Monday, 28 April 2014

Top runner using Bala Challenge route for training

Olly Campbell, from Hampshire, is using the Bala Challenge route to train for the mountain race Transvulcania which is a long distance mountain race, considered the hardest mountain ultra-marathon in the Canary Islands.

Last year Olly was placed in the first 30 British finishers in the Marathon de Sable, which consists of 6 marathons in 7 days through the desert of Morocco.

Olly commented that the Bala Challenge was ideal preparation for the Transvulcania and the 20 mile route is certainly a challenge.

The Bala Challenge will be held on 10 May and the challenge route is 20 miles and over 4,000 ft of ascent. But there is something for everyone with 14 miles and 8 mile routes and a guided walk with a local expert.

On Saturday 10th May, the Bala Challenge will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Over 3,000 hikers of all ages and fitness levels will have completed one of the stunning walks around Llyn Tegid, raising over £50,000 for charities and local good causes.

This year’s Challenge promises to be the biggest and best ever and with a choice of four walks there is something to suit everyone. Join our local wildlife and history expert for a leisurely two hour guided walk or take on the might of the full 20 mile Challenge around the lake including a spur of the Aran Ridge. Want something in between? How about the 14 mile Lake Circuit hike, high up in the hills surrounding Llyn Tegid with stunning views over the Aran, Arenig and Berwyn mountain ranges. Alternatively, take the family on the 8 mile walk to Llanuwchllyn and get the steam train back.

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Bala and Penllyn and is well marshalled and sign-posted with tea and cakes served at the railway station in Llanuwchllyn for those of you who might be flagging. Whether you’re raising money for charity, training for an endurance event, taking your dog for a walk (on a lead!) or simply enjoying the incredible scenery, the Bala Challenge has it all.
Entry forms can be downloaded from ; or simply pitch up on the day in your hiking gear and off you go. Please join us to celebrate our 10th Anniversary and remember – the sun always shines in Bala!
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