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Welshman crowned National Adventurer of the Year

A young Welsh explorer who walked solo across Mongolia has been crowned National Adventurer of the Year.

Ash completed his journey pulling a 120kg trailer. Credit: Ash Dykes

24-year-old Ash Dykes spent 78 days crossing 1,500 miles of the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe last year - becoming the first person ever to walk across the Asian country alone.

Mongolia is the second-largest landlocked country on earth at 603,930 square miles and the most sparsely populated with only 3,133,318 people - averaging just 5.19 people to every one square mile.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the explorer who was first to reach both Poles, first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis, praised the the young adventurer from Colwyn Bay, saying it was "an example of great determination".

Ash had to contend with heat exhaustion and sandstorms. Credit: Ash Dykes

Ash dragged a 120kg home-made trailer behind him all the way from the small settlement of Olggi in the West to the town of Choybalsan in the East.

It carried the dehydrated food ration packs, 25 litre water butt and camping equipment he needed on his trek.

His longest day of walking saw him on his feet for 14 hours as he covered 55km. And he reached a peak altitude of 2,700m along the way.

The National Adventure Awards are a celebration of the very best of international adventure by people across the UK - and Ash was crowned National Adventurer of the Year after a public vote, coming out on top from 39 other competitors.

"I feel humbled to have received the most votes. I would like to say how proud I feel and I didn't expect such support from the public...I am in preparation for my next world first adventure now. It is something no one has done before and I will be revealing it very soon."

– Ash Dykes



A4232 crash: Two patients taken to hospital

Two people have been rescued from a car involved in a collision with a sign on the A4232 this afternoon.

South Wales Ambulance service confirmed it received a call at 13.32 to a collision between a car and a motorway sign on the Leckwith offslip southbound.

An air ambulance was sent to the scene, as well as two ambulances, a rapid response car and a doctor.

Two casualties were involved - one reported trapped in the vehicle. Both patients have been taken to University Hospital of Wales A&E.

– South Wales Ambulance Service

Fire crews from Ely, Penarth and Malpas were also called to the scene.

The condition of the two patients is still not known.

A4232 closed after crash at Leckwith interchange

One of the main roads into Cardiff has been closed following a collision between a car and a sign.

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All of the emergency services are currently on the scene and the fire brigade has requested a crane to help remove the sign from the roof of the car.

The condition of two passengers inside the car is currently unknown.

The road is expected to be closed for the next few hours.

Morning commuters delayed due to signalling problem

Rail passengers endured Monday morning travel woes today with a number of commuter services suffering delays.

The worst of the difficulties was at Fratton in Portsmouth where a signalling problem led to delays to trains to Wales and to the London stations of Victoria and Waterloo.

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Passengers travelling with the First Great Western, South West Trains and Southern train companies were affected, with some travellers experiencing delays of up to 60 minutes.

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