Beacon challenge 2016 - BRNC Winners

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Beacon challenge 2016 - BRNC Winners Beacon challenge 2016 - BRNC Winners

A team from Britannia Royal Naval College won the 2016 Beacons Challenge adventure in July which was organised by the Outdoor Leadership Training Centre of the Royal Naval Leadership Academy (RNLA).

In total 15 teams of 4 persons from across the Naval Service signed up to take part in the annual two-day challenge, held in the Brecon Beacons. Racing against the clock the teams undertook a 25 km mountain walk, 30 km bike phase and a 500 metre kayak. The event aims to build on the ethos of team-building and engender a good team spirit. The different challenge elements mean that individuals can either play on their strengths or move outside of their normal comfort zone to contribute to the overall team effort.

The BRNC team are all instructors at the RNLA headquarters within the College. Warrant Officer 1 Andy Holmes led the team consisting of Lieutenants Aidan Pinder, Al Hall and Chris Matthews.

Each team sets off at five minute intervals for the mountain walk which includes the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan. The mountain bike section is hilly, rocky and muddy. On the downhill road sections speeds in excess of 40mph can be achieved and halfway through the ride the teams dismount to complete the kayak phase.

WO1Holmes said: "Personally I like a challenge and the other team members wre willing volunteers to push themselves. We certainly didn't expect to win. We are hoping to go back next year to defend our title."

Event organiser LPT Christopher Quinn said: "There was a grewat mix of abilities taking part this year, which made it all the more enjoyable. The blend was awesome and everyone had a great time." 

Return to listings