On Saturday 8th June 2013, a team of 6 employees from AMD Solicitors successfully took on the challenge to trek 27 miles across the Brecon Beacons in less than 12 hours.
And what a challenge it was!
The team set off at 9:30am with their backpacks fully equipped for all possible eventualities of the day. Despite the weather in the UK not often proving reliable, in a stroke of luck the event had fallen on a beautiful clear sunny day, with just the right proportions of shade and breeze to make the conditions perfect for trekking.
The route took us from the town of Brecon via Talybont-On-Usk along the Talybont Reservoir, past the upper Neuadd Reservoir, up and over Pen-Y-Fan and back again to Brecon.
Starting with a comfortable flat path along the canal the terrain soon became rocky and muddy with plenty of inclines to put the team’s fitness to the test. The biggest challenge, of course, was the gruelling climb up the northern face to the summit of Pen-Y-Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales, at 886 metres high. But the team managed it, not forgetting to take a celebratory photo at the trig point to document the occasion.
What goes up must come down and after catching their breath and taking in the spectacular views the team descended and carried on their way.
With what was supposed to be 7 miles to go in 2 hours the team asked their already very tired legs to quicken the pace, making the end of the trek a tough physical and mental challenge, especially when the final 7 miles turned into 10 miles after the course had had to be rerouted due to harvesting!
Despite the ensuing darkness, blisters and fatigue the team made it back to base in good time and to a well deserved glass of champagne and cheers from friends, family and fellow trekkers. It was a very proud moment and a huge achievement all round. Well done to Katie Hughes, Amanda Coates, Rebecca Scadding, Charlotte Williams, Lucy Andoniou and Natasha Fielding.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored the team so far. Knowing that money was being raised for such a worthwhile charity really spurred the team on in moments of weakness. A whopping total of £1,650 has been raised so far, but it’s not too late to make your donation if you haven’t done so already.
The ‘justgiving’ site is still active and can be accessed at www.justgiving.com/teamAMDtrekthebreconbeacons2013.
A little rest will be in order for the team before they will be putting those hiking boots back on again… But the question must be asked… Will the team raise the stakes and take on the challenge to trek 54 miles in 24 hours next year? That one will possibly need some careful consideration!
Some pictures of the event: