Run­ners take on one of UK’s tough­est up­hill races

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

MORE than 1,000 run­ners set off from Caernar­fon Cas­tle on Satur­day to brave al­most 23 miles of rugged ter­rain and chal­leng­ing ob­sta­cles.

Man vs Moun­tains is one of the UK’s tough­est out­door chal­lenges and took adren­a­line junkies to the sum­mit of Snow­don be­fore plung­ing into Llyn Padarn.

Com­peti­tors were rais­ing money for Chil­dren with Cancer UK and the av­er­age fin­ish time, after a swim in Llan­beris, was 5hr 33min.

Rat Race, who or­gan­ise the event, have raised nearly £1 mil­lion so far.

Jim Mee, CEO of Rat Race, said: “We have been en­joy­ing putting on one of the UK’s most dif­fi­cult cour­ses in North Wales for a few years now, and 2017 has been one of our best. This time around we had more peo­ple tak­ing part than ever be­fore.

“Man vs Moun­tain is no small task, the first 13 miles were up­hill for a start – de­spite the first five be­ing on road. Peo­ple used to usual marathons re­ally have to pace them­selves as they tackle the 1,085m peak.

“But it’s worth it, as you get higher and higher, and work harder and harder, the scenery just gets bet­ter and bet­ter.”

After tack­ling the peak of Wales’ high­est moun­tain, run­ners then had to face the “Ver­ti­cal Kilo­me­tre”.

Other ob­sta­cles within the race in­cluded the 25m river swim, a jump into a dis­used quarry lake and a rapid rap­pel (ab­seil) down the side of a rock face.

These were not com­pul­sory, although any com­peti­tor run­ning to win was ex­pected to com­plete them – ev­ery ob­ject missed in­curred a 20 minute penalty.

This year’s winners were James Rush­ton and Clare Rees.

To take part next year, go to http://ra­­vs­moun­tain/

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