Monday, 6 April 2015

Event Report in the South Wales Argus

The SOUTH WALES ARGUS did a report of this year's  event. To read the article, 'More Than 700 Complete Abergavenny Three Peaks Trial', CLICK HERE

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Runner Michelle Kelly Does the 'TRIPLE' Gold Route!

Michelle on top of Skirrid on her third lap!

Last year Michelle Kelly from Abergavenny amazed everyone by doing 'two laps' of the Gold Route. This year she did the incredible and went round THREE times in an extraordinary 19 hours and 50 minutes!  This is a truly amazing achievement.
Michelle started at 02:30 on Saturday morning and with the support of family members who placed a number of glow sticks (which they removed afterwards) to guide her in the early darkness she eventually finished the gruelling feat at 21:20. Michelle was asked if she is tempted to try four times and Michelle said it would be possible for someone to do the route four times in 24 hours but it won't be her!

Also Michelle said the main reason for doing the challenge was in memory of her nephew who died last October. He worked for PGL and Michelle was keen to raise some funds for this organisation who help under-privalidged children experience the great outdoors and so far she's raised in excess of e£900.

Saturday, 4 April 2015


Many thanks to the 716 walkers who took part in this year’s Three Peaks Trial! Another fantastic turnout!

Cardiff Outdoor Group would particularly like to thank:

  • Longtown Mountain Rescue Team – LMRT for marshalling all the mountain top checkpoints. 
  • St David’s Hospice Foundationation and North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare Charity who  helped marshall the event. 
  • Councillor Nick Tatum of Abergavenny Town Council who helped in a number of roles.throughout the day.

The Charities and Fundraisers who supported the event:
  • St David’s Hospice Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Velindre Cancer Centre
  • Charity to Prevent Male Suicide in the UK
  • Access Madagascar Initiative
  • emmaus Homeless Charity
  • Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue; 
We hope to see you all again at the 2016 event!

The first walkers back on each route were:

Platinum Route Lloyd Rees, 40, from St Albans and Owain Rees from Monmouth who returned at 12:55

Gold Route  The first 'regular' walker back was Richard O'Shea, 57 from Abergavenny who returned at 11:57

Ahead of Richard was Michelle Kelly, 44, from Abergavenny who began an incredible triple 'lap' Three Peaks Trial at 2:30am. Last year Michelle completed the walk then did something which was unprecedented in the long history of the Three Peaks Trial and did a second 'lap'! This year Michelle beat that incredible record and completed an astonishing triple Three Peaks Trial eventually completing the gruelling feat at 21:20 so taking 19 hours and 20 minutes. A truly phenomenol achievement.

Silver Route
Clive Vernon, 60, from Newport returned at 11:40
Bronze Route
Tom and Julie Skailes from Bath both returned at 13:20

Other News

North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare Charity

A group from the North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare Charity with their own support team entered a group including Chris Breakwell who'd had a triple bypass only last August! 

Longtown Mountain Rescue Team
Team leader Luke Lewis said: “It’s a big event in the team’s calendar and our members were on checkpoints on the mountain tops around Abergavenny for up to 12 hours in the wind and rain. 

“It was fantastic to see so many people taking part and doing so well despite the difficult conditions. However that did mean there was an injury when a woman, from Pontypool, slipped while descending Sugar Loaf. (Cardiff Outdoor Group have also sent their best wishes to the walker for a speedy recovery)

“As our members were there on the checkpoint we were able to give her immediate medical aid and we stretchered her off the mountain and took her to Nevill Hall Hospital in one of our response vehicles. She underwent surgery and is now recovering at home.”

A Platinum Route walker had nearly completed the event but had to be taken to Neville Hall Hospital with hypothermia caused by the chilling effect of the strong winds  However he made a quick recovery and returned to the hall to collect his certificate.