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.
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.
Thank you to the race sponsors Robinsons Brewery Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau
Winner Finlay Grant, Dark Peak Fell Runners 1:26:30.
First Woman Sara Willhoit Mercia 1:36:15.
Race Report 2023
Ras y Gader went ahead on 20 May 2023, this year’s race was part of the WFRA championships series which showed with the quality of runners entered. Entry was increased and early entry was given to WFRA members to accommodate the championship.
This year was no different and the race sold out in no time, which again goes to show how popular the race continues to be.
On the day 284 runners completed the race on a hot and cloud free day. A few runners struggled with the heat but no incidents or injuries.
1st Finlay Grant 1:26:30 Dark Peak Fell Runners
2nd Tom Wood 1:28:21 Eryri Harriers
3rd Jack Agnew 1:29:04 Mercia Fell RC
1st Sara Willhoit 1:36:15 Mercia Fell RC
2nd Lizzie Richardson 1:43:11 Eryri Harriers
3rd Katarina Entwistle 1:44:41 Bristol West AC
FU23 Efa Baines 2:09:09 Eryri Harriers
MU23 Finlay Grant 1:26:30 Dark Peak Fell Runners
F40+ Joanne Henderson 1:50:13
M40+ Joel Gomes 1:35:02 Wrexham AAC
F50+ Rhian Probert 1:52:10 Mynydd Du
M50+ Shaun Godsman 1:41:37 Calder Valley
F60+ Emma Collins 2:24:00 Denbigh Harriers
M60+ Russell Owen 1:58:25 Eryri Harriers
M70+ Don Powell 2:53:27 Basingstoke AC
A junior race was held earlier in the day with a great entry of all ages.
On behalf of the committee, congratulation to all who took part, and to all the winners.
The race would not go ahead without all the volunteers who give their time and help to marshal on the hill, along the route, in the square, at registration and selling the merchandise. So, a big thank you to you all!
Also, thanks to Aberdyfi Search & Rescue and Snowdonia National Park wardens for covering the safety of all those out on the course.
Thank you to Dolgellau Major for starting the race and to the race committee for making the race possible.
And finally thank you to our sponsors, The Ship Hotel, Robinsons Brewery, JS Electrics, Dolgellau Town Council and of course the local businesses and community for their continued support.
See you all in 2024.
Race director Dylan Evans.