On Saturday the 6th of July, the bulk (and I do mean bulk) of Thermaco’s staff took part in this year’s Trekfest over and around the Brecon Beacons.
This was a 25 kms long, days yomp, which included surmounting the twin peaks of Pen Y Fan (886 metres) followed by Corn Du (873 metres) plus a semi circumnavigation of lake Llyn Cwm Llwch (swim optional, no one opted for) before walking back via endless fields and over more than a dozen styles. Not easy after walking 20 kms already and are unable to bend your legs.
Participation in this team building exercise was organised by Heather Bucktin our Financial Controller/Company Secretary, and Grahame Bentley, Technical Director.
In addition to Heather and Grahame, other participants were; Colin Lucas, Suky Sahota, Chris Newman, James Styles, Neil Young and Chris Read.
For those of us 50 year old plus participants who recognised that we were carrying a bit of excess timber, the allure of rigorous training in preparation had its appeal. Unfortunately the particular training we chose involved several pints of beer/glasses of Prosecco with a 3 course dinner the night before, plus a hearty Breakfast for the Trekfest. It turns out this is not the best form of training for a significant physical challenge.
Likewise the “team building” aspect was not quite the unqualified success we had hoped for, with the younger or more fit elements of the team leaving us older/heavier participants on the mountainside to die.
Notwithstanding these teething problems from the first such event we attended, the sense of achievement/still being alive at the end of the course was appreciated by all participants. There was a 90% completion rate by the Thermaco entrants in this challenge, with varying times ranging from quite fast to…………………… not very fast at all. There were also some juicy blisters, and a significant consumption of Ibuprofen though other anti-inflammatory tablets are available.
Next year we have promised ourselves to attempt the 3 peaks, so I am starting my beer training earlier.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a big thank you to Heather and Grahame for the organisation and sustenance/s.