Welsh 1000m Peaks Race/Ras Copaon 1000m Cymru

Ras Copaon 1000m Cymru/Welsh 1000m Peaks Race

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Race history

Mountain athletes have, for decades, informally competed against each other whilst endeavouring to do the 15 three thousand foot mountains in Snowdonia.  A more formal challenge, from Snowdon to Foel Fras, was devised by Dai Rowlands for the TA in the 1950s. This soon became an Army race, later to be joined by the RAF and civilian mountain rescue teams.

In the late 1960’s, Ron James, the warden of Ogwen Cottage Outdoor Pursuits Centre, along with Dr Ieuan Jones, proposed a new race open to all, starting at sea level at Aber and going via all 1000 metre summits to finish on the top of Snowdon.  In 1970 a trial race took place, with 60 invited competitors. The first race proper took place in 1971.

The Army continued to be directly involved with the race until the 1990s, when Harvey Lloyd, with the support of the Gorphwysfa Club, took over full organisation, with help from friends and other clubs.

The Welsh 1000m Peaks Race is held in accordance with the rules and safety requirements of UK Athletics and Welsh Fell Runners Association (www.wfra.org.uk) and operates a safety policy.  

The Gorphwysfa Club is a small club. A demanding fell race like this requires a large number of marshals. If you know people, friends, relatives or colleagues who would be willing to volunteer and have a great day out in the hills please contact Harvey Lloyd harveyrichlloyd@gmail.com