Countdown to Event
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 round 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 a DS Hunter team. You will be given a head start of 15 minutes before the pack of ‘Wolves’ (DS) will be released and on your tail. If they catch you your arm band will be removed signifying you have been caught. For all those who make it to the finish ahead of the pack you will be awarded the Fan Dance Hunted Survivor medal. If you are caught up with and your arm band removed then don’t stress! You can still continue on route to the end and be awarded with a Hunted Finisher’s medal.
NEW FOR 2019
If you are caught by a wolf and your armband is taken you’re now given the oportunity 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.
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.
You can only be captured by ‘Wolves’ witin the same category as yourselves. For example only a Loadbearing (35lbs) Wolf can remove the arm band of a Loadbearing (35lbs) runner.
Every Finisher who evades capture and finishes the route will be awarded the Fan Dance Hunted Survivor medal. Each Finisher who is caught and continues to finish will receive the Captured but Completed Medal.
There will be TSFE awards for winners of all categories.
Every finisher will recieve a certificate of completion, Compliementary half way snacks, complimentry Hot food and drink at the finish.
An exclusive Fan Dance Hunted Survivor medal will be awarded for all those who evade capture and make it back to the red phone box.
Whilst a Fan Dance Hunted Finisher’s medal will be awarded to all those who are captured but still complete the route within the cut off times set by the organisers on the day.
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 start point (Storey Arms car park) is 11 miles (18km), 18 mins, by road.
By car: From the M4, follow the A470 north towards Brecon. There is a large carpark at The Storey Arms. For more details, and to plan your journey from further afield, please use the Google Maps direction finder.