Limitless Trails – Beast of the Blacks 10, 20 and 40 Mile Trail Running Challenge @ Llanbedr Hall
Mar 9 all-day

The Beast of the Blacks 10, 20 and 40 is a great challenge amongst some spectacular, harsh but stimulating trails within the Majestic Black Mountains of Wales.


Crickhowell Walking Festival – TM5 challenge @ CRiC
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Do you fancy a bit of a challenge for a change? Then try the TM5!

Walk or run up and down Table Mountain from Crickhowell as many times as you can up to 5 times. You will find your own way with checkpoints along the route.

Crickhowell Walking Festival @ CriC
Mar 9 @ 8:30 am – Mar 17 @ 5:30 pm

Come and banish your Winter Blues at Crickhowell Walking Festival 2024!  On Saturday 9th March, our 16th Festival programme begins with the first 11 walks and the TM5 Table Mountain Challenge!  This year, we are offering 81 walks in all, from 2 to 17 miles and from valley strolls to demanding all-day routes on the high tops.  As ever, we have some new challenges mixed with old favourites and fresh special interest walks.  Add to that an entertaining and informative programme of workshops and evening events along with the area’s excellent hospitality, and you have nine days of the very best our wonderful National Park has to offer!

This year, CWF 2024 and the CRiC charity are fundraising for Brecon & District MIND, which provides important mental health support and advice across our National Park to the many people facing challenges to their daily lives.  Add a donation to your booking, and we’ll also be collecting at events during the Festival.

Element Active – Llanbedr to Blaenavon Fell Race @ Llanbedr Hall
Mar 23 all-day

A classic, tough A to B ‘grassroots’ fell race taking in three major peaks in the South Wales Black Mountains.

Limitless Trails – Beast of the Beacons 10, 20 and 40 Mile Trail Running Challenge @ Llangynidr Village Hall
Apr 6 all-day

Back for its third year, and with a new distance option! The Beast of the Beacons 10, 20 & 40 is an exciting challenge set amongst some of the most spectacular, harsh but stimulating trails within the majestic Brecon Beacons National Park

Element Active – Ultra Running Preparation @ Llwyn Celyn
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm

For runners and fastpackers, this weekend covers what you need to know to put you confidently in control of being out in the mountains.

You might be wanting to tackle longer days in the hills,  thinking about entering your first ultra-running event and need to consolidate on preparation, skills and confidence or  maybe you’d like to take a deeper dive into route planning to unlock new areas. Whatever your need, this will be an invaluable weekend for you.

A combination of indoor and outdoor sessions, we look at the fundamentals of mountain navigation, GPS devices, weather, and routes as well as how to prepare yourself for a demanding long event. There’ll be a night navigation exercise and a Sunday adventure putting skills into action, as well sessions on kit and food.

You’ll be out on the hills on both days- it’s a brilliant opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, work on your confidence, listen and share.

It’s an inclusive weekend with accommodation (options included) and two highly qualified tutors.

For women and men.


Black Dragon Challenge @ Llangorse Community Centre
Apr 20 all-day

The Black Dragon Challenge Walk (BDCW) event first took place in April 2019 and replaced the Black Mountains Roundabout (BMR) which had been running on an annual basis since 1982.

The 2024 Black Dragon Challenge event will be held on Saturday 20th April.

The challenge walk which starts and finishes at Llangorse Community Centre, Llangorse, Brecon LD3 7TR (GR SO 13322770) W3W: cocktail.countries.overlaid follows the high ridges of the challenging Black Mountains taking in the highest point at Waun Fach at 811 metres.

There are 3 routes available, 30 miles (49k),  26 miles (42k), and 19 miles (30k) – see The Route Page

All three routes visit the highest point in the Black Mountains, Waun Fach at a height of 811 metres.

Element Active – The Cwmyoy Horseshoe Fell Race @ Cwmyoy Village Hall
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

5.6 miles/ 1257 feet ascent
A classic ‘horseshoe’ fell race in the stunning Black Mountains overlooking the Llanthony Valley

Element Active – Introduction to Navigation for Runners @ Llwyn Celyn
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

If you’d love to be more proficient with a map but feel under-confident, then this one-day course is for you. Expect to become empowered. Your map will change from your sworn enemy to your new best friend.  As a runner, unlocking the map will give you confidence to plan new routes, open up new terrain and joyously discover new places. 

Big Black Mountains Challenge @ Llanthony
May 11 all-day

The Big Black Mountain Challenge returns for 2024

All funds go to keep Longtown Mountain Rescue Team going. They were originally formed in 1965 to help people in difficulties within the Black Mountains. The role of the team has now expanded to include a wide variety of potential situations, where the police consider our assistance and expertise would be of benefit.

Entries open on the 1st February 2023…last years event was sold out within 2 week so be prepared.