Stage 1 – start of ‘7’
Thursday 31st May 2012 – 29 miles
Competitors of the ‘7’ must first arrive at Holt Castle for registration and equipment checks, between 6.00am and 8.00am on Thursday 31st May 2012. Vehicles and any personal belongings required for after the race can be left securely at the castle.
At 8.30am competitors are transferred by coach to Rhyd-y-benwch, the starting point for the ‘7’ ultra. This journey will take approximately 3-4 hours. Competitors must bring their own food requirements for this section of the journey. The scheduled race start time from Rhyd-y-benwch is anticipated at 1.30pm, but this will be adjusted if required.
In order to get to the source of the Severn, the race start takes competitors through a near four mile mountain trek, up the Plynlimon which has been described as the most dangerous mountain in Wales; due mainly to the splattered and concealed bogs, so best progress will be made in keeping to the designated routes! A Race Marshall will be in waiting at the source to ensure that everybody has arrived safely and competitors can then commence their journey on Britain’s longest river path. Hopefully nobody will have pulled out before this point! Good news – the altitude drop from the source at this stage is a remarkable 1,600ft! The route takes you through some inspiring scenery unchanged by many a year, including Hafren Forest, Severn-Breaks-its-Neck-Falls, Llanidloes, Caersws, and finally arriving at Camp-One at Cefn-Coch.
At Camp-One, hot food will be supplied with unlimited free water and hot drinks. Medical assistance will be available at each camp-site to assist with care of feet and advise on individual fitness levels for those who intend proceeding with the ‘7’ race. It is anticipated that this stage will also benefit from a minimum of three check-points; all of which will provide water and some nutrition.
Maps for this stage of the event along with others can be found here