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Dragon's Back race 'to be revived'

Posted 16 September 2011
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Dragon's Back race 'to be revived'
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Brave souls in running gear will be taking on a gruelling 200-mile race across the rugged mountain terrain of the Welsh countryside for only the second time - 20 years after the first.

The Dragon's Back run was held in 1992 but has subsequently "lived on only in running legend and lore", SleepMonsters' managing editor Rob Howard stated in an article for Grough.

But the challenge is back this month and Mr Howard commented that the event has a "classic concept and enduring challenge" that has enabled it to retain an "iconic status".

As well as the distance, over 60,000 ft of ascent is involved in the race from Conwy Castle in north Wales to the Gower Peninsula, with the Parachute Regiment Depot supporting runners with tents, food and even showers as they crossed terrain such as Snowdonia's Carneddau range, Tryfan and the Back Mountains in the Brecon Beacons.

This year's race will include 45,000 ft of ascent, the event website has stated.