Nant Peris Horseshoe
By clive on Sep 21, 2008
The Nant Peris Horseshoe starts in Llanberis, takes in the summits of Elidir, Y Garm, Glyder Fawr, Lliwedd, Snowdon and Moel Cynghorion. It is considered by many runners to be the hardest fell race in the Welsh calender at 17.5 miles and 8500ft of ascent. I did not do at all well. Despite my best attempts to get water down my neck, I did become quite dehydrated by the summit of Lliwedd and the decent and then ascent to Snowdon was painful. A load more water and I recovered enough to run the final section at a reasonable pace. I was over an hour behind my target time, but learned more about running long mountain races yesterday than in the other 10 or so races I have done this year.
A minute silence was held before the start of the race to remember Jill Harris, who set the over 50's female record for the race in 2007 and who died earlier this year from Ovarian Cancer.
Organisation was perfect and very well marshalled. The team lead by Mike Blake (who holds the descent record for the summit of Tryfan to the A5 in a mind boggling 8 minutes) got it just right for this type of race. The weather was warm, but not too hot and the views were stunning.
I am already looking forward to next year's race (something I was not saying to myself yesterday on 6th ascent of the day) and putting in a time which I consider respectable.
Next weekend is the Pumlumon Challenge.