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The Snowdonia Slateman is full!

Always Aim High Events last Friday closed entries to the 2013 edition of the iconic trail triathlon, the Snowdonia Slateman. The event reached its capacity of 1000 participants almost 5 months prior to the event which takes place on May 19th in Llanberis, North Wales.

The 2012 Snowdonia Slateman triathlon will live long in the memory of local people, and visitors alike, with over 700 competitors and terrestrial TV coverage for what is fast becoming one of Wales' premier triathlons. Launched in 2011 the Slateman has grown to be acclaimed as one of the most exciting events on the triathlon calendar, and being held in some of the countries' most challenging and beautiful environments, the appeal to new entrants and triathletes from across the UK and Europe has been strong for this third edition.

However, the speed in which the event has filled in 2012/3 has surprised even event organisers Always Aim High Events, with Tim Lloyd stating:
"It's phenomenal really. To think that less than 2 years ago the Slateman was still a dream, and now we are turning people away who want to come and take part, after taking 1000 entries! We have some amazing events on the Always Aim High Events roster these days, but we firmly believe that the Slateman will be one of our foundation events, an iconic triathlon, and grow to be one of the great Welsh sporting classics over the coming years.
"Plans for this year's event mean that competitors can expect an even better experience in 2013, with details on new features and partners to be released over the coming months.
"2013 will be an incredible year for us. We now have eight events for our growing and loyal followers to take part in. Whether it's the Slateman, the Island Race, Etape Eryri or the Snowman, we think that we have something for all tri, run, bike and swim enthusiasts. Of course, this is another step-up for us in terms of a business, and will mean that we can look forward to contributing still further to the local economy, supporting local suppliers and contractors, and continue to add to our growing number of staff, thus supporting local employment and ensuring that those employees are given diverse and exciting employment skills. 2012 was great, but 2013 will be even better!"
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For info, here is the 2012 final instructions.  2013 race instructions will be issued and posted here in due course. 


Registration  - will be in the electric mountain building in Llanberis (LL55 4UR).  This is located approx. 100m from the race start/transition.  Registration will open on Saturday 19th May from 12.00 until 18.00 and on Sunday 20th May from 06.30 until 08.30.  Competitors must attend registration to collect your race number, timing chip and goody bag.

There will be a free bike check service provided by Clarks at registration on Saturday 19th.

Car Parking – there are numerous car parks located in the village of Llanberis.  Please be advised that failure to purchase a pay and display ticket in any of the public car parks is likely to result in a parking fine!

Television – the 2012 Slateman is being televised to be shown nationally on CH4, Eurosport and S4C…so remember to smile when you pass the cameras!

Event Village – this will be located next to the transition area.  There will be lots to see and do including stunt bike displays, mobile climbing wall, bouncy castles, hot and cold food and drink, live commentary and all of the race action.  Please bring your friends and family to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the day with you.

Refreshments – there will be water at Pen y Pass on the cycle route, in transition, and at the top of the quarry on the full tri run route.  There will be refreshments at the race finish and hot and cold food for sale in the event village.

Facilities – there will be ample toilets in the Electric Mountain, the community centre (adjacent to the transition/finish area) and on the field (portaloos).  There are a limited number of showers in the village in Petes Eats café and at Surf lines.

Transition Security – all competitors will be issued with a race wristband.  This must be worn, you will not be allowed into the transition area if you are not wearing your wristband.  Please respect this in the interest of safety and security of your equipment.  Transition will open at 07.30am on the morning of the race.

Sports Massage – will be available in the event village from Andy Walling and his team. 

Event Photography – will be available post race via our facebook page and on the event website.  Photos are provided by and are very reasonably priced.

Event T Shirts – if you haven’t ordered one already, there will be a limited supply for sale at registration.




All competitors are required to attend a safety briefing in the transition area at 08.45am on race day.



Start Wave 1 - 09.30am Full Tri Individuals Red Swim Hats

Start Wave 2 - 09.40am Full Tri Individuals Orange Swim Hats

Start Wave 3 – 09.50am Full Tri Individuals and Teams White Swim Hats

Start Wave 4 - 10.15am Sprint Tri Individuals and Teams Yellow Swim Hats

The course is triangular in an anticlockwise direction and marked with large round dumpy buoys.  The first buoy marks the turn for the sprint 400m swim.  All Full Tri competitors must round the second buoy.  A map of the course is on display at the registration desk and on the website.

Wetsuits are compulsory for the swim, no wetsuit no swim.  Swim caps are supplied in your registration pack and must be worn on the start line and during the swim so that race safety officials can identify you in the water.

There will be canoes and a motor boat to ensure your safety whilst swimming in the lake.  If you get into difficulty during the swim please raise your hand and shout HELP for a boat to come to you and aid you to safety.

Please note – due to the unseasonal weather, competitors will have the option to wear non webbed gloves and socks for the swim.  However, those doing so will fall outside of the British Triathlon rules and as a consequence will not be eligible for a prize.


Change into your cycling kit in the transition area.

Any cyclist taking part in a relay team should wait in the team handover area to pass on the timing chip, which acts as a baton, before making their way to the transition area to pick up their bike. 

A good quality and fit, British standard (or similar) helmet must be worn and fastened during the cycle section.   This will be checked before the start and anyone not complying with these standards will not race.

Important…your helmet MUST be fastened before you take your bike off the rack and MUST NOT be unfastened until your bike is back on the rack.

You should not mount your bike in the transition area.  The location to mount and dismount your bike will be clearly marked with signs and will be staffed and checked by marshals.  Be aware of pedestrians, that they may not have seen or heard you if you are approaching them from behind.

The cycle route is clearly signposted.  Marshals and signs will guide you at junctions and roundabouts.

The Highway Code must be strictly obeyed.  Give way to traffic at junctions and roundabouts, marshals are NOT there to stop traffic.  You must obey all traffic lights, signals, signs and markings.

There will be a water station at Pen Y Pass and will be signposted approx. 50m before on the approach

Motorbikes will be present during the cycle section to support, guide and referee. 


IMPORTANT Cycle course specific hazards -

Exit from transition to main road - be aware of approaching traffic

Pen y Pass to Pen y Gwryd – Steep descent  -  sharp left hand  bend half way down - fast approach to give way

Pen y Gwryd – sprint competitors turn round at this point.  You must take extra care when crossing the road and you must give way to vehicles.

Junction at A4086 and A5 (Pinnacle Café) – be aware of traffic turning for shops and give way on to the junction with main A5 potentially busy road

Ogwen cottage to Bethesda – Steep descent – windy (bendy) road - double white lines do not cross.

Left turn off A5 onto B4409 – Sharp left hand turn on descent.  Please keep to the left hand side of the road and do not cut any corners as there may be oncoming vehicles.

Tregarth Village – Be aware of parked vehicle - speed humps - pedestrians including children

Junction B4409 with B4366 – Give way potentially busy road

Roundabout B3644 with B4547 (Ty Mawr)  - Give way to traffic from the right

Junction B4547 with A4086 – Give way potentially busy road

Pelican crossing Llanberis – must stop at red lights be aware of pedestrians

Finish – be prepared to stop - dismount – be aware of officials and pedestrians


Change into your running kit in the transition area.  The run is well signposted and marshals will be present at many junctions.

Runners taking part in a team should wait in the team handover area to pass on the timing chip.  The cyclist finishing their section may rack their bike in the transition area.

Part of the run is on public footpath, please be aware and considerate to other pedestrians. 

There will be a water station at the viewpoint at the end of the quarry climb on the Full Tri only.  There is no drink station on the Sprint Tri run route.

A time penalty will be incurred if anyone is discovered littering.


IMPORTANT Run course specific hazards –

Road crossing adjacent to quarry museum – The road is open to traffic.

First Hydro site – competitors must not veer off the race route.  Follow signs and marshals instructions

Slate Trails – please be aware that the trails are uneven and rough underfoot.  Suitable ‘off road’ footwear should be worn

Bus Stop Quarry – at the top of the run you will cross the road at bus stop quarry.  Please be aware that the road is open to traffic.

Country Park Descents – there are a number of these and they are steep and very slippery in wet conditions.  Please take care when running downhill.

Fachwen – you will run along a short section of road (approx 500m) at Fachwen which is a public road.  Look out for traffic.

Compulsory Cut Off Times:

Transition 2 (bike to run) – Any cyclists arriving into transition after 2.15pm will only be allowed to run the 6km sprint tri run route.

Finally – we would like to wish you the very best of luck and an enjoyable 2012 Slateman.