This weekend over 500 runners (and swimmers!) will face up to the challenge of 20 miles of running, swimming and obstacles in what looks like one tough event in Snowdonia at the Rat Race Man vs. Mountain event…
Add in the spice of the expected weather this weekend (heavy rain) and the intrepid competitors could be in for even more than they bargained for!
The event starts at 8am and is 20 miles in total. If you are a marathon-munching whippet, don’t let the distance lull you into underestimating this challenge however because the first 13 of those miles are all uphill as you tackle the 1085m peak of Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa) from sea level.
The first 5 miles are predominantly on road but the rest is off road so trail running shoes are definitely the right choice. If the weather is kind take a moment at the summit to enjoy the view and look directly east at the remains of the slate quarries of Dinorwig – that’s where you’re going next.
The route down is the well trodden Snowdon path into Llanberis. Look out for tourists on your way down, wave at the train and give them a smug smile knowing you’ve earned your view from the top. After passing through the edge of Llanberis, the obstacle zone is next and presents you with a second chance to race for glory.You will come across the ‘Vertical Kilometre’ – a 1000m long ascent rising more than 250m in height. This is timed and provides you with a “race-within-a-race.”
After that brutal assault on your legs it’s all downhill from there but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy; there’s plenty more challenges to come before you earn your medal, including an abseil (more on that below). For the water-based challenges, we will provide buoyancy aids and safety cover in the water but if you are in any way nervous of the water rest assured that none of the obstacles are compulsory; they all have a run-around variant for those who may wish to dip out. The swim is less than 25m and will be supported by safety Kayaks and a guide rope. You can miss it out but the run alternative is an extra 500m instead.
We’d urge you to not consider skipping obstacles, embrace the full challenge of the event and push through your barriers safe in the knowledge that we will keep you safe.
Further info via the Man vs. Mountain website.