Ras y Gader, the Cader Idris mountain race, one of the toughest fell races in Wales, and viewed by many as a classic "must do" race in the calendar. Entries opened at 12 noon on Sunday 6th January 2019 and was full by 3pm. Three hours to sell out!
The event starts and finishes in the market town of Dolgellau, at sea level, and climbs almost 3000ft to the summit of Pen y Gader itself. One of the real challenges of the race is the constantly changing terrain, switching from steep metalled roads to flat tracks behind Gwernan lake, pitched steps up the Pony Path, and picking your way among the boulder fields on the final ascent........and then you've got to do it all in reverse!
The key to success is avoiding cramp with the changing surfaces and gradients on the way back to town.
The atmosphere at the finish line, for those who successfully complete the course, with cheering crowds will long remain in the memory.
Congratulations to everyone who ran, ideal weather for fell running warm dry with a cool breeze on the hill.
Thank you to the race sponsors Robinsons Brewery Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau
Winner Mark Hopkinson, Mynydd Du Mountain Runners in 1:23:57.
First Woman Mel Price, Mercia Fell Running Club in 1:46:49.
Race Report Saturday 18th May 2019
Race report to follow.....
In the age categories: to follow......
Junior races sponsored by JGS Electricals. report to folllow.....
Well done to one and all. Thank you for such fantastic support from the local businesses, the community, volunteers and all the runners.