The club tour in 2020 will be to Snowdonia, which was previously visited by the Harriers in 2006. Snowdonia National Park in North Wales has some of the highest peaks and best views in Britain. It also can claim some of the oldest rocks on earth. Snowdonia’s landscape is unique. The nine mountain ranges cover approximately 52% of the Park and include many peaks that are over 3,000 feet (915m). Apart from the beauty and charm of its high mountains, Snowdonia is a delightfully varied landscape of steep river gorges, waterfalls and green valleys. Llanberis is a village on the southern bank of the lake Llyn Padarn and at the foot of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. It is a centre for outdoor activities in Snowdonia, including walking, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking and pony trekking.
The tour dates are Friday 5th June to Monday 8th June, but like always, you can decide to leave on the Sunday and be back to work on the Monday should you so choose. There is also 1 or 2 (Stuart) who arrive late on Friday, after work. We will be staying in a Hotel in Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon.
For the real adventurous (mad, crazy ….), on the Saturday there is the Welsh 1,000m Peaks Race – http://www.welsh1000m.org/
if you are willing to face a gruelling challenge which at 30 km and 2500 metres of climb is a tremendous test of strength, endurance and navigational skills or the shorter “half” route starting in the Ogwen valley and visiting three 1000m peaks you will be given leave of absence for 12 hours.
Those of you have been on tour previously know the tours have a history of being convivial and great fun. The run routes can be pretty tough at times, however they are suitable for all fitness levels and also for walkers. Those on tour can adapt the routes to suit their own enjoyment levels in terms of distance and pace. Maps are provided and we keep to groups for the company and safety.
We generally leave Friday morning and stop off at nice country pub en route for a relaxing lunch and arrive at Tour HQ mid-afternoon. We then have a run of 6 – 8 miles followed by a dinner and hydration at a nice pub/restaurant close to our hotel.
Saturday is an all day off road run. The long run will be in the region of 15/20 miles and there will be a shorter run of about 12/15 miles. After returning to HQ we re-group and head off for drinks and a nice dinner a few miles out of town at a pub.
Sunday is a bit more relaxed relaxed and generally involves a gentle run and/or perhaps some other activities that we can come up with. There is the option to return back to Kent on Sunday after breakfast or after the morning run and lunch, though most Harriers stay the Sunday night to perhaps pursue some light activity on Monday before returning home.
In terms of costings, bed and breakfast is approx £60pp per night for a shared twin or double room. All rooms are ensuite. Also allow for a share of transport costs and food and drinks while out there.
We will be doing a recce or two or three (starting next week) and will be able to provide more details as we go along.
We usually get a group of about 20 to 30. We have already had 23 yes/very likelies and another 5 or so maybes. While nice to see “experienced” tourists returning, it is always good to get some new faces as well. The hotel has plenty of space so we would like a bumper turnout this year.
Please contact us off group if you would like to register your interest.
Looking forward to hearing from you, either by email (off group) or we are usually at the club on Wednesdays for a run and drink if you want to chat about it.
Yours in running touring,
Geoff Turner & George Harris