Your Guide to TrekFest 2020!
Join us for our ultimate UK trekking challenge – TrekFest! The aim of this epic trek across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales is simple – complete your chosen distance whilst making the miles count. You can do it for yourself or in support of the charity of your choice!
Suitable for beginner trekkers and expert trail runners alike, taking on TrekFest is by no means a walk in the park – it’s tough and will test you both physically and mentally, pushing your boundaries like never before. With the right training and preparation however, it is definitely achievable – as thousands of trekkers over the years will testify. Our incredible TrekFest conquerors tell us it’s truly life-changing and proves that anything is possible, and the sense of achievement you’ll feel as you cross that finish line is truly indescribable! Whether you’re a solo trekker or getting your friends, family or colleagues together as a team, the TrekFest crew will be supporting you every step of the way.
We take care of all the details – route marking, marshalled and fully stocked checkpoints, medical support, food and refreshments along the route – allowing you to focus on the challenge ahead and keep putting one foot in front of the other until you cross the finish line. If you are signing up as a team, members can register on either route and can fundraise for the team’s chosen charity or their own individual choice.
Trekking through the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, you’ll discover breathtaking landscapes, stunning hills and tranquil reservoirs along the way. You’ll also reach the summit of the Brecon Beacons’ highest peak, Pen Y Fan (886m) on both the 25km and 50km routes, where you’ll witness beautiful views stretching as far as the eye can see. This distinctive flat-topped peak won’t just be the highlight of your adventure – it’s also the highest point in South Wales!
As soon as you register for TrekFest you’ll be on a fully supported journey to the finish line. We’ll be there for you before, during and after the challenge, ensuring you’re left with memories to last a lifetime. Organising endurance challenge events is our thing so if you have any questions or concerns just get in touch – we’re here to help.
- Clothing and equipment lists
- Training guide
- Route information
- Fundraising tips and tricks
- 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
- Exclusive access to the TrekFest Facebook community
- Exclusive access to the Participant Area on TrekFest website
- Fully signposted route
- Medical support
- Route guides
- Marshalled checkpoints with water, fruit and snacks
- Halfway hot meal (for 50km route only)
- Timing chips
- Marshals and sweep walkers along the route
- Unbeatable support from the TrekFest crew
- Finisher’s medal and t-shirt – wear them with pride!
- Hot meal at the finish line
- Post-trek massage – soothe away those aches and pains
- Hot showers
- Celebratory drink as you cross the finish line unwind in our post-trek chill out zone
- An incredible sense of achievement!
The TrekFest Village
Frequently Asked Questions
All the details on TrekFest 2020!
Where is the TrekFest Village?
The TrekFest Village is located at: Brecon Showground, Canal Bank, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PL.
Is parking available at the TrekFest Village?
Parking is available free of charge for the weekend.
What time does registration open?
Registration will be open in the evening of Friday 18 September from 5pm – 10pm and on the morning of Saturday 19 September from 7:15am – 8:15am (for 25KM trekkers only). Please note if you are taking part in the 50km route registration is available on Friday evening only.
I have entered a team for the event can we register separately on the day?
Yes – there is no problem if team members are arriving separately as everyone is required to register on an individual basis on the day of the event.
What time does the event start?
Start time for the 50km route will be 7:00am on Saturday 19 September. The 25km route will start at 9:00am on Saturday 19 September. Staggered starts will be implemented to ease congestion at the start of the challenge with groups of approximately 150 walkers setting off at 5-minute intervals.
Will I be allocated a wave start time?
Wave start times are not allocated and all trekkers must attend the pre-event briefing 15 minutes before the start time for their route. Subject to final participant numbers we aim to get all participants over the start line within a 20-minute window of the planned start time.
During the Challenge
What support is there on the event?
The TrekFest event crew will be supporting and encouraging you throughout the challenge. Our event crew are enthusiastic and caring and love the outdoors! There will be an experienced team of Event Managers heading up the event crew which will be made up of qualified mountain leaders who will marshal the route including sweep walkers who follow behind the last walker. There are also checkpoint teams including first aiders and a team of crew looking after the TrekFest Village.
Will I have to walk in the dark?
25km participants will not be required to walk in the dark however participants on the 50km route are likely to trek their final steps from checkpoint 3 to the finish in the dark dependent on the speed that you complete the challenge. A head torch is marked as mandatory on the kit list for 50km participants.
Am I allowed to walk alone?
For safety reasons walking alone is not allowed during the trek. With this in mind if you enter a checkpoint on your own you will be asked to wait until another participant is ready to leave so that you can walk with them. In the event that you are last into a checkpoint then you will be able to walk with our sweep walking team who will be supporting the back of the group.
Will the route be marked or am I required to use a map?
The route will be marked with fluorescent arrows so there is no need to be able to read a map to take part in the event. A route guide which contains a map and emergency procedures is provided for you to use as reference.
What happens if I get lost?
If you do happen to get lost then don’t panic! Our Event Control number is provided on the back of the route guide and in your participant armband so you can call the event management team who will be able to direct you back onto the route or send a member of our team to assist you.
What snacks and drinks are available at checkpoints?
At each checkpoint there will be a selection of snacks available such as flapjacks, crisps, fruit, Haribo and other sweet treats. If you are taking part in the 50km route lunch will be available at checkpoint 2 and a hot drink at checkpoint 3. Water and cordial are available at each checkpoint to fill up your water bottles.
Will roads be closed during the event?
There will be no closed roads during the event. Where possible routes are planned to avoid walking on roads however in some instances this is unachievable. We ask that all trekkers remain vigilant and follow the advice given in the briefing information provided on the day of the challenge.
Event Village & Camping
What camping facilities are available?
There will be showers and toilets available near the camping area and food is available on site from our catering provider. Water points are located around the site however if water’s not your thing you can always head to the TrekFest bar on Friday evening!
Do I need to book camping?
There is no requirement to pre-book camping as we will allocate enough space in the TrekFest Village camping area to accommodate everyone.
Can friends and family camp at the TrekFest Village?
Friends and family are welcome to camp at the TrekFest Village, the charge is £10 per person for the weekend.
What is the cost of camping?
Camping for participants is included as part of the challenge cost.
Please note we can only take cash payments at the TrekFest Village.
Can I bring my campervan or caravan?
Campervans are welcome at the TrekFest Village however they are not permitted into the camping area. Unfortunately due to access at the site caravans are not permitted.
Can my friends and family come to the event village?
Friends and family are welcome to join you at the TrekFest Village to cheer you over the line. They are also able to stay in the camping area during the weekend subject to the fees above. Food is available to purchase from our catering provider throughout the weekend.
What food is available at the TrekFest Village?
On Friday evening a BBQ will be available, the cost of this is approximately £12 payable directly to our caterers There will be plenty of BBQ meats, salads and cake for you to enjoy. Breakfast is also available for you to purchase on Saturday morning the cost is approximately £4 for a breakfast bap and is payable directly to our caterers.
Please note we can only take cash payments at the TrekFest Village.
Is there food available on Sunday morning?
Breakfast is available to purchase on Sunday morning from our caterer.
Kit & Training
What kit should I bring?
A detailed kit list will be provided when you register. Please ensure that you bring with you all of the items marked as mandatory on the kit list.
Do I really need everything on the kit list?
Yes you do! The kit you carry forms part of our safety procedures during the event and all items listed have been specified with your welfare in mind.
Am I allowed to wear trainers?
We highly recommend that unless you intend to run the route that you wear trekking boots which support the ankle. At a minimum we would expect that trekkers wear appropriate shoes designed for trekking. Failure to wear appropriate footwear may result in you not being allowed to participate.
What happens if I don’t bring all of the mandatory items on the kit list?
Anyone who is deemed to be inappropriately equipped for the challenge will not be permitted to take part under any circumstances. Random kit checks will take place during registration and prior to the start of the event.
Can I fill up my water bottle or hydration pack at the TrekFest Village?
Yes there are water points situated around the site at the TrekFest Village.
How much training do I need to do before the event?
How long is a piece of string! This really depends on your current fitness and experience of completing this type of event. All participants should be aiming to achieve an average walking speed of 4 km per hour during training. A large percentage of training walks should be undertaken on hilly terrain.
Is there a training guide that can help me with my preparation?
A comprehensive training guide will be provided when you register.
I want to register as Payment Option A – when will my minimum sponsorship amount be due to the charity?
50% of your minimum sponsorship amount must be received by your nominated charity no later than 6 weeks prior to the event. The remaining amount is due to them no later than 4 weeks post event.
I want to register as Payment Option B – when will I need to pay my challenge balance?
The challenge balance is due no later than 4 weeks prior to the event. You will receive an invoice at around 6 weeks prior to notify you that payment is due.
Results will be uploaded in the week following the event.
Will I get a medal and t-shirt if I don’t complete the entire TrekFest route?
Our policy is to recognise the achievements of everyone who takes part whether they have managed to walk 10km or 50km. Everyone who takes part has their own personal challenges to overcome and most will be raising money for worthwhile causes. At GAC, we know participants of TrekFest are doing something positive and this deserves a medal in its own right!