Big Black Mountain Challenge 2006

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Photos © Neil Pugh 2006

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I thought this one deserved the team vulture at the top of the page. Bryan and I took part the Big Black Mountain Challenge on 20th May 2006. It was 27 km (approx 17 miles) in length and was in aid of the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team. It all started quite well, the sun was shining, Bryan was moaning that he hadn't brought any sun cream, God was in his heaven, and all was right with the world. Just as we hit the top of the ridge the sun went in, it started to drizzle and started to blow. We staggered around in about 7 hours, the top of Hay Bluff was pure evil, horizontal rain and blowing a gale. The photos don't even hint at the full horror. It solved one problem in our minds, we now know that we couldn't couldn't do the 27 mile route! We had a pint at the pub at Llantony, and then another back at the Chase. We're probably doing it again next year if anyone's interested.