The Fan Dance 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 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.