Snowdon 500

The idea of finding 500 people to climb Snowdon to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Research was dreamed up 10 years ago by Prostate Cancer sufferer Matt Rannamets, who wanted to give something back to the Doctors and Researchers who were helping him.  His idea proved successful – the event has since raised over 1 million pounds for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre!

The Challenge

The event starts at the Royal Victoria Hotel. There will be a 15 minute bus drive to the official walking start point at the bottom of Pen Y Pass. This is where your journey begins, you can either take on Pyg Track or the Miner’s Track depending on ability and fitness, you are able to choose on the day of the event but both have equally stunning views and allow you to reach the summit of Snowdon. Once you have reached the summit you can sit down and relax taking in the scenery and there is even a café at the top for refueling. You will then return down Llanberis Path to the finish at the Royal Victoria Hotel.

The Community

Snowdon 500 has an amazing community feel about it. 250 walkers all walking for the same reason, to help beat advanced prostate cancer! Everyone is so supportive and you get to understand why everyone is taking part. If you need motivation or some support there will be someone willing to help. It is a wonderful event to be a part of.


On the Saturday evening, for the price of £10, there is a buffet dinner for all the walkers in the Dinorwig Room at the Royal Victoria Hotel, you can bring along friends and family too! It gives you the opportunity to properly talk to all the other walkers and find out about their stories while sharing your own. It is such a great community feel event that is one not to miss!

Sponsorship and Sign Up

You can secure your place by paying a registration fee for the Snowdon 500 Challenge, which is just £35.

There is a fundraising target of £250 per person for the challenge, the Events Team are on hand to support you with this as much as possible.

Why take on Snowdon 500 for Prostate Cancer Research Centre?

At PCRC, we focus on researching advanced prostate cancer. This is because prostate cancer is treatable when it is confined to the prostate, but once it spreads to other parts of the body, it becomes incurable and dangerous. We urgently need better treatments for men with this life-threatening diseases, and we can only do that by funding excellent, ground-breaking research. Every pound that you raise will help us to achieve our vision of a better future for men with prostate cancer. You can help us use science to turn hope into reality.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Snowdon 500?

The Snowdon 500 is a walking challenge that allows you to summit Snowdon in order to raise money for PCRC. You can complete it walking up either Pyg Track or the Miner’s Track. Bring along friends and family and make it a team event!

Why was Snowdon 500 started?

Snowdon 500 was founded by our patron Matt Rannamets, and has raised over £1million over the past 9 years. Sadly, Matt lived with Prostate Cancer himself and lost his battle in March 2016. 2019 marks the 12 year anniversary and we will be building on his legacy and raising money to fund world class research into advanced prostate cancer which will provide a future for men and their families.

How fit do I need to be to complete Snowdon 500?

Successfully climbing Snowdon is achievable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and a willingness to put in a little training. The paths are well marked, but steep and uneven in some sections and the mountain weather can be very unpredictable, so you should be well-equipped for all eventualities. The average participant will take 5-6 hours to complete the route, and there’s a welcome cafe at the summit to rest for a while and take in the beautiful surroundings. We have safety marshals stationed along the route to point you in the right direction and cheer you on.

What do I receive for completing Snowdon 500?

After completing Snowdon 500 you will receive both a medal and certificate saying that you have completed the challenge and to thank you for getting involved.

When does Snowdon 500 take place?

Snowdon 500 takes place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2019.

Can children take part in Snowdon 500?

Children are able to take part in Snowdon 500 but they need to be accompanied by an adult at all times and must be fit enough to complete the route. Children also get cold quicker so you must ensure they are well kitted out for the event.

What is the route?

You have two options for route you can either walk up the Miners Track or the Pyg Track. Download the route map below or look at the route details tab at the top of the page for more information.

Route Map

Where does the money raised from the event go?

All the money raised will go back into funding research and allowing scientists to test out methods and ideas in order to come up with better treatments for life-threatening Prostate Cancer.

How can I contact Prostate Cancer Research Centre?

Telephone: 0203 735 5444


Address: Prostate Cancer Research Centre, 23-26 Great James Street, London, WC1N 3ES

Facebook: @ThePCRC

Twitter: @ThePCRC

Registered Charity Number: 1156027

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