Do you know what the record is for running up and down England and Wales’ highest mountain? You’ll hardly believe it when we tell you. It’s a record that’s stood for 21 years: will it be broken this year?
Watch the Snowdon Race on Saturday 16 July and find out if any one of the incredible 650 athletes can get close to – or even beat – this amazing feat.
Before we reveal that amazing record time, what is the Snowdon Race exactly? Well, it’s renowned the world over as one of the greatest mountain runs. It makes for a great day out for spectators too. Watch and cheer on as 650 extremely fit runners from more than 10 different countries converge on the alpine village of Llanberis from where this gruelling 10-mile run starts and finishes. From the shores of Llyn Padarn, the route is straightforward enough. Competitors follow the Llanberis Path along its relentless five-mile uphill to the summit and back. At the top they touch the trig point, but there’s no standing around to admire the view (or pause for breath!).
There is a schedule of events and presentations that last throughout the day. The times are on the official Snowdon Race website. The whole village turns out in celebration and there’s a carnival feel to the event. Why not stay here at Celtic Royal Hotel and enjoy it to the full? We’re just 15 minutes’ drive from Llanberis. You could even leave your car here and take the Number 88 bus. The hotel is easy walking distance to the bus stop.
The first Snowdon Race was held on 19 July in 1976. A total of 86 runners turned up and it was won by Dave Francis from Bristol who completed the course in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 5 seconds. Think about that for a second. For most of us mere mortals, walking the Llanberis Path takes about three hours to the summit. Then about two hours to come down. The first official, winning race time was just over 70 minutes!
Yet that’s not the record time. In 1985, Kenny Stuart ran the 10-mile, 3,560ft ascent in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 29 seconds. The record has stood since then. Could 2016, and the 40th running of the Snowdon Race, see that record broken again?
If just watching these supreme athletes makes you feel exhausted, don’t worry. Any stay at Celtic Royal Hotel includes complimentary use of our pool and leisure facilities. So you can relax after your tiring day!
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