marks the 40th
International Snowdon Race
of Europe’s toughest endurance challenges, the 10-mile race involves running
from the edge of Lake Padarn in the village of Llanberis to the highest summit
in Wales and England and back down.
The first ever race was held on 19 July, 1976 after Ken Jones, a native of Llanberis put forward the idea to the village’s Carnival Committee. Eighty-six runners turned up for the race and it was won by Dave Francis from Bristol who completed the course in 1 hour 12 minutes 05 seconds.
was pure curiosity that sparked the idea of the Snowdon race,” explains Ken. “As
a walker and runner myself I’d always wondered what was the fastest time someone
could run up and down Snowdon. So we arranged to hold the race as part of the
annual Carnival activities in Llanberis and the event has grown ever since with
up to 450 runners taking part this year.”
1980 Llanberis and the Snowdon Race twinned with the Trofeo Vanoni mountain race
held every October in the Italian village of Morbegno at the foot of the
“For nearly a quarter of a century the
people of Llanberis have been welcoming the runners from Morbegno to their homes
and by now we are very good friends,” he adds.
Snowdon Race was televised for the first time in 1987 on S4C and today it is one
of the main events of the national sporting calendar. Runners from more than ten
different countries compete every year but it is also a very important event
locally which helps put Llanberis on the map and is a boost to tourism and the