International Snowdon Race
Updated: Jul 19, 2022
The Snowdon race was back for the first time since 2019 and was as keenly fought as ever with teams representing six different nations as well as us mere mortals in the open race. The winner was Ross Gollan representing Scotland with Hannah Russell of the England team the first female. England won both the male and female team competitions. As always there was a great atmosphere, with plenty of vocal support from the locals as you leave the village of Llanberis and head up to the top of the highest mountain in Wales, and plenty more when you finally return. The uninitiated always ask: how far is it? Well, it's about 10 miles (5 up and 5 down) if you must know, but the fact that the summit is some 1000 metres above the start/finish is rather more relevant!
Times were down on previous years, presumably as a result of the temperature which was decidedly on the warm side, but not in Christian Poulton's case as he bettered his time from 2019 by 4 minutes and earned himself a prize for coming second in the M55 category.
Christian in his solidarity for Ukraine outfit
There were just three Cambridge Harriers running this year, places had all been rolled forward from the cancelled editions in 2020 and 2021 meaning that this year's entry list was full from the start, hopefully there will be more of us next year.
Clem Dixon, Steve Brown & Christian Poulton before the start
After the presentation, Clem, Christian and most of the rest of the field made their way up to the Victoria Hotel for the free meal that is always laid on followed by a few liquid refreshments in the sumptuous hotel gardens, but not Steve: no sooner had he finished but he was being whisked back to London by a mate for the second leg of the weekend's challenge, a 250 mile bike ride starting at midnight! This was all done in aid of a cancer charity. Now if that isn't worth a few quid I don't know what is. Please sponsor Steve as much or as little as you can via this link.
Christian getting his prize
Clem with the finish in sight