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Will walks Wales – epic challenge to raise funds for mental health charity

25 Sep 2021 3 minute read
Image: Will Renwick

The president of Ramblers Cymru is over halfway through the epic challenge of running up all 189 of Wales’ mountains, to raise money for a mental health charity.

Will Renwick, 31, from Llancarfan, is the first person to tackle the 500 miles solo challenge across Wales.

Going from the South to the North, Will has scaled 100 of the 189 mountains so far carrying all his gear on his back and is two weeks into his three-week target.

He is raising funds for outdoor mental health charity Mind Over Mountains by running (and walking) over every peak in Wales which is over 2,000ft in height, or 50m elevation.

He has been keeping his supporters up to date with his progress and recording his adventures via his Twitter page, saying yesterday: “12 days into my every-mountain-in-Wales run. Must’ve managed over 100 of the 189 (I hope).

“Last few days have been spent battling the pathless terrain of the Berwyn Mountains. Hard work, but I’ve been having a fantastic time exploring my home country so far.”


Will has already raised an incredible £5,100 for his chosen charity, Mind Over Mountains, a mental health charity, which aims to “offer immediate and accessible support by bringing together the healing power of nature, the practice of mindfulness and time to talk with experienced coaches and counsellors in an unpressured, unhurried setting.”

He 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.”

Starting with Carreg Lwyd, his route has so far taken him through the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains, Pumlumon and Cadair Idris, the Minffordd Pass and now into the Berwyns.

As his route gets progressively gets harder, he will tackle Snowdon and the rest
of the Welsh 3000s last, aiming to finish in Conwy on October 3rd.

Alex Staniforth, the co-founder of Mind Over Mountains said: “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.”

To follow his adventure, visit his Instagram @will_renwick, Twitter @WillWalksWales or to donate visit Will’s JustGiving page:

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

Good man, I will send a few quid your way and spread the word…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

I don’t know if you read N.C Will but it is my guess it is a bit rough on the tops tonight so I hope you are sheltered from the wind and rain…tell them sheep to move up a bit!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

The photo is of Tal y Llyn I see, watch out for the Eagles and Hawks on the Mach Loop Will…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

N.C can you please update Will’s progress if pos…

Mandi A
Mandi A
2 years ago

Will is arriving in Conwy at the end of his epic run within the next hour (MONDAY 4TH OCT 12.30). If you are around please go and meet him. Please give generously at his JustGiving Wales190 page. He has already doubled his target and raised the profile of outdoors mental health support. Thanks BBC, Radio Wales, Guardian, and everyone else who has publicised this extraordinary effort.

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