Brecons Challenge 2016

Last weekend, sixteen Lower Sixth pupils took part in the annual Brecons Challenge, an adventure race for teams of two in which the pupils run over three mountains, mountain bike through the forests and kayak along the canal, ending in Brecon.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the event, which started well before the birth of the modern, multi stage 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 along the Taff Trail to the canal before getting into their K2 kayaks and paddling 7km to finish in the canal basin in Brecon.

The weather was mixed this year, with competitors staying dry as they ran over the peaks and the rain only arriving once they were on their bikes. The week of heavy rain before had left the run and cycle muddy and the canal a dark brown. At they end of their challenge, they were greeted on arrival at the canal basin by a crowd of cheering parents and staff and then everybody headed back to the bunkhouse for a celebratory curry.

This year’s winners were Will Everett and Euan Reid who were fastest across all three sections, followed by the first mixed team, Sarah Osborn and Henry Gray. In third place was the only other male team, Myles Appleby and Noah Cannon.

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  • Fastest Mountain Run: Everett / Reid
  • Fastest Cycle: Everett / Reid & Appleby / Cannon
  • Fastest Kayak: Everett / Reid
  • Fastest Mixed: Osborn / Grey (2nd Overall)
  • Fastest Female : Woodruffe / Hickin (4th Overall)
  • Fastest Overall: Everett / Reid

Results Table - for full results please download here. Brecons Challenge 2016 Results (pdf)