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

25th March 2023

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2023 Results are now available at https://racetek-live.co.uk/website/public_results/1489/complete_results/.

First Finishers On Each Route:

The first walkers back on each route were:

Emily Marr, 27, from Bradford Upon Avon, Wiltshire and Colin Whittle, 33, from Bath finished in a time of 5 hours 11 minutes.

Leighton James, 45, from Oxford returned in a time of 5 hours 1 minute.

Richard Brunsdon, 61, from Cwmbran got back in a time of 4 hours 18 minutes.

Philip George, 65, completed in a time of 2 hours 30 minutes.

Thankyou to:


  • LONGTOWN MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM - for marshalling all the mountain top checkpoints.

  • All the 447 Walkers who took part in this year's Three Peaks Trial.

  • SARAH KIRKPATRICK of Llanfoist. It became known on the Thursday before the event that the tunnel under the canal at Llanfoist would be closed for concreting work. This is a vital access for walkers to go up Blorenge and closing it would normally mean at a 1 mile detour. However Sarah Kirkpatrick very kindly offered to allow her drive and nearby canal overbridge to be used as a diversion.

  • FORMER COUNCILLOR NICK TATUM of Abergavenny Town Council who helped in a number of roles throughout the day.

  • COUNCILLOR SARA BURCH of Monmouthshire County Council who helped check in walkers at Registration.

  • PARENTS OF 1st ABERGAVENNY SCOUTS two of whom also helped check in walkers at Registration.

  • FABIAN4/RACETEK who provided Registration support and on-the-day etag system.

  • MOUNTAIN HEIGHTS T-SHIRTS who produced T-shirts for the event marking the event's 60 year anniversary.

  • The charities and fundraisers who supported the event:


If you have any photos to share please email to threepeakstrial@gmail.com and we'll upload them on the website. Also many thanks to those who have already sent in the photos below and your comments about the event.

Walkers Photos

Lee Jones has written an excellent post with photos on his blog at http://welshmanwalking.co.uk

Mark Roe “Many thanks to all the team who pulled together such a fantastic event. The enthusiasm of the volunteer teams at check in, check points, finish line and refreshments (and everywhere else) really contributed to a very enjoyable day. ”

Suzanne Owen “Many thanks for a great event, although we found it a difficult challenge. Beautiful route will train for it next time. ”

Clare Johnson “Thank for a very well supported event. My 10th consecutive Three Peaks Challenge! See you next year!”

Glynn Kaye Allen “Thank you for a great event. We absolutely love it and are already looking forward to the next one. ”

Agnieszka Kasperek “Thank you for organising the challenge. I had a really great day. ”

Amy Hewitt “Thanks so much for your brilliant organisation of this event! We thoroughly enjoyed it. ”

Kerry Hassell “Thanks for a great day we really enjoyed it! ”

Tristan Andrews “Really well organised, great day. Thanks! ”

Walkers Comments:

Mark (and Stephen) Ketteringham
Our grateful thanks to all of the organising committee, volunteers and the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, for making this year's South Wales Three Peaks Trial another great event, which my son and I thoroughly enjoyed. Our memory's of taking on the challenge of the Gold route will stay with us for a long time I'm sure, and we look forward hopefully to enjoying the beautiful scenery around Abergavenny again at next year's event.

Gareth Jones
I had a brilliant time doing the 3 peaks on Saturday, thanks for everything that went into organising it!

Claire Fitzgerald and Jackie Clifft
Just a quick note to express our thanks for a brilliant gold walk on Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, even the fallen tree on the way up to Blorenge. The checkpoint teams along the way were all immensely encouraging and supportive and the kindness of the people serving teas and cakes at the end. Please pass on our thanks to everybody involved.

Paul Perkin
Thank you and all the other volunteers for arranging a great day. The organisation at HQ was excellent and the cheerful and encouraging reception we got at each check point was much appreciated.

Jodie Evans
We really enjoyed the challenge, thank you, it was tough, but had a good laugh at the same time.The people at the water stops were lovely and very helpful.

Sam Jones
Thanks so much for organising Saturday. My friend and I had a wonderful time, met some really lovely people and had a good laugh at all the manned checkpoints too !

Event Information

The Three Peaks Trial is an organised challenge walk arranged each year in March by the Cardiff Outdoor Group. Since 2010 Longtown Mountain Rescue Team provide support with marshalls on all the mountain top checkpoints.

The Walk was first held in March 1963 and was designed for less experienced walkers who wanted to test their powers of endurance and skill at map reading. It is now the oldest challenge walk in the UK.

Over the years the event has been modified so in 2023 there is a choice of four other routes.

The Four Route Options:

Platinum Route: This is a linear walk of about 17 miles and 5000' of ascent from Llanthony Abbey to Abergavenny over Bal Mawr, Pen Cerrig Calch and Sugar Loaf. Entry to the Platinum Route is limited to 100. Although the Platinum Route is shorter than the Gold, the ascents are steeper and navigation more challenging, hence the higher grading.

Gold Route: This is the original challenge, a circular walk of about 20 miles and 5000' of ascent, which crosses over three prominent peaks around Abergavenny in Monmouthshire: Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid. This route is never far from civilisation yet there is no obvious route so that concentration on map reading is essential to keep to the best route.

Silver Route: This is a circular walk of about 15 miles and 4000' of ascent. It follows the Gold Route from Abergavenny over Blorenge and Sugar Loaf, then descends back to Abergavenny.

Bronze Route: This is a circular walk of about 10 miles and 2000' of ascent. The route goes from Abergavenny to the summit of Sugar Loaf, descending by a different path.

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