This is a navigational race so, for the most part, route selection is up to the competitor to decide. There are little to no route markers on the course at all and only the checkpoints will have Marshalls where you will have to DIB in to confirm you have visited this location. As quoted before as a race and under WFRA rules that no electronic navigation is to be utilised on this event under any other circumstances other than safety.
The entry fee includes a map of the route area. The map will be marked with checkpoints and out of bounds areas. Maps will be displayed on at registration and checkpoint locations are included in the information for competitors.
If you would like a map in advance of registration, then please contact
The long course route starts at sea level near at Abergwyngregyn (652728), near the shore of Conwy Bay. It climbs to the summits of Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd before a fantastic descent to Ogwen Valley. The climb to Glyder Fawr is rewarded by flying down to Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, then up again to the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), at 1,085m.
The long course takes in three challenging climbs covering approximately 32km with a total ascent of 2,800m
The short course starts at Ogwen Cottage (650604) and goes via the summit of Glyder Fawr, Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, the summit of Garnedd Ugain to finish on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).
The course takes in two challenging climbs covering approximately 12km with a total ascent of 1,400m
This event takes place over some of the most rugged terrain in Britain. There are significant risks of injury or loss which can arise from:
- Steep and rocky ground (including cliffs and ravines) where a slip or fall could result in serious injury or death
- Weather extremes (wind, precipitation or hot sun) leading to hypothermia or heat exhaustion
- Crossings of major roads
Whilst the race organisers take all reasonable measures to ensure your safety, you must only enter this race with a full knowledge and understanding of the risks involved. All courses ascend the Gribin Ridge in the Ogwen Valley. Ascending this part of the route requires a head for heights and use of hands for support, it includes a grade 1 (the easiest grade) scramble and is waymarked.
There is a Bad Weather Course but this will only be implemented in the most extreme of circumstances and all competitors would be advised of this before the race start.