The UK’s Skyrunner National Series kicks off this weekend with the V3K! Now in its 6th year, the race has grown is stature and maturity, for many, the route through the iconic welsh 3000’s with the infamous Crib Goch makes it the ultimate day in the mountains.
The races starts at Nant Gwynant, what follows is multiple peaks at 3000 feet, 15-peaks in total. summiting Snowdon, the iconic Crib Goch follows with its exposed knife edge arête that personifies running in the sky! The final section takes in 7 of the Carneddau, then Carnedd Gwenellian precludes Bangor before the finish.
200 runners are registered for the challenge and it shows the growth not only of the V3K but also the growth of Skyrunning in the UK. The races offer a unique challenge and it’s not a challenge that anyone can undertake. The V3K has strict vetting procedure to ensure that those who toe the line stand a good chance of finishing.
Sarah Ridgway heads up the ladies’ race along with Tracy Dean. Last year’s first and second placed men, Michael Jones and Bjorn Verduijn and not running this year and therefor Oli Johnson may well be the pre-race favourite. Third placed male in 2016Mark Davies, is on the start list and will be looking to place 2nd or 1st!
It will be possible to follow the race live this year, so, if you love dot watching, please check the Open Tracking website HERE.
Registration take place on Friday June 23rd and racing begins Saturday 24th at 0500 – 55km and 4000m of vertical ascent provides a stunning start to the 2017 season.
More information is available on the race website HERE.