V3K joins the Skyrunner® Series UK.
It’s no easy task… 15-peaks all over 900m (3000ft) in 55-km’s. This is the challenge that awaits those who are brave enough to join the journey of the Welsh 3000’s in the V3K Ultra; the new addition to the Skyrunning UK calendar and the Skyrunner® Series UK.
Skyrunning UK embraces tough and technical challenges; the V3K with over 4000m’s of vertical gain is exactly what a Skyrunning race in the UK should be. Where earth meets sky is our ethos and the Welsh 3000’s will provide this in abundance.
Kirsch Bowker, RD for the V3K explains, “It’s an incredible and exciting opportunity. I have followed Skyrunning for the last couple of years. The launch of the Skyrunner® Series UK is a significant moment and to be involved right from the start is quite incredible for us.”
This range of mountains, this route, it is an absolute classic point-to-point route, starting with Snowdon and finishing with Foel Fras, arguably the toughest section will be Crib Goch. The route will involve scrambling, hand-on-knees climbing and it certainly isn’t a route for those who may be scared of heights.
“The route has been my life, I have covered this route time and time again. I adore it,” said Bowker “The idea for the race has been a long-term project and since the beginning has sought to raise awareness of the health benefits of plant-based diets for endurance sports. I undertook this with two friends; unfortunately one of those friends has passed away unexpectedly, so this race is a tribute. I know the mountains personally.”
Iain Ridgeway, an experienced International mountain fell and ultra runner had this to say, “Superb, it’s about time the Welsh 3000’s received some serious attention, this will generate more interest in a challenge to Colin Donnelly’s record (set in 1998), which is up there with the Bob Graham as one of the all time great UK mountain records. The route has it all from fast running to really technical rough terrain. It must rank as some of the most technical terrain covered by a UK mountain race.”
“The hardest section is down Crib y Ddysgl and then the ascent of Crib Goch and traverse of its pinnacles. That’s followed by almost 2500ft descent to Nant Peris and soon after a 3000ft ascent of Elidir which is a long drag,” Iain says with an obvious excitement about the route “later on you have a steep unrelenting 2000ft descent of Tryfan followed by an immediate re-ascent of 2000ft Pen Yr Ole Wen and then fast running over the Carneddau, so those who cope with those and have good legs from then on will do well.”
The V3K is unique as a UK route because of its successive 2-3000ft ascents and descents (plus many smaller ones). It is going to test each and every participant.
Are you up to the challenge?
Join us on the start line of the V3K Ultra, June 28th, 2014.
• Race date: 28th June 2014
• Distance: 55km
• Elevation: 4000m +/-
• Race venue: Nant Gwynant
Fellrunner Write Up
Registration for new English 3,000s races now open
We're really excited about our new race starting at Borrowdale YHA then over the 4 highest mountains in England and some of the Lake District's most beautiful fells around Derwent water and beyond. It's 75km and worth 2 UTMB points
Registration for the Welsh 3,000S RACES now open!
The 3 Vegan races that take in the Welsh 3,000s have opened, numbers are strictly limited to 20 for the gruelling V3K Ultra Extreme. All 3 races take place on 28th June 2014
2013 Race a resounding success
Saturday 15th June saw a hardy band of ultra fell runners registering for this year’s Vegan 3,000s race. The race takes in all 15 of Snowdonia’s mountains over 3,000ft starting at Nant Gwynant and ending in the beer garden at Ty Gwyn in Rowen.
Runners had to battle Wales’ highest mountains, 40mph winds and even hail stone triggering organisers to use the bad weather route missing Crib Goch’s knife edge arête.
Going was tough for the first section of the race, with high winds and bad visibility until the descent into Nant Peris. From there conditions improved with most finishing to a warm sunny Rowen.
The 55k men’s was won by Dan Page who took up running 8 months ago and has been making phenomenal progress since, no doubt he will be a force to reckon with in the future.
We are looking for marshals and sweepers!!
Do you know Snowdonia? Are you hill fit and mountain savvy? If so and you'd like to marshal at this wonderful race please get in touch on email@example.com
Or if you'd like to help out in the valleys serving food and cheering the runners on, please let us know.
9Bar's Charlie Sharp enters V3K Ultra!!
We are really proud that Team 9Bar athlete Charlie Sharp has entered V3K.
ULTRA-RUNNER.COM donate vouchers for V3K winners
Not only has this great ultra running website donated prizes they're also offering a 10% discount to all our followers on their already discounted gear! Just add code V3K10 at the checkpout to qualify.
New finish line - The beer garden of Ty Gwyn Hotel, Rowen!!
Will this be not only the first vegan ultra marathon but the first to finish in a pub? We're not sure but we do know that changing the finish line from the logistically difficult Llancelenin to the pretty riverside gardens at Ty Gwyn Rowen, means that friends and family can wait for you to cross the finish line, you can sit and have some free food or buy yourself a nice cold vegan beer. Later in the evening there will be a band on too! Sounds like a plan!!
9bar sponsor V3K
The good news is that local (to us) 9bar have launched two vegan bars to their range. The even better news is they've given us loads to fuel our ultra :)
Registration Now Open for V3K 2013
The new route has been checked out and we’re pleased to begin registrattion of our new 55km course.
The race begins from Nant Gwynantat 5 am. The first peak is Snowdon then Garnedd Ugain followed by Crib Goch, descend Bwllch Goch the first checkpoint is located at Nant Peris main car park more information
V3K 2013 Gets 2 UTMB points
We're really excited our race gets 2013 race has 2 qualifying UTMB points, giving points for every race of The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, not just for the UTMB® more information
V3K Gets a mention in Trail Running Magazine UK!!
Trail running Magazine is the UKs leading off road running magazine, earlier this year they approached us to help them write an article about veganism and running, more information :)
And the winners of V3K 2012...
Congratulations to Roger Mills and Kate Fitzgibbon who won the inaugral Vegan 3,000s 2012 race :)
Vegan 3000s Ultra...
2012 V3K route was 4,000m of ascent and 48km over Wales’ toughest terrain. That’s thin ridges, scrambles, bog, rock, scree, steep grass
added to the fact that paths aren’t marked so you need to navigate as you run which isn’t easy in hill fog or rain... don’t be fooled by the distance Vegan 3,000s is an extreme undertaking.
We had a sizeable band of crazy runners all wanting to take part, the only stipulation being competitors have to eat plant based for the duration of the race. We contacted Salomon and were lucky to get 12 pairs of their wonderful Speedcross trainers. We had sponsorship from Redwood, Fry’s, Lush, GoMango and Provamel. I had a new big place where everyone could doss down for the night, we had a minibus, amazingly cool flags and some folk could read maps... what could possibly go wrong?
More info and pics
We Smashed the Target!!!
We made it!!! Thanks to everybody’s amazing support for helping us reach and hugely exceed our initial target of £1000. We have actually raised over £5,500 so far and are still recieving donations. Thank you to everybody who has donated and shared this event, especially to Peter for his very generous donation of £2,000 and to www.veggies.co.uk for their wonderful donation of £500. to donate please visit our Justgiving page :-)
Wales for Whales
An incredibly kind supporter has offered to donate £2,000 to Sea Shepherd if we reach our £1,000 target!! We are delighted and now more than ever are asking for everyone’s support to reach our goal. You can sponsor us by going to www.justgiving.com/run-vegan-welsh-3000s or by texting ELWH67 to 70070 plus the amount Read More