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V3K joins the Skyrunner® Series UK

by Press Release
Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Tags  Skyrunning UK   |   Skyrunner National Series   |   V3K   |   Welsh 3000s   |   Welsh Vegan 3000s

Race news: The next race in the new Skyrunning UK ‘Skyrunner® National Series’ has been announced: The V3K Ultra - Saturday, June 28, 2014

The V3K Ultra - Saturday, June 28, 2014

Photos © V3k

It’s no easy task… 15-peaks all over 900m (3000ft) in 55-km’s. This is the challenge that awaits those who are brave enough to join the journey of the Welsh 3000’s in the V3K Ultra; the new addition to the Skyrunning UK calendar and the Skyrunner® Series UK.

V3K Ultra
Race date: June 28, 2014
Distance: 55km
Elevation: 4000m +/-
Race venue: Nant Gwynant
Race website

Skyrunning UK embraces tough and technical challenges; the V3K with over 4000m’s of vertical gain is exactly what a Skyrunning race in the UK should be. Where earth meets sky is our ethos and the Welsh 3000’s will provide this in abundance.

Kirsch Bowker, RD for the V3K explains, “It’s an incredible and exciting opportunity. I have followed Skyrunning for the last couple of years. The launch of the Skyrunner® Series UK is a significant moment and to be involved right from the start is quite incredible for us.”

This range of mountains provides an absolute classic point-to-point race, starting with Snowdon and finishing with Foel Fras, arguably the toughest section will be Crib Goch. The route will involve scrambling, hand-on-knees climbing and it certainly isn’t a route for those who may be scared of heights.

“The route has been my life, I have covered this route time and time again. I adore it,” said Bowker “The idea for the race has been a long-term project. I undertook this with two friends; unfortunately one of those friends has now passed away so this race is a tribute. I know the mountains personally.”

The V3K Ultra - Saturday, June 28, 2014

Photos © V3k

Iain Ridgeway, an experienced International mountain fell and ultra runner had this to say, “Superb, it’s about time the Welsh 3000’s received some serious attention, this will generate more interest in a challenge to Colin Donnelly’s record (set in 1998), which is up there with the Bob Graham as one of the all time great UK mountain records. The route has it all from fast running to really technical rough terrain. It must rank as some of the most technical terrain covered by a UK mountain race.”

“The hardest section is down Crib y Ddysgl and then the ascent of Crib Goch and traverse of its pinnacles. That’s followed by almost 2500ft descent to Nant Peris and soon after a 3000ft ascent of Elidir which is a long drag,” Iain says with an obvious excitement about the route “later on you have a steep unrelenting 2000ft descent of Tryfan followed by an immediate re-ascent of 2000ft Pen Yr Ole Wen and then fast running over the Carneddau, so those who cope with those and have good legs from then on will do well.”

The V3K is unique as a UK route because of its successive 2-3000ft ascents and descents (plus many smaller ones). It is going to test each and every participant.

Enter the V3K Ultra HERE

The V3K Ultra - Saturday, June 28, 2014

Photos © V3k

You can find out more and enter the V3K Ultra here

Find out more about Skyrunning UK here: skyrunninguk.com or join them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SkyrunningUk and Twitter: @skyrunninguk

Find out more about the International Skyrunning Federation here: www.skyrunning.com


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