OTT Ultra Marathon

The Bothy, Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil. CF47 8RE, Race Start 8am. Registration from 6.30am

OTT Ultra Marathon

  Sat 04/Nov/2023 - Sat 04/Nov/2023

Prices From

Affiliated Runners £55, Non Affiliated Runners £57

Sat 04/Nov/2023 - Sat 04/Nov/2023 Race Start 8am. Registration from 6.30am

About OTT Ultra Marathon

OTT Ultra Marathon (Off The Tarmac)

30 miles - Brecon Beacons

Saturday 4th November 2023

This fantastically runnable Ultra Marathon will test your limits as it takes you through the heart of the Brecon Beacons on beautiful, but technical trails.
The ultra starts at Cyfartha Castle and works its way onto the Taff Trail. After a few miles, you will split away to follow the trails alongside the River Taff heading north towards the Beacons Reservoir.
Once at the far end of the reservoir, the route crosses the A470 and climbs to the summit of Pen y Fan (the highest peak in South Wales at 886 meters). Once at the top, a descent of Jacobs ladder will lead you to the Roman Road taking you to Torpantau.
From here you will take the forestry track alongside Dolygaer and Pontsticill Reservoir, providing fantastic views over the valley.
As you descend from the forest tracks, you return to the trails of the Taff Fechan Nature Reserve as you follow the river back to Cyfartha Castle, where you will find the finish line.

This is a great route for those looking to take the step up to a trail Ultra marathon whilst also catering to experienced ultra runners.

You’ll need the following compulsory kit on the day:
Mobile phone(fully Charged at the start)
Hydration (minimum of 1 liter)
Foil blanket or Bivi Bag
Food & Emergency Rations (400 Cals emergency rations)
Basic 1st aid kit
Head torch or torch
Waterproof jacket and trousers (Tapped seems)
Warm Layer, hat, and Gloves
Bag/Ruck Sack

There are 5 checkpoints for the race, 4 will have water and food available:

– Checkpoint 1 at Cwm Cadlen Road crossing at 6 miles.
– Checkpoint 2 at Pont yr Daf car park at 13 miles
– Check-in/Check-out-only checkpoint at the Pen Y Fan summit.
– Checkpoint 3 at Torpantau Train Station at 19.5 miles.
– Checkpoint 4 at Ffynnondwyn (Taff Trail) at 26 miles.
The cutoff for this event is 14:00 at checkpoint 3. This is 6 hours after the start of the race, so a pace of 20mins/mile or quicker is required of entrants.

The Ultra Marathon Route

Elevation gain – 4314ft/1315m
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Entries Open Sunday 16th July 2023
Entries Close Sunday 29th October 2023

On the Day

Registration opens 06:30 – 07:40
Race briefing – 07:45
Race Start – 08:00

Affiliated Runners £55
Non Affiliated Runners £57

The Bothy Heritage Centre
Cyfarthfa Park
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8RE

Last Updated - Tue - 24 / Oct / 23

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