Pen y Fan Race - SUNDAY 9th July 2023

A quote from Keith Anderson, holder of the "unbeatable" record from 1992:

It is a great course and I never forget the feeling of flying I got on that descent

If you would like to enter, or just come along to watch the race, this should tell you everything you need to know. If you have any more questions, please contact us.

Date

Sunday 9th July 2023

Time

Start 12:00 noon. No entry on the day. Pre-entered runners collect number and timing wristband 10:30-11:30.

Location

Cwm Llwch car park (SO 006 245) near Brecon. NB the race start is another 15 minutes walk up the valley.

See interactive maps below.

Printable maps showing directions from Brecon: Map1 Map2

Parking

There is plenty of parking space in the areas to the left and right of the track after the gate at the end of the tarmac road. Please do not drive beyond the large boulder on right-hand side of the track.

Entry fee

£8 in advance (seniors and juniors aged 15 and over, who will enter the senior race).

Junior race (up to and including age 14): £1 (find out more)

How to enter

Enter online via Fabian 4 - you will be able to select whether you want to enter Fan y Big Horseshoe, Pen y Fan, or both. Entry closes midnight Thursday 30th June.
Enter Online

Entries limited to 150.

In line with WFRA Safety Guidelines, we will refuse entry at any time (before or after registration) to any competitor who, in our opinion, does not have the appropriate kit, equipment, experience or navigational skills required to complete the race safely and in a reasonable time.

Distance

5.8 kilometres or 3.5 miles

Ascent

588 metres or 1,930 feet

Classification

"AS". Experience required; local knowledge advantageous; navigational skills required. There is a cut-off time of 60 minutes at the summit of Pen y Fan - competitors not making this cut-off will be retired from the race.

Kit requirement

Full windproof body cover (i.e. jacket and trousers), map, compass & whistle. Requirements may be relaxed on the day depending on weather conditions.  Please make sure you have all items with you, or prepare to be disqualified and embarrassed! Please read our safety guidelines.

No dogs. The use of music/sound equipment that restricts hearing is prohibited.

Age limit

Normally 16 or over on race day, but for 2022 it is 15 or over on 31/12/2022. This is to permit the U17 category in the Junior Championships to participate in the main race.

Male record

30.00 Keith Anderson 1992

Female record

38.15 P.Calder/C.Crofts 1990/92

Prize categories

Male: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st V40, 1st V50, 1st V60, 1st V70, 1st V80

Female: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st V40, 1st V50, 1st V60, 1st V70, 1st V80

Special prizes

1st Male over both Brecon Fans races (decided on position, then fastest time of positions are equal)

1st Female over both Brecon Fans races (decided on position, then fastest time of positions are equal)

£200 for setting new M/F records

1st local (strict rules apply, but we are not sure what they are)

1st male club team (3 runners)

1st female club team (3 runners)

Organizers

Naomi Law and Crispin Flower (07984 807186)

Race route

See interactive maps below

Route map (new window) - printable route map suitable for carrying in your bumbag

Route description (including description of bad weather route)

Route video (WMV) (12MB file)

Route with waymarkers shown on an interactive Ordnance Survey map

There is a cut-off time of 60 minutes at the summit of Pen y Fan - competitors not making this cut-off will be retired from the race.

Pen y Fan Race profile