Bryn is a village on the B4282 between Cwmavon and Maesteg. Primarily a agricultural area, it became a centre for mining coal with the advent of the industrial revolution. Since mining ceased it has reverted in the greatest part back to its farming past. It is a developing rural village that due to its location nestling in the Margam Mountains and surrounding Afon forest. Along with its close proximity to the M4 corridor. Means it has easy access from all major towns and cities in South Wales and further afield.
(The route passes the Cwenderi Reservoir pictured above)
What is the Bwystfil Y Bryn (Beast Of Bryn). It comprises of 3 separate runs a fun run, a 6.8 mile run and an extremely challenging 14 miler. Both 6.8 and 14mile runs are very challenging and take place along the mountains of Margam and the Afan Valley, both runs take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. You will run along routes that international runners use for endurance training prior to a major competition. The day will start with a fun run followed by both 6.8 and 14 mile competitors starting together.
Part of the course will traverse the South Wales section of "The World Rally Championship Wales" part of which took place in the forestry surrounding Bryn.
In addition to this you will also part run along one of the famous "Afan Mountain Cycle Tracks" these are rated in the World's top ten cross country tracks and attract cyclists' from all over the world.
The race is named after a number of Big Cat sightings in and around the race route.
We believe that due to our location, which is recognized as a place to train for running events due to the varied terrain, that it would make an ideal place for a national event. The route is being designed by some marathon runners and being coordinated with the help of the forestry commission and sponsored by TATA Steel. All profits from the event going to charity the main recipient being The "CYSTIC FIBROSES TRUST."