150+ miles in 20 hours | The Longest Day Challenge
On Sunday 11 June, two of our UoB Sport and Fitness Operations staff took on an incredible challenge.
Duty Manager Kacper, and Senior Duty Manager Ross decided to complete ‘The Longest Day’ challenge as an opportunity to fundraise for British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK, causes close to both of their hearts.
As one of the most intense one day physical challenges, Ross and Kacper underwent six months of training in the lead up to make sure they were as prepared as possible.
What is the longest day challenge?
Taking inspiration from the “The Longest Day!” Youtube video documentary from Global Triathlon Network channel, the following activities have to be completed within a tight 20 hour window.
1) Walking the 8-mile Ranger Path to the mountain peak of Snowdon.
2) Cycling 39 miles from Snowdon to Cadair Idris.
3) Walking the 5.5-mile Pony Path loop to the mountain peak of Cadair Idris.
4) Cycling 101 miles from Cadair Idris to Pen-y-Fan.
5) Walking the 4-mile Path to the mountain peak of Pen-Y-Fan.
‘After a gruelling 20 hours, we have successfully completed our fundraising endeavour in support of the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research. We have experienced many highs and lows both in relentless rain and scorching sun. Starting at 4am and finishing at midnight, we have conquered three of the highest peaks in Wales and cycled through over half of the country to reach each mountain.’
Kacper and Ross have already exceeded their optimistic fundraising goal of £1,000 and express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported them through the journey, both through encouragement and generous donations.
Want to support the cause? Donations to the just giving page will go a long way in aiding the ongoing efforts to combat heart disease and cancer, ultimately improving the lives of countless individuals.
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