DAN THE MAN

Do­herty breaks 24-year-old SWT record

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up -

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.”

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