The Dare12

Saturday 8th September 2018

Dare Valley Country Park: Aberdare-Rhondda Cynon Taf, Aberdare, United Kingdom

Distance running, Running


  • SOLO - Solo Entry
  • SOLO - Solo Entry - UKA AFFILIATED
  • PAIRS - PAIR (Price Per Person)
  • PAIRS - PAIR (Price Per Person) - UKA AFFILIATED
  • TEAMS 3-6 - Team Ticket (Price Per Person)
  • TEAMS 3-6 - Team Ticket (Price Per Person) - UKA AFFILIATED
  • TEAM OF 6 - Corporate Package
  • Non Runner - Festival - Adult Entry


The Dare12 Run is a running event held in the beautiful grounds of Dare Valley and backing onto the idyllic Brecon Beacons National Park. The race is run continuously over a 12 hour period, around an 8km trail with the clock counting down from 8am until 8pm the same day. You can either Run Solo, or in a Relay Teams of 2, 3, 4 , 5 or 6. 

Not running? well you still can come along and join in the atmosphere, while your mates race around the trail, you sit back sipping a beverage whilst being entertained with live music, great food at the Spectators and Runners Village. 

In support of Oshi’s World charity, the vibe during the event can be described as electric, with live music for competitors and spectators at the main arena, and supporters lining the entire track eagerly awaiting for you to sprint on by. 

Whether you run 1 lap in a team or have your heart fixed on setting the inaugural course record as a Solo, you’re bound to enjoy the Dare12, the first continuous 12 hour trail loop running event in Wales. Your bespoke medal and hand crafted trophy (if you win) awaits. 


Event details and schedule

Event Schedule

Friday 7th Sept 2018

5pm – Runner’s Campsites, carparking and registration opens (& runners pick up their packs)

6pm – Live music & pre-race party in the runners zones and foodie & festival area.

11pm-7.00am – Campsite Noise Curfew


Saturday 8th Sept 2018 

6:00am – 7:20am – Registration is open (& runners pick up their packs).

7:30am – Runners briefing. A quick word from the organisers, medics and timing crew.

8:00am – The Inaurgural Dare12 Race Begins!

1pm – Children’s Entertainment starts in the kids zone from 1pm to 5pm.

1:30pm – Live Music starts on stage, from 1:30pm to 12am.

8pm – Clock stops and on-course runners have 1hour to complete their current lap.

9pm –  Offical Awards ceremony on the festival stage.

9:30pm  – Live music and entertainment in the festival area continues.

12am  – Event Close and noise Curfew.


Sunday 9th Sept 2018

10am  – All competitors and spectors in camping area pack up and exit site. 


About This Event

The Dare12 is a twelve hour multi-terrain endurance running event open for solo & team runners. Situated in the idyllic grounds of Dare Valley Country Park, the 8k course is held over a 12 hour period and it is as challenging as it is enjoyable, taking in the breath-taking scenery as the route weaves its way up and down the hills and through the technical trails in the woodlands. On the day, ample course marking, a mid-point drinks station and plenty of supportive marshals will ensure that competitors can concentrate on enjoying the challenge and tackling the terrain.

The inaugural Dare12 Run presents a great opportunity for elite endurance athletes to stamp their name on the annual event and perhaps set course records across multiple divisions.

Those not up for the solo challenge will be able to tackle the course together with their teams sharing the 8km trail over the 12 hour period with one team member on the course at a time.

Registrations and camping opens on Friday night prior to the start on Saturday morning. The race will START at 8am on Saturday 8th Sept and FINISH at 8pm Saturday night the 8th Sept. Runners out on course at 8pm will have 1 hour to finish their lap. The event is for competitors 18 years or older (on the day of the event) and the race is open to all levels of runners from beginners to elite, solos and teams.

Proceeds from the event will be going towards a local charity Oshi’s World, a local based charity that have set out to create an accessible social, sensory and play space for children with disabilities and life limiting illness. Find out more here.


Camping (free for competitors), caravan/camper sites, tepees and a hotel are also available at the time of booking your place in the event. Once again we would like to thank our Partners who make these many options possible.

Tepees - Dare2Run will be able to offer a limited number of tepees sleeping up to 5 people. You will be able to select these at the time you purchase your event place. These will be available first come first served basis.

Campervans/Caravan - spaces (either powered/unpowered) are also available onsite for a limited number and competitors will be able to select these at time of purchase. These will be available first come first served basis.

With this event commencing early on a Saturday morning we welcome competitors to stay the night prior to race start. Registration is open from 5pm on Friday 7th September 2018 closing at 11pm. Registration desk will open at 6am on 8th Sept and close at 7:20am. Following the race, competitors are encouraged to stay the evening and join in on all the fun and entertainment well into the evening at Dare Valley Country Park.


Live entertainment and a bar will open all day and night for spectators and competitors’ celebrations thereafter. An official awards ceremony will be held following the finish of the race, all competitors will receive a medal, and category winners will also custom made trophies for their achievments.

For the duration of the event live music will be pumping from the main starting arena, a great selection food and drinks will be available at the many gourmet food outlets from Friday night through to late Saturday.

The well-established cafe Y Cwtch will be open all day as well, making for a great family fun event serving food and hot and cold drink and beer if you’re feeling in the party mood.

Throughout the day, event organisers will be hosting a few more activities for spectators and those not wanting to tackle the 12 hour ultra-marathon. Additional activities and kids entertainment and lots more will also take place.

The party doesn’t after the race there will be a live DJ gourmet food with vegan and veggie options available and a bar - let’s face it you deserve it.

Places are limited in this years Dare12 race so get in early, tell your mates, and lock the race in now as this event will sell out fast. The fantastic location, and the experienced outdoor event management team at Dare2Run have put together a runner’s festival that is not to be missed.

The Route

The route has been designed by suitably qualified race directors and it is guaranteed to be a tough and testing course over the 12 hours. We will guarantee you a great atmosphere and a friendly welcome from the team here at Dare2Run. Full gpx/kml files will be made available from our website prior to the race.

Included in ticket fee

  • A fully marked multi-terrane trail - NO Navigation needed. The 8km off-road trail is a closed course loop around the beautiful Dare Valley Country Park set backing onto the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Free tent camping for the duration of the event, and if you want to camp the night before as well, that’s fine. note: solo athletes have a designated 1st tier priority area at the camping zone nearby the start/finish line
  • Free Toilets and Hot Showers for all competitors
  • Full professional chip-timing and lap counting
  • Live reported results and runners updates
  • Mid point fully marshalled drink station
  • Free entry to the music forest festival until 10pm on Friday and till late on Saturday night
  • Access to 24 Hour Food and Drink outlets
  • Fully Qualified Medical Support for the duration of the race
  • Prizes for each category winner


Additional items available

  • Official Event Car Parking available for £5 per car
  • Sports Massage
  • Ice Baths
  • Event tech Shirts
  • Event sports hoodies
  • Friends and Family of competitors can enjoy the event as well. Family Camping Tickets are available per adult basis, and accompanied children under 16 go free. Book now to secure your place
  • At the time of booking, Competitors can pay extra for pre-pitched tepee hire, powered caravan or campervan sites, non-powered camper sites, or to stay in the onsite hotel accommodation (limited rooms available)
  • Music festival entry and entertainment until 12pm on Saturday night for non-competitors
  • Gourmet food outlets available all-day Saturday
  • Festival licensed bar serving refreshments all-day Saturday




Course Route

GPX/KMZ will be available on our website for download closer to the event


All enquiries regarding entries to the Event Organiser 

Telephone: 07501 074 440




Organised by


130, Old Street, London

Phone: 07501074440

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