The Siabod Challenge

If you managed to stay with my Reach Out for Nepal Day blog posted yesterday you’ll know that Paul Jones & I have lowered the fastest known time for the Cafe’s ‘Siabod Challenge’ from my previous best of 7:03 set in 2014 to 6:27. I am of course under no illusion that had Paul not been supporting the first leg of my wider charity run he would have gone considerably faster & I’m sure having enjoyed the route he will do exactly that in the future. As for me with my first Ultra race only 3 weeks away I might well see, weather permitting, if I can lower that pb as part of my training plan.

But it has been great to see that several others have taken on the route this summer of all summers, not all have recorded their efforts with us & there have been some who tried hard but didn’t complete it, well done just for giving it ago. Those who have completed it deserve a mention as well as the tea & cake they received on the house so here goes:-

On 6th of June Neil Pitts set off at 6:00 am without speed in mind just wanting to enjoy a big day in Snowdonia he returned having achieved just that after 11 Hours & 22 Minutes, well done Neil!

On 15th June Dave Appleton & Jack Tyrie completed the route together in a very respectible 9 Hours 34 Minutes & 47 Seconds making them the 2nd fastest challengers to date. Do you fancy another go guys, the fastest challengers so far are Tim Smith & Dean Millington who set 9 Hours & 12 Minutes back in 2016.

Then whilst I headed to the Alps on Thursday 12th July Emily & Dec gave it a go & completed it in 12 Hours 3 Minutes & 17 Seconds.

Having done the route for the first time in 4 years I was reminded what a great day it is circling 3 of Snowdonia’s classic Mountain ranges, should I try it clockwise for once, food for thought!

If you are hill fit & looking for something to push your limits or indeed have your eyes on the Welsh 3,000 metres challenge or your own Ultra this could be a route for you too & remember tea & cake on the house if you record your start & completion at our counter.

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