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).
Most climbing companies get their clients to 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.

Date
Record Attempts
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, Chris Brasher and friends
Seven Hours 24 minutes
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
Blaen Nant
9.33
14.27
Nant Peris
14.54
29.23
Elidir Fawr
7.32
36.50
Y Garn
36.10
1Hr 13.00 Mins
Glyder Fawr
22.00
1 35.00
Glyder Fach
19.00
1 54.00
Tryfan
9.18
2 03.18
Ogwen
16.42
2 20.00
Pen Yr Ole Wen
13.00
2 33.00
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
Blaen Nant
13.38
19.03
Nant Peris
35.13
54.16
Elidir Fawr
41.20
1Hr 35.36 Mins
Y Garn
36.10
1Hr 13.00 Mins
Glyder Fawr
26.58
2 02.34
Glyder Fach
23.11
2 25.45
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