This year will be the 25th Running of the Race!
Race date: 20th May 2017.
We have reached 300 entries, the race is now full.
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Ras y Gader, the Cader Idris mountain race, is one of the toughest fell races in Wales, and viewed by many as one of the classic "must do" races in the calendar.
The event starts and finishes in the market town of Dolgellau, at sea level, and climbs almost 3000ft to the summit of Pen y Gader itself. One of the real challenges of the race is the constantly changing terrain, switching from steep metalled roads to flat tracks behind Gwernan lake, pitched steps up the Pony Path, and picking your way among the boulder fields on the final ascent........and then you've got to do it all in reverse! the key to success is avoiding cramp with the changing surfaces and gradients on the way back to town.
The atmosphere at the finish line, for those who successfully complete the course, with cheering crowds will long remain in the memory.
A series of junior races are run throughout the day on minor roads closed to traffic.
- A Fun Run starts at 11:30am
- U/12 (c.2km) race starts at 13:10
- U/14 (c.3km) and U/16 (c.4km) races at 13:35.
- U/18 (c.10km) race, which follows the lower part of the main race commences with the main field at 13:00hrs.
Finishers medals are awarded to all junior race entrants.
Entry for all of the junior races is on the day only.
2016 Race Report 21/05/2016
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.