Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Climbing Snowdon postscript

"An estimated 500 people took part in what was the 34th International Snowdon Race.
The winner, for the fourth year in a row, was Andi Jones from England, who completed the 10-mile route in 1 hour 8 minutes."
From the BBC Wales

The BBC also reported that a 45-year-old man collapsed and died during the race.

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In 1998 Elder Son, who was then 17, took part in the Three Peaks Challenge. This involves walking to the top of Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell (England) and Snowdon (Wales) one after the other, in this case in 33 hours. Elder Son was one of a group of mainly young people attempting this to raise funds for our church youth project - this became Red Cafe. ES had his photo in the paper as the youngest in the group along with the oldest who was 73.

The attempt happened over the August Bank Holiday period and the weather was appalling. The poor things got soaked while walking and had to travel between mountains, wet and miserable, in a hideously uncomfortable minibus. Snowdon was last on the list and, sadly, they were only able to walk up part of it as expert advice deemed it too dangerous to continue.

Having completed just the Snowdon walk I am even fuller of admiration for ES and his chums for getting as far as they did. It was a truly awesome achievement.


CherryPie said...

Yes those challenges are tough and I admire anyone who even tries to do them.

James Higham said...

Presumably you're fit enough to do all this, Liz.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I admire everyone too!! How sad for the man that died. :-(

MaryB said...

Wow - this is really bizarre-looking, the boat crossing the bridge. Great pictures (and courage!), Liz.

Mya said...

Wow, that brings back memories!! I did it too!! I almost lost my faith while climbing Snowdon, after praying hard for God to please make the weather a bit nicer, and immediately being blown over by a particularly strong gust. I think we got most of the way up didn't we??!! Ella x

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Liz said...

Very tough indeed, cherrypie.

Definitely, james!!

Very sad, anne.

It does lok odd, doesn't it, maryb?

Of course, you were there too, ella! Oh, well done. That was amazing.

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