TrekFest 2013 – The Challenge Begins

TrekFest LogoWell, that’s the registration form signed and completed…now there’s no turning back!

On June 8th 2013 I’ll be taking part in the TrekFest 2013 challenge, an endurance challenge which will see me hiking 54 miles in just 24 hours! Oh, and that ‘route’ just happens to be the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range in South Wales which is home to the highest mountain in southern Britain, Pen y Fan.

Located in the breath taking Brecon Beacons National Park (training ground to the SAS), the Brecon Beacons offer some truly amazing scenery whilst at the same time providing an exhilarating mental and physical challenge. Crossing the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons and South Wales – Pen y Fan (886m/2906ft), Corn Du (873m/2864ft), Cribyn (795m/2608ft) and Fan y Big (719m/2358ft), I can assure you that this is going to be one hell of a weekend! It’s going to be tough, but the reason for the Trek is totally worth it!

I am taking part in the event in the aid of Kidney Wales Foundation, a fantastic charity who promote strategies and services in order to prevent and treat kidney disease. This is a charity very close to my heart, so if you are able to donate anything at all, I would really really appreciate it.

For more information, or to make a donation, please feel free to visit my Just Giving page at www.justgiving.co.uk/GarethLewisTrek.

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Training Has Started – Saturday 5th January, 23 weeks before the Event

This Saturday saw the first piece of training take place, and a great start is the Pen y Fan and Cord Du circular route which is approximately 4 miles in length. Starting at the Storey Arms, situated between Merthyr Tydfil and Brecon, the hike saw us up to Corn Du and then on to the highest Peak in South Wales, Pen y Fan. I can’t say the views were spectacular, magical or life changing, as there simply weren’t any. Visibility due to low cloud that day was around 30′ max, but we enjoyed the trip all the same. After the summit, we detoured in order to add an additional 3 miles to the route, and then headed back to the car for a much deserved burger and refresh. 7 miles in the mountains in 3.5hrs, and for our  first hike, it’s on the ball pace-wise for the ’54 miler’.

Onwards and upwards, and the endurance training will increase next weekend with a more strenuous 10.4 mile circular over a larger variety of terrain  that being the awesome Brecon Beacons horseshoe ridge (with an added detour to increase the distance). Stay tuned!

A few shots from last weekend’s hike in and out of the Corn Du & Pen y Fan circular route…

The start of the route – the path leading to Corn Du…
The start of the route - the path leading to Corn Du...

Up into the cloud and a quick look back downhill doesn’t reveal much!
Up into the cloud and a quick look back downhill doesn't reveal much!

On the summit of Pen y Fan! 886m/2907ft. L-R – Paul Cremin, Gareth Rowlands (another TrekFest attendee), and yours truly.
On the summit of Pen y Fan! 886m/2906ft. From left to right - Paul Cremin, Gareth Rowlands (abother TrekFest attendee), and yours truly.

Pen y Fan Summit – 886m/2907ft…
Pen y Fan Summit - 886m/2907ft

The Road to Nowhere?
The Road to Nowhere?

…and the hike back down, with Beacons Reservoir in the distance.
...and the hike back down, with Beacons Reservoir in the distance.