The Ffordd Pen LLech in Harlech, north west Wales, hit the headlines earlier this year when it beat the renowned Baldwin Street in New Zealand as having the steepest street in the world.
Now, event organisers Always Aim High are set to elevate this status to an even higher level by hosting the World’s Steepest Street Run next year. Due to take place on Saturday 4 April, competitors will be challenged to take on a 5k run on the frightening gradient, which has been measured at 37.45%.
The route, beginning at the foot of Harlech Castle, will quickly make way for Ffordd Pen Llech, which is said to loom in front of you rising over 50 metres along its 322-metre length.
This first bend is the steepest part, yet competitors will continue to the top of the street and over the high street before finally reaching the top of Harlech with views out to the sea. Finally you can let momentum take over as you head back down through the town and past the historic castle to the finish line.
It seems as if Always Aim High are super excited about hosting this one, with a post on their website reading: “The awarding of the Guiness World Record to Ffordd Pen Llech and the response from the previous holders in New Zealand has captured imaginations world wide and people have flocked to Harlech to walk, cycle or even roll down the street - you just can't beat a bit of Welsh pride mixed with a sprinkling of the eccentric.”
Entry for the race until 14 December is just £18, thereafter £20. Further information is available here.