Runner finishes scaling every mountain in Wales

Will Renwick completes 500-mile run from south to north, ascending all 189 peaks en route

Will Renwick

by Trail Running |

A runner has completed what is believed to be a first by ascending all 189 of Wales' mountains as part of a 500-mile run from the south to the north of the country.

Will Renwick, from Llancarfan near Barry, began his solo and unsupported effort in Swansea three weeks ago and finished today at Conwy Castle, raising more than £9000 for Mind Over Mountains in the process.

Carrying all his own camping gear on his back, he covered every summit more than 2000ft in height or with an elevated prominence of at least 50 metres.

His route took him across the Brecon Beacons west to east before heading northwards to the Radnor Range and up through central Wales and into the trickier peaks of Snowdonia.

Will Renwick's route (via komoot)
Will Renwick's route (via komoot)

Aside from the obvious physical challenges which included the Welsh 3000s and the tallest peak of Snowdon, which he climbed via Crib Goch, he faced numerous difficulties in making it to Conwy.

His only lighter broke, meaning he had to eat his "boil in a bag" meals cold. He also had to deal with a leaky tent as he camped in some of the notoriously rainiest parts. At the end of last week, he was forced to take a more indirect route due to the horrendous weather conditions which made him reconsider whether he was going to be able to finish.

Among the toughest parts was arriving one evening in Beddgelert at 8.20pm after 18 miles of running and looking forward to a pub dinner, only to be told the kitchen had closed. However, he was handed sandwiches and pasties by empathetic strangers.

Whether it was the technical climbs of Snowdonia or the less well trodden sections of mid Wales and the Berwyns, he was never far from tough ground.

Renwick, who is president of Ramblers Cymru explained on his Just Giving page of his charity choice: "It's an excellent organisation that helps those who are struggling with their wellbeing by providing them with valuable outdoor experiences. It was founded by Alex Staniforth, a young guy who has had his own struggles with mental health and is now determined to help others."

Staniforth added: "We're thrilled that Will has chosen to support Mind Over Mountains through such a phenomenal challenge. It perfectly embodies our ethos in the power of spending time outdoors for our physical and mental well-being. Will's journey will inspire so many whilst enabling us to help others in need to access their own mountains and the support they need."

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