Copper SkyTrail™
Sat 22 Jun 2024 Caernarfon, Gwynedd, UK Entries closed

Rab Copper Skytrail

Spectacular entry-level SkyRace® route taking in some of Snowdon's most scenic trails, as part of Wales' only day of skyrunning.

  • Sat 22 Jun 2024
  • Entries closed
Rhyd-Ddu, Caernarfon

Copper SkyTrail™

10:00

£69

Age 18 & over

  • 27 km trail running + 2300 m ascent

Overview

If you like your trail running on the technical side, then you're going to love this race!

Highlights

  • Wales' only weekend of Skyrunning
  • Summer solstice for maximum daylight
  • Ridge-running, scrambles, technical trails
  • Experience required
  • Great reviews from top Skyrunners
  • Well-stocked checkpoints
  • Fully-marked route
  • Professional photography

This event is part of SkyRun Eryri.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators

Timetable

Friday

  • 16:00–22:00 | Registration open at Race HQ.

Saturday

  • 06:00 | Coach departure to 14 Peaks Ultra™ start.
  • 07:00 | Rab 14 Peaks Ultra™ start.
  • 07:45 | Compulsory race briefing for Rab Snowdon SkyRace® at Race HQ.
  • 08:00 | Rab Snowdon SkyRace® start.
  • 08:15–09:30 | Rab Copper SkyTrail™ registration open at Race HQ.
  • 09:45 | Compulsory race briefing for Rab Copper SkyTrail™ at Race HQ.
  • 10:00 | Rab Copper SkyTrail™ start.
  • 11:00 | Rab Fairy Trail™ start.
  • 13:00 | ETA for fastest finishers — all races.
  • 16:00 | Prize ceremony — all races.
  • 20:00 | Rab Snowdon SkyRace® course close.
  • 23:00 | Rab 14 Peaks Ultra™ course close

What's involved

These races have been designed to be as safe as possible, without reducing the scale of the challenge. After all, these are tough events which you've knowingly signed up for! Please understand that participation in this event is a serious undertaking and carries risk.

The Rab 14 Peaks Ultra™ and Rab Snowdon SkyRace® routes were designed to offer a real test of mountain running, speed, endurance and technical ability on a truly uncompromising course, designed to challenge skyrunners of all abilities. These are truly world-class SkyRace routes!

The routes feature sustained sections of scrambling at Grade 1 difficulty. Specifically, these are Tryfan North Ridge (SkyRace only) and Crib Goch (west-bound traverse). You are advised to research what constitutes ‘Grade 1’ difficulty, as well as the nature of the scrambles present on this route, well ahead of the event.

In addition to the above, there are lengthy sections of highly technical terrain that all participants must negotiate, where use of hands may be required by less technically confident runners. Most of the route is very rough underfoot with long sections of rocky terrain, which can be very slippery underfoot if wet.

The entire race route is subject to potentially severe weather, typical of the mountainous areas within this region of Eryri/Snowdonia. For this reason, competitors must be confident in their ability to complete the route within the Checkpoint cut-offs, in all but the most adverse weather conditions. Bad weather routes may be enforced.

Required experience

For an event of this nature, real mountain running experience and ability is more relevant than race results. It is expected that you arrive on the start line well trained, physically and mentally and confident in your ability to safely complete the race within the time limit.

These are not events for trail-running novices.

Mandatory kit

Mandatory kit lists are available for each distance.

  • Camping
  • Entertainment
  • Paid parking
  • Park
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Rhyd-Ddu
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL54
UK

About Eyri/Snowdonia

Covering an area of 827 square miles and established in 1951, Snowdonia is the second largest National Park in the UK and home to the highest peaks in the UK outside of Scotland. From its 37 miles of beautiful beaches where you can surf, to rugged, ridge-laden mountain peaks and an array of pristine lakes in-between, there is something to please every outdoor enthusiast here!

  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Mass start
  • Mountainous
  • Out and back
  • Single start
  • Sweeper
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Way markers

Summary

Technical, rocky trails.

Representing the perfect ‘intro to Skyrunning’ route, the Rab Copper SkyTrail™ begins with a visit to the highly underrated and oft unfrequented Yr Aran summit. Make sure to do the out-and-back and tag the summit! A grassy descent down a steady gradient past several disused copper mines follows, before joining the less frequented Snowdon Watkin Path.

From here, runners follow this well-defined, rocky path for a few kilometres before hanging a right to Y Lliwedd peak, traversing the route’s most technical section of easy scrambling. A challenging descent follows to the shores of Llyn Llydaw, where the aid station greets runners.

One last climb awaits, up the Snowdon Miners' Track, passing the remains of several old copper mining mills and various other intriguing infrastructure! Once past the ‘finger stone’ at the top, the classic Snowdon Ranger Path is the last descent of the day: Fast, loose and rocky, it’s the perfect way to end this challenging route!

Map

map
COPPER SKYTRAIL
Taking in some of Snowdon's most scenic trails.

Cut off

6 hour limit.

Sustainability

  • Bring your own cup

  • Cash prizes
  • GPS tracking
  • Map
  • Medal

Included

  • Stunning, fully waymarked, signed and marshalled route.
  • One aid station, including energy products from event supplier VOOM.
  • Live GPS tracking and timing by OPEN Tracking.
  • Mountain Safety Team present throughout the route.
  • Opportunity to purchase limited edition 'Mountain' event tee during registration (organic cotton or synthetic option available).
  • Limited edition, Rab Copper SkyTrail™ 'Buff'.
  • Rab Copper SkyTrail™ car window sticker.
  • Waterproof and durable race route map.
  • Durable race number featuring your name and nationality.
  • Can of thirst-quenching real ale from local brewery Bragdy Lleu (soft drink option also available) for all finishers.
  • Free camping Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Race HQ with toilets, large marquee and food/drink vendors.
  • UTMB/ITRA Index contribution for all finishers.
  • Professional emergency medical cover throughout the race.
  • A well-planned and professionally organised event, delivered by an experienced ‘runners’ Race Director.

  • Age 18 & over
  • 100 places
  • Entries closed
  • Enter online

I have done Glen Coe Skyline twice and while I don’t doubt that Curved Ridge and Aonach Eagach provide exposure and challenges, what is between is very much boggy fell running. Not here in Wales, the route is relentless, technical and hard. Tryfan and then the climb to Crib Goch and the traverse are just so special. This is an epic route, it will become a classic. It’s now the UK’s best race!

What a course! From start to finish it had it all, a true mountain athletes dream!! This technical, tough and stunning route really should be celebrated. The same way Trofeo Kima, Zegama attracts us brits overseas to experience different cultures and trails, the Snowdon SkyRace and its special course should do the same for top athletes in Europe. I hope they come to experience our weather, culture and unique mountains! 2019 Skyrunner UK and Ireland series overall and Snowdon Skyline champion Damian Gielty

If you come from a climbing background this race will suit you big time. But do not underestimate thigh-trashing long runnable descent to the end! This year wet weather made it even more spicier and kept me on my toes. Thanks to generous amounts of free coffee!" 2019 Skyrunner UK and Ireland series overall champion Kasia Osipowicz

You know you are doing an epic race when so much of it is spent climbing and scrambling past Welsh mountain goats! Montane athlete Jayson Cavill

What an epic race!! I love technical races and this one was glorious - with massive ascents and just as massive descents, I loved the route! The race support and organsiation was just as wonderful - so slick and well done - I cant wait to do it again next year! Professional mountain guide and 2019 third lady Alice Kerr

Brutal but beautiful route! Well marked course, very well organised! Cool event T-shirt with a nice beer and food at the end. I will be back! 2019 competitor Simon Roberts

Wow! Everything a sky running race should be. A brilliant route with relentless climbs, exposed scrambles and heaps of technical running. This race was well organised with a great support team on route. I met up with old friends and made lots of new friends out on the course. What a fantastic way to spend a Sunday! 2019 competitor Shan Jones

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