Peris Horseshoe Sept 2013- Race report by Chris Baynham-Hughes

The Peris Horseshoe – Taking on the best of the best!

Let us make no bones about it, the Peris horseshoe is a beast. 2600m (8500ft) of climb is squeezed into a mere 29KM (17.5 miles) and six splendid peaks: Elidir Fawr, Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Lliwedd, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and Moel Cynghorion. Full details and .GPX files can be found here: http://home.fellrunningroutes.org.uk/routes-information/PerisHorseshoe

Those looking for a stern challenge can take on the half Peris which starts in Llanberris and after a short flat race to the quarry entrance it is up, up, up to Elidir Fawr, a short descent and fantastic run-able track around to the short climb to Y Garn, then another relatively short descent takes you to the base of Glyder Fawr. Summit there and the red spot path is all that stands between you and the finish at Pen-y-Pass. Those looking for a challenge at the extreme end of the fell racing scale can attempt the full horseshoe; it is truly epic, but it is certainly not something to take lightly.

In many respects the course is insanity, but it is also simply stunning and on the right day provides more visual treats per mile than any other race I know of. Baring a few relatively minor mishaps, the race went well, to plan and I finished absolutely knackered and elated. 4 Hours, 20 minutes and 2 seconds officially (oh those two seconds). My target estimate had been sub 5 hours so a very good day out for me.

It was a huge shame that Adair had to pull out of the full and Jayne from the Half Peris; but a wise decision made as you can’t stand the start line of this race with any doubts. My only regret on the day is not getting to see the elite boys in full flight (the race was won by Rob Jebb in 3:12:29!!!) but to do that I would not have been able to race so on balance there are no regrets!

I’ll certainly be back next year! Full blog here: www.baynham-hughes.com/Blog/?p=855

CBH

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