Brecons Challenge 2017

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, cycle through the forests and kayak along the canal, ending in Brecon.

Blue skies and light winds made for perfect conditions for the event. The three sections of the event involve a 10km 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 17km along the Taff Trail to the canal before getting into their K2 kayaks and paddling 7km to finish in the canal basin in Brecon.

Parents and staff were at Cwm Llwrch at 0900 for the mass start and teams were soon puffing their way up the first steep climb. The visibility was excellent and they could see from checkpoint to checkpoint as they navigated the ridges and plateaus of the route.

Most grabbed some food and water at the transition to bikes before pedalling down the Taff Trail, past more supporters and into the remote forests of the region. Windy country lanes led to Pencelli where the kayaks awaited.

The kayaking section proved to be decisive this year with the lead of the event changing three times and pretty soon the winners were passing under the finish bridge and into the canal basin in Brecon.

At they end of their challenge, they were greeted by a crowd of cheering parents and staff and then everybody headed back to the bunkhouse for a celebratory meal.

This year’s winners were Hannah Gibson and Ed Long, the first mixed pair to win the event, closely followed by the fastest male pair of Archie Cole and Robbie Andrews

  • Fastest Mountain Run: Cole / Andrews
  • Fastest Cycle: Cole / Andrews
  • Fastest Kayak: Gibson / Long
  • Fastest Mixed: Gibson / Long
  • Fastest Female: Payne / Brooks
  • Fastest Male: Cole / Andrews
  • Fastest Overall: Gibson / Long

Results Table - for full results please download here