Ultra Marathon
Sun 14 Jul 2024 Caernarfon, Gwynedd, UK

XTERRA Snowdonia Ultra Trail Marathon Eryri

The original Snowdonia Ultra Marathon. A beautiful route boasting stunning views, a hearty ascent of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and a thrilling 7km descent to a heroes' welcome at the finish line!

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  • Sun 14 Jul 2024
Llanberis, Caernarfon

Ultra Marathon



Age 20 & over

  • 57 km trail running + 2199 m ascent


Entering the XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon is your ticket to compete in one of the UK's most challenging trail races.


The incredible routes explore the trails, gorgeous panoramic views and tough climbs that make Snowdonia National Park so popular with outdoor enthusiasts.

Visiting Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, Pen y Pass, and Snowdon, there surely can't be a more striking trail marathon route in the UK!


  • One of the UK's most challenging trail races

    The ultra and marathon are UTMB-indexed.

  • XTERRA Trail Run World Series

    The marathon and half marathon are part of the World Series.

  • Spectacular scenery

    Unbeatable views across Eryri (Snowdonia).

  • Lively event village

    Music, commentary, shopping, food, kit demos and toilets.

  • Family friendly vibes

    Family finishes and plenty to see and do.

  • On course support

    Friendly marshals, signage, energy stations and support vehicles.

  • Unique finisher mementos

    Beautifully designed to reflect our event locations and local history.

  • Professional timing

    Chip timing, live tracker and online results.

World Series

The XTERRA Trail Run World Series connects the entire trail running community through a global rankings system, regional championships, and for those who qualify - the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.

This event is part of XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon Eryri Events.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event expo
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Free venue entry
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Traders at event


A list of compulsory and advisable kit is readily available.

Walking poles

You are permitted to carry and use walking poles if you wish to.


The event village is family-friendly and is at a location with lots on offer for families. There'll be a great atmosphere for spectators who can track the person they are supporting using an app so they don't miss them at key points.

  • Bag storage
  • Cafe
  • Mountains
  • Paid parking
  • Toilets

Event HQ


Llanberis, North Wales has superb transport links and is incredibly easy to find.


Registration is located on the event field in Llanberis situated next to the Community Centre - LL55 4UR.



Parking information is included in your Final Instructions email. Please be considerate to local residents when parking and use official event parking or pay and display car parks.

By car

There’s quick, straightforward access from the North West along the M56 and A55. Motorway links with the Midlands are good too, and the same roads – the M6, M5 and M1 – also bring Snowdonia within easy reach of the South of England

By rail

Direct services (including direct trains from London to Bangor) take you to the popular North Wales coastal destinations from most parts of Britain.

The closest station to Llanberis is Bangor, which is just under 10 miles away. A taxi from here will cost approximately £25. The Sherpa S2 bus will take you from the station and cost between £3-£5. It is possible to cycle.

By sea

Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate regular and high-speed services to Holyhead from Dublin.

By air

Transfers from the international gateways of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham take less than two hours.


Llanberis and the surrounding areas offer a wide range of hotels, bed and breakfast, campsites and hostels.

The Royal Victoria Hotel is recommended.

  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Mass start
  • Mountainous
  • No headphones
  • Out and back
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Water stations


The Snowdonia Ultra Trail Marathon Eryri encompasses 2199m of climbing over 57km.

This beautiful route shares the same start as the marathon, leaving Llanberis via Maes Gwm, before descending into Nant-y-Betws, with stunning views over Llyn Cwellyn and Beddgelert Forest.

The Ultra breaks off through the forest to visit the beautiful Cwm Tresgl and Cwm Pennant, before rejoining the Marathon Route in Nant Gwynant to ascend the slopes of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).

Finally, you are rewarded with a 7km descent to a heroes' welcome back at the Event Village in Llanberis!



Cut off times

There are staged cut-offs across the race to ensure the safety and well-being of volunteers and competitors.

  • 08:10 - Mile 6.7 - Cut off at Rhyd Ddu (average 4mph)
  • 11:20 - Mile 19.4 - Cut off at Beddgelert (average 4mph)
  • 14:00 - Mile 27.3 - Cut off at Pen y Pass (average 2.6mph)
  • 18:00 - Mile 35.3 - Finish line cut-off (average 2mph)

Aid stations

There are 5 aid stations on the Ultra Marathon route, plus an emergency water station.

Water, High 5 energy drink and HIGH5 gels will be available at our feed stations at 6, 19, 23 and 27 miles.At 6 miles (Rhyd Ddu), 19 miles (Beddgelert) and 27 miles (Pen y Pass) there will also be fruit, crisps and sweets.There will be an emergency water station at mile 31 (Clogwyn Station). Due to the difficulty of supplying water containers high on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), there will be limited supply here. Please ensure that you have filled your water bottles at the Pen y Pass aid station, and only take water at this station if absolutely necessary. The organisers are unable to re-fill water containers at this point.


The use of bone conduction headphones is permitted. Use of any other headphones is prohibited. This ruling is at the Race Directors' discretion in line with UKA rules due to runners needing to pass on single-track trails.

  • Plastic bottle free
  • Plastic-free event
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Reusable cups
  • Sustainability policy

As a local Welsh company the organiser's goal is to showcase the beautiful natural environment without causing harm. Event since their first race in 2011, they have avoided plastic bottles, offered locally-sourced Welsh slate finisher mementoes and have lead on sustainability in events.

  • Chip timing
  • Eco medal
  • Event app


There will be a prize-giving ceremony after the races. Prizes are not sent out after the event, so make sure you attend the ceremony and receive your big Welsh cheer!

Prize Categories for the Snowdonia Trail 10K are (for both men and women).

  • Overall: Top 3*
  • V40: Top 3
  • V50: 1st runner
  • V60: 1st runner
  • V70: 1st runner

* If any runner places in Overall and Vet then a drop down system will occur.

  • Age 20 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
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Entry fees

Entry fee


Valid 31/01/2024 - 07/07/2024

Entry fee


Valid 07/07/2024 - 12/07/2024

If you are looking for a challenge, the Snowdonia Trail Race is up there with the toughest in the U.K. A punishing and beautiful experience in equal measure, ensure this one is on your bucket list. Luke Royle (2019) RaceCheck

Absolutely AMAZING day - so well signposted, not the slightest chance of getting lost and wonderful camaraderie amongst all runners. I met some really wonderful people at various points on the course and it really keeps you going strong!!! Anonymous post-event feedback 2023

Loved running the marathon - many thanks for what was the best organised trail event I’ve done. The Marshalls were brilliant.  Post event feedback 2023



My first trail marathon and what can I say but 'WOW’. Adam Gurney, Racecheck

Race village, route marking, feed stations, marshals, views and sense of achievement at the very highest standard. Do it! Matt Hall (2022) RaceCheck

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