“The whole experience showed me that age is just a number and I’m better than I realised. Can’t recommend Darren and his endurance events enough”Mark Duda
This experience offers an exhilarating bike, hike & run around some of the most stunning parts of South Wales. Don’t just take my word for it, read the testimonials from the brilliant guys and gals below, who were all awesome to share the weekend with!
The training tips and mental preparation that I’ve picked up from Darren have created a monster! The guy is an inspiration and really has done it all, so when Darren gives out advice, listen and you won’t go far wrong!Rob Bright
What to expect:
This is not a race but it will push your limits as you pit your grit againt the Welsh terrain – I’ll be coaching you throughout the weekend before during and after each day, fine tuning your performance and mindset so you go home feeling exhausted but upgraded and buzzing for the next challenge.
The night before: Arrive and settle into our accommodation, stroll to the local pub for dinner for the group get to know each other and get briefed for the days ahead. We’re not adverse to a little drink before a solid few days of graft, and the locals may even treat us to some live music.
Day 1: A challenging and hilly ride along parts of the the 100km+ of amazing trails of Afan Forest. A perfect start to the weekend, breaking a sweat but regular stops to take in the views and a few snacks to refuel!
(Bike hire included)
Day 2: We have an early start to catch a clifftop sunrise, soaking it up before a long day mixing short runs with steady hikes over sandy and clifftop trails along The Gower Coast & the beautiful Three Cliffs Bay towards the Gower Peninsula, and the rocky coast.
Day 3: A taste of The Fan Dance – A solid challenging hike including the 886m summit of Pen Y Fan along the routes where SAS selection takes place – choose to attempt this with the weighted packs of 25-45lbs if you want to really test your limits to the max.
Downtime: Each evening there’s plenty of downtime to, shower and wind down, play pool, watch TV and enjoy a beer whilst chatting about the events of the day as a filling dinner is prepared.
Available dates 2021 & 2022:
Optional personalised training plans are available to build up your strength, fitness and mindset ahead of the event, and to prepare you for future Ultra Challenges. Ask for more info if this is of interest.
The days in a bit more detail:
We kick off the weekend with a warm-up session of trail biking over some of the 100km of tracks around the fantastic Afan Forest. This will get your heart pumping as you push up the many climbs and adrenalin racing as you coast back down again, taking in some fantastic technical trails. The more bike experience you get, the more you’ll enjoy this. The routes are broken into short and long, easy to hard options. This day can be as easy or hard as you make it, but the views and trails are amazing and they offer some great cakes too!
“Some of the best singletrack descents in the UK”
Here we have an early start to watch the sunrise from the clifftops, this is totally worth the early rise as the coastline comes to life under the orange glow of the warming sun. We then embark on a beautiful yet challenging run/hike/scramble along the cliff tops, sandy trails, steep dunes and beaches, past Three Cliffs Bay, old castle ruins, and amazing views towards the Gower Peninsula where we rest and reward ourselves with a well-earned drink.
Pen Y Fan – Brecon Beacons
After two exhilarating days we finish with some serious hiking, taking on the summit of Pen Y Fan (886m) and sections of the notorious Fandance, used as part of the SAS selection process.
The Fandance has both a summer and winter event, in winter this mountain can be a very different beast, but with equally stunning views. If you’re feeling exceptionally tough at this stage, the course can be tackled with a loaded pack, as per the Fandance requirements (25lb/35lb/45lb) to get a fuller experience of what it takes to make it into these elite forces.