Four Fans Fell Race
AM 18km/1200m (11.2 miles/3940ft)
Saturday 8th September 2018
11:00 am. £3.00 (£10 non-members)

Event HQ: Lay-by opposite Storey Arms on A470 between Merthyr & Brecon (GR 983203)

Over 18

Hugh Aggleton 1:48:42. 2013
Helen Brown 2:13:06. 2017

Organiser: Andrew Blackmore 01633 882558 07809 404181

2018 Results

2017 Live Results

2017 Photos (Joc Dodd)

Results 2013 -2017 (.xls)

Race Reports (.pdf)

2014 Photos (Paul Dodd)

2013 Photos (Gill Stott)

For Fans HQ Location

Helen Brown well on her way to claiming a course record at the Four Fans 2017

  Race Route

The map indicates a possible route that competitors may wish to follow, but please note that this may not be the optimum route and that, for fine navigation purposes, competitors should carry their own full OS map of the area.

The race starts (and finishes on north eastern flanks of Fan Fawr (as per Fan Fawr fell race) and includes 4 checkpoints which must be visited in the correct order, namely:
  • CP1 - Fan Frynych trig point (GR SN 958228):
  • CP2 - Fan Nedd trig point, (not cairn) (GR SN 913184):  
  • CP3 - Fan Llia summit - not the large cairn! -  (GR SN 938186)
  • CP4 - Fan Fawr cairn (not trig), GR SN969193.  

All checkpoints should be manned/ marshalled, but the R.O will advise on the day. It is each competitor's responsibility to ensure that their race number is clearly visible and that the marshall has correctly recorded it - you will not appear in the results if you have not been recorded as visiting each checkpoint.

Fences & Walls: I shouldn't really have to say this, but for the avoidance of doubt, all fence/ wall crossings must be made via gates or stiles.  The crossing/ climbing of any stone wall or fence is prohibited and will result in disqualification. All gates should be securely closed after passage. 

Hazards: Competitors should expect to face a range of hazards usually expected of a fell race, across remote and rough hilly terrain. These hazards may be exacerbated by the weather likely to be encountered. So please bring appropriate kit and ensure you have the necessary skills and experience to deal with the conditions likely to be encountered. Specific hazards to note, include:

  • Road Crossings: You will need to cross (and re-cross) the Heol Senni mountain road - these road crossings are not marshalled and competitors should take every care when crossing and must give way to vehicles which have the right of way. It is the competitor's responsibility to take appropriate care.

  • River Crossings: There are two river crossings (Afon Llia and the confluence of the Nant y Gwair and Nant y Gaseg). It is the competitor's responsibility to judge whether it is safe to cross these rivers and to select an appropriately safe place to cross in light of the prevailing weather conditions and water levels. If in doubt, competitors should consider heading up stream where the water flow/ levels tend to be lower and/ or take an alternative route.

Dogs: This is sheep country - no dogs.

Emergency Procedure:
In the event of a medical or other emergency (where you are immobilised), summon help by using your whistle to give the emergency signal - six blasts repeated every minute. Ignore any three blast replies - keep blowing the whistle until help arrives. If you are mobile, make yourself highly visible and move safely to the nearest checkpoint, road, or main footpath to seek assistance.
If you have a phone, call the Race Organiser (07875 885566) or send a text (remember a text may get through when a call won't), stating your position as accurately as possible, and race number. The Race Organiser, who is in phone contact with the marshals and support team will organise a rescue. There is a trained first aider at the Start/ Finish and a rescue vehicle at the Heol Senni road crossing.
If you do have to summon a Mountain Rescue Team yourself:
- Dial 112 (preferably) or 999 if that doesn't work.
- Ask for Police, then ask the Police for Mountain Rescue.
- Tell them where you are, preferably with a full grid reference including the letters - the operator may be miles away!
- Tell them the problem (injuries, hypothermia etc).
- Keep your phone switched on and stay by it.

Bad Weather
In the event of the rivers being in spate making any crossing unacceptably hazardous, the race will be significantly shortened. Competitors who are travelling some distance to the race may wish to re-consider their plans.