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Race day: Saturday May 22nd 2021.

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 2021 race here:


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.

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

Race cancelled for 2020.

It is with heavy hearts that the race committee have to announce the cancellation of the 30th anniversary Ras y Gader on 16th May 2020.The current situation with the Corona Virus seems unlikely to have significantly improved in the next 8 weeks and the recommendations from our insurers, the WFRA, are that large races should not go ahead. We realise that this will leave all competitors deeply disappointed and the effects on local businesses who benefit from your attendance in the town will be deeply felt, we can reassure you that this is not a decision we have taken lightly.

We have decided to offer all current entrants a transfer of their race place to next years event to be held on Saturday May 22nd 2021. The race sold out in 40 minutes this year so we hope you find a guaranteed entry for next year acceptable – you can always transfer your place to a fellow runner anytime between now and next years event through the normal TDL system if your circumstances change.

For those of you who can’t make this date we will offer a refund of the £16 race entry (though not unfortunately the admin fee already paid to TDL). We are all volunteers organising the event so it may take a few weeks to fully reimburse those that require it – please email me in the first instance quoting your order reference number, your full name and bank account details to organise a bank transfer, full instructions, including your order reference number are on their way via email from TDL to all competitors. If you could let me know if you require a refund by Saturday May 16th 2020. If we haven’t heard from you by this date we will assume that you are happy with a place in the 2021 event.

On a personal note it seems a sad irony that the first Cader race I organised in 2001 had to be cancelled due to foot and mouth, and now 20 years later I have to cancel my last race as organiser – a certain sad symmetry but many grand races in between! All the best, and again, many apologies. Let’s hope we all get through this unscathed and we can look forward to many more years of racing in the mountains

Many thanks
Graeme Stringer,
Ras y Gader Race Organiser, 20/3/2020