Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:27
I guess this is the MCN Brecon Ultra? I've done it twice and am doing it again as the final one in the 2013 Welsh One Day Ultra Series...
They are brilliant, friendly events - I don't know what your background is, but here's a bit of a wake-up call jus in case
It's TOUGH, hilly, muddy, boggy - some sections will have you crawling on hands and knees. My 40-mile PB time is 6:15, on this course it's over 9 hours! You'll start and finish in the dark.
DON'T skimp on kit, take warm, waterproof clothing - the weather changes rapidly up in the mountains. In May, a glorious, warm morning turned into a freezing cold battle on the ridge up to Corn Du and Pen y Fan.
What caught me out on the first year was the hills and terrain, (muddy, boddy, rocky) if you can get some hours in trudging up and down big hills then that's the best advice I can give really.
Having said that, it's an amazing course - not as challenging as the summer version, (you don't go up Cribyn). There's a great crowd who do these events regularly and the organisers are just some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. My profile photo was taken at last year's event halfway up to Pen y Fan!