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Aee: About The Organisers And Organisation

Avalanche Endurance Events: the organisation at the apex of the UK military fitness and events industry


The organisational foundations of the Fan Dance Race Series and its associated test week marches are built around a team of former members of the British Special Forces. Specifically, their instructors have all served in the Special Air Service or Special Boat Service, which by definition means they have completed either the SAS & SBS regular or reserve Selection course and have global training and operational experience. Having a combination of experienced soldiers who have undertaken both the regular and reserve Selection courses, as well as having instructed on Training Wing, they are uniquely and strongly positioned within the civilian world to deliver not only the most appropriate, but arguably the highest standard of event management and associated specialist training in the UK.

A contingent of former members of the UK Government Security Services, the army's SRR (Special Reconnaissance Regiment) and the Australian SAS Regiment also serve as a force multiplier to the core DS component, further adding new dynamics to existing levels of capability, placing them as a market leader in the world of endurance events, outdoor military training, adventure and wilderness & expeditionary medicine.

Mountain Safety Team

Avalanche Endurance Event's former Special Forces Directing Staff are supported by a dedicated Mountain Safety Team (MST) which possesses vast experience from their tri-service and civilian professional backgrounds. The military support elements include former and current serving personnel from the Parachute Regiment, Royal Marines Commandos, RM Mountain Leaders, RAF Regiment, Royal Engineers, Royal Army Medical Corps and the Royal Anglian and Light Infantry Regiments. The civilian contingent include a former police Chief Super Intendant & Flying Squad officer, experienced alpinists and mountain guides, high rope specialists, medical doctors, paramedics and current members of various Mountain Rescue Teams. We have by far, one of the most experienced teams of outdoors professionals available within the UK.

Ethos Values & Standard Operating Procedure

As an organisation Avalanche Endurance Events set and maintain incredibly high standards for both the safety and quality of the events they are able to deliver. As the UK's leading ultra-tough military event's organiser, they set themselves apart as the original Special Forces events organisation, offering the absolute closest SAS & SBS Selection experience outside of the actual military system. No other organisation is as well equipped, as well staffed or experienced to manage and deliver the demands of running military scale exercises of this kind. Their expertise is complimented by a fleet of off road vehicles, including search and rescue trail motor bikes, quad bikes with water crossing capabilities and a fully equipped field ambulance. The jewel in their crown is a technical Command & Control Vehicle, which along with their highly skilled Signals Officer supports the first and only patron based radio communications network in the entire UK endurance events industry. This unique and gold standard safety measure ensures all patrons are trained in the use of two way radio protocol and remain in contact with Mountain Safety Team operators whilst undertaking highly demanding and realistic Special Forces testing. Avalanche Endurance Events invest heavily in people, their patrons and equipment, and for that reason maintain an unblemished safety record in spite of hosting and delivering what are arguably among the most demanding and superior series of endurance events in the country, often staged in the most adverse and testing of weather conditions. This is achieved through the confidence drawn from having the right people with the right skills and experience at all levels within the organisation.

Avalanche Endurance Events are understandably proud of their heritage and achievements; as the first and original organisers of the Fan Dance Summer and Winter edition events and, as the only organisation in the UK able to deliver the entire test week series. Their values are forged on the SAS Regimental ethos of humility, discipline, humour and the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.


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Proud to support Brecon & CBMRT Mountain Rescue Teams,The ABF (Airborne Force s Charity), The Pilgrims Bandits, The True Grit Initiative, and the Friends of Storey Arms project for disadvantaged children. A special tribute to Support Our Paras, the official Parachute Regiment Charity and home of the UK's original military challenge, the legendary Paras 10 TAB of P Company fame.

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