Will Renwick has been running across every single mountain in the country – 500 miles South to North, solo and unsupported. It is a brutal challenge that’s never been attempted before – 189 mountains, in just 3 weeks, all the while carrying his camping gear on his back.
His ankles are aching, he has holes in his feet and his one lighter has broken, meaning his- ‘boil in a bag’ meals are now eaten cold.
The generosity of strangers donating to his chosen charity, Mind Over Mountains, is what is keeping him going.
Mind Over Mountains are a mental health charity, bringing together the healing power of nature, mindfulness and unpressured time to talk with professionals. A critical time where many need immediate and accessible mental health services, according to ONS data depression rates have doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Will began his journey on 10 September by heading north out of Swansea. He said “The idea of a gigantic, never-been-done-before adventure within my home country really appealed to me, especially if I tied it to a charity with a cause that’s close to my heart. Mind Over mountains is a small charity making a big difference for people and I’m proud to be fund raising for them.”
Will has already raised an incredible £4,500 for his chosen charity. Alex Staniforth, the co-founder of Mind Over Mountains commented, “We’re thrilled that Will has chosen to support Mind Over Mountains through such a phenomenal challenge. It perfectly embodies our ethos in the power of spending time outdoors for our physical and mental well-being. Will’s journey will inspire so many whilst enabling us to help others in need to access their own mountains and the support they need.”
His first port of call was the Black Mountain range in the western Brecon Beacons. Each of the 190 mountains he’s aiming to climb has a summit more than 2000ft in height or with an elevated prominence of at least 50 metres. His route progressively gets harder, saving Snowdon and the rest of the Welsh 3000s until last, finishing in Conwy.
Donate to Will’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wales-190