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.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 18th Jan 2020


Saturday 27th June 2020


Compete In One Of The Below Categories


Clean Fatigue

  • For participants who wish to run or walk the route without a weight requirement.
  • A mandatory kit is required and a list is provided ahead of the event.


  • Minimum of 35lbs weight carried, excluding food and water.
  • Ankle supporting boots must be worn.
  • A mandatory kit list and guidance on what to pack for weight is supplied ahead of the event.

Over 50’s

  • Separate categories for those Over 50.
  • The same mandatory kit is required as for the Clean Fatigue and Loadbearing categories.
  • The Over 50’s Loadbearing is reduced to 25lbs.


Loadstone category is exclusive to those on the Loadstone Aptitude event, which encompasses three events in one series. Further details.

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