On Sunday 17th January 2016, LLS SLT member Jay Brittles completed one of the UK’s toughest endurance events, The Winter FanDance.
The FanDance is a gruelling 24km race over the two sides of the Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons and one that has been part of SAS and SBS selection. The race is considered the yardstick of a candidate’s potential to perform on test week and ultimately pass the special forces selection programme. The route itself is a real lung buster that throws everything at you, including the elements. Jay chose to compete in the “Load Bearing” category that meant that he had to complete the course whilst carrying 35lbs plus food and water in a Bergen.
The motivation behind completing such a challenging event was to raise awareness and funds for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Jay has chosen this charity for personal reasons and since April 2015 has raised over £800 engaging and educating over 200 people on the condition that has no known cure.
Jay, a seasoned competitor when it comes to endurance events, had this to say “The Winter FanDance is one of the toughest challenges I have had to date and one that tests you both physically and mentally. It is an achievement to climb a mountain once, but to do it twice in the space of a couple of hours whilst battling the weather and other conditions really takes you to your limit”.
To continue with his fundraising aspirations Jay will be competing in further events this year and will be updating LLS blog readers regularly. So what gruelling task is next on the agenda for Jay; “I have the National 3 Peaks competition in March and in April I will be completing a Beat the Sun challenge cycling across Germany, Austria and Switzerland”.
No rest for LLS’ very own Man of Steel!
If you would like to sponsor Jay please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Jay-Brittles1

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