Brecon Beacons 10 Peaks

18hrs 11mins took me to run 89km with 4800m of total ascent.

Starting from race headquarters in Talybont-on-Usk, I headed out to the western extreme of the course, the Black Mountain, traversing along the way some spectacular ridgelines, tackling some torrid climbs and passing over 2 of the 10 highest peaks (Fan Fawr and Fan Llia). There was 3 feed stations along this section of the course that were to help me to prepare for the tough long ascent of Fan Brycheiniog and then Bannau Sir Gaer, at the furthest point west on the course. From here I was able to look east and see just how far I had had travelled (and how far I still had to go!). I then began my return journey following a more northerly route back to Talybont, which although shorter than the first half, would seem a lot tougher. There were only 2 feed stations on the way back and 6 peaks still to bag. Some very painful climbs on tired legs gave me the most stunning and dramatic looking landscape in South Wales. This included the highest and most iconic mountain in the south of Britain, Pen y Fan. From the top of that famous red sandstone ridge I was able to look east and west (it was a clear day) to gain a real perspective of just how far the course took me and how amazing the Brecon Beacons really are. A couple more peaks to go before I seen the familiar sight of Craig Pwllfa, the first ridgeline that I had climbed to some 15 hours or so earlier. A pleasant run downhill to Talybont Reservoir and a short flat trail section was all that stood between me and the finish of what would undoubtedly be one of the toughest challenges I have faced recently.

Here are the details of the Peaks that I encountered, and the order in which I must had conquered them:

Fan Fawr, 734 metres
Fan Llia, 632 metres
Fan Brycheiniog, 802 metres
Bannau Sir Gaer, 749 metres
Fan Gyhirych, 725 metres
Fan Nedd, 663 metres
Fan Frynych, 629 metres
Pen y Fan, 886 metres
Cribyn, 795 metres
Fan y Big, 719 metres

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