BLADE RUNNER ULTRA MARATHON SERIES
50km RACE THROUGH SAS SELECTION HEARTLAND DELIVERED BY AEE
BRECON BEACON MOUNTAINS
SUMMER EDITION 202110th July
WINTER EDITION 20225th February
CATEGORIESThe Blade Runner Ultra Series will be a Clean Fatigue category only with no Load Bearing element. There will be Men’s and Ladies fields in the following age categories.
ROUTE INFORMATION & RV PROTOCOLThe Bladerunner route follows a sequence of forestry trails, hill paths and old Roman roads, negotiating 2200m of elevation gain over the 50 km course. Along the route you will pass through a series of DS manned rendezvous points where you will be required to log in to have your name and race number recorded and your suitability to continue assessed. RV points will be stocked with hot food and drinks, with robust medical support and off-road vehicle rescue support. Owed to the very real risk of adverse weather conditions and the requirement to cover ground in darkness for at least two hours during the winter edition, the opening part of the course will be illuminated with military grade cyalumes to provide enhanced route marking. The Blade Runner route map is available for download and print on this page along with GPX files for your GPS device.
BLADE RUNNER ULTRA START & FINISHThe de-serviced old red phone box has marked the start and finish points of the Fan Dance for nearly sixty years of SAS Selection. It has now become an iconic landmark steeped in the finest history and tradition of our Special Forces. The Blade Runner ultra-marathon will also launch from the very same location and be a welcome site at the end of the race.
THE BATTLE FOR JACOB’S LADDERThe legendary climb up Jacob’s Ladder is synonymous with SAS Selection and can be especially challenging to negotiate when covered in snow and ice. The rocky and step like upper reaches of this southern face of Pen y Fan is steep enough to require hand and foot placements to reach the summit. Jacob’s Ladder will be one of the most well-known and famous segments of the Blade Runner course, rivalled by a number of other equally fearsome climbs you will have to negotiate.
NIGHT RUNNINGThe early part of the Winter Edition Blade Runner course will be run in darkness so head troches will be required. Head torches will be required unless the moon state is high with clear skies. Past editions of our Fan Dance night trail run have been blessed with strong ambient light conditions, increased further by the snow on the ground so there’s always a chance absorbing the spectacular scenery by moonlight.
BLADE RUNNER LEAGUE TABLESBlade Runner will have a league table for each category recording every edition of the race, ranking each historical finisher in order of their finish time. The Fan Dance Race has a competitive Clean Fatigue/trail run race league table of its own which can be viewed to assess the competition: LEAGUE TABLES
GENERAL EVENT INFORMATION
BASE CAMPThe Storey Arms Outdoor centre will function as the event Base Camp, administration area and Command Centre. Accommodation and meals are also available at the centre (winter edition only) with drying room access. The centre is located on the A470 at the foot on Pen y Fan mountain and the nearest towns are Brecon (North, and Merthyr Tydfil (South), both within a 20 minute drive. Street view
REGISTRATIONOwed to the early race start time Blade Runner will stage two registration openings, both to be staged at the event Base Camp. Race numbers issue and kit inspection will take place during the timing windows detailed below.
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SUMMER EDITIONFriday: 18:30 -21:00 Race Day: 05:00 – 05:45
WINTER EDITIONFriday: 17:00 – 21:00 Race Day 05:30 – 06:15