Runners take on one of UK’s toughest uphill races
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://ratrace.com/manvsmountain/