As part of a company wide Health and Fitness Plan on July 11th 2015, Owain Whatley, Owain MacMillan, Nigel King, Andrew Davies, Howell Davies, Gareth Davies, Dave Smith, Lee Mayes, Jason Morris & Mike Dando, with Keith Hopkinson as the Designated Driver; undertook the challenge of climbing some of the highest mountains in North, Mid and South Wales, otherwise known as “The Welsh Three Peaks Challenge” , all in aid of Prostate Cymru.
The challenge started at 4:30am on Saturday morning, with the ascent of Wales’ highest peak and managed to climb through the clouds to the summit via the Pyg Track by 7:30am and made it back down using the Miners Track by 10:00am. The climb totalled just over 9 miles long and 2,880 feet high and taking 5½ hours.
After completing Snowdon, the group then moved onto Cadair Idris and, using the Minffordd Path, started at 12:00pm and managed to complete what was unanimously agreed as being the hardest climb of the three, totalling just over 6.5 miles long and 2,883 feet high, also in just 5½ hours.
Finally, after a 3 hour drive, the group made it to Pen Y Fan, the last of the mountains to be climbed, at 8:45pm and started the Final Ascent, the last of the group reached the summit at 9:45 pm, and descended in near complete darkness by 10:40.
In total, the volunteers walked nearly 20 miles over an 18 hour period; and out of the 10 that started, only 2 suffered minor injuries which meant that 8 completed the challenge.
Through donations, the group raised over £3,000.00 to a charity that is very close to our hearts, whose aim is to raise awareness and promote understanding of the risks and signs of the Prostate Cancer, and establish state of the art treatments for the disease.