PH Racing Club coach Ben Hukins was in action at the Skyrunning V3K Ultra in Snowdonia, Wales on Saturday. Ben was pleased to finish in 5th place in a time of 9.10.56 in what he described as his longest ever run in duration and the toughest in terrain/technicality.
The V3K is a grueling race with high ridges, technically difficult sections and very limited support. Entrants are required to be excellent navigators even in clag which this part of Snowdonia is susceptible to; be vegan for the day at least; and be extremely experienced fell runners. The race takes in all 15 Welsh mountains over 3000ft in three sections – Snowdon massive, Glyderau and Carneddau – covering a total distance of 55km and 4500m total ascent.
Starting at Nant Gwynant as the sun rises the runners first scale Snowdon before going on to climb Crib y Ddysgl and Crib Goch ridge. They continue down to Nant Peris for a breather before they head up the torturous Elidir Fawr, and on to Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach then down the scree and up Tryfan. They then head back down to Ogwen Valley and their last breather before heading up the wonderful Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn, Yr Elen, Foel Grach, Foel-fras and Garnedd Gwenllian.