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Saturday January 10th – Fan Dance Race, winter edition


Report from Richard Clarke: Last Saturday I competed in the Fan Dance Race Winter Edition organised by Avalanche Endurance Events. I ran as a ‘load-bearing’ competitor, carrying a 25lb+ bergen over the 24 K course. The event is organised by former Special Forces personnel and closely follows an element of the SAS selection process. It is held at the same time of year, over the same course and with similar rules.
The course is an ‘out and back’ over Pen Y Fan (886m) in the Brecon Beacons. It starts with a fairly steep climb to the summit, followed by a longer, gentler run down the other side to the turn point.
Weather conditions were generally good, although it was very wet and extremely windy at points – blowing some competitors off their feet. Conditions got better during the day; the grey, wet and windy weather clearing to be replaced by some sunshine.
I completed the course in just under 5 hours without really pushing it and now fancy doing the summer event in July to get a better time.

  1. #1 by Tamara on January 15, 2015 - 3:42 pm

    Not as crazy as Sarah Fuller, but still… did you want to join the SAS as a kid?

  2. #2 by Howard on January 15, 2015 - 4:37 pm

    Well done Richard. The toughest race in the UK to follow Sarah’s most Brutal race in the UK. I feel a four Yorkshireman sketch coming on.
    PS what was in the 25lb bag?

  3. #3 by Matt P on January 15, 2015 - 6:09 pm

    You’re a nutter! Variety is the spice of life.

  4. #4 by Richard Clarke on January 16, 2015 - 12:20 am

    Thanks all. They asked that bags were packed with useful kit only as far as possible – sleeping bag at the bottom saved soreness and made load bearable. Still needed a few dead weights to make the limit. Having packed, they did insist on removal of consumables, before the weigh in so, with water, would have been quite a bit heavier.

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