A brand new event for the Brecon Beacons will open-up adventure racing to people of ALL abilities, according to the organisers.
UK firm Rat Race Adventure Sports has just unveiled details of their upcoming ‘Adventure Challenge’ weekend.
It’ll see competitors running, cycling and kayaking as many ‘loops’ of the picturesque Glanusk Estate, near Crickhowell, as they can in a 10 hour period.
And with different colour-graded routes marked ‘easy’, ‘medium’ and ‘difficult’, Rat Race founder Jim Mee hopes it’ll tempt those new to outdoor racing to lace up their boots for the very first time.
Jim says: “This is a brand new event and it’s our aim to make it as inclusive and supportive as we possibly can.
“We recognise the fact that some adventure racing events are pretty daunting. Some of our own events cover huge distances and require good levels of endurance.
“But with Adventure Challenge it’s all about going as far as you can personally, not completing a set distance.
“You might do one of the ‘easy’ challenges first and then push yourself to do a ‘medium’ route if it feels within your grasp.
“On the other hand you might just want to do as little as you can and just soak up the atmosphere of the day – while also enjoying the beer tent!
“And for those who want to punish themselves, there’s a ‘100km challenge’, which involves completing all seven laps, of all grades, within the 10 hour time limit.
“The point is to choose your own pace and get a taste for what adventure racing is all about.”
The first Adventure Challenge race isn’t due to take place September 28 next year but entry has opened this week. There’s an option to camp to make a weekend of it, too.
The ‘easy’ distances – colour-coded green – involve a 5km run on the flat, a 10km bike on the flat, and a gentle 2km kayak paddle on the slow-moving River Usk.
The ‘medium’, or ‘blue’, laps involve an undulating 10km run, a 20km bike ride with steep sections, followed by the 2km kayak.
While the ‘red run’ involves a 18km ‘full mountain route’ run, a technical 35km mountain bike ride, and then the final 2km kayak.
Jim adds: “Every lap you do will bag you a corresponding colour-coded rubber wristband – so do the blue run loop, you get a blue band and so on.
“You can run the same loop lots of times, or try the different ones out, if you want to gradually start upping the ante on distance or skills.
“Complete 1 loop each of run, bike and kayak to bag the finishers medal.”
The Glanusk Estate – nestled in the Black Mountains, within Brecon Beacons National Parkis – is no stranger to hordes of revellers, having recently played host to the annual Green Man Festival.
Meanwhile Rat Race, headquartered near York, are enjoying a huge surge in growth in 2018.
They’ve just added a string of new races to the roster for 2019, including a new ‘Survival of the Fittest’ series with events due to be held in Yorkshire and the Lake District.
They’ve also just acquired the ‘Hellrunner’ series of events from Peak District-based firm TrailPlus, and will host ‘Hell Up North’ in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, and ‘Hell Down South’ at Longmoor Camp, Hampshire, next year.
Rat Race has also just announced moves to expand into the US market, too, with a ‘source to city’ event in New York and a traverse of the Florida Keys.
Jim adds: “These are exciting times for Rat Race as we add more and more challenges to the events calendar, both here in the UK and abroad.
“And with so many different types of races on offer, we really do hope there’s something to inspire everybody to get off the sofa and into the great outdoors.”
Prices start at £79 per person for a team of five.
For more information: https://ratrace.