Day 1 & 2 (Friday evening and Saturday) – Christ College Brecon, Brecon (SatNav LD3 8AF)
- The Event HQ for the first day will be Christ College Brecon, an independent school which was founded in 1541 by Henry VIII.
- The teams will all meet for registration and briefing at 7.45am Saturday morning for tea, coffee, flapjacks at The Neuadd, Christ College Brecon (Theatre).
- Following completion of the day 1 event a range of pastas will be served at The Neuadd.
- After teams have suitably freshened up at their chosen accommodation the evening lecture and networking session (with beer) will also be hosted at Christ College Brecon, commencing at 7pm.
Day 3 (Sunday) – Garwnant Visitors Centre. (Postcode for satnav CF48 2HU. Grid ref SO 003 132)
- Located in the heart of the National Park (circa 4 miles north of Merthyr) Garwnant will be the Day 2 event HQ.
- Based in 400 acres of woodland it will hosts short mountain bike rides, running, tandem canoeing and navigated run.
2 Location context
- Brecon is a long-established market town and community in southern Powys, Mid Wales, with a population of 8.000.
- Historically in Brecknockshire, it was the historic county’s county town; although its role as such was eclipsed with the formation of Powys, it remains an important local centre.
- Brecon is the third largest town in Powys and is situated to the north of the Brecon Beacons mountain range, within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
- The National Park was established in 1957, the third of the three Welsh parks after Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire Coast.
- It stretches from Llandeilo, in the west, to Hay-on-Wye in the northeast and Pontypool in the southeast, covering 519 square miles (332 100 acres) and encompassing four main regions – the Black Mountain in the west, Fforest Fawr (Great Forest) and the Brecon Beacons in the centre, and the confusingly named Black Mountains in the east.
- The western half gained European and Global status in 2005 as Fforest Fawr Geopark. This includes the Black Mountain, the historic extent of Fforest Fawr, and much of the Brecon Beacons and surrounding lowlands.
- Activities in the Park include walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, as well as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing, rock climbing, hang-gliding, caravanning, camping and caving. A long-distance cycling route, the Taff Trail, passes over the Beacons on its way from Brecon to Cardiff,
- Due to the relative remoteness and harsh weather of some of its uplands, the Park is used for military training. UK Special Forces, including the SAS and SBS hold demanding selection training exercises here, such as an exercise called the Fandance. Parts of the Fandance route are covered in the Dell Corporate Challenge 2014 event.