Hi and welcome to our second Hi-Endurance challenge, the “Cambrian Endurance Spartan Series” which will be held on the last weekend in March annually.
The route is 40 miles point-to-point across the challenging terrain of the Cambrian Mountains. The challenge is for the Participants to carry a 25kg load, navigate their own way and complete it unsupported in under 20hrs. To enhance the challenge and test the participants resolve, there will be natural obstacles on route to contend with as well!
This is not an event for the inexperienced or the faint-hearted, and is only recommended for those physically able with suitable experience in similar hi-endurance events.
To enter the Cambrian Endurance Spartan Series, the participant must have successfully completed the Cambrian High Walk (Winter or Summer series) or a similar hi-endurance event organised by others in the Brecon Beacons or Elan Valley.
Most of you who find this challenge of interest would have heard of, know of, or have partaken in a similar infamous Military Selection Event held in the Central Brecon Beacons. The “Cambrian Endurance Spartan Challenge” is of the same calibre, which will test the participants stamina and will-power against the clock over the challenging wilderness terrain in the Cambrian Mountains.
The main Entry Category for this challenge will be:
Self-supported load-bearing – in this category the participants must carry a weighted Bergen/Rucksack of 25kgs that includes essential safety and mountain equipment, but excludes food and water for consumption; and will also navigate their own way over the full course from Start to Finish.
For those who are unable to partake in a loadbearing capacity, but still wish to test themselves on this challenging route, a secondary Entry Category is offered in: Self-supported clean fatigue - in this category the participants are not required to carry the 25kgs required in the load-bearing category, but must still carry suitable mountain rucksack containing essential safety and mountain equipment plus the required food and water. Yet again, participants in this category will navigate their own way over the full course from Start to Finish.
A recommended itinerary of required equipment and rations will be provided in the Event Pack two weeks prior to the Event. For those who require guidance or a refresher in Navigation and associated skills, a pre-event Navigation Day Course can be organised at the participant’s request.
The course starts at the foothill of Bryn Mawr in the Tywi Forest (North of the Llyn Brianne Reservoir) following the Camddwr North-West, over Esgair Ambor continuing North-West, then over Garn Gorn to head Noth and then North-East to Strata Florida.
From Strata Florida the route continues around the foothill of Esgair-y-Garn to head North-West to Ffair-Rhos. From Ffair-Rhos the route continues North-East over the Disused Mines to head North and then North-West to Pont-rhyd-groes.
From Pont-rhyd-gros the route follows the Afon Ystwyth to head East to Cwmystwyth. From Cwmystwyth the route heads North-West through the Rhos Peiran Wood to reach Nant Syddion, then heads North-East through Banc Nantycreuau Wood to reach the Cae Gaer Roman Fort in the Peraidd Fynydd Wood.
From the Cae Gaer Roman Fort the route follows the Afon Gwy East and then South-East through Troed-yr-esgair to reach Llangurig. Then from Llangurig the route heads North-East over Pen-hyle-mawr to Marsh’s Pool and continues over Cefn-y-bwlch to reach the Finish in Llanidloes.
Please note, this event is held in the Spring and is classified in a “Extreme/Hi-Endurance” category, which requires the participants to possess a high level of fitness, have extensive experience in similar long distance trekking events, possess advanced navigational skills and a high level of physical/metal resolve to undertake and successfully complete the event in such exposed wilderness terrain with the good possibility of all the unpredictable elements of the Spring months being against you.
It is mandatory that all participants wear appropriate clothing to suit mountain terrain and weather conditions, carry the essential personal safety and navigational equipment with a full understanding of its respective use, carry/consume hi-calorie food and adequate water to sustain themselves during the event in both Entry Categories of the event.
In respect to footwear, Participants in the load-bearing category must wear appropriate mountain boots with good ankle support; whilst Participants in the clean fatigue category may wear suitable fell-running or approach shoes. Trainers or any such unsuitable footwear will not be permitted.
There will be no exceptions in these requisites, where participants who do not comply will not be permitted to partake in the event. Sorry, but this is primarily for your own personal safety, and also to alleviate the risk of you compromising the safety of others.
With an Ascent +2,171m and -1,932m (of elevation gain), this route will push the participants to their limits, test their perceived boundaries, and push them beyond their wildest expectations.
A support team of Directing Staff will monitor progress of the participants throughout the course (Sweeper Teams following behind participants and mobile units positioned at key Rendezvous Points), whilst intermittent Check Points will record progress and monitor participant welfare from Start to Finish.
A memento of the event will be given to all participants, whilst the 1st, 2nd & 3rd best times over the course will receive certificate for their efforts in both categories.
• EVENT DATE: Saturday 25th of March 2017
• CATERGORY: Extreme/Hi-Endurance • VENUE: Cambrian Mountains
• PARTICPANTS: Minimum 35 Entrants
Endurance Spartan 40 – main event: £65 – 2 nights camping inclusive
Endurance Spartan 20: £40 - 20 miles – camping not inclusive
Endurance Spartan 10: £30 - 10 miles – camping not inclusive
Sorry, no Children below the age of 13 years due to Safety Reasons. Young-persons from 13-18 can only partake in the “Self-supported clean fatigue” category. All young-persons between the ages of 13-18 years must be accompanied by their Parent or Guardian for Safety Reasons.
Also, can all those who are interested in partaking, kindly visit our event Facebook Page, like the page, and confirm their intent to partake on the Facebook Page Event section as well, as we are looking to build a Facebook Community following for the Event. All notifications and updates respective to the Event will be posted on this Event Facebook Page.
The event organising team reserve the right to change sections of the Route or Check Point Locations prior to the Event, due to terrain associated restrictions or any other factors that could compromise the safety and welfare of the participants and support staff alike.
For further information or specifics regarding the Event, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are up for the challenge, we look forward to seeing you there...The Organising Team