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    Snowdon VK

    I see that there is a Vertical Kilometre race on Snowdon, in conjunction with a Skyrace: https://apexrunning.co/events/snowdon-skyline . But if I was going to be in Snowdonia on 14th September, would I want to spend 30 on the VK, or 5 on the Elidir Fawr race, where there is nearly as much climbing, and also a descent (although for me personally, not having to race back downhill would be one of the attractions of the VK)?

    Note to Tindersticks: The VK starts at 12:00, and the Elidir Fawr race at 2:00. You should be on top of Snowdon by 1:00 at the VK race, which leaves plenty of time to jog down the Llanberis path and be in Nant Peris in time for the Elidir Fawr race.
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    it's not actually a VK as it's too long, in any case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonykay View Post
    I see that there is a Vertical Kilometre race on Snowdon, in conjunction with a Skyrace: https://apexrunning.co/events/snowdon-skyline . But if I was going to be in Snowdonia on 14th September, would I want to spend 30 on the VK, or 5 on the Elidir Fawr race, where there is nearly as much climbing, and also a descent (although for me personally, not having to race back downhill would be one of the attractions of the VK)?

    Note to Tindersticks: The VK starts at 12:00, and the Elidir Fawr race at 2:00. You should be on top of Snowdon by 1:00 at the VK race, which leaves plenty of time to jog down the Llanberis path and be in Nant Peris in time for the Elidir Fawr race.
    30 for a race that is just over 3 miles! 90 for 22 miles with a 12 hour cut off! Catering to the rich mediocrity! Do you get a free buff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Mole View Post
    it's not actually a VK as it's too long, in any case.
    True, but it's not the only case that I've seen of a race calling itself a VK when its length is greater than the customary 5km. I'm not sure why it goes via the South Ridge; if it went up the Watkin Path, with obvious short-cuts allowed, it would sneak under the 5km limit
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