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Race day: Saturday 21st May 2022.

The race is sold out but for those of you who have a place but can no longer participated you can find details of how to transfer you place for the 2022 race here:

Note: We appologise, but due to situation beyond our control we will not be able to provide Refreshments as origionally advertised for after the race. In addition there will not be any Junior Races. However, we have managed to retain the advertised Fun run and the Under 18 race.

Ras y Gader, the Cader Idris mountain race, one of the toughest fell races in Wales, and viewed by many as a classic "must do" race in the calendar.

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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.

2020 sponsors of the Main race: Robinsons Brewery, Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau

Main race sponsors

2020 sponsors of the Junior race: JGS Electricals.

Race cancelled for 2021.

Committee meeting 15th February, 2021.

The race committee met again tonight and with huge disappointment we have decided to abandon the race in 2021.

Although we are seeing a rapid improvement in infections, and immunisations are going very well, we judge the governments will not have eased lockdowns to such a level as to allow a normal race even by late May. We have considered a number of ways to manage the covid risks to enable a race, should it be allowed by the welsh government and licensed by the WFRA. These would involve many, quite complex changes which would detract from the character of the race.

We would hate to increase risks to the townsfolk, our marshals or indeed you, our runners. We appreciate this is the second cancellation. We were very touched last year by how many of you declined a refund and accepted a place in this years race. Entrants will shortly receive an email once again offering a refund or a deferment to 2022. Please wait that then follow the instructions it will contain. Many thanks for your understanding. Keep safe, keep training. Nich Bradley

AGM October 2020.

The race committee recently held our AGM so I thought I would update you all on where we are up to.

Last year’s race was abandoned and we offered everyone a refund or a place in the 2021 race. Almost everyone chose to transfer their entry - no doubt still traumatised by the wee hiccup when the entries went live last year! Effectively this means the 2021 race is full (because of the “hiccup” we had to allow a few extras last year). If you haven’t already got one the only way to get a place will be by transfer from someone who can no longer make it. The usual transfer system is in operation. Race date is Saturday 22 May and be assured we are navigating towards that day, let’s hope vaccination solves all our problems before then. Keep an eye on our FaceBook page for updates.

Graeme Stringer, race organiser for the last 20 years, has handed in his clipboard though is still a much valued member of the committee and no doubt will be about on the day. The committee and race owe him a huge vote of thanks for the way he has steered the race to its current standard, and for not losing anyone (for long!) on the way. His replacement is Meirionnydd RC Chair Dylan Evans who has com-pleted the race himself on many occasions, I’m sure he will be familiar to many and will be to all very soon!

On a sad note I have to tell you of the death of Andrew Watt, who was treasurer of the race for 25 years. Andrew was a paramedic and part of the original team from the Dolgellau ambulance station who were instrumental in setting up the race. He really loved the event and was always keen to keep it well integrated with the town, especially with the youngsters. As well as keeping us solvent Andrew did much of the back room work. He always enjoyed the buzz of race day, the setting up in the Square and selling his T-shirts. Since his illness a common answer at meetings to how we do some-thing was “Dunno, Andrew always sorted it”! Despite his workload he will more be remembered for his infectious enthusiasm for the race, his unflappability and his good humour. We miss him. RIP.
Nich Bradley.

Andrew watt