DAN THE MAN
Doherty breaks 24-year-old SWT record
Dan Doherty has set a new FKT of 14:18 for the South Wales Traverse, beating Mark Hartell’s 14:42 from 1993. The linear fell-running ‘round’ is 73 miles, 16,000ft of climb and 31 summits, which the Irish, Brecon Beacons-based, Scott athlete sped across solo.
“Most things went to plan on the day, although not all,” Doherty told TR. “I had a tricky crossing through a valley in the Black Mountains, which cost me 20 minutes, and a few tree branches encroaching into orifices I’d like to forget.” Dan also ran out of food and water for the last three hours. “All I could think about was a hot pub meal.”
Dan says the 12th-century ruin of Llanthony Priory is one of the most scenic finishes of any round. “Cramped, tired, hungry and thirsty, I wobbled down the mountain and touched the wall. I imagined friends, family, banners and bunting, but was greeted with solitude, silence and a mountain sunset. I couldn’t have asked for a better finish.”