Snowman Triathlon Review

Moel Siabod, the mountain behind our cottage which forms the northern slopes of the Lledr Valley, was recently the location for what is possibly the most incredible run on any triathlon route in the UK.

The Snowman Trail Triathlon was held on Sunday 14th October 2012, it was the third in the Always Aim Tri series that starts with the classic Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon, then the beautiful Anglesey Sandman Triathlon.

The Snowman race venue was Plas y Brenin in Capel Curig at the foot of Siabod, with the start and finish set in the awe inspiring Snowdonia National Park, the surrounding mountain scenery along the race route is stunning.

Competitors in the Snowman entered as individual or as relay teams of three.

The route started with a 750m swim in Llyn Mymbyr, set in what is probably Wales most picturesque location, followed by the 31km bike ride from Capel Curig, through Betws y Coed, and a loop in the Conwy Valley to transition at Plas y Brenin – before the run to the summit of Moel Siabod and back – a distance of about 8km. One of the toughest triathlon run routes in the UK!

Although the race included the likes of Irish Internationl Triathlete Bryan Keane the race was one by Ewan Brown who grew up locally.

Ewan Brown, setting off on the run in 4th position had a sensational run, completing the up and down route in just over 53 minutes, over 7 minutes faster than the rest of the field, to come in first in an overall time of 2 hours 2 minutes and 41 seconds. After the race Brown, now based in York, commented:

“It’s great to win here in Capel Curig, as I grew up in the area as a boy. I felt strong heading into the run and passed two guys in front of me on the ascent. Bryan was quite a fair way ahead when I reached the summit so I knew it would be hard to catch him. I took a few risks on the descent though and it definitely payed off as I passed him just before the rocky technical section near the bottom and just held on from there”

Further details on the Snowman Triathlon can be found at

and further events in Wales here

Images -Llyniau Mymbyr
A view across Llyniau Mymbyr toward Mount Snowdon

Moel Siabod
Moel Siabod as seen from the North East

Moel Siabod as seen from the Gwydyr Forest
Moel Siabod as seen from the Lledr Valley