Brecon to Cardiff Ultra
The Brecon to Cardiff Ultra takes place on Sunday 19th February 2017. It is a 70k, one way fully marked race that winds its way from Brecon following the River Taff. You will start in the Brecon Beacons National Park with its dramatic mountain landscapes, past crashing waterfalls and crystal clear reservoirs. As you head further south you will encounter a different landscape with reminders of Wales’s industrial heritage.
The race starts at 07:30 from the Canal Basin next to Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon. (PLease Note registration for 2017 is in Christ Colledge Brecon). Here you join the Taff Trail which you follow all the way to the finish. The trail makes much use of an abandoned branch of the Taff Vale Railway and the Glamorganshire Canal. These had been built in the 18th and 19th centuries to transport coal and iron ore from Merthyr Tydfil, the Cynon Valley and the Rhondda valley to the docks at Cardiff and Barry. These routes, which although disused had remained largely intact, provide a convenient path along the narrow Taff valley.
From Brecon the route heads east following the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal to Talybont-on-usk. Here the route climbs (not steeply – but for quite a long way) to Torpantu, from this point it is downhill all the way to the finish! Passing Pontsticill Reservoir and the Brecon Mountain Railway you arrive in Merthyr at with great view of both the Cefn Coed Viaduct and Cyfarthfa Castle. Continuing south you will pass Aberfan and the memorial before reaching Pontypridd and finally the finish line at Nantgarw.
The first 30k of the route is alomost exclusively on footpath or Forestry Trails. From Merthyr the route follows a off road cycle path all the way to the finish.
As the route is linear, there is the option of competitors parking at the finish and be transported, by coach, to the start in Brecon.
For a map of the route please click here.
The event base and finish is at the following location:
Coleg y Cymoedd
The event base has the following facilities;
• Parking for participants
• Toilets and changing facilities
• Registration office
• Onsite refreshments
Race day timetable
• 06.00 Coach LEAVES Nantgarw for Brecon
• 06.30 Registration opens
• 07.30 Registration closes
• 07.30 Race brief
• 08.00 Race start
• 20.00 Cut off time Nantgarw
Entry Options and Prices
There is a choice of two entry options;
1) Race with parking and coach transport (from Cardiff to Brecon). £50
2) Race Only NO TRANSPORT! £42
There is a compulsory kit list that must be carried. You must carry the following:
Full body waterproof clothing, spare warm mid-layer top (must have thermal qualities and must be in addition to what you are wearing), warm hat, gloves, whistle, mobile phone (fully charged), compass, emergency blanket / bag, basic first aid kit, torch, water bottle / bladder, food suitable for your requirements.
The .gps file for the route is available here . To download the file right click on the link and choose 'save as' to download the file to your computer. You can then upload it to your device.
Checkpoints & Cut-off time
There will be a number of checkpoints supplying water, and a range of food / energy products. There is a cut off time for the event of 12 hours. This might sound tough but that is only 3.5 mph or 17.08 minutes per mile. To put it another way at this speed you'd do the first 26 miles in 7 hours 25 minutes!! If you do not reach the intermediate checkpoints at the desired speed (3.5mph) you will be withdrawn from the race.
Drop Bag-We will supply one drop bag from the start to the Merthyr Checkpoint at approximately 32k, and then onwards to the finish.
For FAQs please click here.
Race terms and conditions can be viewed here