Four Fans Fell Race
AM 18km/1200m (11.2 miles/3940ft)
Saturday 27th July 2019
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



This is a Category ‘A’ Medium distance race,

Navigational Skills (NS) is required as a condition of entry.  NS means map and compass.  You may be asked to confirm you have appropriate traditional navigational skills or experience, noting that the use of GPS for navigational purposes is not allowed, (except in an emergency) – any competitor using such a device will be disqualified.

Fell running experience (ER) is also a condition of entry.  This race is not suitable for those who are inexperienced or unfit.  At race registration, prospective competitors will need to demonstrate sufficient fell running experience – this may be done by naming 3 category ‘A’  races successfully completed within the last 2 years or similar events which demonstrate a competitor’s ability to complete the course safely and in a reasonable time.

Please also note that there is a cut off time of 45 minutes at CP1 (Fan Frynych).  Competitors will be compulsorily retired from the race if they do not make this time.

If you have any doubt over your experience, please give me a call beforehand – this will avoid any possibility that you will be refused entry on the day.

Stats: 18km/ 1200m – 11 miles/ 3900ft

The Course
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 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,  (GR SN 913184)
  • CP3 - Fan Llia (true) summit - (GR SN 938186)
  • CP4 - Fan Fawr cairn, (not trig), GR SN969193.  

Fences & Walls: If you jump a fence of wall, you will be disqualified from this and all future races

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 (07809 404181) 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.  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.