21 Jul

Testing Times At Snowdonia

Snowdonia Trail RaceWet conditions at Elim Peugeot International Snowdon Race ensured the 600 plus strong field were in line for an even more challenging 10 miles of mountain running on Sunday (16 July). The event, celebrating its 41st edition, saw teams from Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Italy go head-to-head, with England prevailing in the team competition.

The Welsh race is thought to be one of the greatest in the world of mountain running and renowned for its testing course that begins from Llanberis heading to the summit of Snowdon and back again. Celebrations kicked off early with a parade of former winners.

Cloud cover around mid-afternoon provided a further obstacle for competitors and a front three of Chris Smith, plus Italians Luca Cagneti and Nicola Pedergana, quickly emerged. Smith, however, made excellent use of the descent and finished first in 1:05:48, with Chris Farrell second (1:07:13) and Cagnati third (1:07:16).

In the women’s competition, Republic of Ireland’s Sarah Mulligan put in a fine performance to secure first in 1:20:51, with England’s Heidi Dent second (1:22:11) and Scotland’s Stephanie Provan in third place (1:23:54).

A recent post on the event’s Facebook page thanked everyone who had made the event possible: “Thank you all within the race committee for their hard work over the last year, months, week, and yesterday. Without the committee, the team, marshals, mountain rescue teams, it would be hard to hold the iconic event. Thank you all for working with each other. And a big thanks to the runners and the community.”