2018 Race date: 19th May 2018.
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.
Race Full, sold out in less than 24 hours:
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.
A series of junior races are run throughout the day on minor roads closed to traffic.
Finishers medals are awarded to all junior race entrants.
Entry for all of the junior races is on the day only.
2017 sponsors of the Main race were: Robinsons Brewery, Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau
2017 sponsors of the Junior race were: JGS Electricals.
Race over for another year. A Big thank you to the 54 marshals, the organising committee and our sponsors Robinsons Brewery Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau for another fantastic Ras y Gader. 261 runners completed the course finishing in sunshine. What more could you want?
Winner Matthew Roberts, Calder Valley Fell runners in 1:24:08.
First Woman Sarah Ridgway, Mercia Fell Runners in 1:43:32.
First, second and third places:
1st Man, Matthew Roberts, Calder Valley, 1.24.08.
2nd, Robin Woods, Builth and District, 1.30.02.
3rd, Jez Brown, Buckley, 1.30.15.
1st Woman, Sarah Ridgeway, Mercia, 1.43.32.
2nd, Helen Brown, Mynydd Du, 1.53.11.
3rd, Jessica Richardson, 1.54.25.
Age category winners:
First Man U/23, David Lawson, 01.40.56.
M40, Paul Jones, Mercia, 01.34.34.
M50. Christian Poulton, Cambridge, 01.38.32.
M60, Iwan Edgar, Eryri, 01.52.14.
First Woman U/23, Hazel MacLean, 02.15.27.
F40,Kate Whitfield, 02.00.33.
F50, Rona Davies, 02.08.39.
F60, Elspeth Knott, Harwich, 02.27.53
Nearly 100 kids took part in the Ras y Gader 2017 junior races. They all seemed pleased with their medals and hot dogs afterwards. Continued thanks to Jamie Skelton of JGS Electrical who sponsors the race.
The winners of this years races were:
1st Boy Johnny Leeds, Dolgellau
1st Girl Rhiana Williams, Dolgellau
1st Boy Callum Morgan, Maldwyn Harriers
1st Girl Rhianna Williams, Dolgellau
1st Boy Theo Watson, Dolgellau
1st Girl Carys Simmonds, Academi Coed Y Brenin
1st Boy Ben Daniels, Bro Dysynni
1st Girl Lleucu Lane, Academi Coed Y Brenin
Well done to one and all. Any names errors please get in touch and we will amend them.