Frequently asked questions
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 of our fundraisers are given a special Snowdonia for Science t-shirt and receive a medal upon completion. We also provide water, snacks, route maps and dedicated marshals. Our friendly Events team will also be on hand with top training and fundraising tips, and provide all the necessary planning, safety and travel requirements to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience.
When does Snowdonia for Science take place?
Snowdonia for Science will take place on May 16th and May 17th 2020. Be sure to the save the date to avoid missing out!
Where can I find the route?
The routes are in the process of being finalised at the moment and as soon as we have them available, they will feature on the event pages as well as here in the FAQ.
To give you a good idea of what to expect, see below.
Long Distance (Through valleys, woods and quaint villages)
Average walking time: 6 hours
Total Ascent: 468m
Snowdon Climb (The tallest mountain in England and Wales)
Average walking time: 5 hours
Total Ascent: 800m
Multi Peak Climb (Walking over 4 major peaks in the Snowdon Massif before climbing Snowdon itself)
Average walking time: 8 hours
Total Ascent: 1606m
How much does taking part cost?
Registration fees for the different events:
Long Distance: £35
Snowdon Climb: £35
Multi-Peak Challenge: £45
For each event we ask our fundraisers to raise a minimum of £250 over the weekend. Our dedicated events team will always be on hand to give you tips, and help you reach and surpass your targets.
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 or having enjoyed the longer circular route with its high pass returning you to the base camp. The multi peak will be the toughest and will be a challenging couple of days, with over 2000m (exact number TBC) of 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 eth 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!
Do PCRC 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.
How many people take part in the event?
The number varies year on year, but usually we hope for around 500 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.
Is parking available at the start/finish line?
Yes. We have a discounted parking rate available at the Royal Victoria Hotel which has plenty of spaces available for all participants at the event.
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 children are welcome to participate on the Long Distance Route and Snowdon Climb. All children under the age of 16 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, where we hold our buffet dinner each year, 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/the-10-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/.
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 Centre. 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 Centre (PCRC) 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
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 Centre, 23-26 Great James Street, London, WC1N 3ES
Registered Charity Number: 1156027