RAS Y GADER
CADER IDRIS MOUNTAIN RACE

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Entry to 2017 race opens in January.
Date of next race saturday 20th May 2017.

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.

Junior Races
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 Winner.

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

2016 First Woman.

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

1996 Record

Five times winner of Ras y Gader Colin Donnelly from Eryri harriers set the record in 1996, which still stands at 1:21:18.

Latest Results.

All results are: here.