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Internationalism at Heart of Snowdon Race
07/07/2009


Expect the usual festival atmosphere in and around the starting field on July 18th for this year's 34th Snowdon Race, as fell and mountain runners from around the world, take on the challenge of getting up and down Snowdon as fast as their legs will carry them. The limit of 500 runners was reached within six weeks from accepting entries - a record in itself!

The official fastest time to the summit is a staggering 39mins 47secs set in 1985 with the course record at 1hr 2mins 29secs. After the main race has started at 2.00pm there will be a series of open junior races. Details on the website here. The Snowdon race is one of the few occasions still left on the mountain running calendar which allow the four home nations the chance to field national squads.

This year, Jayne Lloyd, a Snowdonia Marathon organiser and past Welsh running champion, has joined the race's organising committee. She feels that the emphasis on teams and internationalism needs to once more become central to the ethos of this historic race, commenting: “The Snowdon race is unique not just because it was one of the first fell races but also because of its International history. Runners from all over the World know about this race and tell tales of how incredibly grueling it can be. Tales are also told of our legendary hospitality and the great welcome runners receive from the local community. It is this combination that has made the race what it is today and it is this that we need to maintain above all else."

Jayne added that: "“We have concentrated this year on attracting some of the better known countries back to Wales. It wasn’t hard to persuade them! 2009 will see the return of the French and the Slovenians to the competition giving our own Home Countries a chance to prove themselves against the best of European competition”.

Local company Cwmni Da will be filming the race to be shown on S4C. Press and media enquiries should directed to Jayne Lloyd on 07786 223763 or by emailing Jayne at snowdoniamarathon@btinternet.com.


Topic: Snowdon Race, Fell Running in Snowdonia.


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