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

29th March 2025

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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 2024 there is a choice of four other routes: PLATINUM ROUTE (17 miles), GOLD ROUTE (20miles), SILVER ROUTE (15 miles) and BRONZE ROUTE (10 miles)

The Results are now available at https://racetek-live.co.uk/website/public_results/1681/complete_results/

First Finishers On Each Route:

The first walkers back on each route were:

Emily Marr, 28, Wiltshire and Colin Whittle, 34, both from Bath finished in a time of 5 hours 24 minutes.

(M) Leighton James, 46, from Oxford returned in a time of 4 hours 34 minute.
(F) Charlotte Brunsdon, 37, from London completed in a time of 5 hours 20 minutes.

(M) David Brunsdon, 69, from Cwmbran got back in a time of 4 hours 59 minutes.
(F) Georgina Bryant, 48, from Bath completed in a time of 6 hours 2 minutes.

(F) Julie White, 68, from Cardiff completed in a time of 4 hours 19 minutes.
(M) Michael Gearon, 30, from Cwmbran returned in a time of 4 hours 50 minutes.

Thankyou to:


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

  • All the 455 Walkers who took part in this year's Three Peaks Trial.

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

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

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

  • LEADERS OF 5th ABERGAVENNY GUIDES 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.

Lost Property

Lost Leggings on Platinum Route: A walker on the Platinum Route has advised they left behind their waterproof overtrousers at the entrance to Llanbedr Church. If you found these please email threepeakstrial@gmail.com so we can arrange for them to be returned.

Do you recognize the coat? It was left behind at the event. If it's yours then email threepeakstrial@gmail.com and we'll return it.

Walkers Photos and Comments

Many thanks for sending photos and comments. We're currently uploading the photos over the next few days

Jenny Barber, Crickhowell“I completed the Gold route and really enjoyed the day. I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to all the organisers, volunteers and Longtown MR who made the day such a success. An amazing amount of organising and it was so slick and professionally run. ”

Daisy Morgan, Abergavenny “Thank you for organising a great day! ”

Paul Methven, Gloucester “Great day and a really well organised walk. Hats off to the marshals braving the cold wind on the peaks! ”

Emily and Edward Sykes, Hampshire, Phil and Tom Bevan, Usk“What a fantastic challenge!! We all had a great day- despite the snow and hail! ”

Jonathan Porton, Berkshire“Many thanks for organising such a well run event - I really enjoyed it...well, apart from the hail of course! ”

Nathan Edwards, Cwmbran“It was a great day out, challenging weather but that is what makes it the best. ”

Walkers have also kindly sent us the photos below:

Denise Batsford, Worcestershire:

Mike Leeson, Cardiff:

Helen Diamond, Weston super Mare:

Dan Thompson, Newport:

Gareth Hook, Hereford:

Erin Brown, Abergavenny:

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