What is Snowdonia for Science?
Snowdonia for Science is the revitalisation of our Snowdon 500 and Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge events. A combination of all the much loved elements of our previous events, whilst adding in a longer, flatter route so that there’s something for everyone. Despite its revamp, this event still takes place in memory of Matt Rannamets, a prostate cancer sufferer who started up this inspiring event over 10 years ago, in order to get people walking and climbing for prostate cancer research.
What do I receive for taking part in Snowdonia for Science?
All adventurers, whether at Snowdonia or taking on the challenge from home, will receive:
- A PCR buff,
- A map of your route,
- A digital fundraising pack (printed and posted on request),
- Walking training plans,
- Finisher medals,
- A Snowdonia for Science 2021 sew-on patch,
- Entry to competitions and incentives for smashing your fundraising target,
- Invitation to a ‘Meet a Scientist’ virtual event,
- Discount codes for outdoor shops,
- Access to free fundraising materials and merchandise.
Participants taking part in our in-person event will also experience a fully-marshalled route, discounted rates for rooms and parking at the Royal Victoria.
Our friendly Events team will also be on hand with top training and fundraising tips, and provide all the necessary planning and safety requirements to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience.
When does Snowdonia for Science take place?
Our in-person Snowdonia for Science will take place on June 19th and June 20th 2021. Be sure to the save the date to avoid missing out!
The virtual Snowdon Climb can be completed anytime throughout June.
How much does taking part cost?
For each challenge, we have three registration options:
Self-funded place: £79 registration fee, raise as much as you can
Charity place: £30 registration fee, raise at least £300
Virtual challenge: £10 registration fee, raise as much as you can
Our dedicated events team will always be on hand to give you tips, and help you reach and surpass your targets.
What's the difference between a charity place and self-funded place?
This year, our tickets are based on fundraising rather than route types. We want to give people the flexibility to choose their fundraising challenge so have created different tickets accordingly for the in-person routes.
A charity-place will give you a cheaper entry fee but you will have a set fundraising target of £350. This is a challenge for those of you that really want to commit to your fundraising and raise as much as you can for Prostate Cancer Research! You are definitely welcome to set a higher target, but you’ll be required to raise this as a minimum. Don’t worry – we won’t be knocking on your door if you don’t quite hit the target – but if you’re ready to go all out with your fundraising and fully give it your best shot, this is the ticket for you.
A self-funded place costs more for your registration fee but you can set your own fundraising target. If you don’t want to take on the challenge of a set fundraising target, then this is the ticket for you. The higher registration fee will cover the cost of your place, and all we ask is that you raise as much as you to support Prostate Cancer Research.
Whatever ticket you choose, our friendly Events Team will be on hand every step of the way to help you achieve your fundraising dreams. We’re also more than happy to have a chat and discuss these options to find the best one for you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
How difficult are the challenges?
Each event will have its own level of challenge so afterwards you will feel you have achieved your goal, whether that is reaching the summit of Yr Wyddfa in Snowdonia itself or up and down a flight of stairs at home! The multi peak will be the toughest and will be a challenging couple of days, with 1608m of total ascent spread across the 2 days. It is achievable with some training and determination though!
What level of fitness is required?
You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete for any of the routes but be able to walk for around 4-6 hours, with breaks, as training will help you. The more training you are able to do before the event the more fun the day will be! Small changes like not taking the lift for a few floors at work; take the stairs at lunch time to get outside for a stroll to the nearest park; take the dog for a longer walk on Sunday or treat the family to lunch at the pub if they walk there with you; get off the tube a stop early and walk the extra which often only adds 10-15 minutes to your but helps the body and mind. So start getting ready now and you will have an amazing day on Snowdon!
You’ll also have access to walking training guides to get you completely prepared for your adventure.
For our virtual option, you set the pace. Whether you want to complete the entire challenge in a day or if you want to spread it out over a few weekends, the choice is yours!
How does the virtual challenge work?
Our virtual option challenges you to take on the Snowdon Climb distance or Snowdon Climb ascent (or both if you’re feeling brave!) in your local area or at home.
The infamous peak stands at 1130m which is the equivalent of 475 flights of stairs, or 7210 steps. The distance covered climbing the mountain is roughly 14km (8.6 miles) taking the most popular route, the Llanberis Path.
You can complete your challenge at your own pace any time over June. We’ll have a Facebook group so you can share your training journey, challenges and successes with other Snowdonia for Science adventurers and you’ll be encouraged to share your progress on social media using our hashtags!
For the virtual challenge, what counts as a 'flight of stairs'?
The average flight of stairs has 15 steps but don’t worry if your stairs at home has more or less than this! Snowdon itself is full of highs and lows and twists and turns, so it’s hard to know just how many steps you’d take to climb it – it’s different for everyone! We’re using these numbers as an average so everyone taking part is working towards the same total.
You can count one ‘flight of stairs’ as you walking up your stairs once, not up and down your stairs. As this challenge focusses on the ascent, the down steps don’t technically count!
Take these specifications with a pinch of salt; you do you! This is your challenge, your pace and your Snowdonia, so count your downward steps as a ‘flight of stairs’ as well if this is more comfortable.
Do PCR provide Health & Safety requirements on the day?
Your registration fee helps to provide you with all the materials, guidance and support to ensure you have a stress-free and safe day. This includes water and snacks, briefing packs, safety marshals along the route and mountain rescue support throughout the weekend. We will also provide hand sanitiser at our registration tent.
What about Covid-19 safety requirements?
PCR are keeping up to date with the latest Covid-19 government safety restrictions and will comply with any guidance throughout. Whilst we hope that the situation will have improved by June, our top priority is keeping our incredible supporters safe and happy as they take on their challenges.
We have changed our plans for Snowdonia for Science 2021 so that all routes can start and end at the Royal Victoria Hotel, meaning the entire event will be outside. Particularly at our base camp at the Royal Victoria Car Park, we will have social distancing markers and designated spaces for bubbles to relax before and after their adventure. We will also provide hand sanitiser and face masks inside our marquee will be mandatory.
We ask that anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or who has come into contact with someone with Covid-19 does not attend the event.
For more information about our safety regulations, check out our Covid-19 Update page. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with our Events Team!
What happens if the event is cancelled or postponed because of Covid-19?
We are hoping that outdoor events like Snowdonia for Science can go ahead by June 2021. In the unfortunate circumstance that we have to cancel the event, you will have a number of options:
1. Transfer your entry to our virtual challenge! Take on the Snowdon Climb from home and receive all the same support and benefits as your initial ticket, including a finisher medal and Snowdonia for Science 2021 patch!
2. Transfer your entry to our 2022 event. Get a guaranteed spot in our 2022 event and transfer all your fundraising over as well.
3. Get a full refund on your ticket.
For more information about our cancellation policy, check out our Covid-19 Update page. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Events Team if you have any questions!
I want to take part in the one of the in-person challenges but I'm worried about Covid-19 restrictions. Can I buy a virtual place and transfer my entry?
Yes. We want all participants to have the best Snowdonia for Science possible and appreciate that this is an uncertain time for everyone, so we are being very flexible with route options. If you would feel more comfortable buying a virtual ticket now and waiting to see how the next few months unfold, that’s completely fine. You’ll need to have raised £300 to take on one of our in-person challenges, or donate the difference of a self-funded ticket price!
How many people take part in the event?
The number varies year on year, but this year we are hoping for around 300 participants.
Where do we meet and how do I get there?
Participants meet at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis. We have a marquee in the front garden of the hotel which is used as the start and finish line for the event.
Information on how to get there can be found here.
Can I participate on my own?
Yes you are very welcome to take on these challenges alone. You will be set off in groups and its likely you will meet and get to know lots of other participants on the way so you wont feel alone on the walks, unless that’s exactly what you’re after!
Can children participate?
Yes, secondary school aged children are welcome to participate on the Snowdon Climb (at home or at Snowdonia!). All children must be supervised by an adult.
Am I able to bring my dog?
Yes, please do. We love seeing dogs on the challenge. Please do just make sure you bring bags to pick up any mess and keep on a lead if required.
Where can I stay?
We have a special offer with the Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia for participants on a first come first served basis.
For more ideas on where to stay, check out our article: https://www.pcr.org.uk/best-places-to-stay-in-llanberis/
What should I bring with me on the day?
When it comes to walking challenges, getting ready is half the fun! Make sure you have proper walking shoes and socks. We recommend sports leggings or trousers and a thermal top for your base layer, with a fleece or sweatshirt for extra layers. Be sure to bring a waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers, and a high factor sun-cream, to prepare for any weather eventuality. Spare clothing might include a hat, gloves and other layers. Make sure your backpack is big enough to carry food, drink, spare layers and other useful tools. Lastly, walking poles might come in handy to take some of the strain off your knees. For a fuller description go to https://prostate-cancer-research.org.uk/everything-you-need-to-know-before-your-walking-challenge/.
We will provide hand sanitiser, but we recommend bringing a small pot of your own and a face mask.
What happens if the weather isn't great on the day?
The challenges go ahead despite wind and rain – that’s the beauty of the mountains and its great to experience them in different types of weather.
We will however, be keeping an eye on the forecast and if there is any weather that could be dangerous for walkers, we will either re-route you or cancel the challenge in extreme circumstances.
Where does all the money I raise go?
All funds raised will go towards research into finding treatments for advanced prostate cancer, through the Prostate Cancer Research. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer killer in men, killing 30 men a day in the UK. If breakthroughs are not made, it could kill 50 men a day by 2035. However, research into prostate cancer continues to be underfunded. These men are someone’s father, grandfather, brother and son, which is why we must do better.
This is where the Prostate Cancer Research (PCR) comes in. We focus on science, research and innovation, concentrating on developing novel and effective treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer. This is because whilst prostate cancer is treatable in the prostate, it become incurable and life-limiting when it spreads. We may be small, but we are ambitious and our sights are set high for the future. We want to provide a better future for men and their families affected by prostate cancer, all of which wouldn’t be possible without the help of our amazing supporters, so thank you.
Find out more about our research at http://www.pcr.org.uk
Will the dinner be taking place this year?
Unfortunately, the dinner will not be taking place this year. We have decided not to host the dinner so that Snowdonia for Science 2021 can be an entirely outdoor event to comply with Covid-19 safety guidance.
Need more information?
We’re always happy to answer any questions, so please get in touch with our friendly Events Team!
Telephone: 0203 735 5444
Address: Prostate Cancer Research, 23-26 Great James Street, London, WC1N 3ES
Registered Charity Number: 1156027