Montane announced as Dragon’s Back sponsor

The self-proclaimed "World's toughest mountain race" returns this September with an extended route

Lisa Watson at Crib Goch

by Trail Running |

2019 winner Lisa Watson at Crib Goch (pic: No Limits Photography)

Montane will become the title sponsor of the Dragon's Back Race, as organisers have also revealed the new routes for days five and six of the extended race.

The Montane Dragon's Back Race, which is to become annual, will extend run from September 6-11 this year.

The 380km stage race with 17,400m of ascent is known as one of the toughest mountain races in the world. Running down the spine of Wales, it begins at Conwy Castle in the north and ends at Cardiff Castle.

The event was first held in 1992 and then resurrected in 2012, since when entries have increased at each edition, growing steadily in 2015 and 2017, and then almost doubling to over 400 in 201. However, such is the nature of the event, only around half of those who have started the event have succeeding in completing the full course,

Runners have to complete each stage within the time limit and the introduction of a sixth day means it is even tougher.

The capacity for this year's race was extended to 600 but places sold out within hours. A waiting list is now open.

Race director Shane Ohly said: “The 2021 edition of the legendary Montane Dragon’s Back Race will mark a step change in the evolution of the event as we add a sixth day to the race, and finish at the iconic Cardiff Castle. I cannot think of a more appropriate outdoor brand to collaborate with as we look to the future. Montane’s pedigree of supporting many of the world’s most demanding races is a natural fit with the race and its formidable international reputation. The superb range of products made by Montane is the perfect answer for the challenging conditions participants and event team members may find themselves in while racing in the Welsh mountains."

Details of the new route can be seen here. The respective stages total 49km, 59km, 70km, 69km, 70km and 63km in distance.

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