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Sporting History of the Welsh 1000 Metres Race

Changes to Classes in the Annual Race

The 1999 race was designated as one of those counting towards the British fell-running championship. This factor, and good weather on the day, made for a very fast race. The winner, Gavin Bland from Borrowdale, brought the record down to 3 hours 27:20. Angela MudgeÕ’s time of  4 hours 02:20 reduced the womens' record by half an hour.


There are currently five classes in the race:-

A Fell Runners (minimum age 18)

B Mountaineers (with boots and carrying/wearing specified items of equipment Ð minimum age 17)

C As B but starting from Ogwen (minimum  age 15)

D As B but for service teams (minimum age 18)

E Fellrunners, Ogwen start (minimum age 16)

There are prizes for men, women, veterans (over 40) and super-veterans (Over 50) and for declared teams. The race has been re-named 'The Snowdonia Summits Marathon' and is organised jointly by the Gorphwysfa Club - visit website  www.gorphwysfaclub.org.uk


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Youth Hostels

Pen-y-Pass: Nantgwynant,Caernarfon,Gwynedd LL55 4NY.

Tel. 0870 7705990 GR 647557

Llanberis: Llwyn Celyn, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4SR

Tel. 0870 7705928 GR 574596

Snowdon Ranger: Rhyd Ddu, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54

Tel 0870 7706038  GR 565550

Bryn Gwynant: Nantgwynant,Caernarfon,Gwynedd LL55 4NP

Tel. 0870 7705732 GR 640513

Idwal Cottage:Nr Bethesda, Bangor,Gwynedd LL57 3LZ

Tel. 0870 7705874 GR 648604

Rowen:Rhiw Farm, Rowen, Nr Conwy. (limited opening)

Tel: 01492 650089 GR 747721

Conwy: Larkhill, Sychant Pass Rd, Conwy LL32 8AJ

Tel: 0870 7708868 GR775773  NEW!!!


Youth Hostel Association National Office Trevelyan House, 8, St Stephen’s Hill,St. Albans, Herts AL1 2DY

Tel: 0870 7708868


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Some Useful Addresses

Fell Runners Association: c/o Peter Bland Sports, 34a Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AD. Online at www.fellrunner.org.uk

Long Distance Walkers' Association. Membership Secretary: Janet Chapman, 73 Yockley Close, The Maultway, Camberley, Surrey GU15 1QQ

Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenges

NOTE: All these updates are incorporated into the latest colour edition of the book