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SW50

21-Jun-2019 Brecon, UK (Wales)

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80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 150 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £70 GBP

The SW50 is a 50 mile ultra-trail footrace starting in the Brecon Beacons and finishing in Cardiff, crossing the South Wales Valleys and the Brecon Beacons! It is a demanding test of endurance over varied and challenging terrain and is only suitable for experienced ultra-trail runners. The route has approximately 3200 meters of ascent and is over 90% on trails. Starting from the Pont ar Dawe Car Park at the foot of Pen y Fan, you will run over the main Brecon Beacons range brefore running back to Cardiff.

The SW50 starts at 10:30 on Saturday 4th June 2016.

The Route

The SW50 mile route starts at the foot of Pen Y Fan and joins the SW100 race route. Both routes head up the main Brecon Beacons Range of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big before the long descent to Talybont reservoir. From here the last big climb in the Beacons is Tor y Foel before turning back towards Cardiff via Tredegar, the Rhymney Valley and the rolling hills surrounding them. A final push over Caerphilly Mountain and Crag yr Alt brings you back to Castle Coch and a easy jog to the finish.

Event Base / Race HQ

The event base will be at the following address:

The Cardiff Harlequins Rugby Club,
The Diamond Ground
Whitchurch
Cardiff
CF14 7JN

http://cardiffharlequins.net/

Checkpoints

There will be manned checkpoints with the usual variety of energy foods and drinks. The checkpoint at mile 25 will provide a substantial meal option. Exact details of what you will find at each checkpoint will be provided before the race allowing you to plan an effective nutrition strategy. There will be a number of control points located on the course (for example the top of Cribyn) to ensure competitors follow the course correctly and to aid safety, they are not manned.

Time Limit

There is a 24 hour cut off time for runners to complete the SW50 course.

Route finding and navigation

The route is self navigation and you will receive a marked map with the route on it, a comprehensive road book with route description in it, and a gpx file of the route.

Organised Recces

There are four organised recce days throughout the year. 

Participant entry requirements & experience

The route requires participants to be self-sufficient, which means you must be able to complete the route as if without any support, carrying the appropriate compulsory kit and food and water beween checkpoints. For the SW 50 entrants will need to be able to navigate the route using map and road book. It is likely you will be finishing in the dark so you will need to be able to navigate and run in the dark. You will need the physical fitness to complete the event carrying the compulsory kit including food and water between checkpoints. There is no qualifying necessary for the SW50 but you must have gained the required skills and fitness levels to complete the course safely.

Gaining the Relevant Skills & Fitness

For more information about gaining the navigation/mountain skills and the relevant fitness levels please contact us. We can provide comprehensive fitness programmes and navigation training by highly experienced fitness professionals and mountain leaders. We can also provide custom route recce to individuals or small groups on days that suit.

Solo, Pair or Team

You can enter the event as an individual, a pair or a team of up to four. All members of pairs or teams must complete the course staying together. There is no relay option for the course.

What your entry fee includes

  • Checkpoints with refreshments
  • Event T-shirt
  • Event Medal
  • Camping at race HQ for Friday and Saturday night
  • Toilets, showers and changing facilities
  • Post Event Meal
  • Bus Transport from Cardiff to Brecon Beacons for SW50 competitors
  • Physiotherapy and First Aid Cover

 

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Ryan10Evans

09:09 18-09-18

What a brilliant event this is set in some of the toughest terrain in the country. I run the 50 so cant comment on the 100 but I'm sure the standard is constant throughout. The support you get at the checkpoints is second to none as is the food choice.
I can highly recommend the 50 but the event is pretty brutal from start to finish so be prepared :)

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luisteira

09:03 17-06-16

SW50 2016, A Pioneering Adventure!

According to the information provided by the organization, this was a 50-miler with 3200 meters of ascent... But I didn't realized what a tremendous difference could make two words present in the description: self navigation. I ended fifth, after covering around 56 miles and "plus" 3700 meters. It's hard to imagine how difficult is to keep on track while crossing the gorgeous Brecon Beacons, wandering under the sun by the Rhymney Valley and, when the sun went down, from the hilly surroundings of Caerphilly Mountain up to the finish line, already in Cardiff. After more than a dozen hours, on a sunny and wet June Saturday, even following the well-conditioned Taff trail is an enormous challenge. I enjoyed enormously the event, specially for the camaraderie amongst the few mountain-runners and the warming treatment from all race staff. Aid stations were full of good food and fresh drinks, and finish-line pack (t-shirt, medal... and beef stew!) was the cherry on top for a race which, with some slight improvements, I am sure will become a reference in UK ultra trail-running.

Personally, I would make a couple of changes. First, start time shall be before 10.30 AM, to allow the runners to enjoy Brecon Beacons with some fresh air, and avoid so much night running. Second, self navigation is cool, but some segments of the race need to be signaled: ok, will be easier, but this way we can go faster and avoid those extra miles that can destroy months of training for such a demanding event. Looking forward to seeing you all in SW50 2017!

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luisteira

08:39 16-06-16

SW50 2016, A Pioneering Adventure!

According to the information provided by the organization, this was a 50-miler with 3200 meters of ascent... But I didn't realized what a tremendous difference could make two words present in the description: self navigation. I ended fifth, after covering around 56 miles and "plus" 3700 meters.

It's hard to imagine how difficult is to keep on track while crossing the gorgeous Brecon Beacons, wandering under the sun by the Rhymney Valley and, when the sun went down, from the hilly surroundings of Caerphilly Mountain up to the finish line, already in Cardiff. After more than a dozen hours, on a sunny and wet June Saturday, even following the well-conditioned Taff trail is an enormous challenge.

I enjoyed enormously the event, specially for the camaraderie amongst the few mountain-runners and the warming treatment from all race staff. Aid stations were full of good food and fresh drinks, and finish-line pack (t-shirt, medal... and beef stew!) was the cherry on top for a race which, with some slight improvements, I am sure will become a reference in UK ultra trail-running.

Personally, I would make a couple of changes. First, start time shall be before 10.30 AM, to allow the runners to enjoy Brecon Beacons with some fresh air, and avoid so much night running. Second, self navigation is cool, but some segments of the race need to be signaled: ok, will be easier, but this way we can go faster and avoid those extra miles that can destroy months of training for such a demanding event.

Looking forward to seeing you all in SW50 2017!

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acharries

03:43 14-06-16

Every bit as hard as I expected, well organised and great support crew

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