Big charity hike returns to the Brecon Beacons

Friday 13th May 2022 6:00 am
Brecon Beacons in summer
The Brecon Beacons Hike totals 24.9 miles, with the route taking in some of the national park’s most impressive sights. (Tindle )

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Residents are being urged to take big steps to help beat cancer by exploring the great outdoors as part of an exciting hike event in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.

Following the success of its launch last year, Cancer Research UK’s Big Hike challenge is back - and this time in six stunning locations across the UK including the Brecon Beacons on Sunday, September 11.

Big Hike is a long-distance hiking event aimed at both new and experienced walkers and hikers who enjoy the great outdoors.

The Brecon Beacons Hike totals 24.9 miles and will take participants along the canal towpath, across the River Usk, and into the mountains, taking in the spectacular views across Brecon and the Beacons range - all while raising money for lifesaving research.

This circular route will take walkers up and over picturesque Pen-y-Fan and involves around 950 metres of incline so participants are advised to prepare well for the Big Hike.

Each route is made up of a mix of challenging terrains, with an expected walking time of eight to 12 hours.

The hikes are fully supported and, with the number of walkers taking part carefully managed, participants can really feel immersed in nature and enjoy an intimate and authentic hiking experience.

All routes are fully planned with plenty of support points along the way and maps provided at registration. Participants will also receive lunch en route followed by a hot meal, snacks and a medal at the finish line.

There is exclusive access to toilet facilities, first aid, and experts on site - so all people have to do is focus on the walking.

With just over 16 weeks to go until the Brecon Beacons hike there is plenty of time for supporters to start building up to the challenge. Fundraising advice is available and Cancer Research UK has teamed up with hiking experts to produce a comprehensive training plan.

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Wales, said: “Walking is a great way to boost mental and physical wellbeing and it’s no surprise there has been a rise in the number of people taking up hiking since the start of the pandemic.

“This past year proves - more than any other - the value of investing in science and medical research. Big Hike is the perfect way for people to make the most of stunning scenery, while raising money for vital cancer research as part of a group or with friends and family. It’s great to be able to bring this event back to the Brecon Beacons for experienced hikers or novice ramblers to enjoy.”

Every year, around 19,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wales.* But, thanks to progress in research more people than ever across the UK are surviving their cancer for 10 years or more.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cancer Research UK’s formation. The charity’s work has been at the heart of some of the biggest developments in cancer, from radiotherapy to some of the most used cancer drugs around the world today.

Ruth added: “Every day we see the benefits of research we’ve previously funded being realised, helping people live longer and healthier lives. It’s thanks to our supporters, we’ve come so far. And we will go much further. 1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime**, so we will never stop striving to create better treatments for tomorrow. That’s why, as Cancer Research UK marks its 20th birthday, we’re urging people in XX to pull on their walking boots and help us keep making great strides forward.”

Cancer Research UK spent around £4 million in Wales last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

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