Trawsfynydd Race launched

Following last week's news of a hoped-for return of racing this month, we highlight a new event organised in the aid of search and rescue

Trawsfynydd Race

by Trail Running |

Organisers of the Trawsfynydd Race in July hope the event will become an annual fundraiser.

With Covid restrictions set to be eased this spring, the event in Gwynedd is one of many likely to be on the calendar.

The eight-mile multi-terrain event around Trawsfynydd Lake, North Wales, will support the South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team (SSART).

All funds raised via the entry fees of £22 (UK-affiliated) and £24 (unaffiliated) will go towards the purchase of waterproofs, medical supplies and a new Landrover for the mountain rescue team, whose base is located on the trail at the western edge of the lake.

Race director Ian Sadler said: “As a road runner rather than a trail runner, when setting up the route, I felt this would be a fast, 8-mile course suited to both road and trial runners. It offers a few ascents but nothing too difficult, allowing time to take in the picturesque views. So, we would expect to see a few personal bests, for sure!”

Well-marked and with good signage, the 13.8km (8m) loop trail has an elevation gain of 380m and is rated moderate. Used throughout the year by hikers, bird watchers, fishermen and cyclists, the route offers sights a plenty from almost every vantage point.

Sadler added: “For the most part, the course uses the official bike track around Trawsfynydd Lake (Llwybr Llyn Traws - Traws Lake Cycle Path), so runners could run in either normal trainers or trail trainers, with weather conditions likely to be the deciding factor. Of course, in July we might expect great weather. The course is a mixture of tarmac, gravel, trail paths and grass. It is predominately flat with one ascent at the beginning, just after the dam, and a few gently undulating sections. With 400-plus runners it will be a great day for both runners and marshals and all for a worthy cause.”

Race registration is via Nifty Events. All participants will receive a commemorative slate coaster, access to an onsite water station, medical cover, and a personal number with timing chip to be collected on the day. Chip times can be sent by text or email.

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