The Snowdon Mountain Race
The Ras yr Wyddfa or Snowdon Mountain Race in North Wales is one of the top events in the mountain racing calendar. Considered by some to be one of the hardest mountain races in Europe.
Despite some of the worst weather conditions on the highest mountain peak in England and Wales for a number of years, the 2016 41st Elim Peugeot International Snowdon Race / Ras Rynglwadol yr Wyddfa produced a race filled with drama.
Once again the North Wales community came out in style as hundreds lined the streets to see off the 650 runners as they headed up the mountain in thick mist and rain. The day had started with the now traditional Snowdon Super Cup / Cwpan yr Wyddfa – this its fourth year. Starting at 10.30am and featuring some of UK’s top mountain running talent in both the men’s and women’s races the Super Cup is a simple format – from the race field to the summit and the Hafod Eryri cafe, as fast as possible.
The men’s and women’s race was ruled by Nicholls and Mercer both maintaining their dominance to the finish line in thick mist and rain. Nicholls’ time of 42:40 almost a minute quicker than his winning time of 2015. In the women’s race Mercer was a clear winner, in 52:25.
The Aerialworx experience of filming up in the mountains in extreme conditions for outside broadcasts proved to be invaluable. We provided extraordinary drone filming of this year’s race, despite the very inclement conditions, for S4C.
Presented by experienced sports broadcaster Gareth Roberts and runner Lowri Morgan. The hour long TV production combined the extreme mountain running with the personal stories of those who took part. This year’s race took place in extreme weather conditions with wind and rain each bringing challenges for runners and crew alike. Another challenge is the quick turnaround nature of the production, filming one day, broadcast the next.