The Dragon is Back!

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Sun 10 Jul '11


The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened just once in September 1992 and was famously won by Martin Stone and Helene Diamantides. Ever since, the race has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation.

With the help of books like Richard Askwith’s ‘Feet In the Clouds’, its growing reputation has reached almost legendary status with many fell, mountain and ultra runners the World over.

Many runners consider the Dragon’s Back Race™ to be the toughest mountain running event ever organised. September next year is the 20th anniversary of the original race and once again the Dragon will be breathing fire on the mountains of Wales!


The Dragon's Back route

Race organiser Shane Ohly explains:

“The 2012 course will follow the original route very closely; starting at Conwy Castle in the north and tracing the mountainous spine of Wales southwards, over 5 days with approximately 220 miles and 50,000 feet of ascent, to finish at Carreg Cennen Castle. It’s an incredible route,”

Those wishing to take part next year will be fully supported throughout with tented accommodation, breakfast and evening meals provided, a daily resupply point and transportation of their overnight kit. On completion of this epic race, all the competitors and support crew will share a celebratory feast before return transport takes everyone back to Conwy in North Wales.

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  1. Max Burgoyne Jul 19, 12:44 AM

    I have checked with the organisers and it will cost £500. A snip compared with Marathon de Sables! Very tempting

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