My pack weighed 54Lbs Stuart's weighed a more sensible 45.5Lbs we left Storey Arms high spirited and made it to the top in 1hr 12 minutes. We know this is not anywhere near record breaking time but we were trying to pace ourselves. We walked UP the slopes but ran on the level part and down to the river. At the top there were A LOT of people. Getting away from the madding crowd is not possible on Pen y fan.
We arrived feeling quite fresh at the turn around point in 2 hours and 20 minutes. We had a break for 20 minutes for some cereal bars and a drink. We walked back up the road until we got on the roman road proper then ran for a bit until I started to feel a twinge in my right thigh which gradually became worse until I could hardly put any weight on it.
We both learned valuable lessons from this trip:
1. Pack our bergens carefully, only going over the 35Lb weight requirement by one or two ounces.
2. Do not under-estimate the Fan Dance as it'll chew you up and spit you out.