Tour of Torpantau Fell Race
AM, 12.8km/ 760m - 8 miles/ 2500ft
£3 on day only
Location: Start and finish will be at Upper Blaen y Glyn car park (GR SO 056176) Map
Please note that there are no toilets/ catering at Start/ Finish. There are toilet facilities at Talybont on Usk. The Star Inn at Talybont serves great food and beer and we aim to have a post race drink there.
Course Description: The race starts at the top end of the car park and includes 3 checkpoints which must be visited in the correct order, namely: CP1 - Fan y Big summit: GR SO 036206, CP2: Cribyn summit GR SO 024213 and CP 3 – Stile/ entrance to Blaen y Glyn forest at GR SO 059183. Finish at top end of car park.
Cut off Time: Competitors must reach CP1 (Fan y Big summit) within 50 minutes – failure to do so will result in competitors being compulsorily retired from the race.
CP1 & 2 will be manned and competitors are requested to shout their numbers clearly to the marshals. CP3 is unmanned but marked by red and white hazard tape.
The course offers a reasonable degree of route choice and will not be marked. Consequently competitors must be competent with a map and compass. Local knowledge would be beneficial.
The map, shown below indicates a possible route that competitors may wish to follow. It does not purport to be the most direct/ fastest route as it largely follows the Beacons Way which transverses Torpantau. The indicated precipitous, grassy descent to CP3, which may involve some scrambling is ‘off path’ - competitors should note that there are more runnable options/ less steep descents just past Craig y Fan Ddu.
Equipment/ Kit: In accordance with WFRA policy, competitors must wear/ carry all of the following equipment:
Dependent upon weather conditions, the Race Organiser may require competitors to wear/ carry full waterproofs. There will be kit checks at the start/ finish.
Other Matters to Note: There is no mobile phone signal at the start/ finish.
Retirement Procedure: Please, please report back to me at the finish if you decide to retire – and if appropriate, let other runners know of your intentions so they may inform the marshals.