Clif Bar 10 Peaks 2013
10 Peaks, who recently welcomed Clif Bar as their new title sponsor, are proud to announce a new race location for 2013. In addition to the Lake District 10 Peaks race, which will be run on 29th June, 2013, they will also be running a 10 Peaks Brecon Beacons race on 7th September, 2013. Both races are qualifying events for The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® with the Lakes race carrying 2 points and the Brecon race earning you 3 points.
The Clif Bar 10 Peaks Brecon event is the ultimate 24 hour navigational ultra distance fell race in the UK. The course takes in the 10 highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons, covers a distance of 89 kilometres with nearly 5000 metres of ascent and is all to be completed within a time limit of 24 hours. This course is considered to be slightly tougher than the Lake District course, which itself is renowned for its unforgiving terrain and high dropout rate (in 2010 not one competitor finished the course in the allotted 24 hours!). Both events take in the highest 10 peaks in the area and competitors are required to navigate themselves from peak to peak, in the correct mandatory order, in darkness and daylight.
The current course record for the Lake District race is 13.5 hours, and on average only 30% of competitors complete the full course within the 24 hour time limit. In an attempt to see more competitors crossing the finish line, a short course race (approximately 70% of the long course) is to be introduced for both the Brecon and the Lakes races in 2013. These will be separate races in their own right but will follow much of the long course route, with a few additional peaks added to keep the number of mandatory peaks at 10.
To enter these races you should already have a great deal of mountain navigation experience. Maps will be provided and mandatory safety kit must be carried at all times. There are plenty of feed stations en route, providing Clif Bar energy products, water and bananas etc, with one or two stations providing hot food.
Online entries are now open for both events at www.10peaks.com where you can also find out much more information.
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