Midnight Mountain Marathon

June 27th 2020 - Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon

The Midnight Mountain Marathon is no ordinary marathon. Set in the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, the course takes you through forests, over streams, past waterfalls and up mountains. The difference between this and any other mountain marathon, is that you start at 5.30PM and have to finish before the midnight cut off.

A very well organised and well put together event. By far the hardest thing I've done since my Royal Marine training

- Ryan Buddington - 2015

The Midnight Mountain Marathon uses part of the 'Fan Dance' which is a the infamous run taken on by potential members of British Special Forces as part of their selection process. This includes an ascent of Pen y Fan (2,907ft / 886m) which is the highest peak in South Wales.

The course record currently stands at an amazing 03:17:26 set by Thomas Payn in 2015.

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Download the MMM training plan here...

New entry options available!
We have now introduced a HALF MARATHON and also the BRUTAL Bergen option to the event. See below for more info...

This film from 2015 finisher Adam Hopkins, gives you a great preview of the course.

Race Information

The Routes

Full Marathon

Half Marathon

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Info Pack

>>Click here to download (this may be updated for 2020).

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What time is registration on Saturday?
Registration is open from 14:00 till 16:45

Where is registration/briefing on Saturday?
Registration/briefing is held in the event HQ, Henderson Hall in Talybont-on-Usk LD3 7YQ

What time is the safety briefing?
17:00 for all races except 15:45 for the full Brutal Bergen.

Where does the race start?
The race starts and finishes at the event HQ.

What time do the races start?
The half, full and Brutal Bergen half races start at 17:30
The Brutal Bergen full starts at 16:00

What does the Brutal Bergen involve?
The Brutal Bergen option involves completing the full or half course with a pack (men - 35lbs / women - 25lbs) The full will start at 16:00 (the briefing will be 15 minutes before you set off) and the half will start with the other events at 17:30

Packs must 35lbs for men and 25lbs for women. You can make up the weight any way you want to, but wrapping the items with a towel or sleeping bag is advised. Training with the pack you intend to complete the event with is also recommended. You pack will be weighed before and after the race.

What will be available at the aid stations?
Glyco Source, bananas, cake, jellybabies, crisps, water and coke etc.

Where are the aid stations?
At miles 7.5 and 19.

Is there carparking available?
Parking will be at Talybont Farm Campsite and the price IS included in your race entry. This fee does NOT include camping overnight. Please pay the marshal on the gate. The campsite will be signed from the village - Location here.

Are there showers at HQ?
Not at HQ but there are some avaialble at the Campsite where you park.

How do the pairs and team options work
Pairs and Teams run together, NOT in relay style.

What are the rules?
No littering. You must wear your high viz and glow stick at sundown. You must carry the compulsory items on the kit list.

What happens if I need to pull out?
Make your way to the next CP and you will be taken back to race HQ.

What happens when I finish?
A medal and hot soup awaits you!

What is on the kit list? (Please note: you do NOT need the kit if you are doing the half)
• Issued map and waterproof map case (or bag)
• Whistle
• Compass
• Waterproof top
• Long trousers or tights
• Hat and gloves
• Chocolate bar or similar
• Head torch with spare batteries
• More than 400ml of water or other drink
• A light weight piece of warm clothing
• A fully charged working mobile phone with the HQ number programmed into it (you will be given this phone number at the safety briefing)
• A high visibility vest - NOT high visibility strips or similar. The vest CAN go on your rucksack
• Your ICE (In Case of an Emergency) contact and contact number, your name and your mobile number and medical information that medics or rescue staff should be aware of
• Collapsible Cup* - NEW FOR 2019! Available to buy at the event for £7.50 or from brutalbranded.com This cup is not compulsory, but advised.
• Red tail-light** to be switched on at dusk - NEW FOR 2019! A rear bike light is fine
Blister kit

*Due to the number of entrants and a care for the environment, Brutal Events are trying to do our bit by cutting down on waste. Brutal events will NOT be supplying any plastic cups at the aid stations, so no cup means no drink. By having a collapsable cup ensures that you can have refreshments at the aid stations.

**As above, Brutal Events are trying to reduce single-use plastic. Glow Sticks are easily replaced with a red tail light and again, better for the environment.

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Team Info

You can enter this event as a solo runner, a pair or team of three. Pairs and Teams run together, NOT in relay style.

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Entry fees

The price now includes the mandatory £5 parking fee. This is part of the agreement with the village hall and the community.

MMM - £50
MMM Brutal Bergen - £50
MMM Pairs - £90
MMM Team of 3 - £135

MMM Half - £30
MMM Half Brutal Bergen - £30

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