Will Renwick is no stranger to adventures but this weekend he will set off on his most brutal yet. 

The 31 year old, from Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan, is aiming to run from the south of Wales to the north via every single mountain within the country, which is 190 in total. Will is also doing the entire journey solo and unsupported. 

“I will be entirely alone with everything I need to get by for about three weeks on my back,” he says.

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“Even if I look at my map at the squiggly line that swerves its way around Wales, I just think, am I really going to be doing that? And can I do that? I don't think I can. Maybe I'm slightly adrift. But I'm going to try and see how far I can get.”

Will is raising money for Mind Over Mountains, a charity that provides outdoor experiences for people who are having difficulties with their mental well being.

The ethos of the charity is to bring together nature, mindfulness and time to talk with experienced coaches and counsellors in a setting with no pressure. 

In 2013, Will became the youngest person to walk around the perimeter of Wales via the Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke Path, a record which has since been broken by others.

Since then, he has gone on to become the President of Ramblers Cymru and the editor of the magazine, Outdoors Magic. 

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“I’ve had a variety of adventures, mostly within Wales. As well as walking around it, I’ve also trekked the Cambrian Way, which I’m also a trustee of, and which is a more direct route between the north and south. So I feel I know the country very well. But I want to know it even better. 

“I want to see all its ins and outs and discover these places that I haven't yet had the opportunity to visit.

“This has got to be the best way to do that.”

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On Saturday morning, Will will begin his journey by heading north out of Swansea. His first port of call will be the Black Mountain range in the western Brecon Beacons. Each of the 190 mountains he’s aiming to climb has the classification of a Nuttall, which is a summit more than 2000ft in height or with an elevated prominence of at least 50 metres. The highest peak will of course be Yr Wyddfa in Eryri. 

“It’ll all be down hill from there,”  says Will. “I’ll be taking on the rest of the Welsh 3000 routes after that, all of which I’ve done previously, before sweeping into Conwy at the other end of the country.”

“I’m not sure you can do much bigger than this challenge in Wales so I’m going to give it my best shot.”

To visit Will's JustGiving page, click here. 

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