The Fan Dance Hunted
Fan Dance HUNTED Spring 2020
This is a 24km route march in the Brecon Beacons which is infamous within the ranks of all UKSF soldiers. It is now over 50 years old and still today forms the first major hurdle on Selection and is a major indicator of whether a potential UKSF soldier has the physical and mental determination to complete it within the cut off time set by the D.S (Directing Staff). The route starts and finishes at The Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre and ascends Pen y Fan which is 2,907 feet (886 m…). The turn round point is at Torpantau where candidates will have to quickly turn around then return using the same route back up and over Pen y Fan via a very steep path known as Jacobs Ladder.
The Fan Dance with a twist
Sound familiar? Well now we are introducing a little more adrenaline into the event by way of an hungry hunter team known as the “Wolves”, which includes our most eager DS Staff. You will be given a head start of 20 minutes before the pack of ‘Wolves’ will be released and on your tail. For all those who make it to the finish ahead of the pack you will be awarded the coveted Fan Dance Hunted Survivor medal!
If you are caught up with and your arm band removed, then don’t stress! You can still continue along the route to the end and be awarded with a Hunted Finisher’s medal. However, if you are caught by a wolf and your armband is taken, you’re now given the opportunity to catch the wolf up to retake your armband. Of course, it doesn’t stop there as these wolves are hungry. It is possible that the Wolf may catch you up once more, so speed is of the essence to evade capture.
Every Finisher who is caught by the wolves but still completes the route will be awarded the HUNTED FINISHER medal and certificate. For those robust and fit enough to evade capture and finish the route will be awarded the Fan Dance Hunted SURVIVOR medal and certificate.
There will be TSFE awards for winners of all categories.
Every registrant will receive complimentary half way snacks and Hot food / drinks at the finish. You will also be given access to our exclusive Members RV group where you can download, tag and share your memories of the day in the form of high resolution images giving you fantastic memories of your day to keep forever.
Saturday 26th SEPTEMBER 2020
Saturday 24th april 2021
Saturday 25th SEPTEMBER 2021
SATURDAY 23RD APRIL 2022
Compete In One Of The Below Categories
- 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.
- 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.
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”
“Brilliant! Great that all the guys with the heavy stuff were so cheerful and shouting good luck”
“Amazing. Very well organised with DS who obviously are committed to giving the runners the best experience possible. Well done. See you next year.”