MS Research and Relief Fund's Snowdon Challenge 2019 will see teams working together to push, pull and carry a team member with MS in a specially adapted wheelchair from the base to the summit of Mount Snowdon and back again. This challenge will involve working as a team to climb Wales’ largest mountain, and one of the UK's famous Three Peaks, navigating rocky paths and increasing altitude, experiencing stunning views and landscapes along the way.
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This monumental event will see teams tackle Wales' tallest mountain via the Llanberis path, marching from base to summit and back down again before returning to the campsite for a celebration dinner and prize giving.
Participating teams must have between 12-15 people plus one person in a wheelchair. The entry fee is £75 per person and all entrants will be asked to raise £200 for MS Research and Relief Fund in sponsorship. All money raised will go directly towards the services offered by MS Research and Relief Fund – providing relief to people with Multiple Sclerosis and their carers in the North East. Find out where your money goes here.
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All funds raised will go directly to improving the lives of local people affected by MS.
Arrival at Treborth Leisure Campsite (Treborth Leisure, Bangor, LL57 2RX).
Make your way to the campsite, get your tents pitched and meet with the MSRRF events team. The campsite is in a field with uneven terrain and no tarmacked tracks so off road tyres for wheelchairs are recommended. Wheelchair accessible toilets will be available at the campsite.
On Friday night, the team registration and safety briefing will take place in the marquee at the campsite, led by Up4It Outdoors – the mountain guides for the event.
It’s the big day! An early start is on the cards as you will need to make your way to the start line in the town of Llanberis, about 20 minutes’ drive from the campsite. Here, your team will receive their final instructions and your wheelchair will be checked to make sure it’s fit to climb.
From here, you’ll set off up the Llanberis Path to the summit of Snowdon! It’s anticipated that the climb up and decent down the mountain should take between four and eight hours – so make sure you’re prepared for being out for that length of time.
After your triumphant return back down the mountain, it’ll be time to return to the campsite before the celebration party that evening. Here, we will have food and drink available, music and a presentation for everyone who pushed themselves to complete this fantastic challenge!
Pack Up and Head Home
You’ve done it! By Sunday you will have conquered Snowdon and helped raise vital funds to support MS Research and Relief Fund’s services throughout the North East and beyond. Time to make your way home for a well-deserved rest!
Between the charity’s main service centre, Benmar House, and its nine Outreach provisions across the North East of England, MS Research and Relief Fund’s current service provision currently costs in excess of £600,000 per year. With the addition of our new Physiotherapy and Aquatherapy Centre soon to be added into the mix, this will increase to over £700,000.
We receive no statutory or government funding for the work that we do. All of our funding comes from legacies and donations. Events such as this one allow us to not just maintain our service provision, but also to expand it and thus help even more people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
All participants will be responsible for themselves and their own health during the challenge. Declarations must be signed before starting the challenge and doctor’s notes must be shown if requested.
MS Research and Relief Fund understands that, by the nature of Multiple Sclerosis, people’s health conditions can change in a short period of time. We ask that participants are honest regarding their condition on the day of the event and allow us to have discussions and make provisions for their team if they are unable to climb.
There are no toilet facilities on the mountain, with the only disabled access facilities being located at the Electric Mountain Visitor’s Centre, from where the challenge will start.
All participants must wear sturdy and secure walking boots for taking on the challenge. Participants in wheelchairs should also take provisions for their own comfort whilst on the mountain, which should include wearing wear warm, waterproof clothing as it is likely to be cold at altitude.
The challenge is expected to take teams between 4-8 hours to complete and all teams will both climb and descend the mountain on foot.
Mountain safety support during the Snowdon Wheelchair Challenge will be provided by Up 4 It Outdoors, an outdoor activities company based in Snowdonia. The leaders of the company, Dilwyn Sanderson-Jones and Richard Williams, both have over twenty years of experience in the Royal Air Force each, including with the Mountain Rescue Service.
Up 4 It Outdoors are vastly experiences in providing mountain safety support and have been supporting events involving wheelchair climbs on the mountain for nearly ten years.
MS Research and Relief Fund and event provider Up4It Outdoors reserve the right to stop any person and/or team from participating in the event if it is deemed they do not have adequate equipment or a wheelchair that is deemed unsafe.
All participants will be provided with a kit list in advance of the event and must be prepared for all weather conditions with appropriate clothing for mountain walking.