Snowdon Race

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Snowdon Race
Tim Davis Snowdon Race 2005.jpg
Tim Davies during his 2005 victory
Date July
Location Llanberis, Wales
Event type Mountain
Distance c. 10 miles
Established 1976
Course records 1:02:29 (Kenny Stuart, 1985)
1:12:48 (Carol Greenwood, 1993)
Official site http://snowdonrace.co.uk

The Snowdon Race (Welsh: Ras Yr Wyddfa) is a ten-mile endurance running competition in Gwynedd, from Llanberis to the peak of Snowdon. Contestants must make the five miles up the Llanberis Path to the summit (1,085 metres or 3,560 feet above sea level) and return down. Currently entrants must be over-18 to compete in either the men's or women's race. In 2009 a junior race was incorporated.

The race was first held in 1976 when Ken Jones from Llanberis put forward the idea to the village's Carnival Committee. 86 runners took part in the first race. In 2010, nearly 500 runners competed, with the nations represented including Scotland, Italy and Kenya.

The men's course record stands at 1:02:29, set by Kenny Stuart in 1985. The women's course record stands at 1:12:48, set by Carol Greenwood in 1993.

Radio Cymru broadcasts live from the event, and S4C produces a television highlights programme showing profiles on individual racers.

In 1996, the course was used for the European Mountain Running Trophy, run on the same weekend but separately from the annual Snowdon Race. Jaime Dejesus-Mendes was the winner of the men's race in 1:03:16. The women ran a shorter course, with Isabelle Guillot finishing first in 53:09.[1]

In 2001, the race was part of the World Mountain Running Association Grand Prix.[2]

Results[edit]

Year First place[3] Time Second place Time Third place Time First woman Time
1976 England Dave Francis 1:12:05 Wales Tacwyn Davies 1:13:31 England Ray Rawlinson 1:14:38 Wales Bridget Hogge 1:40:15
1977 England Ricky Wilde 1:06:07 England Jeff Norman 1:07:34 England Mike Short 1:08:42 Wales Joan Glass 1:39:46
1978 England Ricky Wilde 1:04:28 England Dave Francis 1:07:25 England Jeff Norman 1:07:53 Wales Joan Glass 1:31:24
1979 England Jeff Norman 1:05:00 England Ricky Wilde 1:07:07 England Dave Francis 1:07:11 Wales Joan Glass 1:29:02
1980 Italy Privato Pezzoli 1:06:53 Wales Andy Darby 1:08:43 A. Giupponi 1:09:07 England Pauline Haworth 1:25:18
1981 England John Wild 1:05:18 Italy Gianni Rovedatti 1:05:31 S. Lazzaroni 1:08:08 Scotland Ros Coats 1:24:49
1982 England John Wild 1:05:55 Italy Privato Pezzoli 1:06:36 Italy Fausto Bonzi 1:06:41 R. Naish 1:24:10
1983 R. Keeney 1:08:39 M. Bishop 1:09:23 England Jeff Norman 1:09:55 Wales Bridget Hogge 1:39:32
1984 Italy Fausto Bonzi 1:03:46 1: 1: England Pauline Haworth 1:24:03
1985 England Kenny Stuart 1:02:29 1: 1: England Pauline Haworth 1:20:29
1986 Italy Luigi Bortoluzzi 1:04:24 1: 1: England Carol Haigh 1:14:36
1987 Switzerland Martin May 1:03:43 1: 1: Wales Angela Carson 1:24:19
1988 Scotland Colin Donnelly 1:04:38 1: 1: England Sue Dilnot 1:22:10
1989 Republic of Ireland John Lenihan 1:04:12 1: 1: Wales Angela Carson 1:22:38
1990 Italy Lucio Fregona 1:03:43 1: 1: Scotland Tricia Calder 1:17:25
1991 England Mark Croasdale 1:04:48 1: 1: England Ann Buckley 1:19:35
1992 England Mark Croasdale 1:05:09 1: 1: Scotland Tricia Calder 1:18:37
1993 England Ian Holmes 1:04:14 1: 1: England Carol Greenwood 1:12:48
1994 Italy Fabio Ciaponi 1:04:44 1: 1: England Lucy Wright 1:22:35
1995 England Mark Kinch 1:02:58 1: 1: Northern Ireland Patricia Sloan 1:22:33
1996 England Martin Roscoe 1:07:18 1: 1: England Lesley Leavesley 1:26:56
1997 England Ian Holmes 1:04:50 1: 1: England Carol Greenwood 1:16:11
1998 Wales Colin Jones 1:05:14 1: 1: Scotland Angela Mudge 1:16:14
1999 England Neil Wilkinson 1:05:51 1: 1: England Helen Jackson 1:25:12
2000 England Neil Wilkinson 1:05:45 Italy Fabio Ciaponi 1:07:24 England Ian Holmes 1:07:48 Scotland Angela Mudge 1:20:28
2001 Italy Marco De Gasperi 1:05:51 Italy Emanuele Manzi 1: England John Taylor 1: Poland Izabela Zatorska 1:19:04
2002 Wales Tim Davies 1:07:11 England Ian Holmes 1:08:13 Italy Fabrizio Triulzi 1:08:21 Scotland Tracey Brindley 1:20:37
2003 Wales Tim Davies 1:05:57 England Simon Bailey 1:06:41 England Ian Holmes 1:07:11 Scotland Dawn Scott 1:25:40
2004 England Ian Holmes 1:05:38 France Julien Rancon 1:06:04 Wales Alun Vaughn 1:06:12 Scotland Claire Whitehead 1:18:28
2005 Wales Tim Davies 1:06:37 England William Levett 1:07:20 Italy Alessio Rinaldi 1:08:24 England Mary Wilkinson 1:17:44
2006 England Andi Jones 1:07:25 Wales Tim Davies 1:07:57 England Ian Holmes 1:09:10 England Mary Wilkinson 1:19:38
2007 England Andi Jones 1:05:38 England Ian Holmes 1:08:16 England Ben Bardsley 1:08:26 England Mary Wilkinson 1:20:36
2008 England Andi Jones 1:06:02 England Morgan Donnelly 1:09:24 England Ian Holmes 1:10:37 England Katie Ingram 1:20:44
2009 England Andi Jones 1:08:15 England Ian Holmes 1:09:00 Scotland Murray Strain 1:09:43 England Katie Ingram 1:15:34
2010 Scotland Robbie Simpson 1:07:59 Italy Alex Baldaccini 1:09:11 England Ian Holmes 1:09:11 Scotland Catriona Buchanan 1:21:19
2011 England Andi Jones 1:05:57 Scotland Murray Strain 1:06:03 Scotland Robbie Simpson 1:07:36 England Pippa Maddams 1:20:53
2012 Scotland Murray Strain 1:05:10 Scotland Robbie Simpson 1:06:43 Italy Fabio Ruga 1:07:25 England Tessa Hill 1:21:26
2013 England Andi Jones 1:08:50 Scotland Murray Strain 1:10:14 England Rob Hope 1:10:54 Republic of Ireland Sarah Mulligan 1:26:25
2014[4] Italy Cesare Maestri 0:47:20 Italy Erik Rosaire 0:47:43 Republic of Ireland Tim O'Donoghue 0:47:51 Republic of Ireland Sarah McCormack 0:55:21
2015 Italy Emanuele Manzi 1:10:18 Italy Massimo Farcoz 1:11:29 England Ben Mounsey 1:11:39 Republic of Ireland Sarah McCormack 1:20:56
2016 England Chris Smith 1:05:48 England Chris Farrell 1:07:14 Italy Luca Cagnati 1:07:17 Republic of Ireland Sarah Mulligan 1:20:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rob Howard (July 15, 1996). "Revelling in the misty mountain hop". The Independent. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.wmra.ch/files/results/grand_prix/GP-2001-final.pdf.
  3. ^ Summaries for 1976 to 1983 are in Bill Smith, Stud Marks on the Summits (Preston, 1985). Lists of the winning men and women from 1976 to 2005 are available at http://web.archive.org/web/20070102045917/www.snowdonrace.com/records/index.php. The results for 2000 are from the results section of The Fellrunner, Oct 2000, 33. Results for 2002 to 2009 are available at http://snowdonrace.co.uk/ and from 2010 to 2012 are available at http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/.
  4. ^ BBC website Note - The race was only run as far as Clogwyn Bridge - the first time the route had been changed - due to the fear of torrential thunderstorms and lightning at the summit.