Brecons Challenge 2015

Last weekend, 12 Lower Sixth pupils took part in the annual Brecons Challenge; a triathlon involving the three sports of mountain running, cycling and kayaking, with the pupils competing in teams of two.

In its nineteenth year, Dauntsey’s Brecons Challenge was the first school event of its type which started long before the birth of the modern, multi-event adventure races. The three sections of the event involve a 12km run over the highest mountains in South Wales, including Corn Ddu, Pen y Fan and Cribyn, which involves a height gain of over 800 metres. The teams then switch to their mountain bikes and cycle 18km to the canal before getting into their K2 kayaks and paddling 7km to finish in the canal basin in Brecon.

This year, the weather conditions were tough on the mountain tops with high winds, rain and low-cloud. Luckily things improved down in the valley with a fine afternoon for kayaking after a somewhat muddy bike ride – as you will see from the mud-splattered faces in the photo gallery below!

Congratulations to George Dolman and Joe Gurney who were the first pair home with a time of 3 hours 15 minutes followed by Sam New and Alex Sheppy who followed 10 minutes later with a time of just under 3 hours 35 mins. Freddie Nelson and Holly Sampson were the first mixed-pair home and Cathy Tinker and Shona O’Dwyer were the first ladies pair to finish.

The teams:

  • George Dolman and Joe Gurney (3:15:15)
  • Sam New and Alex Sheppy (3:34:56)
  • Oli Graham and Imo Bartlett
  • Freddie Nelson and Holly Sampson
  • Fergus Hooke and Jemima Jackson
  • Cathy Tinker and Shona O’Dwyer
  • Rebecca Newman and Tarek Elmanharawy
  • Millie Prichard and Phoebe Giraudeau

Many thanks to everyone who helped out on Sunday and also for the support from travelling parents, but particularly many, many thanks to founder and champion of the event for the last 19 years, Steve Hardman who retires this week. We wish Steve a very happy and active retirement!

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