Students take on the Brecon Beacons by night for charity

Seven University of Bath students and graduates are packing their head torches for a twelve-hour trek in the Brecon Beacons in aid of Bath’s Julian House, on Saturday 18 September 2010.

The students are taking part in the Mountain Trail Challenge which starts at 7am and continues into the night.

The group will start with a 30 mile walk followed by a climb to the top of Pen-y-Fan (886 metres), the highest summit in the Brecon Beacons.

Simran Thandi, a final year psychology student, and graduate Jane Lightfoot invited friends to take part who had completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award at University.

The group completed their Duke of Edinburgh expedition to the Peak District in snow, with visibility of less that one metre.

Simran said: “We’re quite adventurous people and we usually do something together every year. The mountain trail is an opportunity to do something exciting and to raise money for a local cause that we all support.

“I’m training to run the Bath Half so this is a bit of a pit stop on the way. We start walking at 7am and aim to do the walk in about 12 to 14 hours, if the weather is good.

“The latest time of finishing the walk set by the Mountain Trail Challenge is 6am the next day - hopefully that won't be us!”

Simran will be joined by Pardy Dhillon, who is returning to the University to start an MA in Education this year; PhD student Daniel Gooch and graduates Jane Lightfoot, Faye Maher, Hayden Arrowmith, Chris Lusty, Mark Dunkerfield and Adan Scotney.

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