With spectacular panoramic views of Snowdonia National Park, there’s little surprise that the SCOTT Snowdonia Trail Marathon has proven to be highly popular among hill runners. As such, with organisers confirming the date (23 July) for the 2017 event, demand is once again expected to be high.
The 2016 edition of the trail marathon sold out in record time with over 1,200 people competing in the demanding marathon, half marathon and 10k routes. Organisers have confirmed that an increased number of places will be made available when entries open on Friday 14 October.
With an ascent of over 1.6k across the 26.2 miles, the marathon isn’t for the faint hearted yet the tough climbs make it a mecca for hill runners. The marathon starts and finishes in the country’s adventure capital Llanberis, North Wales and visits Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, Pen y Pass. The half takes in some of the same fantastic trails as the full marathon as well as Padarn Country Park in the heart of the famous Dinorwig slate quarries.
As you would expect, the Snowdonia Trail 10K will offer a tough task for runners but with stunning views throughout. The course incorporates many of the sights around Llanberis including Padarn Country Park, Dolbadarn Castle and the Snowdon Llanberis Path, starting and finishing in the centre of Llanberis among the thousands of spectators expected on the day.
A representative for Always Aim High Events, the trail marathon’s organiser, said: “We are delighted to welcome the SCOTT Snowdonia Trail Marathon back for 2017 - demand for 2016 was truly huge and we are expecting record numbers for 2017!”
Pre-registration is available here.