I am going to attempt the Beacons Ultra Marathon in November. A 46 mile run around the Brecon Beacons with just a couple of huge hill. To prepare for this, I’ve done a few Very Long Runs recently, and explored more of the Brecon Beacons. Here are some photos, firstly of the actual route, and then of a run I did a bit further West confirming that the Brecon Beacons has the most spectacular landscape in the world.
We have more than 350 cottages in the area, but I’ll just mention a few…
It starts at Talybont, home to no fewer than 4 pubs, one shop, one canal, one river and 22 beautiful holiday cottages, ranging from little Kiwi cottage and Groves to the lovely Abercynafon, which you can see in the distance for a lot of the run above the reservoir.
I joined the course close to my house at Cantref, where we have a selection of 13 lovely cottages – I think it goes straight past Old Crofftau or Ann’s Barn.
Then, along the beautifully flat canal path, to Llangynidr (where we have 12 holiday cottages, perfect for spectators)
It then goes up a steep hill, which would be perfect for sledging down, but is less pleasant to run up. Judy is having a rest at the (near) top in this photo.
And a not-brilliant panorama from the top. I thought it would be award winning or something, but it was so bright and sunny I couldn’t see the screen.
And then along the side of the Talybont Reservoir – pretty stunning, but I got a bit lost after taking a wrong turn above Talybont Reservoir and rather than going back to where I went wrong, I battled with the undergrowth.
After the reservoir, there was the climb up “The Gap” (between the moutains of Fan-y-Big and Cribyn) and then down the otherside, back to Cantref. Exhausted… and that was only just over half what we’ll do in the actual race…
And last weekend, I did another long run a bit further West. I saw more wild horses than people! It was stunning, wild and empty!