Exercise Brecon Trail

On Wednesday 3rd May 2017, twelve personnel from MOD St Athan made the most of all Phase 2 Trainees being occupied by the CO’s Cup competition and embarked on a hill walking expedition to the Brecon Beacons dubbed Ex Brecon Trail. Departing the Station Gymnasium at dawn, the 12 mixed-rank and Civil Servants set-out on the journey to the start of the walk. After an initial brief and equipment check, the party commenced the long ascent up Pan Y Fan in glorious sunshine.

As with most ascents, the weather deteriorated as the altitude increased and a biting north easterly wind not only hampered the climb but also made the occasional rest stop very cold indeed! The additional time taken to Summit “The Fan” meant that Leaders, Flight Sergeant Dean Morgan and Sergeant Chris Collins had to adjust the remaining route to ensure a safe return for all participants.

After a brief stop at the highest peak in South Wales, 886 metres above mean sea level, the group headed south east down the infamous Jacobs Ladder, hand-railing Cribyn and onto the Roman Road. A long and gradual descent ensued, following the well-trodden route toward the Neuadd Reservoir. Passing the Reservoir the group made their way into the Taf Fechan Forest to meet the awaiting transportation.

Exhilarated by the 10km walk and beautiful terrain, it was only fitting for the party to stop at a local tea rooms for refreshments to discuss the day’s activities and reflect on what was achieved, before eventually leaving the Beacons to return to Unit.

The aim of the exercise is to provide stimulating and challenging outdoor training for MOD St Athan personnel in the specified adventurous activities that incorporate controlled exposure to risk, in order to develop: leadership; teamwork; physical fitness; moral and physical courage; as well as other personal attributes and skills that are vital to the delivery of operational capability. The exercise also aims to generate and promote interest and participation from individuals in future MOD St Athan AT and FD events and to encourage enrolment in the RAF Eagles or JSAT schemes.

Well done to all participants, and thank you for giving the Expedition your full commitment. A special thank you must be given to Cpl Tom Eeles, for organising the event without actually being able to attend himself. Your endeavours were greatly appreciated Tom – Thank you on behalf of all who attended. Thank you also to MT, whose flexibility obviously assisted with all logistics on the day.
MoD St Athan PEd Flt

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