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Engineers For Overseas Development Ltd, Cardiff
Engineers For Overseas Development Ltd, Cardiff
Beat the Beacons Beast

Beat the Beacons Beast

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Beat the Beacons Beast

Carmarthen | Ponsticill | Cardiff

Long Route | 200miles 

Short Route | 100miles

Event Description:

For anyone unaware, Engineers For Overseas Development (EFOD) is a charity created in Wales with the aim is to deliver engineering projects which improve the health, hygiene, education and self-sufficiency of poverty afflicted communities in a sustainable manner. For more information, see -

Now in its tenth year, we like to take on the kind of cycle challenge where many would question the participants sanity, to help raise funds for this cause. All costs are covered by the riders and the charity is entirely voluntary, so every penny raised goes straight into the development projects. The current EFOD Cardiff project is a nursery and primary school build in Uganda.

The ride is split equally over two days, with riders having the choice between the longer

200mile route, or the shorter 100mile route, covering some of the most spectacular scenery Wales has to offer.

All food, accommodation, transport, support and great sense of accomplishment is included. Any discomfort experience is all in aid of a great cause!

Starting at Carmarthen University we will head out along beautiful country lanes with stunning views, both short and long route riders together. The two routes diverge before entering the Brecon Beacons National Park at its Western most tip, but rejoin around Llanddeusant. From there it’s a climb up to the picturesque Usk reservoir where the long routers will dive off south for a bit more of the up-and-down (including the infamous Devil’s Elbow) to reach the half way point of the weekend at Pontsticill. The short route ends its first day at Sennybridge, although there will be the option for those who have a bit left in the tank to head to Ystradfellte via the Devil’s Elbow for another 10miles.

Day two begins with a nice sharp blast to the top of Blaen-y-glyn above Talybont Reservoir, then continues around the North side of the Black Mountains before embarking on the legendary Gospel Pass! ! Expect a couple of km with gradients in excess of 20% followed by a lovely 10km downhill breeze to Gilwern, where the short route ends. The long route pushes on up the Tyla (known as the awkward big brother of the Tumble), then takes the scenic route back to Cardiff via Tredgar, Ystrad Mynach and Caerphilly.

On the ride as a whole, the views usually have to be earnt and the distances are tough, but our excellent support crew ensure you’re fed, watered and in good spirits the whole way. The routes are marked, maps and GPS routes provided and the support crew are always on hand if you still manage to get lost. The 50-60 other riders range from serious enthusiasts to the occasional commuter so irrelevant of your ability, you will likely have some company along the way. If you do end up riding alone, we throw in plentiful snack and lunch stops along the way where we each take our time, gather again and enjoy seeing how others are getting before continuing on to the next stop.

Finally, if 200 miles simply sounds too far, we also offer a 2 x 50mile route option. You’ll set off together with the whole group, then a couple of times along the way you may end up taking slightly flatter and shorter directions. Before the end of the full route there will then be a shorter route end. Depending on how you’re feeling, you can either carry on through or jump in the minibus to catch a lift to the end.


raised towards 10,000.00 target


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Damian Barry


Richard Chamley

Beat the Brecons Beast

Mark Cooper

EFOD 200 mile bike ride

Jack Davies

Cycling the Beacons Beast

Elliot Geen

EFOD 2019 - Brecons Beast

Jamie Lam

Beat the Beacons Beast - EFOD 2019

Structures Team Innit

Structures Team Innit

Ian Mach

EFOD ride 2019

Jon Morgan-Heath

Attempting to Beat the Beacons Beast

Alexander Redwood

Beat the EFOD 2019 Beacons Beast


Aug 20, 2019

Paul Carr

Beer Money and Leftovers...

(plus 50.44 giftaid)

Aug 13, 2019

Guanyu Xiong

Thanks to those contributed to the donation: Peter Neil Mat Foley Chris Brown Terry Davies Jayne Rabaiotti Shaun Hartley Paul Cobbold Julia Smith


Aug 09, 2019

Nick Jones

collected sponsorship

Jul 21, 2019




Jul 18, 2019

Tim Jones

Massage and sponsorship.

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Jul 16, 2019


From Gareth Richards


Jul 15, 2019


Chris Ellis

(plus 11.25 giftaid)

Jul 14, 2019



Jul 09, 2019

Matt Bloodworth

Fundraising from M Bloodworth

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Jul 09, 2019

Tom Kiley

Top effort Eggman!x

(plus 5.00 giftaid)


Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 15,559.30

Direct donations


Raised offline 0.00

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