The Brecon Beacons Night Hike is back!
After a successful debut year, the Night Hike returns on Friday 22nd March 2019.
Join Cancer Research Wales as we take on the Brecon Beacons at night fall. Guided and supported by JT Expeditions, we will light up the night sky whilst climbing Pen Y Fan from Storey Arms; where we will take our team photos and have a quick rest, before descending back down via the Brecon Beacons Way National Trail, back to Pont Ar Daf car park for some well earned refreshments.
This is your chance to light up the night sky and help us in our fight for a Wales without cancer.
Walking distance: 9km
Images kindly donated by Shane White Photography.
Tom Walker was a quiet, considerate and caring boy from Devauden in Monmouthshire, aged 13. In February 2018 Tom’s grandfather found a leaflet about hiking in the dark up Pen Y Fan, the tallest mountain in South Wales, whilst raising funds for Cancer Research Wales. Tim, Tom’s father, had a new pair of walking boots he needed to wear in. Tom wanted to get fitter so he could be a rowing cox. ‘Two birds, one stone.’
Tom and Tim completed the walk as scheduled on Friday 23rd March in the rain, wind, snow and fog. If you cast your minds back to that date, it was at the tail end of ‘Mini Beast from the East’ and although it was raining when the hike started, halfway up it was snowing and there was also thick snow lying on the slopes of Pen Y Fan. Tom found it hard but he carried on with lots of encouragement, despite being the youngest participant on the hike.
Sadly Tom fell ill on Monday 28th May 2018, and after just over two weeks of slow decline with a range of conditions, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia on Wednesday 13th June. His condition rapidly worsened while he was having an operation on Thursday 14th June, and he died after returning to intensive care that afternoon. His leukaemia became very aggressive in the last 24 hours and overwhelmed first his kidneys and then his heart.
He was a keen swimmer for his school, Monmouth School for Boys, and Monnow Swimming Club, and was learning to row on the river Wye. Less than three months before he died, before he knew he had leukaemia, he raised several hundred pounds for Cancer Research Wales in sponsorship for taking part in the Brecon Beacons Night Hike.
His loss is sorely felt by his family, friends, local community and school. We are #RememberingTom with a series of challenges and fundraising events. Tom’s school friends made an attempt to beat the record for the fastest time to row Loch Ness. Over 500 people have collectively swum the length of the River Wye and back. Friends of Tom and their parents have raised funds through selling cakes and lemonade, holding raffles, busking in Monmouth and Cwmbran town centres, sponsoring a whole range of activities, selling Cancer Research Wales merchandise and running a charity car park. Together, family and friends have raised over £30,000 in his memory, and his name lives on through their efforts. With the return of the Brecon Beacons Night Hike, we are going to re-trace Tom’s footsteps and would love for you to join us.
Registration and fundraising
This epic challenge will help fund the world-class cancer research projects that are happening right here in Wales. A member of the Cancer Research Wales fundraising team will be able to support you with your fundraising, and any other queries you may have.
Please note that this event is a pre-paid only event, and is expected to sell out very quickly.
Registration fee: £30.00 (Adult) and £20.00 (Child)
Minimum sponsorship: £100.00 per person.
Please note that each child must be accompanied by an adult. Family/Group sponsorship can be discussed.
- Entry to the event – to be held on Friday 22nd March 2019
- Fundraising support and tools from Cancer Research Wales
- Event management from JT Expeditions staff and mountain leaders, including radio communication
- Safety, first aid and emergency equipment
- Risk assessment and emergency procedures
- Sufficient water for participants
- Hot drinks and snacks
- Donation to National Trust, to maintain our beautiful landscapes
- Event goody bag (to include energy products, glow sticks and branded bobble hat)
What’s not included?
- Transport and accommodation
- Personal injury and cancellation insurance
- Head torch and specialist equipment (discount codes provided in sign-up pack).
Please note that participants must be over 12 years of age, with under 18’s being accompanied by a parent or guardian. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, no dogs are allowed at this event.
Full event Terms and Conditions can be found here.
You can also view the gallery from the 2018 Brecon Beacons Night Hike, by clicking here.
This event is now SOLD OUT!
If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 02920 316 976.