4 Apr

Dragon Unveils Lair

Dragon's Back RaceOrganisers of the Dragon’s Back Race have revealed details of a modified course for the June’s event. The third edition of the race, scheduled for 22-26 June, follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle in the north, to Carreg Cennen Castle in the south. 

This incredible race is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. Competitors can expect to be running for a minimum of 9 hours each day.

For the upcoming event, runners can expect a slightly shorter opening day in terms of distance - although it will include more technical terrain.  In 2012, only 29 of the 82 competitors completed the first day and organisers are anticipating that the combination of the increased daylight hours in June (the 2012 race was held in September) and shorter course will allow for more finishers.

A further modification will see organisers provide dedicated 1:40,000 Harvey Maps for the first three days of competition.  The company has extended its coverage to 1:40,000 specifically for the race and will be printed on waterproof and tear proof paper and will be pre-marked with all the checkpoint locations.

Participants will also be able to enjoy brand-new accommodation for June’s event in the shape of Berghaus AirHaus tents. These are huge eight person tents with two 4 person-sleeping compartments and a large, central communal area. 

The original Dragon’s Back Race took place in September 1992 and entered running folklore for its extreme difficultly. And surprise female winner. After a 20 year absence, Shane Ohly revived the event in 2012. This race attracted nearly 100 entries, including many international competitors. Helen Whitaker, the 1992 winner, alongside Martin Stone, returned and incredibly she finished fourth.  Renowned adventure racer Steve Birkinshaw was the overall winner.