Nant Peris Horseshoe Round 2

The Nant Peris Horseshoe starts in Llanberis, takes in the summits of Elidir, Y Garn, 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. If you think different, I would be interested to know what fell race is harder apart from maybe the Welsh 1000m race and the Tryfan Downhill Dash, do add a comment.

I was very pleased indeed to finish in 5 hours and 13 minutes, which was in the region of 1 hour 20 mins faster than last years epic. I had a target time of 5.30, so in general the race went well. The weather was no where near as hot and apart from the rock being slippery, it was really good running weather with a stiff wind and cloud on the tops, but not so much as to make it cold or navigation difficult. It is the 1st race I have run where felt I achieved my potential on the day. The ascents up Snowdon and Moel Cynghorion were very tough(be something wrong if they were not) and it was cheering for the 3 marshals on top of Snowdon to comment that I was in a much better state than last year.

Dilwen, if you read this, it is now one all for the only race that matters series, next year is the decider!

Mike Blake and friends did a excellent job of organization and marshaling getting the combination of freedom, safety and challenge just right. The contribution of the 3 sponsors(Vic Hotel in Llanberis, 1st Hydro and the Snowdon Mountain Railway) makes a huge difference to the race in terms of access to land in the Llanberis slate quarries to run over, getting the 5 gallons of water to the top of Snowdon on the train and the accommodation for the race HQ. This is one aspect that I was not aware of. It did make me and others chuckle that the prize for the 1st man(I think this is right) was a pair of tickets on the Snowdon Railway to the summit. If you can run that race in 3 hours 12, you do not need the train to get to the submit. Be a nice treat for his grandparents maybe.

Results will end up here and some photos of the race can be found here. This pic

is taken at about a mile or so from the start, hence the rather fresh look, this pic

is take about a mile from the end, hence the general focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

Next race is much closer to home (about a mile as the Kite flies) is the Pumlumon Challenge which is good value at 27 miles and 5500ft which is part of the Ultra Running Championships. 3 of the races in this series in a year is enough for me.

Comments:

If you ever get to the island of Maui (in Hawaii)...

http://www.virr.com/races/run2sun/

A 36.2-mile ultramarathon starting at sea level and climbing to the 10,023 feet summit of Haleakala, the legendary "House of the Sun." This challenging course is not for the novice marathoner. Entrants must be 18 years or older and rigorously prepared to meet the strict 10-hour time limit. Detailed course and event information will be sent to each entrant upon receipt of the application and fee. Relay teams of three persons may also enter this event. There will be no race day registration!

I am not man enough to even think about it :--)

Posted by Scott on September 06, 2009 at 07:58 PM BST #

I am generally against such things, but an expansionist policy by the Welsh Assembly Government which includes the take over of Hawaii has much merit of which this is just one of many examples. 10,000ft is a lot of climb! Surprising what your mind can make your body do where ambition exceeds ability. Go on, Scott, enter it.

Posted by Clive on September 07, 2009 at 12:25 AM BST #

I'm impressed. I was impressed enough with your time up and down Snowdon in the last race, given that it took me 5 hours recently (I did have a 3-year-old on my shoulders most of the way up though!).

Posted by Andy on September 07, 2009 at 07:21 AM BST #

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