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The Fan Dance Race Series

Summer & Winter Editions


The page is your Fan Dance resource for Key Timings & Locations, event categories and requirements, weight limits, route info and mountain safety. Relevant information on other events can be found on associated pages under the EVENTS tab.


The Fan Dance Base Camp and all event administration will be at The Storey Arms Centre. Race start / finish point will be at the old red phone box next to the Storey Arms Centre.





Evening before: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 17:00 to 21:00hrs

Race Day: Load Bearing: 05:30 to 06:45

Clean Fatigue: 06:30 to 07:45


Load Bearing march start time: 07:00

Clean Fatigue race start time: 08:00



Evening before: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 17:00 to 21:00hrs

Race Day: Load Bearing: 06:30 to 07:45

Clean Fatigue: 07:30 to 08:45


Load Bearing march start time: 08:00

Clean Fatigue race start time: 09:00




RACE DAY: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 16:00 to 21:20


Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue joint start: 22:00



RACE DAY: Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue 15:00 to 17:30


Load Bearing & Clean Fatigue Joint Start 18:00



The Load Bearing category requires “Fan Dancers” to carry a weighted Bergen/rucksack and be self-sustained for the duration of the march. The Load Bearer’s Bergen/pack must meet the stipulated weight requirements (see below) and must not be made up of “dead weight.” The load must be made up of useful mountain safety items which will be provided in detail through email information updates. The Fan Dance Load Bearer must wear boots (military or civilian trekking type) for both summer and winter editions.


Clean Fatigue is a military term of reference for parachuting without equipment. In the context of the Fan Dance it means that runners do not have to meet heavy weight carrying requirements as per the Load Bearing edition. This format is designed for fell and trail runners, those looking to experience the Fan Dance before committing to the Load Bearing category, and generally, anyone who doesn’t fancy wearing boots and carrying a house on their back. Clean Fatigue runners are still required to carry a small pack containing specified basic provisions which will be provided in detail through email information pack. The Clean Fatigue Fan Dancer can wear trail/fell running shoes but normal running trainers will not be permitted.

Upon completing registration, the official AEE Clean Fatigue Clothing & Equipment list will be dispatched via email.



16-45 years

35lb +food & water


16-45 years

25lb +food & water


46+years (age on race day)

25lb +food & water


Load Bearers are to assemble at the DS (Directing Staff) manned weigh stations at pre-race registration. Before being issued an event number you will be required to have your Bergen/pack and footwear inspected by Directing Staff and tagged as fit to march. There will be a practice scale for you to self-test prior to the official weigh in. Weight checks may be carried out at random points throughout the course and at the finish. Failure to meet weight requirements at any point results in being withdrawn from the official timekeeping and results.

The days of carrying paint numbered bricks are long gone. Make sure your load is composed of useful items like emergency rations, waterproofs, spare clothes, a sleeping bag and anything else you would normally take for a day in the mountains. Allow extra weight to compensate for the food and water you will require during the march to ensure your load is always at or above the minimum weight requirements.

Upon completing registration, the official AEE Load Bearing Clothing & Equipment list will be dispatched via email

If you do not feel you are capable of completing the event with heavy weight but wish to take part consider the Clean Fatigue category as this requirement is waived.


The Directing Staff team are all former members of the SAS and SBS and are responsible for overseeing all matters related to mountain safety. Our Special Forces instructors are supported by a dedicated Mountain Safety Team (MST) which possesses vast experience from their tri services and civilian professional backgrounds.

Despite the considerable demands of the Fan Dance you’re in safe hands on the high hills with AEE. Our organisation has an unblemished safety record operating in the most extreme environments and adverse weather conditions in the UK and on a wider global level. In our arsenal we possess the UK’s first and only internal event mountain rescue team, a dedicated patron radio network, and the highest grade of medical cover, providing an unrivalled concession free SAS Selection experience in the Brecon Beacons.


The Fan Dance is a non-navigational exercise with the route fully way-marked by flags and direction arrows with members of our Mountain Safety Team and Directing Staff providing additional cover at all junctions and hazardous segments. A Fan Dance specific route map section with easily identifiable key features and colour coded location segments will be issued along with an event safety card.

Along the route you will pass through a series of DS manned rendezvous points. You will be required to log in with the DS to have your name and race number recorded and your suitability to continue assessed. The same RV procedure is employed by the DS on the real SAS/SBS Selection course and is in place for safety reasons. It is therefore essential that you pass through each RV point and adhere to the measures in place. RV procedure applies to both Load Bearing and Clean Fatigue participants. You will be provided detailed instructions on proper RV protocol through email information updates.

Note: The DS manning the RV points are there to help you. If you have any questions, concerns, injuries, incidents to report, or are simply unsure of where to go next, the DS will help you and offer any assistance as is necessary.


Upon completing registration, you will receive a number of email information packs that cover all matters Fan Dance not detailed on this website. The key information will cover, but not be limited to the following subjects, and will answer most of your questions:

  • *Clothing and Footwear
  • *Bergen/rucksack packing
  • *Training and preparation
  • *A history of The Fan Dance
  • *Race Day updates -Key Timings & Locations

AEE are active on numerous social media platforms. Our Facebook ,Twitter and Instagram pages serve as great information sharing platforms and allows for the quick and effective distribution of news, images and event updates. The most valuable resource will be your fellow Fan Dancers who have a combination of military and civilian outdoor experience. All the top tips from the DS and previous Fan Dance editions can be found on these social media pages.



Proud to support Brecon & CBMRT Mountain Rescue Teams,The ABF (Airborne Forces Charity), The Pilgrims Bandits, The True Grit Initiative, and the Friends of Storey Arms project for disadvantaged children. A special tribute to Support Our Paras, the official Parachute Regiment Charity and home of the UK’s original military challenge, the legendary Paras 10 TAB of P Company fame.

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The Fan Dance | Deep in Brecon Beacons with ex-SAS Staff

The Fan Dance doesn’t start with an air-horn, or a claxon, or even the word ‘go’; it starts with an explosion. It could be a flashbang, mock grenade or just a small explosive - I’m no military man - but the noise it releases reverberates around the Welsh hills and cracks through your bones, particularly when you’re not expecting it. Naturally, the staff at the event don’t even flinch; they’re ex-special forces to a man. It’s an intimidating start to a race.

Runners begin their ascent of Pen y Fan at The Fan Dance | Alyn Wallace Photography

But then, this isn’t really a race in the classic sense of a running event or off-road run. The Fan Dance is a route march that follows in the footsteps of SAS selection applicants (quite literally; allegedly, the real deal was held less than a week before we set off). It’s a 16-mile route that ascends Pen y Fan, the tallest summit in these hills, twice and is completed carrying a 40lb Bergen, and while wearing hiking boots. It is still a race in the sense that there are prizes for first place finishers, event photography and official times. But the niceties end there.

Nervous anticipation gripped the crowd as we assembled by the iconic red phone box at the foot of Pen y Fan. There were said to be 60mph winds at the summit, courtesy of an incoming storm that would close in later that afternoon; all the more reason to make good time on the initial ascent. With the aforementioned explosion wafting smoke across the valley, we set our gazes upwards and marched into the fog.

Jacob's Ladder was treacherous in the icy conditions | Alyn Wallace Photography

Covering a mix of stone paths, boggy ground and frozen dirt, we bagged Pen y Fan in semi-respectable time, though the climb sapped energy from our legs with the Bergens in tow. We immediately set off down Jacob's Ladder to push on to the Roman Road. Conditions were treacherous at the summit, and the Ladder itself was completely frozen so going was slow. Leaving the mountain proved a task in itself, with some marshy ground making the going tough, but we forged ahead, keen to test ourselves against this revered ground. Once the descent was made, we faced a three mile march to the halfway point before turning back and tackling it all in reverse.

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The return journey was, unsurprisingly, a tougher ordeal than heading out, and not just because we know what lay ahead. Blisters formed on our heels thanks to running in hiking boots and our packs’ shoulder straps began to chafe. Before long, we resorted to running for one minute then walking the next and repeating ad nauseum until the outline of Pen y Fan began to loom in the distance. Ascending via Jacob’s Ladder is a far steeper climb than from the road, and we felt every laboured step of it.

The Fan Dance is well attended by current and ex-servicemen | Alyn Wallace Photography

Reaching the finish line felt like a victory in itself: the route we had just completed has been used for decades as a benchmark of fitness for SAS soldiers, and though our time was not within their range, it was enough to know that we had given our all on the same ground. And, to be fair, we weren’t that far off.

For off-road runners looking for a new type of event, or anyone looking to test their fitness, The Fan Dance presents a very different and very formidable challenge. It’s a well-run and well-attended event with winter and summer editions, held close to the town of Brecon in South Wales, where there’s ample accommodation and easy access by road and trains to Abergavenny, on the Brecon Beacon’s south-eastern edge.

Dancing around Fortnite: which of the popular dancers accused Epic Games of stealing

Former University of Maryland basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley filed a class action lawsuit against Epic Games. They intend to sue the creators of Fortnite $ 20 million plus costs for using their Running Man Challenge dance.

According to the athletes, a game company misappropriated a dance from a viral video that Nickens and Brantley circulated in 2016. Now they are sure that the dance will no longer be associated with them - only with Fortnite, and demand compensation for moral damages. In parallel, they accused Epic Games of trying to "cash in on African-American culture," writes

Interestingly, Nickens and Brantley may not be the authors of the dance. They could be Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall, high school students in New Jersey. Together with them, the basketball players performed the Running Man Challenge on the air of the American Ellen DeGeneres Show. In the statement of claim, the names of Vincent and Hall do not appear.

Nevertheless, Nickens and Brantley expect to receive the requested compensation. According to them, the studio constantly steals other people's dance moves from popular videos in order to insert them into the game and make a profit.

Both basketball players are far from the first to sue Epic Games for this reason.

2 Milly

In December last year, rapper 2 Milly claimed copyright infringement by Epic Games. He decided to defend his Milly Rock dance in court, which, in his opinion, turned into a Swipe It emote from Fortnite.

Epic Games, of course, disagreed with his arguments. Lawyers for the company said that no one can master individual dance moves. Because of this, by the way, the next plaintiff has already failed in his attempt to sue the money.

Alfonso Ribeiro

Actor Alfonso Ribeiro went the same way as 2 Milly: to court. He filed a lawsuit over a dance move he first featured on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It matches the Fresh emote.

It is not known how the case would have ended if the US Copyright Office had officially registered this movement. However, Ribeiro was refused, because one movement is not yet a “choreographic work”.

The firm representing Ribeiro has already stated that the lawsuit should be dropped. Otherwise, the lawyers for Epic Games and Take-Two will easily ruin the case.

Backpack Kid

Russel Horning, 17, aka Backpack Kid, is suing Epic Games through his mother and manager. His dance first gained popularity on Instagram, and then became a cult after Backpack Kid introduced him on the same stage with singer Katy Perry (Katy Perry).

The dance later appeared in Fortnite as The Floss emote. And before Horning managed to secure it for himself. Nevertheless, the dancer's mother intends to sue Epic Games for an undisclosed amount. It's funny that the Backpack Kid himself shows minimal interest in what is happening.

This is my mother and manager. They filed a lawsuit. I'm just a kid having fun. I let adults do adult things. They believe that it is in Fortnite that they really use me.

Russell Horning

Backpack Kid

Orange Shirt Kid

Orange Shirt Kid, the creator of another dance for Fortnite, was also defended in court by his mother. But this case differs from the previous ones in that Orange Shirt Kid originally conceived his dance as an emote for his favorite game.

In the spring of 2018, he entered the Epic Games competition. And while he didn't win, his dance was enjoyed by many Fortnite fans. With the help of a petition, they made sure that the Orange Justice emote appeared in the game.

However, the boy's mother, Rachel McCumbers, sued over copyright. She stated that the studio has no right to make money on her son's dance, which, among other things, has a different name - Random.

According to McCumbers' lawsuit, the boy was harassed on social media because of the competition. He was forced to temporarily delete his accounts.

However, Epic Games has indicated from the very beginning that even the winners of the contest will not receive rewards for their dances. In addition, as the studio's lawyers noted, she would not have been able to make money on the emotions of Orange Justice: she came with a free battle pass.

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It is easy to assume that none of the plaintiffs will be able to receive compensation from the creators of Fortnite. In all cases, the dance movements were not a complete choreographic work. Plus, Epic Games insists that it cannot cash in on someone else's intellectual property. After all, Fortnite is a free-to-play game.

In addition, nearly all of the claimants in the "dance lawsuits" against Epic Games are represented by the same law firm, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht.


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Britney Spears showed fans a passionate dance with her lover Sam Asgari

36-year-old American pop diva and actress Britney Spears has been posting interesting videos on her Instagram page quite often lately. So, for example, yesterday, fans of the blond beauty were able to enjoy a passionate dance in which one could see Spears and her young 23-year-old lover Sam Asgari.

Britney Spears and Sam Asghari

Britney showed off her great figure

Those fans who follow the life and work of the 36-year-old performer know that Spears will go on a long tour pretty soon. That is why now the celebrity has thrown all her strength into active training, which consists not only in the performance of songs, but also in dance steps. The latter is indicated by a video that appeared on the social network of Britney Spears. On it, a celebrity in a black top and white shorts performs elements of a dance program along with her beloved fitness guru Asgari. Let's be honest, not every person can perform such elements that are done in the video. In the video, you can see that the pop star not only knows how to bend beautifully, but also demonstrates an excellent stretch.

After Spears posted the video on the Internet, she began to receive a huge amount of positive feedback. All of them concerned her figure, because fans still cannot believe that their favorite has become, albeit not the same, but similar to the one that they liked so much at the beginning of their career. Under the video, Britney wrote the following words:

“As you can see, I am actively preparing to amaze everyone not only with new songs, but also with passionate dances. Many thanks to my beloved Sam, who helps me in this, because without him I would not have been able to cope with this task. Thanks to my boyfriend, I now look just stunning. I really like my figure and how I learned to move in the dance.

By the way, after Britney became the owner of such an appetizing figure, her stage outfits became quite revealing. So, a few days ago, the 36-year-old singer appeared at one of the social events in a brilliant dress. The product was so short that it barely covered the buttocks, and the bodice was a bra, which was connected by shiny straps.

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Sam and Britney together recently

Spears and her future 23-year-old boyfriend met about a year ago when they starred together in the Slimber Party video. According to the plot, Sam portrayed the main character in the video, while Britney was supposed to play the role of his lover. While working on the video, as witnesses say, a spark slipped between the future lovers and it eventually turned into a stormy romance. Spears once said this in an interview:0003

“When I first met Sam, I really liked him, but I never thought that we would continue our acquaintance. About 5 months after working on the video, I remembered that I have his phone number and called him. We began to talk, and I realized that I really want to see him.

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