#Getinspired and Challenge Yourself in the Brecon Beacons

Wales has played a massive part in securing medals for the GB team in this years Olympics in Rio.  Here are just some of the sporting events and clubs you can join in the Brecon Beacons if you have been inspired by the athletes in this years Olympics.

Why Get into Cycling? It’s easy to do, gets you from A to B, and exhilarating to boot. The Brecon Beacons is one of the best places to train with its challengin mountain roads and its own dedicated mountain biking centre.
Where can you do it? Follow in the footsteps of Abergavenny’ own Olympian, Becky James, who started her career at Abergavenny Road Club.

Image:Christopher Jones

The Club holds the Abergavenny MTB ride every Wednesday until the 30th November 2016. A 2 and a half hour ride starting at 6:30pm. You dont have to be a member of the club to join, so it’s a great introduction if you’re looking to get into cycling! Abergavenny is the home of cycling, playing host to massive events, such as the Velothon Velothon and Abergavenny Festival of Cycling this year.
Or why not have a go at mountain biking at BikePark Wales. It is the UK’s first full scale mountain bike park in the heart of the South Wales valleys, built by riders for riders.

Why get into it? It’s a sociable sport and with hundreds of climbing walls around the UK as well as the many outdoor cliffs around the Brecon BeaconsHawk Adventures at Dinas Rock
Where can you 
do it? The National Park offers plenty of natural challenges for climbers and abseilers, including sheltered crags, old quarries and rocky escarpments with stunning vistas. In the sheltered areas, you can climb all year round – on a sunny winter’s day you might be moving over warm rock in just a t-shirt, if you’re lucky. View outdoor climbing providers here. There are also all-weather indoor options. At Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, east of Brecon, there’s an indoor climbing centre with real rock, artificial climbing walls, bouldering, indoor caving and a café. Other nearby indoor climbing centres include Aber Rocks in Abergavenny, Summit Centre near Merthyr Tydfil,Dynamic Rock in Clydach near Swansea and Boulders just outside Cardiff. 

Why get into swimming
? Swimming can boost your mood and increase positivity & sleep quality and is a great form of excersise
Where can you do it? Brecon Swimming Club-The club meets on Tuesday evening from 5pm to 8pm throughout the year and on Thursdays at 5pm to 7pm.The club has enjoyed many successes over the years, and competed in many galas all over Wales England and even in Holland. Brecon is a small club, but has produced several international swimmers and many county swimmers

Why get into running?
 Running helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit.
Where can you do it? Brecon Athletic Club is based in the Powys town of Brecon, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. The club caters for all ages and abilities, with groups for Track and Field, Cross Country and Road Running events.Colin Jackson, Olympic Silver Medalist trained at Brecon Athletics Club, so it is a great opportunity to train there.
The club holds the Llanfrynach 3-4-5 Mile road race series, an annual road race held over a rural undulating course. As of 2016, it is in its twelfth year, and has been a successful and popular event for the club. It is held around May and June so keep an eye out here to enter into next years race.

Horse Riding
Why get into Horse Riding? 
This is a unique activity. The bond you create with the horse mean it’s beneficial physically and mentally.
Where can you do it? Cantref-The only horse riding centre that goes goes directly onto the central hills of the Brecon Beacons – including the foothills of Pen-y-Fan. Caters for riders of all abilities, with a wide variety of routes lasting from one hour to four days on native Welsh cobs and ponies.
Llangorse Riding Centre specialises principally in novices, but can also provide guided hacks for more experienced riders. Also offers riding holidays and fun days during school holidays.
The many country shows held in the Brecon Beacons each year, also give you many an opportunity to enter into a horse competition. Find out about our country shows here. Glanusk Estate also hold regular fun rides and has previously played host to International Polo,Horse Trials and Fun Rides. 
Why get into Sailing? 
It’s a sociable and fun way to get fit and escape from your day-to-day worries and concerns.
Where can you do it? Llangorse Sailing Club– encouraged participation in dinghy sailing and windsurfing and we have a thriving community of adult and junior sailors racing with considerable success. There is an exciting calendar of racing and other activities provided for all members throughout a season that runs from March to November.

Why get into Badminton?
The almost weightless racquet is liberating – imagine you’re swatting a really pesky fly for an hour or so!
Where can you do it? Llangynidr Badminton Club meets every Tuesday at 8 pm at Llangynidr Village Hall. The club welcomes secondary-aged young people and adults of all abilities. The club offers a friendly, social atmosphere that also allows the development of abilities.For more details please visit Powys County Badminton Associations’ website here

Why get into Badminton? 
Because it’s exercising while socialising. Catch up with friends, and have a bit of friendly competition.
Where can you
 do it? Cradoc Golf Club offers a very warm Welsh welcome to all their members and visitors alike, with facilities include a 10 bay floodlit driving range, practice ground, chipping green, bunkers and putting green plus a well stocked Professional’s shop.The golf course is noted for its natural surroundings, abundance of wildlife, and mature tree lined fairways – there’s the occasional water hazard too! Golfers of all abilities are offered a challenging, yet entertaining test of their golf. 

Why get into Tennis? 
The simple pleasures of whacking a yellow ball over a net are not to be underestimated! It’s addictive.
Where can you
 do it? Crickhowell Tennis Club-Set in an idyllic location overlooked by the Table Mountain in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Tennis Club Crickhowell offers excellent facilities in a friendly and fun environment. More here

Upcoming Challenges and Competitions Photo by P.Barrett
Brecon Beast 
If taking on some of the toughest, highest and most scenic tracks and trails found in the Brecon Beacons is your choice of fun, then the Brecon Beacons Beast is the mountain bike enduro for you. Taking place on Sunday 11th September, The Beast offers you a choice of a LONG and a SHORT route with the shorter route sharing the same course as the longer route for most of it’s duration.

World Bog Snorkelling Championship Sunday 28th August 2016 sees the 31st World Bog Snorkelling Championships, held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells, an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 “must do” things from around the world in 2014. Hundreds of participants from around the world and plenty of spectators are expected once again. The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of the town, getting underway at around 10am.

Builth Cycling Sportive Taking place on Wed 7th Sep 2016. Cycling enthusiasts across Powys have the opportunity to take part in a sportive next month, on the day Britain’s biggest professional cycle race returns to the county. The Builth Sportive will take on Wednesday 7 September, the same day Powys hosts the Stage 4 finish of this year’s Tour of Britain. For more information and to book your place on the Tour of Britain Sportive, visit www.johnlloydracing.com

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon
If you fancy a team endurance challenge take part in the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon 2016 on Saturday the 10th of September. A 35 Mile Team Endurance Challenge following one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. The challenge includes a six mile canoe, an eighteen mile cycle and an 11 mile Run / Walk / Hike, finishing at the Canal Basin in Brecon.

There are so many more sports and free things you can do in the Brecon Beacons to get active. Our landscape provides the perfect opportunity for a mountain hike, with our Welsh Football and Rugby teams providing great inspiration for all.

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