Wilderness Foundation UK supporter Richard Cheney took on the challenge of running 100 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path between 28th and 30th of April in memory of his friend Rees Ballard

The Pembrokeshire 100 mile race is a challenging ultra-race along the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastal Path from Dale, just outside Milford Haven to St Dogmaels. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is a designated national trail and is widely regarded as the most breathtaking coastline in Britain from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries. This 100 mile race represents a formidable physical challenge set against a rugged, beautiful backdrop. The race starts in the pictureseque village of Dale, just outside Milford Haven and follows the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to the finish in St Dogmaels, Cardigan.

The race started at 0800 in the picturesque Village of Dale, just outside Milford Haven and had a 38 hour cut off time (Sunday night 2200).

Richard chose to run the race in memory of Wilderness Foundation UK volunteer mentor Rees Ballard, who sadly died last year.   Richard and Rees were friends, and the same age.   He was also raising money for the Valley Hospital Charity.  Richard says:

“In life many things happen, some things are good, some things are bad, often though, they are out of our hands, I have chosen these two charities because they both represent either something that has happened, or something that is happening and both things I have/had no control over.

I have chosen to use this Ultra Marathon as a platform to raise money for these charities, because I hope that the struggles I will endure physically and mentally will represent the physical and emotional struggles those suffering with Cancer, mental health etc deal with. The difference is they cannot help how they feel, but donating to the charities CAN help them receive the help and support they need.”

Richard’s mammoth marathon undertaking has so far raised over £310 in support of the Wilderness Foundation UK.    Although he has completed the race, his fundraising page is still active and if you would like to pledge your support then please do so using the following link:


Our heartfelt thanks to Richard for taking on this incredible challenge.    All the funds raised will contribute to the Rees Ballard Memorial Fund, launched by the Wilderness Foundation last year in collaboration with Rees’ family.