Fan Dance Dark Trail

Dark Trail is your opportunity to take on an arduous route march in the dark.  This event will give you a whole new take on the Brecon Beacons and Pen y Fan.

Special Forces carry out a large percentage of operations at night preserving the element of surprise. Training at night provides soldiers with the skills required to undertake such operations with a high rate of success.

Test your limits and your senses when you scale some of the highest peaks in South Wales and proceed to undertake a tough physical challenge under the cover of darkness.

Will you make it back before dawn?

This is not the Fan Dance route but a circular route devised by our DS.  Further details will only be released to registrants and the full route will not be made available ahead of the event.

Once you have completed you will receive a custom TSFE Dark Trail medal and certificate. First place prizes are given for each category for both male and female participants and team entries.

Compete In One Of The Below Categories

Forthcoming Events

winter fan dance series 12th-13th March 2022





WINTER FAN DANCE SERIES 21st-22nd January 2023

Mountain Page Break

Where Is It?

Pont Ar Daf Carpark

The Brecon Beacons National Park lies on the border between Mid Wales and South Wales. It’s home to waterfalls, forests, market towns and the highest peak in southern Britain.


By bus: Take the T4 service between Cardiff and Newtown. For up to date local bus information call Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 22 33 or use their online journey planner at TravelineCymru.

By train: The nearest train station is Merthyr Tydfil. The registration point (Pont ar Daf car park) is 11 miles (18km), 18 mins, by road.

By car: From the M4, follow the A470 north towards Brecon. There are large car parks at both The Storey Arms and Pont ar Daf. For more details, and to plan your journey from further afield, please use the Google Maps direction finder.

“Awesome!!! Tough Mudders, Spartan races do not come close. Nothing compares to the fan dance”

Dave, England

“Brilliant! Great that all the guys with the heavy stuff were so cheerful and shouting good luck”

Sally, North Wales

“Amazing. Very well organised with DS who obviously are committed to giving the runners the best experience possible. Well done. See you next year.”

Lee, Scotland