The weekend of 29-30 July saw a record number of competitors descend on the national mountain sports centre at Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig in North Wales to take on what is ‘quite possibly the toughest standard and half iron distance race in the country’ – the Snowman Triathlon.
Over 600 competitors took part in the event. The pinnacle of the Snowman weekend – the Legend – features a 91km cycle route through the heart of Snowdonia National Park and includes many of its infamous climbs, the largest among them being the Crimea and Pen y Pass. The run route for the Full and Legend races culminates in a mighty ‘run’ up nearby Moel Siabod – a 2,981 foot peak that casts a shadow over the Snowman finish line below.
Kicking off proceedings on Saturday morning was the Snowman Sprint Triathlon. This closely fought race consisted of a 400 metre swim in Llyn Mymbyr, a 30km cycle through the picturesque Welsh towns of Llanrwst and Betws y Coed and is rounded off by a tough 5km run along a trail route, which skirts the base of Tryfan before heading back to the finish line at Plas y Brenin.
A children’s Aquathlon took place immediately after the sprint race and was open to children between the ages of 8 and 16 – made up of numerous distances of the swim and run routes. Over 50 children took part with the organising teamat Always Aim High Events noting some ‘extremely impressive swim times being posted – definitely ones to watch for the future!’
Saturday evening also saw a first for the Snowman Triathlon – a dedicated open water swim race in Llyn Mymbyr; the swim was separated into two distances, one mile and half mile.
Sunday’s action involved two of the longer distance events; the Snowman Full and Legend 71.6. Kicking off at 07:00 GMT the Legend is the ‘half iron’ distance of the Snowman, with one finisher labelling it ‘as hard as a full iron’ and another ‘the hardest triathlon race currently available in the UK’.
Also taking place on the Sunday was the culmination of the weekend-long Snowman Savage, which saw a select few compete in both the Sprint on Saturday and Sunday’s Full race.
A spokesperson for Always Aim High, organiser of the Snowman Triathlon said “This year saw a record number of triathletes attend the stunning and brutal Snowman Triathlon at the home of the outdoors at Plas y Brenin – race two of our Adventure Triathlon Series.
“The Legend and Full races in particular went down incredibly well with competitors, with countless finishers labelling it as the toughest physical challenge they’ve ever encountered. And one individual calling it ‘harder than a full iron race, and by far the hardest multi-sport event currently available in the UK.
“We’d like to thank our race sponsors for supporting this race; Plas y Brenin for being so accommodating in helping us organise the Snowman; and all the marshals, spectators and supporters who came along and made the event what it was – we can’t wait to welcome you all back in 2018.”
The SUUNTO Adventure Triathlon Series will conclude at the Sandman Triathlon, which takes place on 16-17 September. Limited entries for this event are still available.