Brecons Challenge 2013

Over the weekend 16 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.

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.

Sunday was a day of contrasts. The teams endured extreme wind and poor visibility on the mountain tops but fortunately the weather started to brighten up during the mountain biking section so that by the end of the event the teams enjoyed warm sunshine as they paddled up the canal to the finish line.

The teams were:

  • Jack Gompels/Cameron F-C
  • Finlay Kenneth/George Smith
  • Hamish Fyfe/Chalie Mallet
  • Toby Sampson/Josh Morris
  • Byn New/George Andrews
  • Henry Giles/Gabriel Dalboozi
  • Olivia Berry/Steph Jones
  • Emma Adams/Vicky Bartlett




Congratulations to Jack Gompels and Cameron Falconer-Cunningham who were the first pair home with a time of 3 hours 16 minutes. A close battle for second and third place saw Finlay Kenneth and George Smith finish 18 seconds ahead of Hamish Fyfe and Charlie Mallet, with a time of 3 hours 23 minutes. Olivia Berry and Steph Jones were the first ladies pair to finish.

Quick links - more adventure news and full results table.