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Rat Race Man vs Mountain

07-Sep-2019 Caernarfon, Gwynedd, UK (Wales)


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Mountains Race Race Terrain
35KM / 22Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

This mountain event starts at sea level at Caernarfon Castle, runs up to the summit of Snowdon and includes a vertical kilometre before ending at Llanberis.

The route is fully waymarked and all pit stops include water and snacks. Hot food and snacks will also be available at the finish line, before the after race party.

There is an option to run for a UK charity.

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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06:40 15-09-15

This has been one of the best running experiences I've done.

Rat Race did a great job with organising the race. The pits, the signs made the run even more pleasant :) The staff were also very helpful.

As mentioned below, the only area of improvement would be the abseil: I had to wait for 45mins to do my abseil part.

I'll definitely do it again! Highly recommended!

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11:25 14-09-15

Man Vs Mountain was an excellent event. Well organised and lots of fun (when not suffering from cramp)

The course has some of the best scenery that I have ever seen, start by the sea you continually running uphill for around 13 miles when you are treated with (on a good day) a 360 panoramic view of all below! Then the downhill offers little relief for the legs as parts are tricky to navigate without losing in footing.

When you are getting near the finish another challenge awaits, the vertical km, I had next to nothing left in the legs at this point so walked up it, and it took around 20 mins then it's down to the obstacles, a quick abseil and a few water obstacles nothing to tricky and on to the finish.

The event was good and the after party was too, the is a real sense of community in Llanberis during the whole weekend as most people you see are taking part in the event.

I will def be doing this again.

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12:58 14-09-15

Man vs mountain was a brilliant race. Not only was the event incredibly well organised, the course design was well thought through. It was an incredibly difficult challenge but there were so many brilliant parts to it - the trail run in stunning scenery, the climb up Snowdon, the descent (which mentally came at the perfect time!), then the fun stuff begins - the vertical kilometre was a killer but the abseil and water activities were a fantastic way to end on such a high. The weather was absolutely perfect and it would be extra tough in bad weather.

Rat race did a brilliant job in organising this race. The only area for improvement would be the queue for the abseil - it was about 20/25 mins when I went through and this meant a number of people decided to skip it which I think is a big shame for them as its a great part of the race. If it was cold I might have been tempted to skip it too! I'm not sure how they could improve this given the size of the railway bridge you abseil off though.

Overall this was so much fun but hill training is key. I was surprised by the number of people walking up some fairly gentle hills early on that you could definitely run up! Some of them you don't really have a choice but to walk.

Highly recommended!!

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04:41 11-09-15

Man Vs Mountain was an amazing experience. Make sure you give the mountain and the challenge the respect it deserves when you are training for it, hit the hills and repeat, repeat, repeat!! This was one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable races I have ever taken part in, it’s a long slog to get to the foothills of Snowdon with about 500m of ascent before you descend to the main climb to the peak. The down hill was so much fun, and you only really got two choices walk or run down it (fast).

The event was physically and mentally draining but was, brilliantly organised from start to finish, everything ran like clockwork. I would recommend this event to anyone mad enough to attempt it.

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03:56 11-09-15

Man vs Mountain is an amazing experience and is very recommendable to experienced trail runners and OCR enthusiasts alike.

The Rat Race organisation is top notch and I didn't experience any hiccups throughout my race experience - from the pre-race registration the day before and the bang on 8am Wave 1 start through to the pit-stops and marshaling along the course.

The race itself is very difficult with my Garmin clocking in 1600m elevation gain from start to finish. Make no mistake - there are a number of stretches where almost everyone has to walk. The final ascent onto Mount Snowdon itself was by the time I got there a massive line of people trudging up the mountain. You're not blocked from overtaking anyone should you wish to - it is highly unlikely you'll physically be able too.

Reaching the peak, snapping a quick picture and starting down again has to be one of my favorite race moments ever. The sheer euphoria of flying down the mountain after having previous struggled up it so much is indescribable.

I also have to give a shout out to the awesome pitstops. Arriving at a table heavily laden with all manner of sugary and salty treats mid-race is an amazing pick-me-up.

All in all, very recommendable race, but make sure you train your hill-sprints for it!

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02:37 11-09-15

Man vs Mountain as Epic as the tag line suggests just doesnt quite prepare you for the challenge ahead. as a novice Ultra , Distance runner with a preference for the flat i must admit Ratraces video for the event evoked in a sense of adventure, and thrill of challenge.. I asked the questioned ? can i deliver the goods on this one? Skip forward several months and marathons later, a few trips to the lakes where id struggled up Helvellyn.. The day arrived.. Llanberris is an idyllic location and connected with two other guys from London who were first timers like I.. I felt slightly reassured i was'nt going to suffer alone when eyeing up Snowdon for the first time through the mist.. This certainly was.nt going to be a walk in the park I was certain of that.. Ratrace HQ was a hive of activity superfit looking twenty somethings and hardcore looking ex vet types milling around.. GULP..Signed in kit check happy days.. 'Youre good to go said the volunteer' No turning back now.. had arelaxing evening with friends at a log cabin they had hired was epic early night got a good six hrs.. Shuttle run to Canaerfon was like a military campaign and we the chosen began our usual pre run stretches hugs handshakes and get into our teams.. TEAM GREEN .. MUDDY RACE.. Then we were off Soon the Epic Location of Canaerfon castle was behind us The green Flares held a loft by team mates long since gone nerves settled .. Breathing regulated what began seemed like the climb for the depths of hell, on and on and on.. By 6 k you could tell who the fell runners were and I lost sight off some of the Green gazelles.. Head down lets go to work.. 8 mile point came and we were in the foothills not far off the climb , not a cloud in sight sun shining down a snake of runners edged of into the distance, glance at the watch 1 hr 25.. still blowing a bit that was some start i thought, this was soon replaced by ha ha you gotta get over that in front of you yet..Soon enough the Rangers path came around and you began to see the beautiful horse shoe of the area, beams flickered shafts of sun through the clouds i kid you not.. It was EPIC.. The climb began in earnest .. Run walk or crawl its a fair old grind to the top and i certainly didnt hop skip and jump all the way up,heard several swear words and a lot of cursing and Come on Lads we got this, passed the tracks of the train look back and see the panaromic view and the procession of soldier ants heading along the path up the valley towards the summit... Breathtaking... Besides being a little hairy and crowded i didnt stay too long up top dropped my stone on the top which id carried from the base and heade down.. slightly wooden legged but with a sense of purpose halfway home.. Come on lad.. Half way down two lads went head over arse but manage rolls and up a gymnast woulve been proud off and despite my water bladder bursting i might it to the next water station injury free but with a little bit of cramp in my right quad..The weather had been grat all day so we were spared a blistering of cold up top as the winds were quite chilly up there sun or not..... The killer k earned its name with aplomb dont wanna spoil it for anyone just go and see, oh and feel i might add.. almost home now .. salute to the volunteers and marshalls on the obstacles , did a great job and queing time was negligible ..Abseil was amazing considering iwas a squirt when i lat did it and added to challenge, even picked up a nice love bite off the bridge as i dropped down under it.. Water jump was a little disapoiting had expected it tobe a little higher, however the water was aquaa blue and certainly in need of.. In the distance the PA system could be heard cheering in the finishers.. through the water obstacles with relative ease, 25 metre swim done , Just enough left in the tank for the walls .. Now give me that medal. OUCH .. without a doubt the toughest OCR/ Distance hill race ive done. Wont be for everyone and the machines will probably if there being honest find this hard too. the ones that dont are simply liars... fantastic event nothing but praise for it.. Get it booked now..

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01:14 11-09-15


ManvsMountain isn’t just for long distance runners. It’s a great event, very well organised and a truly memorable experience. The course takes you from the start in Caernarfon Castle gradually upwards for about 13miles and then you start the ascent. Once you reach the top you turn and come down the other side and finish at the lovely little village of Llanberis. We stayed in Llanberis which is where race registration takes place the night before and where the finish line is – so in my opinion its best to stay in Llanberis. I am more of a 10-16km obstacle course racer so had never done anything like this distance before but if you pace yourself and ensure you have the right kit and supplies, its achievable. At the end of the descent you also drop your race packs and then go back up the mountain for a timed kilometre which is a lung buster before doing a small abseil off a bridge, a few small water crossings and finally 3 small obstacles before the lovely finish line. We were blessed with dry sunny conditions but I am sure the race is a different animal if it’s raining, cold, windy and the right kit and refuelling would really come in to play there. This is certainly a race I would suggest everyone does at least once, it doesn’t matter about the time, just the great achievement and some spectacular pictures.

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