6 (More) reasons why you should take part in Snowdonia Challenge
It’s hard to believe Snowdonia Challenge is now approaching its third year.
Despite years of chewing over the concept of a multi-day event in her head Snowdonia Challenge only really came to life after a chance comment in a networking meeting where Tracey was talking about Nijmegen Marches experience.
“You should do something like that round here” (Rachel Jones A470 Training).
Before the very first Snowdonia Challenge we wrote ‘6 reasons why you should take part in Snowdonia Challenge‘. A lots happened since then.. so we thought we’d update it…
So, if you’ve been watching for the last two years and wondering if you could do it then here are the 6 MORE reasons why you should (if you need them):
1. We’re still talking about the first one!
Last year (2017) was the very first Snowdonia Challenge. A unique walking challenge and the first event of it’s kind in the UK. It was such an amazing success that everywhere we go someone – from local accommodation providers, local businesses, people that worked or volunteered for us, walkers that took part or charities that benefitted from it – tell us how fantastic it was.
Having such a great ‘base’ to start with means we can build on that to make 2018 even bigger and better.
2. Snowdonia has everything
Whether it’s the views of the mountains along the Ogwen valley, across the lakes of Gierionydd, Elsi or Crafnant; or finding peace amongst the Gwydyr forest, over these three days you will experience some of the best Snowdonia has to offer.
Betws-y-Coed has a fantastic range of accommodation whether you want a bunkhouse like the Vagabond or a hotel like Royal Oak or something in between. There’s also a great range of places to eat from breakfast baps from Food To Go to a great range of meals and snacks from Stables Bistro.
3. We care (about the environment)
In 2017 we made the decision to make the first Snowdonia Challenge ‘single-use plastic free’. We had seen and been involved in events which give out hundreds (if not thousands) of plastic water bottles or cups. It didn’t sit right with us that our event would create that much plastic consumption. So, with thanks to Royal Oak Hotel we were able to provide all walkers with reusable water bottles and we set up water stations along the route where these could be refilled, including Moel Siabod cafe.
We asked all of our walkers to avoid single-use plastic during the 3 days where possible and during the clean up process we found just 1 plastic drinks bottle (and I suspect I know who’s that was!)
4. You will learn things about yourself you never knew
Last year we promised a ‘journey’; a physical, mental and emotional journey unlike any other. We couldn’t have predicted what that journey would be for each of the walkers taking part, we could only go by our own experiences of similar challenges. What was amazing was seeing all the different journeys and experiences and being able to be a part of each one.
What you will learn about yourself and others by taking part in this challenge is invaluable. Whether you take part as a team or do it on your own it’s an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
“I for one have learned a lot about myself and what I can do with mind power. I have never felt so many emotions in such a short space of time. I am absolutely knackered but totally exhilarated.“
5. A get together of old and new friends
Whether you are a team of colleagues or friends taking part, a team brought together by a mutual support for one of our partner charities, or someone taking part on your own for the very first time, these 3 days are all about friendships.
“There were a lot of different people from different places with a lot of different abilities but by the end we all felt like one big team”. This was a quote by one of our charity team participants, but he wasn’t just talking about his charity team, he was talking about everyone that took part including the team that worked on the event.
The outdoors is a fantastic way to bring a team together outside of your usual environment. By challenging ourselves and supporting others we learn more about ourselves, our team role and how this can adapt in different situations. We also get to know each other better!
“What we enjoyed most was the camaraderie between us – was a good way for us to bond and build as a team.” (corproate group of 25 doing between 1 and 3 days)
From our point of view as event organisers, watching new friendships forming and growing then continuing on social media in the days, weeks and months after was amazing.
“One of my favourite parts of the whole event was forming new friendships and just having conversations with people along the way”
6. We care (about you)
We genuinely care about you having the best experience possible during these 3 days. We are here to provide all the information you need running up to the challenge and if you’re not sure of anything just drop us an email or give us a call!
Over the last few months we’ve taken into consideration all your feedback from 2017 to give you an even more improved Snowdonia Challenge 2018.
- Medals not coasters!
- Slight adaptions to the routes
- Tshirts (in a different colour) from Pen and Ink again (you LOVE these!!)
- Snacks at water stations
- Lots going on over the weekend – especially on the Sunday to celebrate your achievements (including an all day music festival!)
Once you have registered there’s also a closed facebook page where you can chat to past and future participants.
Remember, if you’re thinking of taking part you don’t have to do it on your own… if you can’t drag any friends along to take part with you then why not join one of our charity teams? We are proud to have 13 amazing charities entering fundraising teams this year.
You can find a list of all our partner charities and links to their websites here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Don’t forget to book by 28th February to get 10% off entry fees.
If you want to know more about last years Snowdonia Challenge 2017 you can read all about in our Event Directors Report.