FAN DANCE WINTER EDITION 6th & 7th Jan 2018 / FAN DANCE SUMMER EDITION 7th & 8th JULY 2018
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THE FAN DANCE RACE SERIES

WINTER & SUMMER EDITIONS


DOUBLE TAP - HIGH MOON - BLACK EDITION - TRIDENT


1st, 2nd & 8th July 2017 6th & 7th January 2018



EXERCISE STEEL BAYONET

P COMPANY PARATROOPER FAN DANCE


Saturday 16th September 2017


BASE CAMP INFORMATION

The Fan Dance Base Camp and all event administration will be at The Storey Arms Centre. Race start / finish point will be at the old red phone box next to the Storey Arms Centre.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=storey arms centre&hl=en&sqi=2&hq=storey arms centre&t=m&z=16&vpsrc=0

The P Company Paratrooper Fan Dance is not an out and back route and will start and finish in different locations. The Storey Arms will still serve as the event Base Camp and end of march Admin Point with a FOB (Forward Operating Base) at the march start zone established at the northern end of the Brecon Beacons range. Further detail and instruction to be announced via private email information packs.

KEY TIMING WINDOWS

REGISTRATION TIMINGS

SUMMER 2017

Evening before: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 17:00 to 21:00hrs

Race Day: Load Bearing: 05:30 to 06:45

Clean Fatigue: 06:30 to 07:45


FAN DANCE START TIMES

Load Bearing march start time: 07:00

Clean Fatigue race start time: 08:00


WINTER 2018

Evening before: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 17:00 to 21:00hrs

Race Day: Load Bearing: 06:30 to 07:45

Clean Fatigue: 07:30 to 08:45


FAN DANCE START TIMES

Load Bearing march start time: 08:00

Clean Fatigue race start time: 09:00


FAN DANCE HIGH MOON

REGISTRATION

SUMMER

RACE DAY: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 16:00 to 21:20


START TIMES

Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue joint start: 22:00

WINTER

RACE DAY: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 15:00 to 17:30


START TIMES

Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue Joint Start 18:00

CATEGORIES

LOAD BEARING

The Load Bearing category requires "Fan Dancers" to carry a weighted Bergen/rucksack and be self-sustained for the duration of the march. The Load Bearer's bergen must meet the stipulated weight requirements and must not be made up of "dead weight." The load must be made up of useful mountain safety items which will be provided in detail through email information updates. The Fan Dance Load Bearer must wear boots for both summer and winter editions.





CLEAN FATIGUE

Both the Summer & Winter Fan Dance have an Injured Veterans & Challenged Athletes Category. All registrations must be directed to ds@avalancheenduranceevents.com for careful mountain safety assesment.

Clean Fatigue is a military term of reference for parachuting without equipment. In the context of the Fan Dance it means that participants do not have to meet weight carrying requirements as per the Load Bearing edition. This format is designed for fell runners, mountain goats, racing snakes and anyone who doesn't fancy wearing boots and carrying a house on their back. Clean Fatigue runners will still be required to carry a small backpack containing specified mountain safety items which will be provided in detail through email information updates. The Clean Fatigue Fan Dancer can wear trail/fell running shoes but normal running trainers will not be permitted.




LOAD BEARING WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS

MEN: MAIN FIELD


35lb + food and water

WOMEN: MAIN FIELD


25lb + food and water

MASTERS: MEN &WOMEN


25lb + food and water

BLADE CATEGORY


45lb + food, water & simulated weapon

AGE FIELDS

Each category (Load Bearing and Clean Fatigue) will be open to both male and female entrants in the following age fields:


MAIN FIELD:

17-45 years

MASTERS:

years 46+ (on day of race)


CHECKS AND PROTOCOL

DIRECTING STAFF

The Directing Staff team are all former members of the SAS and SBS and are responsible for overseeing all matters related to mountain safety. Our Special Forces instructors are supported by a dedicated Mountain Safety Team (MST) which possesses vast experience from their tri services and civilian professional backgrounds.




WEIGH STATIONS

Load Bearers are to assemble at the DS (Directing Staff) manned weigh stations at pre-race registration. There will be a practice scale for you to self-test prior to official weigh in. There will also be weight checks at random points throughout the course and at the finish. Failure to meet weight requirements at any point results in being withdrawn from the official timekeeping and results.

LOADS

The days of carrying paint numbered bricks are long gone. Make sure your load is composed of useful items like emergency rations, waterproofs, spare clothes, a sleeping bag and anything else you would normally take for a day in the mountains. Allow extra weight to compensate for the food and water you will require during the march to ensure your load is always at or above the minimum weight requirements. If you do not feel you are capable of completing the event with weight simply register for the Clean Fatigue event as this requirement is waived. All participants will be provided with a kit list via email information update.


RV (RENDEZVOUS) PROTOCOL

Out on the course you will pass through a series of DS manned rendezvous points. You will be required to log in with the DS to have your race number recorded and your suitability to continue assessed. The same RV procedure is employed by the DS on the real SAS/SBS Selection course and is in place for safety reasons. It is therefore essential that you pass through each RV point and adhere to the measures in place. RV procedure applies to both Load Bearing and Clean Fatigue participants. You will be provided detailed instructions on proper RV protocol through email information updates.


Note: The DS manning the RV points are there to help you. If you have any questions, concerns, injuries, incidents to report, or are simply unsure of where to go next, the DS will help you and offer any assistance as is necessary.





THE ROUTE

The Fan Dance is a non-navigational exercise. The route follows a National Trust footpath and all trail intersections will be marked with direction arrows or manned my members of our MST (Mountain Safety Team). All participants will be provided with a Fan Dance specific 1: 50 000 scale map section of the route with easily identifiable key features and colour coded location segments. You must carry a compass as a safety backup.





RETIREMENTS

You can only retire at the roadside location at the halfway point of the event. If you need to do this, advise the Directing Staff at the checkpoint that you wish to retire and hand him your race number. You will be transported back to the start point by official transport as soon as is practical. Administrate yourself, put on warm kit (if it is cold) and consume good food and warm/cold fluids.

If you VW (Voluntary Withdrawal) out on the course you must do so at one of the official RV points or MST locations. Only when is tactically safe to do so you will be escorted off the mountain by one of our staff. We will offer any assistance as is necessary if you are in difficulty or unable to carry your Bergen.

NOTE: transport is insured for racers/participants only and The Fan Dance organisers cannot be held responsible for the movement or safety of any spectators who wish to follow the event.



ACCIDENTS, EMERGENCIES AND DANGER ON THE ROUTE

All participants will be supplied with a Safety Card prior to the race. This will detail emergency cell phone numbers and give "Actions On" instructions on how to respond if lost, injured or any other emergency. The Safety Card has a location key related to the colour codes on the route map. In all emergency scenarios please act as instructed and always help a fellow runner: bonus time will be given if necessary. Remember completing the march is far more virtuous than winning it and the greatest contribution you can give to the Fan Dance is to assist your fellow participants.

Mobiles and GPS devices are permitted but may only be used in emergencies. The local Mountain Rescue Service respond to emergencies.




KEY INFORMATION

Upon completing registration you will receive a number of email information packs that cover all matters Fan Dance not detailed on this website. The key information will cover, but not be limited to the following subjects, and will answer most of your questions:

*Clothing and Footwear

*Bergen/rucksack packing

*Training and preparation

*A history of The Fan Dance

*Race Day updates

*Post-march report

*Timings and event photos

Avalanche Endurance Events also has an active facebook and Twitter page which serves as a great information sharing platform and allows for the quick and effective distribution of news, images and event updates. The most valuable resource will be your fellow Fan Dancers who have a combination of military and civilian experience. All the top tips from the DS and previous Fan Dance editions can be found on these social media pages.


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Proud to support and donate to Brecon and CBMRT Mountain Rescue Teams, the 100 Peaks Challenge (The Soldier's Charity & ABF), 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.

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Relief map of Brecon Beacons including Pen y Fan