Have a go at the Big Black Mountains Challenge enjoy a day walking/running through the stunning scenery of the Black Mountains and at the same time help support Longtown Mountain Rescue Team.
Our teams main fundraising event organized and run by the team. Come and support the team as well as having a day out enjoying the stunning scenery of the Black Mountains. We have three routes to cover all abilities from serious runners to casual walkers.
The organising committee will monitor the situation regarding Covid-19 and will make a decision on whether BBMC 2021 will go ahead. Check our website and social media accounts for updates from January 2021 when entry normally opens.
The event consists of a choice of three testing walks/runs of 45 km, 30 km and 17 km between them taking in 15 summits over 660m around the breathtaking scenery of the Black Mountains. The event starts and finishes at LLanthony Priory located in the Honddu Valley in the Vale of Ewyas.
We are grateful for the generous support provided over many years by trekitt Mountain Sports sponsors of the Big Black Mountain Challenge
If you have not done it before get an insight into the event by checking out trekitt Mountain Sports short video diary of BBMC 2017 when 800 participants successfully completed the three routes. The recent run of good weather for the event came to a halt with rain but despite the conditions everyone still enjoyed themselves.
For the 35th year of the Big Black Mountains Challenge we have made some exciting changes and introduced three new routes for this year, visiting new areas of the stunning Black Mountains
The links below display maps of the routes. We have a link to a .pdf file for each route containing a comprehensive map displaying the route with checkpoints and direction of travel. The other link is to Google maps, this only shows the checkpoints as a point of reference not the route to them so should be used in conjunction with the .pdf route to give you a close up view of the terrain you are going to cover.
Note:- For safety reasons the checkpoints and routes may vary slightly on the day, only the checkpoint card and route issued on the day is to be used. Printed copies of the routes below are not to be used for navigation purposes and are provided for information only.
To enter BBMC please read the conditions of entry contained in the event information pdf below before clicking on the link which will direct you to the online booking website. You and your friends can enter either individually, or as a team. However, each participant must complete a form. Please enter as soon as possible as there is a limit on the number of entrants to the event. If you require further information or help please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry fee: Adults - £20, Under 16s - £8, T-shirts - £15
Due to the use of the online booking system you will be allocated your BBMC number on the day. There will be no entries on the day and all information about start times, registration etc is contained in the event information document below.
All participants should have a suitable level of fitness to complete their chosen route.
All participants should carry appropriate hill walking equipment to include:
Map. -Outdoor Leisure 13 (1:25,000) Breacon Beacons East or Sheet 161 (1:50,000) Abergavenny and the Black Mountains.
Compass. - Protractor type.
Torch. - Including spare batteries and bulbs.
Waterproofs and additional warm clothing.
Food and Drink. - including emergency rations e.g chocolate bars.
Personal First Aid kit.
Light Polythene Survival Bag is essential.
Groups should carry one map/compass between four people in case larger groups decide to split on route.
Entrants over 18yrs of age may "solo" the routes.
Those between 16 -18yrs of age must walk/run in groups of two or more.
Entrants under 16yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult who should be an experienced hill walker.
Marshals at checkpoints may advise participants to use a different or shorter route depending on the weather, time of day or physical condition of individuals. These recommendations are to be followed by individuals and all members of a group.
For further mountain safety information and advice check out are safety advice page.
Before you proceed to online booking please note that in the interest of safety and for insurance purposes places are not transferable. We also cannot offer refunds if you are unable to attend.
Your entry fee forms the largest proportion of the funds raised, but any further efforts to support us with donations or sponsorship large or small for your walk/run are greatly appreciated. However unlike some other events sponsorship is not compulsory and we will be happy to see you either way.
Make a donation or open a BBMC sponsorship fundraising page with:-
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