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Below you will find the race result for each year along with details of the winner and first women.

If you have old photos of the race please forward to the facebook page.

21 May 2022.

Thank you to the race sponsors Robinsons Brewery Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau


Winner Gareth Hughes, Eryri Harriers in 1:22:57.

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First Woman Elliw Haf, Eryri Harriers in 1:51:15.

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Race Report Saturday 21st May 2022

Having been cancelled for the last two years due to the Covid Pandemic with relief and a great deal of excitement the race went ahead. Entries had been carried over from 2020 when it sold out in 40 minutes , which shows how popular this race has become . Unfortunately circumstances change in a two year period which became obvious with the number of places being offered for transfer on the Facebook page . This was quite understandable and something we had expected .

On the day 213 entrants started the race out of a total of approx 340 who had entered . The weather was a little indifferent with low cloud , wind and drizzle on the Summit but this did not seem to effect the runners with 210 runners completing the route with only three drop-outs luckily none of these were due to injury.

The Mens race and overall winner was Gareth Hughes from Eryri Club in a time of 1.22.59 and the Ladies winner was Elliw Haf also from Eryri Club in a time of 1.51.21.
A Junior Fun Run was held earlier in the day with over 80 entries
Congratulations to all winners and to all that took part from us all on the Committee.

A huge thankyou to the Marshals on the day for setting up the event , recording runners up and down the mountain and manning the radio relay so we had upto date progress reports of what was happening on the hill. Also thanks to Aberdyfi Mountain Rescue and the National Park Wardens for ensuring everyone’s safety on the course. Thanks to our Sponsors , namely The Ship Hotel , Robinsons Brewery, JS Electrics and Dolgellau Town Council and of course the local businesses and community for their continued support .

The Mayor of Dolgellau and Lord Dafydd Ellis Thomas were in attendance to start the race and greet runners on their return.

This being my first Ras y Gader as Race Director can I thank Graeme Stringer who has retired from the post after 20 years for all his help and guidance and also a big thankyou to the rest of the Committee for all their hard work in laying on the race.
Look forward to seeing you all back next year.
Dylan Evans, Race Director.

Race and Category winners for Ras y Gader 2022:

1st Gareth Hughes 1.22.59 Eryri Harriers
2nd Ben Mitchell 1.24.04 Mynyddwyr De Cymru
3rd Daniel Connolly 1.24.58 Mercia

1st Elliw Haf 1.51.21 Eryri Harriers
2nd 2.01.20 Sophie Gibbens Marshal Milton Keynes
3rd Lowri Morgan 2.06.24

Male U23
Lucas Parker 1.31.48 Stockport Harriers

Male 40+ Joel Gomes 1.31.57 Wrexham AAC
Male 50+ Craig Jones 1.48.47 Eryri Harriers
Male 60+ Dave Powell 2.03.30 Aberystwyth AC

Female 40+ Sarah Cordingley 2.08.19 Maldwyn
Female 50+ Flora Gunner 2.19.09 Croft Ambrey
Female 60+ Menai Baugh 2.37.58 Denbigh Harriers

1st Male Club 4.14.14 Eryri Harriers
2nd Male Club 4.48.12 Mercia Fell Runners
1st Female Club 7.18.28 Merionydd RC

Junior Fun Run
1st Boy 2.19.08. Louie Andrews
1st Girl 2.20.21 Cadi Davies

Photos by Jeremy Randell:

Photos of the day by a mixture of photographers:

Video by Chris Swan:

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Race cancelled for 2021.

Committee meeting 15th February, 2021.

The race committee met again tonight and with huge disappointment we have decided to abandon the race in 2021.

Although we are seeing a rapid improvement in infections, and immunisations are going very well, we judge the governments will not have eased lockdowns to such a level as to allow a normal race even by late May. We have considered a number of ways to manage the covid risks to enable a race, should it be allowed by the welsh government and licensed by the WFRA. These would involve many, quite complex changes which would detract from the character of the race.

We would hate to increase risks to the townsfolk, our marshals or indeed you, our runners. We appreciate this is the second cancellation. We were very touched last year by how many of you declined a refund and accepted a place in this years race. Entrants will shortly receive an email once again offering a refund or a deferment to 2022. Please wait that then follow the instructions it will contain. Many thanks for your understanding. Keep safe, keep training. Nich Bradley

Race cancelled for 2020.

It is with heavy hearts that the race committee have to announce the cancellation of the 30th anniversary Ras y Gader on 16th May 2020.The current situation with the Corona Virus seems unlikely to have significantly improved in the next 8 weeks and the recommendations from our insurers, the WFRA, are that large races should not go ahead. We realise that this will leave all competitors deeply disappointed and the effects on local businesses who benefit from your attendance in the town will be deeply felt, we can reassure you that this is not a decision we have taken lightly.

We have decided to offer all current entrants a transfer of their race place to next years event to be held on Saturday May 22nd 2021. The race sold out in 40 minutes this year so we hope you find a guaranteed entry for next year acceptable – you can always transfer your place to a fellow runner anytime between now and next years event through the normal TDL system if your circumstances change.

For those of you who can’t make this date we will offer a refund of the £16 race entry (though not unfortunately the admin fee already paid to TDL). We are all volunteers organising the event so it may take a few weeks to fully reimburse those that require it – please email me in the first instance quoting your order reference number, your full name and bank account details to organise a bank transfer, full instructions, including your order reference number are on their way via email from TDL to all competitors. If you could let me know if you require a refund by Saturday May 16th 2020. If we haven’t heard from you by this date we will assume that you are happy with a place in the 2021 event.

On a personal note it seems a sad irony that the first Cader race I organised in 2001 had to be cancelled due to foot and mouth, and now 20 years later I have to cancel my last race as organiser – a certain sad symmetry but many grand races in between! All the best, and again, many apologies. Let’s hope we all get through this unscathed and we can look forward to many more years of racing in the mountains

Many thanks
Graeme Stringer,
Ras y Gader Race Organiser, 20/3/2020

18 May 2019.

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.

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First Woman Mel Price, Mercia Fell Running Club in 1:46:49.

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Race Report Saturday 18th May 2019

Entries for the 2019 race went live on 6th January and a mere 3 hours later the 320 places were completely sold out. For the third year running no facebook promo was undertaken with the advertising of the race purely organic from the 2000 Facebook page followers and the race website. In the weeks running up to the event a number of runners transferred their entries to either friends or people on the race facebook page. There was no waiting list in operation in 2019 to try to reduce the admin load for the organisers. This resulted in 258 runners taking to the start line on race day (253 finishers), a decrease on the 281 in 2018 (261 in 2017 and 234 in 2016).

Two new self-closing gates had been installed beside the stiles behind the Gwernan lake which helped with the perennial problems of queues. The committee were very grateful but still dispatched marshals to the final 2 fields.

This was the 28th running of Ras y Gader (29th year), and was once again very kindly sponsored by The Royal Ship Hotel/Robinsons. A cool day promised some fast times without the heat problems of the previous year and thankfully the rain didn’t appear.

Just outside of the 23 year old course record the race was won by Mark Hopkinson of Mynydd Du in 1.23.57. Hot on his heels was Rob Samuel of Eryri in 1.25.12 , and in third was Paul Jones of Mercia in 1.30.50. An interesting observation noted from the summit timing mat would suggest a runner would need to reach the summit in sub 50 minutes to get near the record.

In the Ladies race 1st place overall was taken by Mel Price of Mercia in 1.46.49. 2nd was Florence Roberts of Shropshire in 1.53.28 and in 3rd Rhian Probert of Mynydd Du in 1.54.16.

Photos by Colin Williamson:

Photos by Jeremy Randell:

Photos by Ollie Jones:

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In the age categories:

1st Man U/23 was Ross Welsh of Meirionnydd in 1.36.03. 1st Man O/40 was Neal Hockley of Eryri in 1.36.24. 1st Man O/50 was Mike Pfeiffer of Builth in 1.37.37, and 1st Man O/60 was Martin Green of Maldwyn in 2.03.21.

1st Lady U/23 was Abi Hall of Westbury in 2.30.21. 1st Lady O/40 was Jennifer Charlton of Eryri in 1.54.46. 1st Lady O/50 was Rachel Sherwen of Run Free in 2.10.09 and 1st Lady O/60 was Rona Davies of Mynydd Du in 2.24.43.

Junior races sponsored by JGS Electricals. :
110 (156-2018) kids took part in the Ras y Gader 2019 junior races, sponsored again by JGS Electrical. The new numbers and medals went down well and made the event look very professional. The winners of this years races were:
Fun Run, 1st Boy Charlie Savage, 1st Girl, Lily Ellis.
U/12 Race, 1st Boy Ethan Horobin, 7.05. 1st Girl Bethan Patterson, 8.25.
U/14 Race, 1st Boy Callum Morgan, 11.24 (1 second faster than 2018!). 1st Girl Maddison Griffiths, 12.11.
U/16 Race, 1st Boy Archie Peffers, 22.20. 1st Girl Harbin Cooper, 26.14.
U/18 race, 1st Boy, Euros Evans, 54.36. 1st Girl Addy Carter, 1.04.57.

Radio comms and tracking the runners up and down the mountain was as tricky as ever but an issue was eventually resolved after some misunderstandings. Better instructions need to be given to any marshals new to the race in future years. 5 runners failed to complete the course, 4 runners failed to beat the 1hr 15min cut off at Rhiw Gwredydd and 1 had to be recovered by the mountain rescue from the race route and was driven to hospital by a friend for an x-ray. There were several cuts and scrapes for St John’s at race HQ to attend to, and 1 runner was disqualified post race after being reported leaving their safety kit at Ty Nant on the descent back down the mountain.

Big thanks as ever to the 50+ marshals and volunteers who make the race possible, including Ash and his team who provided the food, the people and businesses of Dolgellau for their continued support and tolerance of the race and Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, race patron, and the Mayor for starting the races. Big thanks are also extended to Gwynedd Council for the road closures, Cyngor Tref Dolgellau for the financial assistance, Valkris Communications, the Mountain Rescue, North Wales Police and the National Parc Wardens for their on the day assistance.

Graeme Stringer, Race Director (retired #19 and out), May 2019.

19 May 2018.

Congratulations to everyone who ran, although it was a gorgeous day the heat made it pretty tough going.
Thank you to the race sponsors Robinsons Brewery Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau


Winner Andrew Davies, Stockport Harriers AC in 1:29:17.

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First Woman Helen Brown, Mynydd du runners in 1:52:40.

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First, second and third places:
1st Man, Andrew Davies, Stockport, 1.29.17.
2nd, Chris McMillan, Weston AC, 1.29.24 .
3rd, Peter Ryder, Aberdare, 1.29.45.

1st Woman, Helen Brown, Mynydd Du, 1.52.44.
2nd, Elliw Haf, Eryri, 1.52.50.
3rd, Nia Albiston, Eryri, 1.52.57.

Age category winners:
First Man U/23, Owen Roberts, Hebog, 01.40.40.
M40, Jez Brown, Buckley, 01.35.20.
M50. Paul Jeggo, Springfield Striders, 01.47.41.
M60, John Aggleton, Mynydd Du, 01.54.25.
M70, Peter Hadley, Cambridge, 2.27.54.

First Woman U/23, Lucy Allen, 02.45.09.
F40, Rhian Probert, Mynydd Du, 01.56.03.
F50, Niki Morgan, Mynydd Du, 01.58.32.
F60, Menai Baugh, Denbigh, 02.39.06.
F70, Maggie Oliver, 03.00.07.

Entries for the 2018 race went live on 7th January and a mere 13 hours later the 320 places were completely sold out. For the second year running no facebook promo was undertaken with the advertising of the race purely organic from the 1,800 Facebook page followers and the race website. In the weeks running up to the event approximately 25 people had their race numbers transferred to either friends or people on the waiting list resulting in 281 finishers (288 starters), an increase on the 261 in 2017 and 234 in 2016.

Due to some issues with queues at the stiles behind the Gwernan lake the committee has decided not to increase the size of the field in 2019.

The 26th running of Ras y Gader fell during the heat wave of May with temperatures forecast to be well into their 20’s for race day. Warnings of the need to carry water due to limited location of water stations was posted on the facebook page the evening before the event and was reiterated at registration the next day and during the race directors briefing.

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. 7 failed to complete the course, 2 had to be recovered by marshals from the race route and were treated by red cross at race HQ for heat stroke, 3 dropped out before the cut off point and sadly for the first time in the history of the race the mountain rescue were required to treat and evacuate 2 runners from the mountain who had sustained broken bones! All casualties later sent their thanks for the help they had received.

156 kids took part in the Ras y Gader 2018 junior races, sponsored again by JGS Electrical. They all seemed pleased with their medals afterwards. The winners of this years races were:
Fun Run, 1st Boy Noah White, Four Crosses. 1st Girl, Ela Fon Jones, Pwhelli.
U/12 Race, 1st Boy Charlie Preece, Telford, 6.08. 1st Girl LLiwen Davies, Bala, 7.31
U/14 Race, 1st Boy Callum Morgan, Welshpool, 11.25. 1st Girl Maggie Preece, Telford, 12.39
U/16 Race, 1st Boy Euros Evans, Meirionnydd, 18.54. 1st Girl – No runners.
U/18 race, 1st Boy, Ben Daniels, Trawsfynydd, 52.43. 1st Girl – No runners.

Radio comms for both the junior and main races went well this year though some marshals with 2 radios got a bit confused as to which they were using at which point.

Andre Bright had his first year as junior race organiser and he did superbly well being thrown in at the deep end. We hope he continues to be involved with organising and developing the races.

The new revamped website is now up and running and a big vote of thanks should be extended to Arfon Hughes for his work on this. 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.
Graeme Stringer, Race Director, August 2018.

Photos by Rod Davies Photography:

Photos by Colin Williamson: and

2018 Runner video by Andy O'Brien:

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20 May 2017

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.

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First Woman Sarah Ridgway from Mercia Fell Runners in 1:43:32.

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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:

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

Well done to one and all. Any names errors please get in touch and we will amend them.

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Race report 2017

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

21 May 2016


Winner Jon Bowie, Mercia Fell Runners, in 1:26:25.

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First Woman Emma Gould, Mercia Fell Runners, in 1:41:12.

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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.

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Winner Felipe Jones, Aberystwyth AC, in 1:24:17.

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First Woman Lauren Jeska, Eryri Harriers, in 1:38:24.

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17 May 2014


Winner Felipe Jones, Aberystwyth AC, in 1:25:52.

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First Woman Jackie Lee, Eryri Harriers, in 1:37:32.

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Race report missing.

18 May 2013


Winner Ifan Richards, Meirionnydd Running Club, in 1:31:02.

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First Woman Lauren Jeska, Aberystwyth AC, in 1:42:01.

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Race report missing.

26 May 2012


Winner Mathew Roberts, Eryri Hariers, in 1:28:43.

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First Woman Lauren Jeska, Aberystwyth AC, in 1:41:14.

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Race report missing.



Winner Lloyd Taggart, Dark Peak Fell Runners, in 1:21:27.

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First Woman Katie Beecher, Les Croupiers, in 1:49:39.

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Race report missing.

29 May 2010


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

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30 May 2009


Winner Lloyd Taggart, Dark Peak Fell Runners, in 1:26:25.

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First Woman Katie Beecher, Les Croupiers, in 1:49:39.

katie beecher 2011

Race report missing.

24th May 2008

A sunny and blustery day with an easterly wind greeted the S4C camera crew and the 192 runners (191 finishers) for the main race sponsored by the Royal Ship Hotel. The town square was packed with spectators for the start of the main race, and the Barmouth Batala Samba drum band were rocking! For the second year running Richard Roberts of Eryri won the main race, in 1.25.19, getting closer each time to Colin Donnely’s 12 year old course record. In second, third and fourth were the Mercia trio of Andi Davies, in 1.26.04, Tim Davies, who was racing on the mountain for the first time since winning the Wil Ramsbotham trophy as an under 18, in 1.28.05 , and Roland Stafford in 1.30.49. First Junior man U/20 was Dafydd Ywain in 1.42.50, first man O/40 was Steve Gilliland of Bro Dysynni in 1.35.43, first O/50 was Iwan Edgar of Eryri in 1.42.50 and first O/60 was Colin Williamson of Shropshire Shufflers in 1.57.17.

In the womans race a superb run by Janet McIver of Dark Peak not only saw her win the ladies challenge but also finish 5th overall in the main race in 1.35.39, just over a minute and a half outside of British International Mary Wlikinsons 2006 course record and a £100 bonus prize! Second lady was Claire Parker of Pennine in 1.52.25 and third was Lousie Barker of Aberystwyth AC in 1.52.46. First lady O/40 was Celia Mills of Calder Valley in 2.13.27, first O/50 was Ann Styles of Merionnydd in 2.48.05 and first O/60 was Eryri’s Maggie Oliver in 2.25.02.

This years random goody bags seemed to go down very well and the free food in Registration was greatly appreciated post race. A total of 85 children took part in the morning’s junior races.

Graeme Stringer

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.

26 May 2007

Winner Richard Roberts, Eryri, in 1:26:21.

richard roberts winner 2007

First Woman Anna Bartlett, Shrewsbury, in 1:42:02.

anna bartlett 2007

The 2007 Ras y Gader, sponsored by Cader Idris Outdoor Gear, saw another superb turn out with an entry of 195 competitors in the main event and nearly 100 kids in the junior races run through the morning.

The day was opened by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, race President, and the junior races got underway at 11.15. In the Fun Run winners trophies went to Cai Roberts (10) in 03.00, and Megan Forest (10) in 03.04. The under 12 race victory went to Rhys James (10) in 07.55 and Georgina Spencer (10) in 09.05. In the under 14 competition the winner was Huw Bevan (12) 15.15 with Sara Livett (13) taking the girls title in 16.02. The under 16 race went to Oliver Gallop (15) in 17.55, with Sara Thomas (15) of Bala taking the girls race in 26.42.

The main race got underway at 2pm, with the good news from the race organiser that not only was the forecast for sunshine but the National Park and landowner had created an additional path behind the Gwernan Lake to hopefully avoid the mud baths of previous years and to help the smooth flowing of runners on this bottle neck of the course.

The main race was won by Richard Roberts of Eryri in 1.26.21 with John Morgan of Dark Peak in second and Nick Craig of Pennine in third. In the ladies event first place went to Anna Bartlett of Shrewsbury in 1.42.02 followed by Aberystwyth Universities Phoebe Webster with Louise Barker of Aberystwyth Harriers in third.

First local home was Bro Dysynis Steve Gilliland, in 1.30.45, and despite it being his quickest time over the course he just failed to claim the first vet 0/40 but took the first Meirionnydd Runners Trophy as a consolation. Next home, and taking the First Local Trophy, was Dave Whittey of Meirionnydd, starting to show signs of getting back some his form of old finishing in 1.47.09. Frankie Vaughan was next club runner home in 1.59.29 closely followed by Dysynnis Hugo Iffla in 2.00.48. Next back off the mountain, in a rare outing away from road bike and swimming pool was Barmouths Paula Tunnadine in 2.04.34, with Meirionnydds newest recruit, Juliette Edwards finishing with far less mud than last year in 2.11.02. Juliette was followed closely across the line by Richard Griffiths in 2.11.32, with Kevin Evans again suffering from cramp and the after effects of London in 2.17.03, with Alison Price coming home in 2.18.55.

The Cader Race Committee would like to thank all of the marshals, local businesses and town folk for the tremendous help and effort given in the lead-up to the race and on the day.

Graeme Stringer, Race Director

27 May 2006

The 2006, sponsored by Cader Idris Outdoor Gear, saw a massive record entry of 233 competitors in the main event with a large number of runners travelling from around the UK to take part in what is becoming one of the premier fell running events in Wales.

The day was opened by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, race President, and the junior races, sponsored by the Lemon Grass Restaurant, got underway at 11.15. Over 70 children took part in the 4 races which act as a superb curtain raiser to the main event. In the Fun Run winners trophies went to Cai Roberts (9) in 03.02, and Sanant Evans (9) in 03.14. The under 12 race victory went to Tom Hutton (11) in 08.09 and Elin James (11) in 09.41. In the under 14 competition the winner was Owain James (12) 16.07 with Lois Williams (12) taking the girls title in 24.09. The under 16 race went to Cai Morgan (14) in 18.47, with Annie Owen (15) of Dolgellau taking the girls race in 22.37, 1.41 faster than her time in the same race in 2005.

The Barmouth Samba Band were once again on hand to lend some depth to the feeling of the afternoon and their drumming once again proved inspirational to many of the runners. The main race got underway at 2pm, with a warning from the race co-ordinator that the section behind the Gwernan Lake was underwater, but this didn’t appear to hamper Dark Peaks Lloyd Taggart who led from start to finish crossing the line just outside the course record in 1.22.36. Second place was claimed by Shrewsbury’s Michael James, in 1.26.19 with Pete Vale of Mercia coming home in third in 1.27.36, all times which could have won the race in previous years. The ladies race was won by British International Mary Wilkinson, of Skipton AC, who smashed the 14 year old ladies course record, despite the atrocious conditions underfoot, taking over 9 minutes off the record coming home in 8th position overall in 1.33.58. Jackie Lee of Eryri, race winner in 2004, came home second in 1.44.02 with Shrewsbury’s Anna Bartlett third in 1.46.22.

At last the Race Committee were able to hand over the £100 bonus for beating the course record and dispel the conspiracy theory that any time someone good turned up to compete they shortened the course! (but they were out late on the Friday night filling the Gwernan lake with hose pipes……you had to see it to believe it!)

The Cader Race Committee would like to thank all of the marshals, local businesses and town folk for the tremendous help and effort given in the lead-up to the race and on the day, you’re all a credit to your community.

Graeme Stringer, Race Director

1 Ll. Taggart Dark Peak 1.22.36
2 M. James Shrewsbury 1.26.19
3 P. Vale Mercia 1.27.36
4 G. Owen Eryri 1.31.03
5 S. Gilliland 0/40 Bro Dysynni 1.32.13
6 P JonesDiaz Aberystwyth 1.32.21
Veteran 0/50
1(15) G. OWEN Eryri 1.41.51
Veteran 0/60
1(42) D. Williams Eryri 1.49.57
Veteran 0/70
1(209) J. Carson Borrowdale 2.48.04

1 M. Wilkinson Skipton 1.33.58
2 J. Lee Eryri 1.44.02
3 A. Bartlett Shrewsbury 1.46.22
4 S. Budgett Horwich 0/40 1.54.59
5 K. Bailey Meirionnydd 2.01.56
6 A. Goode Meirionnydd 2.04.03
Veteran 0/50
1 H. McDonald Jones Newport
233 Entries

29 May 2005

The 2005, sponsored by Cader Idris Outdoor Gear, saw a superb entry of 175 competitors in the main event with a large number of runners travelling from as far as Portsmouth and Sussex to undertake the challenge – unfortunately for the second time in three years the weather had other ideas!

The day was opened by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, race President, and the junior races, sponsored by the Lemon Grass Restaurant, got underway at 11.30. Over 100 children took part in the 5 races which act as a superb curtain raiser to the main event. In the Fun Run winners trophies went to Kyle Jones (8) of Bala, in 03.27, and Elin Owen (9) of Dolgellau in 03.41. The under 12 race victory went to Adam Willetts (10) of Bala in 08.42 and Rosie Owen (11) of Dolgellau in 09.54. In the under 14 competition the winner was Adam Bitchell (13) of Aberystwyth in 14.18 with Sarah Thomas (13) of Bala taking the girls title in 20.18. The under 16 race went to Francis Fitzpatrick (15), who had travelled from the Wirral, in 16.46, with Annie Owen (14) of Dolgellau taking the girls race in 24.18. The final junior race of the day, the under 18’s, which starts with the main race, was won by Ieuan Brooks (16) of Dolgellau in 01.02.24.

With severe South Westerly winds, gusting up to 60 mph on the summit, the committee were forced to shorten the race, with a turnaround point just above Rhiw Gwredydd being used. For the competitors this brief sortee onto the open ridge gave a taste of what were described by the National Park Wardens as “vicious” conditions on the summit itself, nearly a mile and 1000’ further up……and to my knowledge no one to date has complained about not getting to race the full course!

Despite this technical hitch the runners’ anticipation of the challenge ahead was heightened in the town square by the superb drumming of the Barmouth Samba Band, which really did provide an inspiration for many of those present. In a well fought race the final victory went to Gary Devine of Pudsey and Bramley in 01.07.40, with Dave Taylor of Dark Peak in second in 01.08.47, Martin Humphries of Stroud in third in 01.10.02 and Bro Dysynni’s Steve Gilliland fourth in 01.10.52. The ladies race was won by British International Natalie White of Holmforth Harriers in 01.18.27 with last years winner, Jackie Lee of Eryri, second in 01.20.40, and Kate Burge of Stafford close behind in third place in 01.21.06.

The £100 bonus to the first runner to beat either the male or female course record will of course still stand in 2006 (NB: the quality of the 2005 field in NO WAY clouded the organisers judgement on whether to shorten the race or not…honest, it was really windy!)

Graeme Stringer, Race Director

1 G. Devine P+B 1.07.40
2 D. Taylor 0/40 Dark Peak 1.08.47
3 M. Humphries Stroud 1.10.02
4 S. Gilliland 0/40 Bro Dysynni 1.10.52
5 D. Jones Eryri 1.11.14
6 D. Finn Wells City 1.11.47
7 P. Brittleton Helm Hill 1.12.40
8 A. Smalls Colwyn Bay 1.12.43
9 A. Haynes0/40 Eryri 1.13.48
10 P. Brittleton Helm Hill 1.15.11
Veteran 0/50
1(25) G. Oldrid Aberystwyth 1.20.28
Veteran 0/60
1(35) J. Amies Congleton Harriers 1.28.30
Veteran 0/70
1(152) J. Carson Eryri 1.54.22

1 N. White Holmforth Harriers 1.18.27
2 J. Lee Eryri 1.20.40
3 K. Burge Stafford Harriers 1.21.06
4 A. Bartlett Shrewsbury 1.25.29
5 M. Price U/A 1.31.03
6 C. Walkley Aberystwyth 1.32.59
Veteran 0/40
1 V. Musgrove Eryri 1.33.14
Veteran 0/50
1 S. Ashton Chepstow 1.37.49
160 finishers

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.
Graeme Stringer
Fellrunner 2004

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.
Graeme Stringer
Fellrunner 2003

25 May 2002, (Note: shortened race.)

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.

Graeme Stringer

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
Fellrunner 2002


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
Fellrunner 2000


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
Fellrunner 1999


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.
Fellrunner 1998


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.
Fellrunner 1997


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.

1. C. DonnellyEryri1.21.18 2. S. GreenP&B1.26.10 3. P. HagueEryri1.26.11 4. P. SheardP&B1.26.13 5. J. HuntMersey1.29.22 6. D. BlackhurstRoss1.31.51 7. G .JonesMDC1.32.45 8. D. EvansA’twyth1.34.47 9. A. BaileyBroDys1.35.08 10. T. JonesEryri1.35.45 VETERANS 0/40 1. A. DuncanMersey1.36.10 2. P. MarshTarHen1.40.34 3. A. LewisShrews1.46.53 4. R. WilsonPowys1.47.06 5. R. PowellEryri1.48.35 VETERANS 0/45 1. D. EvansA’twyth1.34.47 2. M. DochertySadd1.38.22 3. H. WaterhouseSadd1.39.44 4. B. WaterhouseSadd1.39.55 5. W. MarshTarHen1.43.44 VETERANS 0/50 1. J. MorrisPenn1.43.22 2. B. DaviesCft/Amb1.44.20 3. D. GibsonSadd1.48.45 4. R. DevySadd1.49.54 5. J. G-EvansA’twyth1.51.19 VETERANS 0/55 1. C. BrownMerc1.49.12 2. T. PughNewtown2.4.57 3. N. DewsonB ’ham2.14.50 VETERANS 0/60 1. A. SmithGorse2.04.19 2. E. NaisbyP’atyn2.07.05 3. J. CarsonEryri2.08.58 LADIES 1. J. Shotter P&B 1.53.47 2. S. Exon 0/35 1.56.07 3. R. Nash 0/35 BroDys 1.56.37 4. C. Lorimer 0/35 CHB 1.58.34 5. S. Kiveal 0/35 Sadd 2.09.45 6. G. Harris 0/35 Sadd 2.09.45 7. B. Cullen 0/35 P ’side 2.28.25 8. C. Dickson A’twyth 2.32.50 JUNIOR 1. M. G-RobertsDOL65.47

Fellrunner 1996


17 June 1995.

Winner Colin Donnelly, Eryri, in 1:25:17.

Colin Donnelly winner 1995

First Woman K Harvey, Alt, in 1:47:52.

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 Donnelly 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.

  • 1 Colin Donnelly Eryri 1.25.17
  • 2. J. HuntS.Liv 1.28.26
  • 3. P. Crowson DkPk 1.33.37
  • 4. J. Bass MDC 1.33.56
  • 5. D. Whittey Calder 1.34.35
  • 6. H. Mudge BroDys 1.35.46
  • 7. A. Duncan S.Liv 1.36.13
  • 8. J. Rank Holm 1.36.40
  • 9. R. Wilson DkPk 1.38.17
  • 10. R. Barry N’brook 1.38.57
  • 1. K. Harvey 0/35 Alt 1.47.52
  • 2. S. Woods 0/35 MDC 1.53.00
  • 3. J. Searle DkPk 1.56.27
  • 4. R. Naish 0/35 Kend 1.59.48
    VETERANS 0/40
  • 1. A. Duncan S.Liv 1.36.13
  • 2. A. Nixon MDC 1.45.13
  • 3. M. Lucas MDC 1.47.20
  • 4. R. Pullen Rhay 1.52.36
  • 5. G. Barnes 1.53.47
    VETERANS 0/45
  • 1. A. Jones BroDys 1.47.12
  • 2. J. Gwyn Evans Aber 1.51.02
  • 3. A. Rubertson Hels 1.55.55
  • 4. C. Evans Aber 2.27.08
  • 5. A. Griffiths BroDys 2.29.48
    VETERANS 0/50
  • 1. T. Evans BroDys 2.04.27
  • 2. D. Connolly Rhay 2.17.21
    VETERANS 0/55
  • 1. I.A. Breakwell Borr 2.07.31
    VETERANS 0/60
  • 1. T. Evans BroDys 2.45.46
  • 1. R. Davies BroDys 17.24
  • 2. J. Tyrrell Dolg 18.58
  • 3. W. Meady Dolg 21.18

Fellrunner 1995


11 June 1994.


Winner Paul Sheard, Pudsey and Bramley, in 1:18:20(short).

First Woman Kirty Brian-Jones, Dark Peak Fell Runners, in 1:45:00.

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
Fellrunner 1994


5 June 1993.

Winner Will Ramsbotham, Pudsey and Bramley, in 1:25:23.

will ramsbotham winner 1993

First Woman Janet Tyler, Croft Ambrey, in 1:59:27.

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.

  • 1. Will Ramsbottom P&B 1.25.23
  • 2. M. Legema Croft Ambrey 1.34.02
  • 3. G. Davies Merc 1.34.40
  • 4. S. Greenaleh J.S.M.T.C. 1.35.52
  • 5. P. Marsh TarrHen 1.35.56
  • 6. R. Barry N’Brook 1.36.30
  • 7. C. Banks N’Brook 1.38.09
  • 8. D. Williams V Eryri 1.38.26
  • 9. R. Heelis V Merc 1.40.14
  • 10. R. Wilson V Powys&N.Cere 1.40.21
  • 1. J. Tyler V Croft Ambrey 1.59.27
  • 2. A. Capp Telford AC 2.07.54
  • 3. A. Young V Unatt 2.25.26
  • 4. M. Grifiths V BruDys 2.59.50
    VETERANS 0/40
  • 1. R. Heelis Merc 1.40.14
  • 2. R. Wilson Powy&N.Cere 1.40.21
  • 3. W. Marsh TarrHen 1.41.55
  • 4. J. Richards Shrew 1.47.08
  • 5. I Smith Bolt 1.50.26
    VETERANS 0/45
  • 1. K. Morgan Merc 1.41.50
  • 2. J. Sheeting MDC 1.47.50
  • 3. C. Evans Aber 1.50.42
  • 4. P. Hunt Wrek 1.52.02
  • 5. B. Martin Wrek 1.52.11
    VETERANS 0/50
  • 1. D. Williams Eryri 1.38.26
  • 2. B. Davies Croft Ambrey 1.42.15
  • 3. J. Marsh TarrHen 1.44.17
  • 4. B. Hughes Eryri 1.55.32
  • 5. T. Hildige Eryri 1.56.07
    VETERANS 0/55
  • 1. B. Hall Clay 2.24.04
  • 1. T. Davies Merc 16.59
  • 2. A. Vaughan Eryri 18.02
  • 3. L. Vaughan Dolgellau 18.38

Fellrunner 1993

FRA Felrunner Tribute by Rupert Kempley 1993

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6 June 1992.


Winner Emlyn Roberts, Eryri in 1:30:39.

First Woman Alice Bedwell, Mynyddwyr de cymru in 1:43:29..

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).
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9 June 1991.
Although weather conditions were very bad for the first Cader Idris race, the feedback from the runners has been terrific.
Don McCaffrey.

Winner Dafydd Roberts,Hebog in 1:28:14.

Dafydd Roberts winner 1991

First Woman No runner.

  1. Dafydd. Roberts, Hebog, 1.28.14
  2. P. Marsh, Taran Hendre, 1.34.19
  3. A. Williams, Eryri, 1.37.18
  4. R. Griffiths Br0 Dysynni, 1.37.18
  5. W. Marsh Taran Hendre, 1.40.10
  6. J. Marsh Taran Hendre, 1.42.36

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