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The phenomenally popular Snowdonia Challenge is back for 2020 and we’ve made a super exciting change.
This epic three-activity team event is now an Open Challenge, which means there is no longer a minimum sponsorship requirement to take part. There is also the option to fundraise for the charity of your choice in 2020.
Have you and your team got what it takes to conquer the Snowdonia Challenge?
Experience the beautiful Snowdonia National Park on this amazing one-day team event, cycling 40 miles, summitting Snowdon and canoeing Llyn Gwynant.
Kicking off from our event base in Llanberis in the heart of Snowdonia, with a 20 mile cycle along gorgeous country roads, you’ll swap your bikes for boots at the foot of Snowdon to trek the tallest mountain in England and Wales. After a few happy snaps and some spectacular panoramas at the top, it’s back down you go to meet your bikes at the bottom.
Once at Snowdon's foot, you can revive your energy with some refreshments, before getting back into your cycling gear and into the saddle for a ten mile stretch to the shore of Llyn Gwynant.
Here, you meet your Canadian canoes and conquer a course on the lake. There’s no need for canoeing experience or equipment, as we provide everything you need, including experienced canoeing guides ready to help you out at the drop of a paddle.
Back on land, it’s time for your triumphant 10 mile pedal to the finish line.
Support the charity closest to your heart…
In 2020, you can choose your team’s favourite charity to support as you conquer this mighty challenge together!
Also new for 2020, you can now self-fund your team’s challenge costs and then fundraise as much as you can (or make a donation) for your chosen charity.
You still have the option to commit to a minimum sponsorship target per team, whereby your chosen charity would fund your challenge costs, providing you raise a minimum of £1,000 (per team) by six weeks before the challenge.
It’s completely up to you and your teammates, but whatever you do, do it together. Team work makes the dream work.
Are you ready for it?
Places are likely to go faster than ever for our awesome 2020 event, so register soon to avoid disappointment – and no worries if you don’t know your teammates details yet. You can still book now and fill these out at a later date.
Completed this challenge before?
To all the wonderful teams who’ve tackled our Snowdonia Challenge before, why not keep up your incredible momentum and support Regain again?
As the only charity dedicated to helping sports tetraplegics regain their independence, their cause is truly invaluable and every pound raised for this small charity will help do wonders for the people they support.
Our challenge begins with registration at our event base in Llanberis on Friday evening from 5pm, followed by a compulsory safety and challenge briefing at 8pm, where your epic team charity challenge is explained in full and you have the chance to ask questions and meet other teams. We recommend you get an early night as you’ll be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow!
Rise and shine to challenge day! You start your three-activity event with a twenty mile cycle. Meeting at our starting line in Llanberis, the heart of Snowdonia, we set you off in your teams in one-minute intervals and then you tackle a charming, clearly-marked route on A or B-class country roads.
There's no need to worry about getting lost, as we'll have lots of clear sign posts as well as marshalls to guide you along the way. Be prepared for some steep climbs, though: it is Snowdonia after all!
Coming to the end of your cycle, you'll see our Dream Team waiting with your trekking gear at the foot of Snowdon. Here, you swap your bikes for boots (or fell running shoes) and we'll look after your cycling gear as you trek the tallest mountain in England and Wales via the Rhyd Ddu path. This will reward you with some wonderful views from the top and keep your fingers crossed for a clear day, so you can spot Ireland across the sea.
Then it's back down you go to meet us and your bikes at the bottom, ready to take on your second cycling stretch. You'll be pleased to know this is half as long as the first and after ten miles, you'll dismount at Llyn Gwynant.
Oh buoy! You know what this means? It's time for the canoeing section! No canoeing experience is needed and we provide all equipment, including life vests and two Canadian-style canoes per team, rafted together to keep you together. We recommend you bring a change of (waterproof) clothes for this section.
Our experienced canoeing guides will give you a short briefing, before you tackle a buoy-marked course on the pretty, fresh-water lake.
Arriving on dry land, you've got one final pedal to the finish-line.
This ten-mile push will have you climbing Pen y Pass and then it's all down-hill. Your team will end the day with a hair-raising descent down to the finish line at Llanberis.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £195 per team and the challenge cost of £700 per team of four of four (not per person) and then choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice with no minimum target.
Challenge costs per team of four
Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £195 per team of four (not per person), which is used to administer the challenge and then fundraise the minimum sponsorship target per team of four for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target per team of four
We provide full event support, including fundraising advice, route cards and equipment lists. We also provide qualified event marshals, first aid support, certificates, medals, trophies for winning teams, t-shirts and refreshments.
The Snowdonia Challenge is an exciting action event. It is achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness, who are prepared to put in plenty of training beforehand. The more you train, the more you will enjoy the challenge. It is a great incentive to train and get fit, whilst at the same time knowing you are raising funds for the cause closest to your heart.
The majority of the 40 miles cycling is on road. There is one off road section, which is an old coach road. The old coach road is a stone-strewn rough track, which goes on for approx 2.5 miles and is steep.
Your equipment for climbing Snowdon is transported to the mountain check in point so it is waiting for you when you finish the first cycle leg. It is then transported back to the finish line once the final team leaves the mountain check in base.
We would recommend a hybrid bike for the challenge. We have however had teams take part on road bikes before who have carried them on some parts of the 2.5 mile off road section. A mountain bike would of course be fine too.
Canoe experience is not necessary for this challenge. Your team of four will use two Canadian style canoes, which are tied together to form a raft. The canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids are provided.
It is essential that you come prepared with the correct equipment for the challenge. A cycling helmet is essential and we insist that you have walking boots or fell running shoes for the hiking element of the challenge. Trainers are not allowed. You must also have a map, compass and appropriate waterproof clothing.
Don't worry if you haven't confirmed your team of four people yet, you can register now to secure your place and then send us details of your other team members as soon as they are confirmed.