Snowdon International Mountain Race (10miles/3200’)

A week after the Brecon races the Cambridge Harriers fell road show moved north to Snowdonia for this classic race up and down Snowdon with international class runners from England, Wales, Scotland, Italy and a few other countries. This year Christian Poulton, Tarbo Fukuzawa, Alan Black and Ian Marshall made up the Cambridge team.

The weather all day was cloudy, mild but with clag more or less down to near ground level. The people of Llanberis certainly make a great effort with a carnival like atmosphere. Six hundred runners toed the start line in the small park next to lake Padarn at the earlier time this year of midday. Once away there was a mile or more of tarmac to stretch the field, a very steep last half mile or so led onto the mountain track which all the way was rocky and wet. The many walkers on the path gave good support to the runners. The gradient although relentless is runnable, just before halfway I came across an amazing sight as I caught up with a man running in bare feet, this was quite staggering as the route is all rock with some sharp protruding bits of slate. Past the halfway station now and expecting the leaders any time, the first through was an Italian closely followed by a couple of England vests.

Once you pass under the railway bridge at Clogwyn a sharp right turn and you are on the steepest part but now nearing the summit, the wind was now very strong and rain added to the mix. The summit trig point was shrouded in mist and walkers, we were kept just below the summit to cross the timing mats and start the great 5 mile run down the mountain, really stretching the legs out but watching those wet rocks. Finally out of the mist and with quads complaining hurtle down the steep tarmac road turn left then right into the finish field.

England won the team prize with 3 in the first 4. Scotland won the women’s team prize. Davide Magnini of Italy and Scotland’s Annie Conway emerged victorious in the men’s and women’s events.




Christian Poulton


Clem Dixon


Alan Black


Ian Marshall