Driving up to Betws-y-Coed

On June 29th 2022, the 10nTaff team assembled at Tŷ Hafan ready for the drive up to Betws-y-Coed.  Lloyd Davies, from key sponsor Convey Law and supplied by PSM Sportswear, unveiled the fantastic kit for the challenge and both staff and families congregated outside the hospice to cheer the team as they left for North… Read More

Stage 1 Five Highest North Wales Mountains

The first day of the 10nTaff for Tŷ Hafan was always going to be the toughest.  We were climbing the five highest mountains in the whole of Wales in one day.  With our guide Jim Rigby, we set off to climb the first two mountains at 07:20am and finally got back to the minibuses after… Read More

Stage 2 Five Highest South Wales Mountains

Overnight, after completing stage 1 and climbing the five highest mountains in North Wales, we drove down to South Wales and the first mountain of day 2 Fan Brydeiniog.  The only sleep we got was in the minibus, which was limited.  During the drive down we had received the news that our guide, Jim Rigby,… Read More

Stage 3 Cycling from Brecon to Cardiff

After two days of climbing mountains, the 10nTaff team took to their bicycles, driven up the night before by Daniel Davies-Hale.  At Brecon they were joined by Lloyd Davies from Convey Law, who had to withdraw from the mountain stages due to a foot injury, John Lowes and Huw Jones.  In damp, often rainy conditions,… Read More

10nTaff Training January 2022

Finally, after two postponements, the 10nTaff is on for 2022!  With the challenge of climbing 10 mountains and cycling from Brecon to Cardiff in 55 hours, serious training resumed in January.  I managed 15 walks covering 74 miles in 24 1/2 hours, ascending over 10,600 feet.  The weather went from torrential rain to freezing cold… Read More

10nTaff Training August 2021

Training for the 2022 10nTaff challenge for Tŷ Hafan has been tough in August 2021.  An ongoing back issue has restricted the training, although I managed 15 walks covering 69 miles in 23 hours, ascending over 11,000 feet.  The weather was typically Welsh, ranging from warm evenings to heavy downpours and ending with cooler Autumnal… Read More

10nTaff Training July 2021

It has been a long time since I posted some photographs of my training for the 10nTaff challenge for Tŷ Hafan.  The rescheduled, rescheduled event now takes place between the 30th June and 2nd July 2022.  Apart from an enforced rest at the end of April into May, the training has continued and intensified in… Read More

10nTaff Training September 2020

September marked a wonderful change in the seasons, with greens turning to browns and leaves starting to fall from trees.   It was wonderful to witness the change as I cycled and hiked whilst training for the 2021 10nTaff for Tŷ Hafan.  However, the change of seasons also brought colder and wetter weather and shorter days. … Read More

10nTaff Training August 2020

On August, I spent 17 out of 31 days spent either walking or mountain biking training for next year’s 10nTaff challenge for Tŷ Hafan.  Over 26 hours, I walked 68 miles, climbing 9957 feet (3035m) and cycled 60 miles, climbing 6197 feet (1889m).  My playground has been very local with the Garth Hill, Craig-yr-Allt, Rudry… Read More

10nTaff Training July 2020

Training for next year’s 10nTaff for Tŷ Hafan has become almost therapeutic.  Getting out for a couple of hours at the end of a day just gives my mind time to breathe, especially in these difficult times.  As a family, we are still socially isolating.  This meant training alone and, in July, I trained for… Read More