North Wales is a hot spot for outdoor pursuits but it’s not all about extreme thrills and spills. The region also plays host to some of the most demanding and well-respected athletics competitions in the UK. This summer, why not take part in North Wales running events?
Whether you’re a competitor or spectator we guarantee an unforgettable experience in mind blowing surroundings. Set against the backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountains, there really isn’t anything to compare with the challenges we have awaiting you. Naturally, spectators will enjoy these events at a more leisurely pace but there’s still plenty to see and do on race day. Want to know more? On your marks… go!
Of all North Wales running events, this is perhaps the most famous! It isn’t for the faint of heart but is terrific fun if you’re a seasoned runner. On the 16 July, runners will gather to compete in a ten mile race in a bid to conquer the most famous peak in the Snowdonia National Park. From the shores of Llyn Padarn, up the Llanberis Path to the summit and back down again, this is not your average park run!
One of the oldest running events in the region, now in its 41st year, this race is one of Europe’s most challenging. Peak physical and mental fitness is essential and previous mountain running experience is a condition of entry. If you’ve been looking for your next big challenge, this could be it.
If you’re a spectator, we recommend packing a picnic and sitting on the sidelines to enjoy the sunshine and cheer on the competitors. Make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen though; even on a cooler day you’re subject to lots of sun exposure up there.
Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon
The Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon on Sunday July 24 climbs 1,685m over 26 miles of stunning paths around, up and down Snowdon! The route takes in Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, Pen y Pass and Snowdon itself. There is no more spectacular (and tough!) marathon in the UK. More details on the website here.
Do you like a challenge? A new contender for North Wales’s most gruelling sporting event is the Legend Triathlon and, believe us when we say, completing this one is no mean feat. Held on the 30 July, this half triathlon claims to be ‘the UK’s toughest and most stunning single-lap iron-distance race’.
Starting with a 1.2 mile swim in Lake Padarn, athletes then complete a 56 mile bike ride through ‘mind-blowing scenery, flawless tarmac and of course a number of iconic climbs’ through the stoic and beautiful slate quarries of North Wales. The final phase – the run – could be the toughest of the lot. Don’t let the pretty scenery fool you; you’ll be climbing the Dinorwig Quarries (yes, there are two of them) and the Pen-y-Pass in this 13 mile test of endurance.
If you’d like to participate but don’t want to do all three parts yourself, you and your friends can play to your strengths and compete as a relay team of up to three.
With all these North Wales running events taking place on a weekend, why not make a weekend of it? We think it makes great sense to extend you visit and give yourself a well-earned break after the race! Within easy reach of the hotel you can visit many areas of Anglesey and Snowdonia, or choose to stay put and ease those aching muscles in our luxurious pool and gym. Click here to view our current room offers.
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