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The Welsh 3000's History

The Welsh 3000's is a route of 26 miles from the top of Snowdon to Foel Fras, including some 13,000ft of ascent and fourteen summits (fifteen if Garnedd Uchaf is counted).
High Trek complete the challenge over three days, taking around 8-9 hours for the Glyderau and Carneddau and 6-7 hrs for the Snowdon group. This provides three good days mountain walking.
To complete the route within 24 hours walking requires an early start and lots of stamina. Nobody knows who first completed the route, probably one of the early Victorian mountaineers who were prodigious walkers. The following table describes the recent history of running the challenge.

Record Attempts

Date Time
Spring 1938 Thomas Firbank along with companions including his then wife Esme Kirby ( a fascinating account of this record attempt is given in his book I Bought a Mountain) Eight Hours 25 minutes
1950's John Disley Seven Hours 24 minutes
Chris Brasher and friends Six Hours
1960's Eric Beard Five Hours 13 minutes
June 1973 Joss Naylor the famous fell running shepherd of Wasdale Four Hours 46 minutes
1988 Colin Donnelly, local Eryri Harrier Four Hours 19 minutes
1989 Angela Carson broke womens record Five Hours 28 minutes

Colin Donnelly's Record Run- 11th June 1988

Peak Split Time  Time from Start
Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon    
Carnedd Ugain 4.56 Mins 4.56 Mins
Crib Goch 9.33 14.27
Blaen Nant 14.54 29.23
Nant Peris 7.32 36.50
Elidir Fawr 36.10 1Hr 13.00 Mins
Y Garn 22.00 1     35.00
Glyder Fawr 19.00 1     54.00
Glyder Fach 9.18 2     03.18
Tryfan 16.42 2     20.00
Ogwen 13.00 2     33.00
Pen Yr Ole Wen 38.00 3     11.00
Carnedd Dafydd 11.00 3     22.00
Yr Elen 20.00 3     42.00
Carnedd Llewelyn 12.00 3     54.00
Foel Grach 10.40 4     04.40
Carnedd Uchaf 6.04 4     10.44
Foel Fras 9.12 4     19.56
 

Angela Carson's Record Run- 5th August 1989

Peak Split Time  Time from Start
Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon    
Carnedd Ugain 5.25 Mins 5.25 Mins
Crib Goch 13.38 19.03
Nant Peris 35.13 54.16
Elidir Fawr 41.20 1Hr 35.36 Mins
Y Garn 26.58 2     02.34
Glyder Fawr 23.11 2     25.45
Glyder Fach 10.26 2     36.11
Tryfan 24.19 3     00.30
Ogwen 23.42 3     24.12
Pen Yr Ole Wen 38.50 4     03.02
Carnedd Dafydd 20.2 4     23.22
Yr Elen 23.55 4     47.17
Carnedd Llewelyn 13.03 5     00.20
Foel Grach 12.48 5     13.08
Carnedd Uchaf 6.23 5     19.31
Foel Fras 9.10 5     28.41
  Further recommended reading:

The Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenges
by Roy Clayton and Ronald Turnbull 
ISBN 0 9515996-6-6  

An excellent book for anyone contemplating the Welsh 3000's. Covers history, route description, timings for running and walking. Also details of the Paddy Buckley round and the Dragons Back race.
  See the High Trek Library for more books

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