On the 5th of September, hundreds of super-fit runners will take part in a gruelling 20 mile run through North Wales’ most rugged landscape up to the summit of Snowdon as part of Man vs Mountain 2015.

The race route begins in Caernarfon Castle, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site, before climbing up through the foothills of Snowdonia. Competitors will encounter various Rat Race obstacles as they ascend Wales’ highest peak, adding another facet to this dynamic endurance challenge. The route down is no less challenging. After battling the elements to scale the 1,085m mountain, competitors will then face a nerve wracking abseil before tackling more land and water based obstacles on the last stretch up to the finish line. Watch this video to get a feel for just how incredibly tough this mountain race really is.

Mountain running, known as fell running in England or hill racing if you’re in Scotland, is becoming an increasingly popular sport. The mountains of Snowdonia are where more experienced fell runners graduate to. With such a diverse landscape North Wales offers a truly unique challenge, as Man vs Mountain proves. Practised mountain runner Tracey McCartney wrote on her blog: ‘the [last] ascent was crippling….and I mean crippling’, ‘18 miles in which we had a 1km near vertical ascent, then an abseil and a couple of more miles of running’. Man vs Mountain is certainly not for the faint hearted!

Why not get out into Snowdonia to cheer on the runners this weekend, perhaps it’ll inspire you to start training ready for next year’s event!

 

 

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