A Challenge Walk -
Designed To Test Endurance And Map Reading Skills

23rd March 2013

Above photo montage from the event on saturday by Peter Salenieks, Chair of Gwent Mountaineering Club.

As can be seen in the above montage, snow caused additional (unwanted!) challenges at this year's event for both walkers and organisers. Less than 36 hours before the event was to start the weather forecast for the Saturday deteriorated significantly. However with the advice, guidance and support from Longtown Mountain Rescue Team we ran a reduced event of Silver and Bronze Routes.

Peter Salenieks, who kindly supplied the above photo, has also prepared a plot and profile of the modified Silver Route. This route profile, based on waypoints recorded every 30 secs with a GPS logger, showed the distance came to 20.58 km (12.79 miles) with 667 m (2188 ft) of ascent. Peter has also supplied data files that you can import into GPS devices or software, click on the following links to access them (if you don't have GPS then the Google Earth link still shows the route):

The event raised a fantastic £6,757.82. This was split between Longtown Mountain Rescue (£3,378.90), the Elenydd Wilderness Trust (£1,689.46) and the National Trust (£1,689.46). To see a copy of the accounts CLICK HERE"

On the friday evening before the 50th Anniversary event the founder of the Three Peaks Trial, Chris Barber, gave a talk in St Mary's Priory on the early years of the event.

Thank You!

!!!THANK YOU!!!! from all at CARDIFF OUTDOOR GROUP to:

  • LONGTOWN MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM - for marshalling all the mountain top checkpoints. Also with regards the severe weather, LMRT's advice, guidance and support was superb/brilliant/amazing/awesome (all these superlatives apply!) and they can't be praised highly enough.
  • All the 480 Walkers who took part in this year's Three peaks Trial. Both organizers and walkers were disappointed we couldn't run the full event but Walkers safety is the primary concern and, of course, nothing can take priority over that. The Organizers would like to thank all the participants for your patience and understanding in this matter.
  • The ELENYDD WILDERNESS TEAM - Volunteers from the EWT gave support on the day making and giving out refreshments to returning walkers.
  • The POLICE SUPPORT UNIT - Also gave out cakes, teas and coffees at various points on the routes.
  • The charities and fundraisers who supported the event:

A group of walkers, who were raising funds for St Davids Hospice, filmed some scenes from the walk and put it on YouTube. Click Here to see.

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