The Dragon’s Back Race 2012
Come Monday 3rd September 2012 I will embark on the hardest race I have ever entered. I willingly admit to feeling rather overwhelmed and under prepared at the moment but, hey ho and all that jazz, I do like a challenge.
So just what is this race that already has some butterflies fluttering by in my belly? The Dragon’s Back Race is the answer. For those who may be unaware of this infamous race here is a little background information.
The race has only ever been held once before; back in September 1992. September 2012 sees the 20th anniversary of that race, and just like the catwalks are featuring fashion from the 90′s, it was decided that the time was right to reprise the Dragon’s Back Race. Starting at Conwy Castle, the route follows the mountainous spine of Wales, 5 days, around 200 miles and 45,000 feet of ascent before the finish at Carreg Cennan Castle. Runners must navigate their way through the route and will spend each night camping.
Sound fun? Yeah, I thought so too. What appeals to me is the mix of skills needed to accomplish such a challenge; fitness for sure, but also sound navigational skills, hill toughness, endurance and a good dose of being able to suffer a bit whilst taking optimum constant care of yourself – both physically and mentally.
It’s going to be a toughie, no doubt ’bout that. I’ll be writing regular reports on my training and preparation and look forward to receiving any suggestions, comments, advice and words of wisdom you may have to offer.
To give you an insight in to the race here is a classic piece of footage from the 1992 event.
Visit the Dragon’s Back Race Website for more information on the event and its history.