2013 will again see the MH Survival Series travel to cities in Wales, England and Scotland for the Tri-Nations Series before we unleash 2 "finales" in Manchester and London. National pride is at stake as we invite Survivors from across the Land to front up to the challenge. The Welsh Capital won the 2012 Tri-Nation series and is the host location for the first event of this year's Tri-Nations Series.So get down to Cardiff on 29th September 2013 and prepare to defend your title.
The event village for the 2013 event will be located again at the spectacular Roald Dahl Plas in the "Oval Basin" events arena, next to the gleaming Wales Millennium Centre and the Welsh Assembly, right on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay. The action starts and finishes here, with a spectacular charge over the Hay Bale Wall starting the race right in front of the Wales Millennium Centre and a gruelling climb over the MH Wall of Fame on the menu for when you return, to the delight of the huge crowd that gathers here. With a route taking in both the city centre and the water-side elements of the City, the Cardiff course will be sensationally urban and maybe a little "watery" too. In previous years, we have varied the course in advance of the event due to environmental factors in Cardiff Bay, but whatever the weather, do not expect to stay totally dry for this one! Pre-event or post, our base in the Oval Basin is also home to the many bars, shops and restaurants of the Mermaid Quay development next door to us and there is a real buzz around this smart new bit of the city.
Previous courses have blazed trails between our base at Cardiff Bay and the immense Millennium Stadium. Watch this space for 2013 route developments and pre-event, we'll let you know exactly where you're going to end up. You might experience one or two different obstacles en route from previous years too and almost certainly there will be new content added to the route. In 2012 we definitely upped the obstacle count and we might do so again for 2013!
All this Survivin' is thirsty work. We will be building a brilliant beer tent at the event site once more. We will be serving up ice-cold beer and real ales and the beer tent will be open until you are all safely home. If 2012's innings is anything to go by, we'll be needing to talk to the nice man at the Brewery to set aside a good few barrels, as you decimated the beer in 2012!
Cardiff is on the M4 and a wee hop, skip and a jump across the Severn bridges for those travelling from Southern England. For those coming from the north, the M50 can bring you pretty quickly towards Cardiff via the Wye valley from Brum and beyond.
There is a small station at Cardiff Bay, right next to the event village which has connections from Cardiff Central. National rail sees direct trains run between London Paddington and Cardiff on the Great Western mainline. It takes around 2 hours from London. Connections between Cardiff and the South West of England are also strong via Bristol. To the north, cross country routes take you to and from the Midlands and beyond with ease. Please check timetables for further details.
Cardiff International airport is a 45 minute train or bus ride away from the city centre.
There is plenty to choose from in Cardiff. From super stylish options in the city centre, to budget accommodation and magnificent out-of-town country house hotels, there is a good deal of choice. Try http://www.visitcardiff.com/for a full run-down of options, plus superb info on what's on around town and in the surrounding valleys and mountains of the stunning Welsh countryside.
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