Fan Dance Eclipse

Take on the Original Fan Dance and Fan Dance Dark Trail in the same weekend. These two events back to back will test your endurance and your stamina as you battle through fatigue.


The Original 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 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.


Dark Trail is your opportunity to take on the challenge in the dark. This event will give you a whole new take on the Brecon Beacons and Pen y Fan. Test your limits and your senses when you scale the highest peak in South Wales and proceed to undertake a tough physical challenge under the cover of darkness. Will you make it back before dawn?

Sign up to complete the double with a choice of Saturday Fan Dance + Dark Trail or Dark Trail + Sunday Fan Dance.

If you’re already signed up to our Fan Dance then just select the Bolt On in the ticket options to add Dark Trail to your experience.

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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.

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“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