The 2023 Welsh 1000m will be on Saturday June 3rd

Entries are now LIVE - Enter here via Fabian4 

So what’s included in the entry fee this year
• Entry to the Long or Short Welsh 1000m Race
• Free Parking at the Race HQ at the field located next to Moel Siabod Café
• Free Coach Travel from Capel Curig to the race starts for Short and Long Races
• Free Shuttle Bus back to Race HQ from Pen-Y-Pass
• Free Hot Food Voucher to be used at the Moel Siabod Café for a Pot of Goulash (Meat and Vegan/GF option available)
• Free Camping at the Race HQ Friday and Saturday nights
• Free entry to Live music Open Mic night on Saturday evening
IMPORTANT - All Competitors have to be on the coaches from HQ to the start area, nobody can travel to the start by themselves

Race Check-in / Coaches to the Starts

ALL competitors are required to board the coaches from the cafe. As you board the coach your timing wristband will be scanned to register that you will be starting the race.  There will be no registration at either start.

Parking & Camping for the Event - All inclusive of entry Fee
Parking & Camping is at the adjacent field to the Moel Siabod Cafe, Capul Curig LL24 0EL
There will be signage and marshals onsite from 4.45pm to guide you into the field for weekend parking
All vehicles are ok to park here including campervans
The camping field will close at 11am on Sunday morning and all cars have to be vacated by this time.
Toilet Facilities
There are Portaloo Facilities at both the Campsite and the Long Race Start at Aber (University Field).  Public toilets are also available at the Short Race Start (Ogwen).
Available Breakfast at Moel Siabod Cafe
Breakfast will be available from the cafe for participants from 6.30am

Bacon bap, Pork & Leek Sausage Bap, Glamorgan (Vegetarian) Sausage Bap and Vegan Sausage Baps are available at £4.50

Sunday Breakfast will be available from 8am from the standard café menu.
Race Weekend Itinerary
Friday – Camping field to open at 4.45pm (Marshalled)
Friday - Race Registration 5pm – 7pm
Friday – Marshal Briefing 7pm-8pm
Long Race
Saturday – Café open 6.30am
Saturday – Registration 6.30am – 7.15am
Saturday – Coaches leave at 7.30am for Long Race Start 8.30am (Now only one race start time)
Short Race
Saturday – Registration 9.45am – 10.15am
Saturday – Coach leaves at 10.30am for Short Race Start 11am
There will be an active shuttle bus all day ferrying competitors back from Pen Y Pass to Race HQ from 12.30 onwards
Travel back to the Cafe from the end of the Race - IMPORTANT

We will be providing transport back to the cafe with vehicles shuttling people back from Pen-y-pass to the café.  Some will be using our own transport and some will be using the public S1 bus service (we will pay your bus fare).  When you reach the Pen-y-pass car park report to the bus marshal who will book you onto the next available service: on the hour (private), 20 past the hour (private), 30 past the hour (public), 40 past the hour (private).

A Sherpa timetable will be on display at Registration and also at Pen-Y-Pass
Hot Food at the Cafe after the Race

There is Hot Food available for all competitors after the race:  Goulash, 

As soon as you are back at the cafe show your race number in exchange for the hot food.  It will be marked to indicate the food has been received.


Prize Giving – between 3.30pm and 4pm TBC

Prizes will be awarded to:

1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and Female for both the Long and Short course.

A Mixed Team Prize for the Long race only (best 3 from the same club to count and teams must consist of at least 1 Male and at least 1 Female)

1st V40, V50, V60 & V70 Male and Female for both the Long and Short course.

Open Mic Night - Starts 7pm
The Siabod cafe have rearranged their very popular open mic night so there is entertainment available for all who want to attend who are camping in the field and also for those who arent.
Sunday – Breakfast available as usual in the Café and all vehicles to leave the camping field by 11am
Competitors are required to be on the coaches. There will be no registration at either start, and all competitors must register and park at Race HQ from where they will be coached to the start.
We would like as many as possible to register on the Friday and All Registrations are at the Cafe
On the Saturday morning there will be the option to order Hot Breakfast baps, and then on the Sunday morning the café will be open as normal for breakfast.
Competitors will register at Moel Siabod Café on Friday evening or at the mini Registration at the Café on Saturday morning
The cost of all the extras is included in the race entry fee, and considering the cost of parking in Llanberis and the bus costs in previous years, this does actually make participation in the event cheaper for most competitors. We understand that there will be some local runners who regard the itinerary, particularly the ‘enforced’ coach travel to the starts, as inconvenient, but the future success of the event, and maintaining its current non-commercial format, means that these changes are needed. After much discussion about last year’s race, and deliberation of our future options, we have come to the conclusion that this is the best way forward.
This year we will not be offering Tech T-shirts but only commemorative hoodies that can be ordered at Entry Point at a cost of £30
On the Saturday evening there will be the Live Music Open Mic Night which will provide a fun social event for anyone staying overnight on the Saturday.


About The Route

Founded in 1971, the long course starts at the sea and after crossing the windswept wilderness of the Carneddau and the rocky moonscape of the Glyderau, it finishes on Yr Wyddfa the highest mountain in England and Wales.

The route takes in the five peaks of Snowdonia exceeding one vertical kilometre. Are you ready to face this gruelling challenge which at 30 km and 2500 metres of climb is a tremendous test of strength, endurance and navigational skills? If you're not sure, we have the shorter “half” route starting in the Ogwen valley and visiting three 1000m peaks

The Welsh 1000s remains one of the most challenging races in North Wales and in the UK crossing some very technical terrain.  This race remains a navigation race where different race lines can be taken apart from certain areas where there is a defined route to take.

Gribin Ridge
All courses ascend the Gribin Ridge in the Ogwen Valley. This section of the route requires a head for heights and use of hands for support; it is a short section of a grade 1 (easiest grade) scramble.  There are marshalls in place here for safety and will offer guidance on the starting point for the ridge


The long course route starts at sea level near at Abergwyngregyn, GR 652728, near the foreshore of Conwy Bay, and goes via the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd and Glyder Fawr, Pen- yPass Youth Hostel, the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon, 1085m) that is, the ascent of the five 1000 metre peaks of Snowdonia.

The short course starts at Ogwen Cottage, GR 650604 and goes via the summit of Glyder Fawr, Pen-yPass Youth Hostel, the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). If you are a fell runner with experience of running Class A fell running events over rocky and rugged terrain, the fell races are for you.

On the Day Kit Requirements

  • Full Waterproof Cover (taped seams)
  • Spare warm top 
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Route Map (provided by race organiser)
  • Quality Plate Compass
  • Carbohydrate Based Snack (energy bar)
  • Capacity to carry a minimum 500ml water
  • Mobile Phone with Race Organisers Tel No - 07540470631
  • Whistle
  • Survival Bag (not foil blanket)
  • £5 in cash to cover Sherpa bus back to Capul Curig if needed if you miss the 3pm cut off

We reserve the right to do a Kit check at any time and will likely check one item before you board the coaches

The race finishes on the summit of Snowdon. Please note that the café is not always open. Ensure you have sufficient food and warm clothing for the summit and descent to Pen Y Pass. You will not be able to travel down by train.

We will have made every effort to have water and a small snack available to all runners at the finish on the summit but these have to be rationed to ensure there is enough for everyone in case of hot weather

IMPORTANT - Any runner who decided to withdraw from the event must see a marshall to be retired and also inform the race director by phone that they have not only retired but are safe and off the mountain.

Use of GPS

GPS devices for navigational purposes are not permitted in the 1000 metre Peaks Race in line with WFRA rules for competition.

Explanatory Note: You will be allowed to:

  • wear a watch/ carry a device with GPS functionality
  • record your route using such a device
  • have distance travelled displayed
  • use an altimeter

In an emergency: you are, of course, allowed to use a GPS device to navigate yourself to safety, but must declare yourself as a ‘non-competitive’ participant at the finish.

 You will not be allowed to:

  • follow a pre-loaded GPS (‘breadcrumb’) route
  • use a GPS device which displays a map
  • load checkpoints onto the GPS device


If you are found not following the RO’s minimum kit and equipment requirements, you will be disqualified and may be subject to further disciplinary procedures by WFRA

This is a WFRA fell race and anyone seen or observed utilising digital guidance for route choice will be disqualified, this is a navigation race

Any competitor seen littering on the course will be disqualified 

On the day tracking

Tracking on the day will be provided by Fabian4 / RaceTek giving us a live feed of all of our competitors start to finish knowing exactly where abouts on the course you are and there will be a constant live feed all day in the Race Control in the Siabod Café.

Below is shown the Dibber that you will see with each marshall at the check points that you will need to scan your dibber onto.



Below is the Silicon Wristband that each runner will have for dibbing in.





There will be a demonstration of the equipment at all 3 starts of the race.

Checkpoints & Control Points


Race Control Sign

Grid Ref


Aber - Start




Yr Aryg




Carnedd Llewelyn




Carnedd Dafydd




Derelict Wall




MR Centre – Bryn Poeth




+ Drinks / Sweets

Road Crossing




Ogwen Start




Gribin Ridge




Glyder Fawr




Pen Y Pass




+ Drink & Sweets


Carnedd Ugain




Snowdon Summit - FIN





There are two checkpoints on the course where water, flat coke, jelly sweets will be available this will be at Bryn Poeth and Pen Y Pass both manned dib stations and here you will have the oppurtunity to fill your water bottles.

There will be a strict cut off at 3pm at Pen Y Pass and this will be adhered to and anyone arriving at Pen Y Pass after 3pm will be retired from the event and they will have to hand in there number and dibber.  There will on the day be a minibus that we are operating ferrying people back to Capul Curig which you can make use of or your welcome to get the Sherpa Bus

(The will be a safety vehicle if there are issues with people getting a bus or are in any kind of stress making it not viable to travel on the bus)


Bad Weather Route

Whilst every effort will be made to keep the route on the main route, if the weather is seen to be to severe and to much of a risk, the bas weather route can be utilised and will be avilable to be marked on all maps, a decision on this would be made the day before the event and not race morning.

Bad Weather Course

If there is need for a severe weather route for leg 2 from Ogwen to Pen Y Pass it will follow the route by Llyn Bochlwyd, Bwlch Tryfan and down to the Miner's Track and on to Pen Y Pass. Dependent on the state of the river, that route will either cross high up direct to Pen Y Pass or avoid the river by going down to the A4086, turn right along this road past the Gwesty Pen Y Gwryd Hotel and then the road becomes the A498. Turn right, off the road and onto the footpath, which runs parallel to the road, up to Pen Y Pass.






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