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 from Calder Valley Fell runners in 1:24:08.
First Woman Sarah Ridgway from 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.
The morning of the 25th running of Ras y Gader began as a rather damp affair as the team gathered in the town square to set up the start finish area and race HQ but the forecast for a warm clear weather window from 12pm was to prove correct, making it a perfect day for running the mountain and also completing the filming of the race promo video which had begun at last years race.
Entries for the 2017 race had gone live on 6th January and by 13th February the 300 places were completely sold out. No facebook promo was undertaken this year with the advertising of the race purely organic from the 1,600 page followers and the race website. In the weeks running up to the event approx. 25 people had their race numbers transferred to either friends or people on the waiting list resulting in 261 runners completing the race, an increase on the 234 in 2016. It has been agreed that we will increase the race entry limit to 325 for the 2018 race in an attempt to actually get 300 on the start line!
Radio comms and tracking the runners up and down the mountain worked well though it is always a complex task tracking those who drop out at different points on the course ad the numbers to be checked will therefore vary at different control points. 6 runners dropped out and one runner was disqualified for failing to carry the required minimum race kit, despite having ticked a box on the on-line entry acknowledging this was a condition of the event. He has been reported to WFRA. The Red Cross, based at race HQ treated 4 people for scrapes, cuts and bruises.
The main race, once again sponsored by the Royal Ship Hotel/Robinsons Brewery was won this year by Matthew Roberts, Calder Valley, 1.24.08, 2nd, Robin Woods, Builth and District, 1.30.02 and 3rd, Jez Brown, Buckley, 1.30.15.
The ladies race was won by Sarah Ridgeway, Mercia, 1.43.32, in 2nd, Helen Brown, Mynydd Du, 1.53.11 and 3rd, Jessica Richardson, 1.54.25.
In the age categories: First Man U/23, David Lawson, 01.40.56, 0/40, Paul Jones, Mercia, 01.34.34, 0/50. Christian Poulton, Cambridge, 01.38.32, 0/60, Iwan Edgar, Eryri, 01.52.14, First Woman U/23, Hazel MacLean, 02.15.27, 0/40, Kate Whitfield, 02.00.33, 0/50, Rona Davies, 02.08.39, 0/60, Elspeth Knott, Harwich, 02.27.53.
Nearly 100 kids took part in the Ras y Gader 2017 junior races, sponsored again by JGS Electrical. They all seemed pleased with their medals and hot dogs afterwards. The winners of this years races were: Fun Run, 1st Boy Johnny Leeds, Dolgellau, 1st Girl Rhiana Williams, Dolgellau. U/12 Race, 1st Boy Callum Morgan, Maldwyn Harriers, 1st Girl Rhianna Williams, Dolgellau, U/14 Race, 1st Boy Theo Watson, Dolgellau, 1st Girl Carys Simmonds, Academi Coed Y Brenin. U/16 Race, 1st Boy Ben Daniels, Bro Dysynni, 1st Girl Lleucu Lane, Academi Coed Y Brenin. There were no runners in the U/18 race.
There were several issues with the radio comms not working correctly on race day for the junior race and this must be sorted once and for all by the 2018 event – Valkris promise that the radios will work on their own channel in future.
After several years organising the junior races Tom Roberts has decided to concentrate on his own running career and the committee are currently searching for a replacement in order for the races to continue into the future.
Big thanks as ever to the 54 marshals and volunteers who make the race possible, the people and businesses of Dolgellau for their continued support and tolerance of the race, Gwynedd Council for the road closures, Cyngor Tref Dolgellau for the financial assistance and the Mountain Rescue, North Wales Police and the National Parc Wardens for their on the day assistance.
As mentioned above, the race promo was completed by Dan Struthers Photography during this years event. This has reached over 10,000 people on the facebook page and been viewed on youtube by over 260 people since it’s launch in June, a big asset to continue raising the profile of the event Nationally and possibly Internationally. Our extended thanks go to WD Pugh and son, Abbey Décor, Bois Bontnewydd, Tristan Evans, and Geraint Rhys for their financial support.
The date for the 2018 race has been advertised in the FRA and WFRA calendars and on the facebook and website pages. On line entries will go live in the beginning of January 2018.
Graeme Stringer, Race Director, November 2017
Winner Jon Bowie, Mercia Fell Runners, in 1:26:25.
First Woman Emma Gould, Mercia Fell Runners, in 1:41:12.
For the first time in the events 25 year history the race sold out, with 300 runners registering prior to race day.
The use of chip timing and increased use of social media through “sponsored” facebook posts appears to have seen us at last reach this organiser’s race nirvana. No entries on the day mean fewer volunteers were needed to sort the queues of runners at registration as everyone just turns up to collect their pre-printed number, no time keepers were required at the finish line trying to read minutely folded race numbers and no one was manually inputting hundreds of results into the computer. One or two grumbles were aired pre-race about the increased cost of the event (£15 pre entry + booking fee) but these were far outweighed by the delighted feedback of newcomers to Ras y Gader. The increased sponsorship from Robinsons Brewery/Royal Ship Hotel and no longer giving out cash prizes had allowed the committee to redistribute these funds to help keep down the cost of race entry for everyone.
The event was once again started by the race Patron, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, and a total of 234 runners completed the course, sent on their merry way by the Batalla Bermo samba band who entertained the crowds in the town square. Many of the pre entries who were absent may have been put off from collecting their numbers on race day due to the rather wet nature of the weather!
The race was won by Jon Bowie of Mercia in a time of 1.26.25, with race stalwart Richard Roberts of Eryri second (1.28.18) and George Foster of Ambleside third (1.28.46). First lady was Emma Gould also of Mercia in 1.41.12, with an under the weather Miranda Grant of Eryri in second (1.42.19) and Katie Beecher of Mynydd Du in third (1.47.52). In the age categories first junior man was Owen Roberts of Eryri in 1.32.03, first 0/40 was Martin Cliffe also of Eryri in 1.36.14, first 0/50 was Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du in 1.35.24, and first 0/60 was Graham Jones of Shrewsbury in 1.47.04. The first lady 0/40 was Nina Skilton of Cannock Stafford AC in 1.58.47 and first 0/50 was Rona Davies of Mynydd Du in 2.07.39.
The creation of a promotion film which the committee had organised became somewhat of a damp squib due to the weather, as the drones could not fly on the mountain with the low cloud. This project will hopefully be attempted again next year as several local businesses were willing to offer financial support to partly cover the cost of production.
The junior races, once again sponsored by JGS Electric attracted over 100 competitors in the various categories with the fun run as ever packed with enthusiastic infants. A concern had been raised the year before that some of the smaller children may be knocked over and trampled in the enthusiastic fun run mass start, so to alleviate this junior race organiser Tom Roberts sorted the children into size categories with taller (likely faster) kids at the front and the younger (slower) at the rear of the starting line – and all seemed to work well. Registering the fun run downstairs in the Free Library worked really well as the separation from the main race and other junior races lessened the chaos and confusion of previous years.
There is no plan to expand the size of the race as the committee has always felt that a 300 limit is suitable in capacity to make the race sustainable in terms of environmental damage and to maintain the quality of the experience for runners and other walkers on the mountain in terms of queues at styles and gates and congestion on the mountain and summit. There is an expectation however that the race may start to sell out more quickly in future and local runners will need to be on the ball so as not to miss out.
The committee as ever would like to thank the people of Dolgellau for their tremendous vocal support on the day, the 50+ marshals and volunteers and the local businesses and residents for their continued support and toleration. Donations will be made by the committee to 2 local clubs/organisations to be decided at the AGM.
Graeme Stringer, Race Director.
Winner Felipe Jones, Aberystwyth AC, in 1:24:17.
First Woman Lauren Jeska, Eryri, in 1:38:24.
Winner Andrew Davies (Maldwyn Harriers) in 1:28:29
First Woman Helen Fines (Vegan Runners) in 1:42:18.
Inclement weather conditions did little to deter the enthusiasm of more than 300 athletes, both young and old, who descended upon Dolgellau last Saturday to take part in the various races which constituted the 20th running of the Royal Ship Hotel sponsored Ras Y Gader.
The majority of the competitors had gathered to take part in the 10.5 mile Ras Y Gader, leaving Eldon Square to climb the 2,927 feet to the peak of Cader Idris before the descent back into Dolgellau. Having finished in 2nd place at the 2008 event, Andrew Davies (Maldwyn Harriers) went one better in 2010 as he led home the 214 finishers, completing the course in a victorious time of 1hr 28.29mins. There was much popular acclaim for the next finisher, as Ifan Richards of Brithdir claimed runners up spot, leading home the 14 strong Meirionnydd Running Club contingent taking part in the race, in a time of 1hr 31.09mins, an amazing 15 minutes quicker than his finishing time of 2009. There were also loud cheers in Eldon Square as Dolgellau resident, Tom Roberts, was the second Meirionnydd finisher, claiming an overall 15th placed finish in a time of 1hr 40.42mins. The first female finisher followed as Helen Fines (Vegan Runners) followed up her runners up spot in the ladies race in 2009 by claiming victory in 2010 in a time of 1hr 42.18mins. Four further Meirionnydd Running Club athletes then followed as Adam Preston of Dolgellau came home in 1hr 43.30mins, Dave Whittey of Llanelltyd in 1hr 49.49mins, Tony Hodgson, also of Llanelltyd, having the added bonus of victory in the Male Over-60 category, in a time of 1hr 52.02mins whilst Ricky Francis of Dolgellau came home in 2hrs 01.26mins.
Swapping his rugby boots for fell running shoes for the occasion was Cedri Williams of Dolgellau Rugby Club & Llanbedr, home in 2hrs 02.27mins before a further 3 Meirionnydd finishers crossed the line, namely Pete Nicholls of Llanfachreth in 2hrs 11.09mins and the Dolgellau-based duo of Juliet Edwards and John Smith, home in respective times of 2hrs 13.39mins & 2hrs 16.48mins. The Tywyn-based Bro Dysynni AC father and son partnership of Richard & Gavin Griffiths followed in times of 2hrs 18.52mins & 2hrs 27.05mins, the pair being split by Meirionnydd athlete Kevin Evans of Brithdir, home in 2hrs 26.15mins. The locally affiliated contingent in action were completed by a further quartet of Meirionnydd athletes as Alison Price of Fairbourne crossed the finishing line in 2hrs 27.20mins with the Dolgellau-based trio of Gaenor Smith, Kevin Owen & Christine Owen completing the tough event in times of 2hrs 42.31mins, 2hrs 46.21mins & 3hrs 16.06mins.
There was also local success in the various 'Y Sospan' sponsored junior races held on the day. In the Junior Fun Run, the 1st boy home was Carwyn Lloyd Davies of Trawsfynydd and 1st girl home was Llio Roberts of Rhosygwalia. There was success for Mael Evans of Bala & Kate Bailey in the Under-12's race whilst promising Dolgellau youngster, Alex Lanz, claimed a comfortable victory in the Male Under-16's section.
Local Report by Andy Unwin
24 May 2008
Bright, blustery conditions greeted the 276 competitors who descended upon Dolgellau last Saturday to take part in the various races which formed part of the 17th running of Ras Y Gader.
As has now become the traditional, Saturday morning saw the running of the various junior races whilst the afternoon saw the senior racers take on the 10.5 mile challenge to the peak of Cader Idris and back into Dolgellau, a course containing just under 3,000 feet of climbing.
The various junior races, sponsored by Bwyd Y Brenin of Dolgellau and Coed Y Brenin, attracted an excellent entry of 85 budding athletes, and amongst whom were 2 local winners. They were Gus Illiff of Llangower, near Bala, and Cara Evans of Brithdir who were respective boy and girl winners in the fun run in times of 3.00minutes and 3.31minutes.
The senior race, sponsored by the Royal Ship Hotel of Dolgellau, attracted 191 race finishers, as ever, amongst whom were a large sprinkling of local competitors. Having won the race in 2007, Eryri Harriers athlete Richard Roberts returned to Dolgellau to defend his title and this he did successfully, beating his 2007 time by over a minute, to complete the event in 1hr 25.19mins, 45 seconds ahead of 2nd place athlete, Andi Davies (Mercia Fell Runners). Perhaps the performance of the day came in the female race as Janet McIver (Dark Peak Fell Runners) of Sheffield came home in a terrific 5th place overall, in a time of 1hr 35.39mins, over 16 minutes ahead of the next female competitor.
29 May 2004.
A real international flavour was given to the race this year w ith the attendance of 12 runners from the Dutch Club ARO 88. The mountains didn’t come as that much of a shock to them as two of their contingent had raced at Cader in 2003, and the winter had been spent training for this years event by running up and down sand dunes at home.
Despite early showers the weather brightened as the day progressed and a good crowd had already gathered in the Town Square for the opening speeches by the Mayor, Linda Morgan, and race President, Dafydd Elis-Thomas at 11am.
As normal the morning was taken up with junior races with over 100 children taking part in the 5 races sponsored by Greenstiles Cycles.
The local Dolgellau schools faced some stiff opposition from other Meirionnydd Schools this year, and it is hoped that the inter-schools aspect of the junior events can be expanded upon for 2005.
The boys section of the fun run saw a dead heat between John M artin Evans, and Arwel Jones, with Sanant Evans, winning the girls race.
The U /12 race was w on by G ethin Jones with Emm Coyle, taking the female title. The U /14 race was won by Gerwyn Pugh in 15.16, with Annie Owen in 18.16 bringing home the glory for Dolgellau in the girls section.
In the U /16 race Tom Roberts took victory for the second year running in a tim e of 19.17, while Beckie Hoare won the girls section in 20.00. The final junior race of the day saw Steffan Lea take the Will Ramsbotham trophy in the U /18 section in a time of 1.22.51.
The main race, sponsored by the Cader Idris Outdoor Gear shop in Dolgellau, saw 123 runners turn out on the day, with a much awaited return to the event for 6 times winner Colin Donnelly. However it was to be another Donnelly, Morgan (no relation!), who was to lead the race from start to finish.
Despite just happening to be passing through Dolgellau on his way to a wedding in Mid-Wales, Morgan managed to complete the course, from the town square to the top of Cader Idris and back (10 miles, 3000 ft of clim bing), in 1.24.02, only three minutes outside the course record.
Colin Donnelly eventually came home in second place, with Tim Taylor 3rd and Steve Gilliland was the first local finisher in fourth place.
The ladies’ race was won by new Eryri signing Jackie Lee, with her team mate Ruth Metcalfe taking second place for the third year running despite bettering her 2003 time by over ten minutes! Boukje Klaver came home in third place, showing that hard training can pay off.
24 May 2003
The weather for the race was much improved on 2002 (no blizzard or gales!) and a full ascent to the summit of the mountain was undertaken.
The glorious conditions saw 130 runners turn out on the day, the second highest figure in the 12 year history of the race.
The race was well off course record pace but the leading end of the field still managed to clock some very respectable times. The first three places in the mens race went to the Eryri trio of Dylan Jones, Rob Halliday and James McQueen.
Colin Donnelly unfortunately didn't turn out this year to try for his seventh win in the men' section but local runner, Andrea Goode, ladies' winner in 2002, did manage to become the first lady to retain the women's title in a thrilling race which, quite literally, went all the way to the line.
After having led the ladies' field to the top of the mountain Goode became involved in a neck and neck tussle on the descent with Ruth Metcalfe. The lead changed places on a number of occasions and the two were still battling it out as they raced into Dolgellau town square to rousing cheers from the watching crowd. Very exciting stuff.
The four age group junior races and fun run attracted a total of 86 runners, and the kids and adults were treated to a veritable bun fight after their respective races, I don't think anyone left feeling hungry. If you're looking for a fun packed family weekend next May, we'd be more than pleased to give you a Warm Welsh Welcome in Dolgellau, Whit weekend 2004.
In a race keen to buck the trend ("When the going gets tough the tough get older"...In think the saying went) I was quite amazed when I analysed the results and found that the first three finishers, 15 of the first 20, and 33 of the top 50 were all Seniors, ie: under 4 0 !!!!!! Where they came from I do not know but I hope we see more of it! Maybe the cash prizes do help after all?
One down side to the day was the verbal abuse that one of the talented young front runners received from an older competitor convinced that he didn't have the compulsory kit on him. He did actually have it, not in a visible bum bag, but stuffed down his shorts........
So please, think before whnging to marshals about other competitors, the new rules are hard enough to enforce as it is. Race organisers have more than enough to do without trying to sort out problems that don't even exist! And if these two runners ever meet again, one owes the other a very BIG apology.
25 May 2002
Despite gale force winds, torrential rain and hail, 92 runners braved the elements to run the 11th annual Cader Idris fell race from Dolgellau in North Wales.
The race normally covers a route of 10.5 miles and 3000ft of ascent to the summit of the mountain, but acting on advice from National Park Wardens, who kindly braved the elements prior to the start, the race was shortened by a mile, turning round just below the summit on the side of Cyfrwy.
The male contingent was led from start to finish by Eryri harrier Colin Donnelly, completing his sixth win of the race in a time of 1.19.55. Eryri completed a magnificent one two three with James McQueen finishing in 1.21.34 and Dylan Jones in 1.23.15.
The female race was likewise led from first to last but this time by local Bro Dysynni athlete Andrea Goode (1.44.49), with Eryri Harriers Ruth Metcalfe (1.46.06) and Ellie Dunnington (1.48.38) taking second and third.
Almost 80 children took part in the 5 junior races, helping to make the day very much of a social occasion, and the hot drinks and food provided post race in the town square were greatly appreciated by the shivering runners and marshals alike.
When the weather is as bad as this it really shows the strength within the local community when they still turn out to marshal and compete in very much a party atmosphere.
The race prize money was awarded equally between the first three men AND women, and trophies were awarded in every 5 year age category, a move appreciated by many present.
1. C. Donnelly 0/40 Eryri 1.19.55
2. I. McQueen Eryri 1.21.34
3. D. lones Eryri1.23.15
1. C. Donnelly Eryri 1.19.55
2. C. Lancaster Ludlow 1.24.10
3 .1. Wootton Wharfe 1.27.12
1.1. Griffiths Sarn Helen 1.38.08
3. |. Marsh Tarren Hendre 1.40.01
3. M. Corturiend Macc 1.45.24
1. M. Ward Oswestry 1.52.40
2. ]. Thomas Wrexham 2.04.12
3. T. Breakwell Borrowdale 2.06.07
1. A. Goode Bro Dsynni 1.44.49
2. R. Metcalfe Eryri 1.46.06
3. E. Dunnington 0/40 Eryri 1.48.38.
1. E. Dunnington 0/40 Eryri 1.48.38
2. J. Purvis 0/40 Unattached 2.16.27
There was not race held in 2001 due to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the UK.
27 May 2000.
The day was very successful with 258 runners taking part, most attached to clubs but a few were non-club runners.
Every runner seemed to have enjoyed the run, some wished they could have had more chance to see the scenery! On a mainly wet few days, the weather stayed fine if cold.
One of the unattached runners was the founder of the race ten years ago, Don McCaffery - he had not run it for a number of years and was one of the oldest.
The race is organised with the runners in mind and, to that end, we provided showers, safe area for keys etc. water points en route and water and a healthy bar at the end and food for the runners!! This is all free and well received and a great achievement for a small town organising the race on donations only.
The day always begins with junior races, which are run for the benefit of the local children and anyone else there on the day.
G. R. Williams
29 May 1999.
Colin Donnelly had his fifth consecutive win at Cader Idris but he was just over a minute slower than his record time of 1.21.18
Second was his team-mate, Emlyn Roberts.
The first lady home was Dawn O’Shea with Victoria Musgrove second.
The couple who got married during the London Marathon took part in the race - their first outing since their marriage.
All the runners had the chance of a hot drink and sandwiches afterwards. Many enjoyed the chance of a sit-down and a chat.
G. R. Williams
30 May 1998.
The royal Gurkha’s were the flavour of the day, at the Cader Idris Race. Once again held under ideal conditions. Even so the Gurkhas were unable to unseat perpetual winner, Colin Donnelly, who again proved that he is the master of this race, winning for the fourth time in a row - in a canter.
Although Martin Cox led the field to the summit at a very fast pace, he was unable to sustain the pace and had dropped back to seventh position at the finish.
A battle royal was held behind Colin between teenagers Lekhbahadur and Andrew Davies, both finishing respectively second and third, but once again no stopping Donnelly!
Helen Johnson of Ilkley Harriers, won the ladies in a rather weak field.
31 May 1997.
Donnelly steps out to make it three in a row. Colin Donnelly claimed a hat-trick on wins in fine style despite the horrendous running weather for the Cader Idris race.
Owing to the hottest conditions in the events history, mid-afternoon competitors were left applauding the efforts made to get water on the mountain for them.
Despite all this, only one runner suffered at the end of the race and soon recovered.
Donnelly won by a comfortable six minutes from the ever improving young runner, Adrian Bailey, Bro Dysynni, running well within himself, the three times winner reached the summit in fifty one minutes and descended in thirty six minutes.
Local favourite Rosie Walsh failed to capitalise on a splendid summit run over twelve minutes ahead of eventual winner Jenny Heming, who pulled back a staggering lead on her descent.
In the under eighteen race, Alun Hyr Williams of Bro Dysynni, looks a very good prospect when winning the Will Rambotham Memorial Cup.
25 May 1996.
The sixth Cader Idris race was held in ideal weather and good racing conditions, and this was proved when Colin Donnelly came home in a canter with a new record under his belt again, while improving on his previous best by nearly four minutes, and a vast crowd welcomed him over the finishing line in style, when he received a great ovation for a terrific run.
Their was a gap of nearly five minutes when Shane Green beat Paul Haede in a very close finish and quickly on their tails came Paul Sheard, a previous winner of the race.
In the ladies section, Jean Shotter, came home with time to spare over Sue Exton of Trafford.
In the mens’ veterans, Dick Evans had a brilliant run and at forty nine, a time of one hour, thirty four minutes and forty seven seconds is outstanding on this difficult course.
17 June 1995.
A disappointing turnout for the fifth running of the Cader Idris race owing to a change of date and poor local support.
Nevertheless, the standard was good and a new record was made by Colin Donnelly when lowering the present record by six seconds.
Colin was first to the summit with a lead of 3.53 minutes and only just over half a minute on the descent to John Hunt, who came second in a good time of 1.23.16.
Alan Duncan was first Veteran home in 1.36.14.
Ladies’ winner, Katherine Harvey, ran a good race but the ladies’ record still stands.
11 June 1994.
The fourth Cader Idris Race was held once again under ideal conditions.
Due to an error by one of the stewards, the race took the original course and thereby Paul Sheards strong run will not be counted as a record. Never the less it was a fine run and Paul was the first at the summit in forty one minutes, a short distance ahead of Duncan Hughes who ran one of his best races to date, although making a valiant effort lost ground on the way down to Paul. Paul followed last years winner Will Ramsbotham and fellow club member as a Pudsey and Bram-ley winner in an excellent time of one hour, eighteen minutes and twenty seconds, followed closely by Duncan Hughes, and fellow club runner Gary Devine
5 June 1993.
A record breaking field for the third Cader Idris Race, with a record breaking performance by Will Ramsbottom, who lowered the record by over five minutes. Will was second to the summit where he gained over nine minutes on second placed Michael Ligema on the way down.
Unfortunately the following day absailing on Cader itself, Will Ramsbottom suffered a fatal accident, a tragedy that marred a wonderfull weekend of racing.
Eighty four runners took part and eighty three completed the course. The junior races attracted a field of fifty one runners. There were some outstanding performances by various classes, the best by Donald Williams of Eryri, who achieved a very good time in the over fifty class.
Janet Tyler of Croft Ambrey won a very comfortable ladies section, winning well ahead of Annie Capp of Telford AC.
6 June 1992.
A lovely day, lovely surroundings and music to boot! The race starting from the square in the historical town of Dolgellau, runners making their way along the Cader Idris road for one and a half miles, leaving the road and threading their way along the shores of Lake Gwernan. Runners then leave the boggy ground on their long haul up the pony trail.
The winner and leading all the way was Emlyn Roberts of Eryri in an excellent time of one hour thirty minutes. The performance of the day belonged to Alice Bedwell who returned a time of one hour forty three minutes.
Winners of the junior events were B.Lewis of Torfaen (U/16), and Brian Roberts of Dongellau (U/12).
9 June 1991.
Although weather conditions were very bad for the first Cader Idris race, the feedback from the runners has been terrific.