Equalising the Pen y Fan record prizes

Many will be aware that there used to be an "overall record" prize for Pen y Fan that had risen by £100 per year for the past 12 years and was standing at £1200 in 2018 (in similar manner to the way the "Man vs Horse" winner's prize was raised each year). The original reasoning for this was that Keith Anderson's 30-minute record was said to be unbeatable, so it seemed a bit of fun to try to entice top class runners with a growing prize. The ladies record being 27.5% slower was said to be... read more

Photos from Fan y Big 2008-9

I just found some photos from the Fan y Big Horseshoe from 2008 and 2009, enjoy!

Comments system switched to Disqus

I've upgraded the site to the latest version of mojoPortal CMS, and switched the comments systems to use Disqus, which is nowadays pretty ubiquitous and behaves better than the previous Facebook comments thing.

I'm hoping to find time to update the look and feel of the site soon, but that's always surprisingly time-consuming! Watch this space.


Online entry for the Black Mountains Race!

Mark Palmer, Emma Bayliss and I have taken on (from the one and only John Darby) the organisation of the Black Mountains Race. This is Mark on the way to victory some years ago... We've added online entry this year, through the Brecon Fans website as this already had all the ecommerce facilities established. If you've ever entered Pen y Fan or Fan y Big online, then entering the Black Mountains Race is now a gentle wind - just sign in with your usual account and visit the Enter... read more

Now fully encrypted!

Of course the Brecon Fans website should run under https encryption, because people can log in and pre-enter! But encryption for home/hobby websites has always been a problem as it has required significant payments and/or complicated configuration. I should say.. it's not as if we have ever been putting people at risk, as payment for our race entries is taken by PayPal, which has its own security, but it did mean usernames and passwords for this site were travelling over the wire... read more

2016 pre-race information

Weather and Kit @ Pen y Fan The forecast is mixed, with a good chance of rain, high winds on the high ground, and severely reduced visibility on the hill. Or it might be a sunny spell, but we all must plan for the worst. Therefore we will be requiring full kit at Pen y Fan, that is: Bumbag or rucksack Full windproof body cover (i.e. jacket and long trousers) Compass Map of the route (can be picked up at registration) Whistle For the up-to-date mountain weather forecast... read more

Social sign in now improved

I noticed a few days ago that registering with a Google account was no longer working on this site. We use the Janrain social sign-in toolkit, and a little investigation showed this was all to do with the change from Google to Google+ accounts (some boring yada here). I think it works now, and we also enabled sign-in with Disqus and OpenID too (not that anyone knows their OpenID, but it's kinda geeky). read more

Entry list - now with links to each runner's previous results

A few months back I restructured the Brecon Fans database to ensure we have one primary record for each runner, no matter how many times they have entered and run our races. This was harder than it might sound, as we had a) lots of runners with variations in their spellings and even dates of birth and it was hard to tell which variations were real, and b) we had lots of runners called Jones, Davies and Williams! Anyway, once done, I realised it should be simple to activate a link to each... read more

Article about the Brecon Fans Races in Mens Fitness

One of our competitors at Pen y Fan and Fan y Big last year - Damian Hall - is a journalist. He's had a piece about the races published in Men's Fitness magazine, and kindly sent us a link:


Results page fixed at last

To cut a very long story very short, I have fixed the searchable results page which has been broken for months! Apologies for the interruption. I use to keep the results in a separate Access database file that I could upload to the web server easily after the race, but the mechanism for reading this broke when my web hosts migrated onto 64-bit Windows Server 2012. On that operating system it is only possible to have either 32-bit or 64-bit Access database drivers, and it wasn't working out... read more
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