Kenyan Wilson Chemweno to compete in top UK mountain race

Posted in Dishing the Dirt by Matt Ward on Tue 08 Jun '10

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The 35th International Snowdon Race / Ras-yr-Wyddfa organising committee are very excited to announce the presence of 2009 Commonwealth Mountain Running Champion Wilson Chemweno on the start line of this year’s race taking place on the 24th of July…

Never in the history of the race has such a prestigious African running talent appeared at the race, and organiser Stephen Edwards is rightly excited about the prospect.

“This is a real coup for us here at the Snowdon race. In 2009 we set out our stall that in 3 years we were going to make the race one of the best in Europe.

To do this we need to attract the very best runners from the world of mountain running. Of course the domestic competition is always hot, with the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish producing top class teams to compete. However, we also need the rest of Europe to see the race as a big target for their federations, and send their very best teams, and finally we then need to attract the very best individual talent that exists from around the rest of the world.”


Chemweno was recruited through some emails with his sponsor Inov-8, who are also sponsors of the race once again in 2010.

“Yes, it was by chance actually”, Edwards adds, “we knew of Wilson from last year, and along with a few other world class runners he was on our ‘target list’ for this year. So, after a few exchanges and outlining of prize funds and so on Wilson accepted our invite to race. It really is fantastic news for the race and the cultural identity of the race.”

Further news on the teams and individual athletes competing at this year’s Snowdon Race will be released over the coming few weeks, along with interviews including race organiser Stephen Edwards and international competitors.

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  1. Rene Borg Jun 9, 03:03 AM

    That’s fantastic news Matt. Will be very interesting to see what he can do the time on the mountain. Could Robbie Bryson’s uphill record be under threat I wonder! :)

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