fulfil future goals and aspirations.

On route we will be supporting you with our traditional Check Points but to go that step further we will be providing Two Sleep and Eat Zones (sleep for the longer distance) at these zones you will be supported by our staff who will be providing incredible support – you will we welcomed with hot homemade delicious food, all dietary needs catered for, hot and cold drinks and homemade cake…

Besides this there will be a chance for a hot shower, rest and change of clothes if needed (a drying room is available at one Sleep Zone) An in-house medic and Sports Therapist will be on hand for any issues that may require attention. Both Zones will have a separate QUIET SLEEP ZONE and a dining area. Drop bags for both distances will be in-situ and will be returned to HQ for the finish…

Support crews, friends and families are more than welcome to attend the Sleep and Eat Zones however we do ask that runners take president over all….

During the event you will also be supported by a full mobile medical unit, support runners will be on the course at various locations if needed for vital support – both experienced within this Mountain Range.

The routes
The 50 mile route will be one circular run with 2 Mini Check Points along side The main Sleep and Eat Zone – 1 medium drop bag
Food and drinks will also be available at HQ at the finish
50 miles = 20hrs approx

The 100 mile route will be a reverse of the first 50 miles with 7 Check points Including 2 main Sleep and Eat Zones – 2 large drop bags- containing sleeping bag and mat if desired
Food and drinks will be available at HQ at the finish
100 miles= 35hrs approx.

Cut off times will be available very soon along with route maps. Any runner who assists an injured participant will be rewarded with a time reward.

Besides all this incredible support you will be awarded with our bespoke Medal, a unique T Shirt and Buff to wear with pride ….

Brief route outline

Starting at Perth y Pia Llanbedr the route takes you straight up to the Black Mountain ridge- descending into the valley to climb Mc Namaras pass back to scale the summit of Waun Fach. Leaving this behind you then follow the ridge to Lord Herefords Knob before heading back down to your first Check Point at the base of Hay Bluff … refuelled you once again climb back over the Offas Dyke path and head towards the stunning Cast Back ridge which leads you into the Olchen Valley and your next Eat and Sleep Zone based in Longtown …when re-energised you will take once again take on the ridge to drop down onto the breath taking Abbey of Llantony…following the Beacons Way you will then head over Hattteral Hill and descend to another Check Point close to the prominent Sugar Loaf Mountain …heading up and over the summit you will begin your final assault on the Mountains, a more gentle climb awaits you before your last vicious hill, glorious to the finish ( 50 miles) …after recovering with amazing hot food, showers and rest you turn around and face the mountains once again …

The Route

Map coming soon

Brief route outline …

Starting at Perth y Pia Llanbedr the route takes
you straight up to the Black Mountain ridge-
descending into the valley to climb Mc Namaras
pass back to scale the summit of Waun Fach.
Leaving this behind you then follow the ridge to
Lord Herefords Knob before heading back down to
your first Check Point at the base of Hay Bluff …
refuelled you once again climb back over the Offas
Dyke path and head towards the stunning Cast
Back ridge which leads you into the Olchen Valley
and your next Eat and Sleep Zone based in
Longtown …when re-energised you will take once
again take on the ridge to drop down onto the
breath taking Abbey of Llantony…following the
Beacons Way you will then head over Hattteral Hill
and descend to another Check Point close to the

Brief route outline …

Starting at Perth y Pia Llanbedr the route takes
you straight up to the Black Mountain ridge-
descending into the valley to climb Mc Namaras
pass back to scale the summit of Waun Fach.
Leaving this behind you then follow the ridge to
Lord Herefords Knob before heading back down to
your first Check Point at the base of Hay Bluff …
refuelled you once again climb back over the Offas
Dyke path and head towards the stunning Cast
Back ridge which leads you into the Olchen Valley
and your next Eat and Sleep Zone based in
Longtown …when re-energised you will take once
again take on the ridge to drop down onto the
breath taking Abbey of Llantony…following the
Beacons Way you will then head over Hattteral Hill
and descend to another Check Point close to the

Checkpoint Info

9AM START HQ CP 1 APPROX
15 MILES
GOSPEL PASS
5 HRS
2 PM CUT OFF
SATURDAY
2PM CP2 APPROX
25 MILES
LONGTOWN AC
5 HRS
7 PM CUT OFF
SATURDAY
7PM CP3 APPROX
40 MILES
SUGAR LOAF
5 HRS
MIDNIGHT CUT OFF
SATURDAY
2AM
(TURN AROUND)
HQ APPROX
50 MILES
FINISH 50 20 HRS FINISH (2 AM) 50
5AM CP 5 APPROX
60 MILES
SUGAR LOAF
4 HRS
6 AM CUT OFF
SUNDAY
MIDDAY CP 6 APPROX
75 MILES
LONGTOWN
6 HRS
MIDDAY CUT OFF
SUNDAY
3PM CP 7 APPROX
88MILES
GOSPELL PASS
5 HRS
3PM CUT OFF
SUNDAY
HQ FINISH 100 8PM 35 HRS SUNDAY

Checkpoint Info
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Checkpoint Info
Coming Soon

Event countdown

Kit List

Parking

Parking will be available at Perth y Pia Outdoor Activity Centre.

Parking onsite on Saturday and Sunday - Cost £5 per day

Perth-y-Pia Outdoor Activity Centre
Llanbedr,
Crickhowell
Wales
NP8 1SY

Number & Timing Chip

Numbers and timing chip's are to be collected on the day of the event at registration.

Please make a note of your registration time for the distance you selected and make sure you arrive giving yourself enough time to register.

Please also make a note of your briefing time and ensure you attend the briefing.

Both the number and the timing chip have to be worn at all times during the event.

You also have the chance to rent GPS tracking units, which enable your friends and family to track you all the way around the course.

Signage

We use a number of signs during our events. Arrow markers are on a hi-viz reflective red with white arrow to mark the direction to be taken.

We also use striped tape, these are placed after any split to reassure you that you are on the correct trail. We also use them along long stretches where no turn off is required or directional arrows needed.

We advise runners to bring a map of the route with them on event day in case of emergencies. You can download the map and print it and you can download GPX files to your device.

What You Get

  • Trail Events Co large bespoke finishers medal
  • Trophies for first three male and female runners in each distance
  • Energy refreshments at the checkpoints and finish line
  • Experienced medical cover – Medics (Mobile)
  • Friendly, personal assistants, advice and support
  • Fully Signed Course
  • Chip Timing
  • Also on offer:
  • Technical Running T-shirt (£10)
  • GPS tracking units (available at £20 per day for hire)

What Do You Get
Camping

Camping

Camping is available Perth y Pi Outdoor Activity Centre on Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights (17th, 18th, 19th July)

Cost is £10 per person per night (Parking included)

Perth-y-Pia Outdoor Activity Centre
Llanbedr,
Crickhowell
Wales
NP8 1SY

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