Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is back

Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains obstacle run is back for its second year and organisers say that this year’s course will be even longer, harder and muddier than before.

The 10km, race-against-the-elements event will take place on Saturday 24 March 2018, the first day of Surf Snowdonia’s 2018 surf season. The event is set to draw a large crowd in what is now one of the UK’s fastest growing sports: obstacle course racing. Over 250,000 people took part in similar events across the UK in 2017.

Close to 500 competitors turned out to take in the inaugural Waves, Mud and Mountains event a year ago, and Surf Snowdonia says that it has increased the capacity and the level of challenge for this year’s course after listening to feedback from last year’s competitors.

Justin Everley, commercial director at Surf Snowdonia said: “Waves, Mud and Mountains will be another brilliant feel-good community event and the perfect way to kick of our 2018 surf season.

“The course will be challenging – we’ve increased the distance from 5k to 10k, and we’ve made it harder and muddier than last year – but it will still be a lot of fun. One of the best things about Waves, Mud Surf Snowdonia’s Waves, Mud and Mountains challenge is backand Mountains last year was the level of positivity and camaraderie amongst our competitors and spectators – it was a great day for everybody who was part of it.”

Competitors taking part in this year’s event, which is sponsored by Conwy County Borough Council, can expect to find themselves pitted against the elements, including over-water agility tests, a mud-based assault course, ice bath and barrel carry.

Competitors will also take on the might of Europe’s biggest wave pool – by running through Surf Snowdonia’s powerful man-made waves. It’s the equivalent of pushing against 6 million gallons of water over a distance of 300 metres.

Waves, Mud and Mountains will conclude with a run up the notoriously steep Dolgarrog Water Pipe incline, in a part of the course organisers are calling the ‘stairway to hell’. Competitors will enjoy sweeping views of the Conwy Valley as they make their descent back to the finish line at Surf Snowdonia.

Entry is now open at A discounted early bird rate of £35 per person is limited until 31st January, or until available places sell out. Prices will rise incrementally thereafter.

Discount available for groups of 10+ – contact for details. Overnight glamping accommodation from £25 per person per night, and spectator entry to the event will be free.

Essential info:
·        Event date is Saturday 24 March, 2018
·        Over 18s only
·        Earlybird entry before 31st January 2018 is £35, prices will rise incrementally
·        Discount for groups of 10+
·        Enter race & more information at
Event Date: 
Friday, February 2, 2018

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