Posted: 10.01.20 at 12:36 by Alan Rowe MBE
Even with the best attempt at planning, things don't always go as you would like.
Baton Trustee, Helen Tailyour, had completed the Fan Dance on Saturday 4 January carrying the Baton and handing it over to me to carry the next day.
I knew my crack at the Fan Dance on the Sunday would be pushing my limits to the extreme after a difficult year and not being able to do much exercise at all.
Ascending Pen Y Fan, which stands at 2,907 ft tall, I took it steady.
The summit weather was interesting, with 50 mile an hour winds driving fine drizzle.
Descending the well known rocky Jacob’s Ladder my ankle turned I fell badly resulting in a dead leg and wrenched right shoulder.
It took a while to shake-off the effects descending and carry on to the rest of the course.
Annoyingly, my shoulder then became more of a problem when my 30lb backpack strap started to bite in on the swelling, which did not help.
By the end of the challenge, the fall’s effects meant I had lost good time getting in an hour later than planned, but by finishing I had earned the incredible sponsorship (around £2,000) my many friends and customers had generously given towards The Baton‘s cause.
The organising team were great in making sure I got down the mountain okay, with very generous comments as to continuing and finishing in the condition I was in.
The icing on the cake was receiving my finishers patch from the inspirational Ken Jones event in 2013.
My sincere thanks to everyone who supported me and got me fit enough to even attempt the challenge.
I am also so grateful for the messages asking if I am okay - you are diamonds, all of you!
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