Charity long-distance hiking event returns to the Brecon Beacons

PEOPLE are invited to take big steps to help beat cancer by exploring the great outdoors on an exciting hike through 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 11 September.

Big Hike is a long-distance hiking event for beginners and experienced walkers and hikers who love 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, enjoying the spectacular views of Brecon and the Beacons Range – while raising funds for vital research.

This circular route will take hikers over the scenic Pen-y-Fan – the highest peak in South Wales – and involves approximately 950 meters of vertical drop, so participants are advised to prepare well for the long trek.

Each route is made up of a mix of challenging terrain, with an expected walking time of 8-12 hours.

Hikes are fully supported, and with carefully managed numbers of hikers, participants can truly feel immersed in nature and have an intimate and authentic hiking experience.

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

There’s exclusive access to restrooms, first aid and on-site experts – all people have to do is focus on walking.

With just over 16 weeks until the Brecon Beacons trek, fans have plenty of time to start taking on 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 improve mental and physical well-being and it’s no surprise there has been a increase in the number of people 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 a group or with friends and family. Great to be able to bring this event back to the Brecon Beacons for experienced hikers or novice hikers to enjoy.

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

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

Ruth added: “Every day we see the benefits of the research we previously funded come to fruition, helping people live longer, healthier lives. It’s thanks to our supporters that we’ve come this 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 celebrates its 20and anniversary, we urge the people of Wales to put on your walking shoes and help us keep moving forward.

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