Adventure racers tackle 200 miles of mountain running through Wales

Adventure racers tackle 200 miles of mountain running through Wales

Runners from the UK and around the world are currently tackling one of the toughest races on the planet.  Early on Monday morning, 140 competitors set out on the 2015 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race from Conwy Castle in north Wales.  Over five days, they are attempting to complete almost 200 miles of running, including 10 miles of ascent (nearly twice the height of Everest), as they make their way south along the spine of Wales.

The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race has only been held twice before, in 1992 and in 2012.  In 2012, only 32 runners out of 82 starters managed to complete the full course and the reputation of the event as one of the world’s hardest mountain races was confirmed.

The 2015 race has attracted a strong field of 140 runners from Britain and around the planet.  After wind, rain and hot sun on day one, the event had already take its toll and seven had fallen by the wayside. The rest will face their longest days of running in the middle of the week, aiming to finish by climbing the iconic steps into Carreg Cennen Castle on Friday afternoon.

With live GPS tracking and regular video updates each day, this year’s event has already become a big hit online and is proving to be compelling viewing.

The public can follow live tracking throughout the race at, and keep an eye on Twitter for updates from @DragonsBackRace and @TheRealBerghaus, using #DragonsBackRace.

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