Ten for the Pen

Fog, rain and wind could not deter them!

19 July 2016

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At around 6:30pm on Saturday 16th July, whilst most sensible people were settling down to watch Ant & Dec on the telly, eight foolhardy souls from Cooke & Arkwright’s past and present, joined over two hundred others in undertaking the ascent of Pen y Fan mountain ten times as part of Ten y Fan, in support of LATCH children’s charity, Cooke & Arkwright’s chosen cause for the year.

The weather was filthy but spirits high as Ada and Wendy Asquith, Kelly Rix, Emma Gwatkin, Chris Hyde, Tim Lawley, Hazel Davies, and Andrew Thomas (a fine cross-section of fitness and physique), walked, plodded, sang, laughed and on occasion cried their way to the summit where they cracked open a bottle of wine to celebrate their momentous achievement. They then made the two mile return trip to Storey Arms where, after pats on the backs and shakes of the hands, they realised other teams were already embarking on their third climb of the evening!

Whilst labelled ‘Ten-y-Fan’, the rules allowed for the ten climbs to be undertaken either individually, or as a group, each member of the team's climb being classed as one of the ten.  So, having reached base camp with eight in the bag, Tim and Chris took it upon themselves to complete the ten by embarking on a second. Tim, for some unknown reason, went on to tackle a third climb, by which time it was silly o’clock in the morning and everyone else was tucked up in bed.

To date, we’ve managed to raise £525 for LATCH, which is a fantastic cause, and in the words of the late, great Sir Terry Wogan, lines are still open if you’d like to donate.