The WAAT4 Challenge is a prestigious navigation event in Wales’ beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Teams from all over the UK take part every year.
Its reputation is growing quickly and it features in the walking calendar for such events. Each year more than 500 competitors take part over either 30km or 40km Challenges which includes South Wales’ highest peak – Pen y fan.
Whatever your ability, you are welcome to enjoy the 40k route, or a shorter 30k route at your own pace. We want everyone to enjoy taking part by completing the course whilst taking in some of the best views in the Brecon Beacons.
The event is organised by the WAAT4 Committee and supported by Dyfed-Powys Police, volunteers, members of the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team and Wales Air Ambulance.
- To enable people to work as a team under pressure in an arduous environment.
- To raise money for a number of very worthwhile charities.
- To enable teams to take part in an event where they are providing for a good cause and also having fun at the same time.
- Each Team is to be made up of at least 4 members of which must include;
- 1 x Navigator
- 2 x Check navigators (should be able to map read)
- Teams can be made up of male, female or mixed.
The cost to enter a team will be £100.00 for a team of 4 and £25 extra for each additional team member (maximum of 6 members per team) This cost is used to cover the costs of infrastructure, food, t shirts and the Evening Food & Presentation.
*In addition to this each team member will be required to raise a minimum of £50.00 in sponsorship for the event through the sponsor form provided and Team Captains are asked to control this and forward sponsorship money raised as a team after the event.
All sponsor monies to be paid via our online Team Sponsorship page!
Teams will be required to carry sufficient clothing on the day. Teams are to carry a Map and Compass, a packed lunch (provided), hot & cold drinks, whistle, torch and a space blanket or sleeping bag of which can be used in an emergency if needed. There will be a small number of Maps and Compasses available if required.
A guideline of clothing to be brought, (as well as items above) is as follows;
- Base layer/T shirt
- Warm layer such as Soft shell jacket or fleece
- Waterproof jacket & trousers
- Shorts/Long trousers
- Group shelter (optional) to protect from bad weather
- A small 1st aid pack
- Route Maps – OS60 + 61 1:50000 and/or OL12 1:25000
This year there will be 2 routes. A 40km and a 30km route which will not be as demanding as the 40km route.
A detailed map of the route will be displayed for teams to mark their maps on the Team Captains briefing night on Friday 16th June 2017. It will be marked up with the checkpoints throughout the route. All teams will start at the same time and choose whatever route they believe to be the most direct.
*It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that they have the proper clothing and footwear as set out in the competitors pack. Should an injury occur as the result of not having proper equipment, then you will be unable to claim against the WAAT4.
A detailed map of the route will be displayed for teams to mark their maps on the Team Captains briefing night.
FOOD & WATER
A packed lunch for the event will be provided for all participants and water will be available at each of the checkpoints en route. There will be Food, and other refreshments at the post event gathering.
Medical cover will be available at each checkpoint as well as the start and finish of the event. Air Ambulance personnel will be on standby for the duration and mountain rescue will also be on call in the unlikely event of being required.
CASUALTY EVACUATION PROCEDURE
1) In the event of an injured casualty who requires assistance etc, phone Brecon Mountain Rescue control on 07831 894466. Use a ‘Smart’ phone if one is available and the person with the ‘smart’ phone to stay with casualty. ***
2) If no phone signal 2 team members make their way to the nearest checkpoint so medics can provide appropriate first aid and arrange evacuation as required.
*** A much quicker response can be obtained by contacting mountain rescue as soon as possible rather than having to walk to the next Checkpoint. If using a ‘Smart’ phone mountain rescue can usually send a link back to the phone and the outcome is that they would be able pin point the actual grid reference of casualty site.
*It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that they are medically fit to undertake the challenge and should they injure themselves as a result of not being medically fit, then they will be unable to claim against the WAAT4.
Parking at Brecon Rugby Fields (Parc de Pugh) only. This will be clearly marked out.
Saturday 17th June 2017
40k Route – 7:00 am (check In 30mins prior to start)
30k Route – 8:00 am (check In 30mins prior to start)
Each team is to have a team captain and a navigator. The team is to consist of a minimum of 4 or a maximum of 6 and all are to start the event to be eligible for any of the event prizes on offer except the prize for most money raised. If a team starts complete and any other member drops out then a 1 hour penalty is given to that team. Teams can choose their own route, providing their route goes through each checkpoint, or follow the organisers official route. Teams can be all male, female or mixed & minimum age for all team members is 18 years.. When checking in to the checkpoints, teams cannot move on unless all team members have checked in. All teams taking part are to finish together as a team and this will be the time of when the team completion time is recorded.