It’s 10 years ago, in October, that the Burn Series Adventure Races started up in Wales, inspired by the New Zealand culture of sport.
The first race, Cardiff Burn was based in Cardiff City Centre. Since then the race has evolved and has now been relocated to the heart of the world-class mountain biking trail centre at Afan Forest.
The race begins at Margam Country Park, an 850-acre deer park which is connected to the trail centre by forestry and single tracks making the mountain biking phase an exhilarating experience.
The Burn now involves a challenging and hilly 10Km off-road run on a mixture of technical surfaces, 1km flat water kayak, a short foot orienteer and finishing with approximately a 45km mountain bike orienteer.
The course checkpoints change every year and you are guaranteed the opportunity to ride the trails at Afan Mountain biking centre.
The current winning time is just under four hours with a cut off at six hours.
I am delighted to say that we are the only Adventure Race in the UK which is 100% off-road which is probably why we have attracted four Adventure Racing World Champions, an Olympian, numerous professional mountain bikers and 12 different nationalities to our races.
With the Covid crisis currently dictating what we can and can’t do I am offering a full refund or an option to transfer to a future event if the event be cancelled due to Covid. I am putting in place numerous safety measures to ensure that on race day we are as safe as possible. You can read more about these measures on our website.
So why not make a weekend of it? Race with us on the Saturday, so we can show you around, and then enjoy the remaining trails at Afan Mountain Biking Centre on Sunday.
We are relying on your support to ensure the Burn can go ahead so please spread the word if you can.
The Mini Burn race (a shorter version of the Burn) is already well subscribed with over 100 entries already!