The Pen y Fan Race from the drone

Thanks to Andy Creber for this new view of the race, taken from a remote control helicopter drone, with interesting soundtrack...

Testing the Gold Beacons ale

Thanks to Brecon Brewing we have a bottle of Gold Beacons ale for all runners (except the juniors!). They say it is a deep golden ale brewed with Progress and Pioneer hops for a soft yet well defined bitterness, which balances the blend of malts.Ingredients: Brecon water, Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt, Caragold malt, Malted Oats; Progress and Pioneer hops; yeast But before handing this out, we do have to follow our strict quality control procedures, so I’m checking it out now. Here’s ... read more

Pen y Fan headcam video

This fantastic video was recorded by Mark Bevan of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC at the Pen y Fan Race in 2013 - it really captures the experience. It also reminds me what a hot day we had - especially poignant since only a few hundred metres away those SAS reservists were getting into big big trouble. For those using this as a guide to the race, note that Mark and the others around him took a descent line of questionable merit from Pen y Fan. Instead of descending direct down the steep ... read more

Photos from Pen y Fan 2013

Here are some photo’s from the start, summit and finish of today’s Pen y Fan Race. Photo's were kindly taken by Tony Law on the summit (using a very old and primitive digital camera, he says), and at the finish by an innocent bystander who didn't run away when I handed her my camera - she did an excellent job (with a cheap camera) so thanks to her on everyone's behalf. Please let us know who this was, if you know, so we can acknowledge her input more... read more

Experiences of a competitor

I found this review of the Pen y Fan race from Anthony Clarke, a novice fell runner and self-confessed "plodder", who ran in 2011 and 2012 and described his experiences eloquently with profile and speed graphs. You can see Anthony's results here, confirming that he improved a lot second time around. Hope we'll see you in 2013 Anthony - you could definitely get under... read more

Countdown timer added

I've added a little countdown timer to the home page, showing this: The Pen y Fan Race starts in // I got the JavaScript from and added the script into the Brecon Fans home page using the mojoPortal editor (TinyMCE) - all nice and easy. I've also tidied up some of the styling so that all text can be re-sized in the browser (for our veteran runners ). This meant changing all text styles from using fixed sizes to using proportional sizes... read more

Dates and times for 2013, and web site tweaks

We’ve set the dates for 2013… 13th – 14th July. The start time for Pen y Fan will be an hour later, at 12 noon, to give travellers more time to arrive.

And I’ve tweaked the web site to make the text bigger. All suggestions welcome for further changes.

Online entry is now open for 2013!

Fan y Big 2012 - blood, sweat and mud

Just back from the race – another classic. Pete Ryder and Harry Matthews led the way in a battle from start to finish. Harry took a flyer on the descent, injuring significant proportions of himself and eating quite a bit of mud, but bravely kept it together and even took the lead for while until the final sprint finish. We couldn’t separate them at the tape, so it was 1st prize shared, with a time of 1:16 or so. Conditions were very heavy underfoot so times were generally down. I hobbled ... read more

Photos from Pen y Fan 2012

I’ve already published this set here but here they are again in slightly larger versions on my SkyDrive. Pen y Fan Race 2012 VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL read more

Final details for Pen y Fan

It’s race morning, gentle drizzle, low cloud, but no wind. Here’s the view of Pen y Fan from our front garden… If you are coming to the Pen y Fan Race today (and why wouldn't you?!) please be aware of the following... Parking Due to the recent rains, the field on the right of the track is out of bounds for parking, at the farmer's request. Combined with the fact that we are a championship race this year, this means there will be some pressure on parking space. Please share transport where ... read more
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