XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon, Ultra, Half Marathon & 10k XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon, Ultra, Half Marathon & 10k XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon, Ultra, Half Marathon & 10k XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon, Ultra, Half Marathon & 10k

XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon, Ultra, Half Marathon & 10k

Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Llanberis, United Kingdom

Sun 9th July 2023

Starting at 06:30

4 races

£32.99 - £89.99

Organiser's Description

Welcome to the XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon 2022, a stunning Trail Marathon, Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k, starting and finishing in Wales' outdoor capital, Llanberis. Entering the XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon is your ticket to compete in one of the UK's most challenging trail races.

The incredible routes explore the trails, gorgeous panoramic views and tough climbs that make Snowdonia National Park such a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Visiting Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, Pen y Pass and Snowdon, there surely can't be a more striking trail marathon route in the UK!

The Ultra Marathon and Marathon have also been recognised as UTMB indexed races. The Ultra will earn finishers 3 ITRA points and the Marathon 2 ITRA points.

Races

  • 10 Km

    £32.99

  • Half Marathon

    £43.99

  • Marathon

    £54.99

  • Ultra

    £89.99

Book

  • 10 Km

    £32.99

  • Half Marathon

    £43.99

  • Marathon

    £54.99

  • Ultra

    £89.99

What's Included

LIVELY EVENT VILLAGE
Music, commentary, shopping, food, secure bag drop and toilets

FAMILY FRIENDLY VIBES
Family finishes and plenty to see and do

ON COURSE SUPPORT
Friendly marshals, signage, energy stations and support vehicles

UNIQUE FINISHER MEMENTOS!
Beautifully designed to reflect our event locations and local history.

SPECTACULAR SCENERY
Unbeatable views across Snowdonia

PROFESSIONAL TIMING
Chip timing, live tracker and online results

  • UTMB Indexed Race
  • Professional Mountain Leader Support on Course
  • HIGH5 Feed Stations
  • Locally Sourced Sustainable Mementos

How to Get There

Llanberis, North Wales has superb transport links and is incredible easy to find. Use the postcode LL55 4UR to locate the event village.

TRAIN
Direct services (including Virgin Trains from London to Bangor) take you to the popular North Wales coastal destinations from most parts of Britain. Make inland connections via the Conwy Valley Line which runs through the Snowdonia National Park to Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Services from the Midlands through Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the Cambrian Line.

The closest station to Llanberis is Bangor, which is just under 10 miles away. A taxi from here will cost approximately £20 The number 85 bus or the Sherpa S2 bus will take you from the station and cost between £3-£5. It is possible to cycle.

National Rail
03457 48 49 50

Transport For Wales
0333 3211 202

CAR
There’s quick, straightforward access from the North West along the M56 and A55. Motorway links with the Midlands are good too, and the same roads – the M6, M5 and M1 – also bring Snowdonia within easy reach of the South of England.

SEA
Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate regular and high-speed services to Holyhead from Dublin.

Irish Ferries
08717 300 400

Stena Line
08447 707 070

AIR
Transfers from the international gateways of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham take less than two hours.

Manchester Airport
08712 710711

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
08715 218484

Birmingham Airport
0871 2220072
WHERE TO STAY

Llanberis and the surrounding areas offer a wide range of hotels, bed and breakfast, campsites and hostels.

We recommend the Royal Victoria Hotel which is a large hotel located in Llanberis and within easy walking distance of all the race action.

Also in Llanberis is the gorgeous Padarn Hotel. the hotel is situated 100m from Lake Padarn and a 5-minute walk from the event start line.

You can find out more recommendations for places to eat and drink around the area on our Responsible Travel page.

Click on the links below to find details of additional accommodation available in and around Llanberis. Sleeping in vans or cars overnight is not allowed in Llanberis car parks.

Llanberis Information

Wales Directory

Visit Snowdonia

Air BnB

Campsites

YHA

Please book your accommodation early as all hotels will be booked well in advance of the race weekend.

Please mention the Snowdonia Trail Marathon when booking your stay.

Course Details

Probably the biggest trail marathon in the UK, the Snowdonia Trail Marathon events are a challenge in every sense of the word. With up to 1,685 metres of ascent, varying miles of iconic and spectacular trails, these epic races all involve Wales' highest peak - Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). Visiting Welsh villages, woodland, mountain terrain and historic slate works; there surely can't be a more striking trail race event in the UK!

registration

If you opted for a postal entry there is no need to register in person before the event. Your Final Instructions will be printed on the back of your bib, and they will also be available on the website 10 days prior to the race.

If your bib is not being posted you will need to collect it from registration. Registration will take place on Saturday afternoon and before the race on Sunday morning. We will confirm specific times in your Final Instructions.

Registration is usually located on the event field in Llanberis situated next to the Community Centre - LL55 4UR

*Dates and timings subject to change.

**Location subject to change.

10K

ROUTE
This beautiful 10k has something for all runners. The first 5.5k has a mixture of road, track and trail and takes in the beautiful lower slopes of Snowdon. It then passes across the valley dipping into the beautiful woodlands around Dolbadarn Castle before taking on the gruelling Zig Zags that take you to the top of Vivian Quarry. Once here it's down hill on stunning forest trails all the way to the finish line.

AGE
You must be at least 17 years old to take part in this race.

START
The 10k usually starts at 09:30 though this is subject to change. The race start time will be confirmed in your Final Instructions which are available to view on the website 10 days prior to the race.

FEED STATIONS
Water and High 5 energy drink and gels will be available at 2 miles/3.2km and 4 miles/ 6.4km

PRIZES
We hold a prize giving ceremony after the racing, approximate timings will be detailed in the Final Instructions however it is a good idea to listen out for information on any updates that come in over the tannoy. Sometimes the ceremony may be delayed and we wouldn't want you to miss out. We don't send out prizes after the event, so make sure you attend the ceremony and receive your big Welsh cheer!

Prize Categories for the Snowdonia Trail 10k are (for both men and women)

Open: Top 5*

V40: Top 3

V50: Top 2

V60: 1st runner

V70: 1st runner

All prizes must be collected on the day.

* If any runner places in Open and Vet then a drop down system will occur.

half marathon

ROUTE
This is one tough Half Marathon with over 1192m of ascent most of which is up Wales’ highest peak. The hills start almost immediately as you climb up through Llanberis and then Maesgwm, also known as Telegraph Valley. Turning left onto the Snowdon Ranger Path you have a further steep climb up before crossing the railway, reaching the Finger Stone and starting your descent down the Llanberis Path. The views are incredible all the way to Anglesey, but don’t get complacent you haven’t finished yet. Once back down at the road in Llanberis you are diverted through the woods past Dolbadarn Castle with the sting in the tail being the final climb up the infamous Zig Zag path and into the quarries. Reaching the top of Vivian Quarry you’ll be able to see the event village and the finish line down below and better yet, its pretty much all down hill to the finish from here.

AGE
You must be at least 17 years old to take part in this race.

START
The Half Marathon usually starts at 09:00 though this is subject to change. The race start time will be confirmed in your Final Instructions which are available to view on the website 10 days prior to the race.

CUT OFF
In the interest of athlete safety and the safety of our volunteers on the course, there will be strict cut-off times in place.

Cut-off: 14:30 - Mile 11 - Zig Zags roundabout feed station

FEED STATIONS

Water and High 5 energy drink and gels will be available at 2 and 11 miles.

There will be an emergency water station at mile 7 (Clogwyn Station).
There will be limited supply here so please only take water if absolutely necessary. We are unable to re-fill water containers at this point.

PRIZES
We hold a prize giving ceremony after the racing, approximate timings will be detailed in the Final Instructions however it is a good idea to listen out for information on any updates that come in over the tannoy. Sometimes the ceremony may be delayed and we wouldn't want you to miss out. We don't send out prizes after the event, so make sure you attend the ceremony and receive your big Welsh cheer!

Prize Categories for the Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon are (for both men and women)

Open: Top 5*

V40: Top 3

V50: Top 2

V60: 1st runner

V70: 1st runner

All prizes must be collected on the day.

* If any runner places in Open and Vet then a drop down system will occur.

COMPULSORY KIT
All competitors must carry the compulsory kit listed below. This kit is for your safety due to the often unpredictable and quickly changing mountain conditions and isolated nature of the route.

Spot checks will be in place and anybody found without the required kit will not be allowed to race.

Wind proof full body cover - windproof jacket windproof trousers with full lengths arms and legs
Suitable off road running shoes - fell/trail shoes
Hat and gloves (head and hand cover)
Whistle
Emergency food
Bumbag/race vest
Foil blanket
Spare water
Suntan lotion
ADDITIONAL / ADVISORY KIT:

GPS device (watch with route downloaded)
Mobile telephone
Extra long sleeved warm layer
Compass & map (If you know how to use them)
Poles (we permit people to use poles)

marathon

ROUTE
Probably the biggest trail marathon in the UK, the Snowdonia Trail Marathon is a challenge in every sense of the word. Ascending 1,685 metres over 27 miles of iconic and spectacular trails, this epic race will circumnavigate and eventually climb Wales' highest peak - Snowdon. The incredible route explores the trails, gorgeous panoramic views and tough climbs that make Snowdonia National Park such a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Visiting Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, Pen y Pass and Snowdon (via the PyG Track to the Finger Stone) to then descend to the Finish Line via the Llanberis Path, there surely can't be a more striking trail marathon route in the UK!

AGE
You must be at least 18 years old to take part in this race.

START
The Marathon usually starts at 08:30 though this is subject to change. The race start time will be confirmed in your Final Instructions which are available to view on the website 10 days prior to the race.

CUT OFF
There will be staged cut-offs across the race to ensure the safety and well-being of volunteers and competitors.

11:20 - Mile 11.5 - Cut off at Beddgelert (average 4mph)

14:00 - Mile 19.6 - Cut off at Pen y Pass (average 2.3mph)

18:00 - Mile 27.4 - Finish line cut off (average 1.95mph)

FEED STATIONS
There are 5 aid stations on the Marathon route, plus an emergency water station.

Water and High 5 energy drink and gels will be available at 2, 6, 11, 15 and 19 miles.

At 11 miles (Beddgelert) and 19 miles (Pen y Pass), there will also be fruit, crisps and sweets.

There will be an emergency water station at mile 23 (Clogwyn Station). Due to the difficulty of supplying water containers high on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), there will be limited supply here. Please ensure that you have filled your water bottles at the Pen y Pass aid station, and only take water at this station if absolutely necessary. We are unable to re-fill water containers at this point.

PRIZES
We hold a prize giving ceremony after the racing, approximate timings will be detailed in the Final Instructions however it is a good idea to listen out for any updates that come in over the tannoy. Sometimes the ceremony may be delayed and we wouldn't want you to miss out. We don't send out prizes after the event, so make sure you attend the ceremony and receive your big Welsh cheer!

Prize Categories for the Snowdonia Trail Marathon are (for both men and women)

Open: Top 5*

V40: Top 3

V50: Top 2

V60: 1st runner

V70: 1st runner

All prizes must be collected on the day.

* If any runner places in Open and Vet then a drop down system will occur.

COMPULSORY KIT
All competitors must carry the compulsory kit listed below. This kit is for your safety due to the often unpredictable and quickly changing mountain conditions and isolated nature of the route.

Spot checks will be in place and anybody found without the required kit will not be allowed to race.

Wind proof full body cover - windproof jacket windproof trousers with full lengths arms and legs
Suitable off road running shoes - fell/trail shoes
Hat and Gloves (head and hand cover)
Whistle
Emergency food
Bumbag/race vest
Foil blanket
Spare water
Suntan lotion
ADDITIONAL / ADVISORY KIT:

GPS device (watch with route downloaded)
Mobile telephone
Extra long sleeved warm layer
Compass & map (If you know how to use them)
Poles (we permit people to use poles)

Reviews

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4.7

2 reviews

HO
Hugh

·4 months ago

Well organised race, with brilliant on the ball staff and great atmosphere. The Ultra had a good array of textures and terrain on track and trail, with some technical and wet patches, but still accessible to novice distance runners. Looking forward to returning next year.
Michael

·4 months ago

Awesome event, the atmosphere on both days was fantastic, staff were friendly and helpful as were the other runners. The scenery was breathtaking and the route itself was cheeky yet really good going. I will 100% be doing this again!!!

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