Not many runs can boast a record breaking section! With a 37.45% maximum gradient Ffordd Pen LLech in Harlech shot to fame when it 'stole' the title of 'World's Steepest Street' from Baldwin Street in New Zealand.
There are ten criteria a street must meet to be in contention with being named the steepest, including having to be a public thoroughfare and being fully surfaced, as well having buildings alongside the road. The awarding of the Guiness World Record to Ffordd Pen Llech and the response from the previous holders in New Zealand has captured imaginations world wide and people have flocked to Harlech to walk, cycle or even roll down the street - you just can't beat a bit of Welsh pride mixed with a sprinkling of the eccentric.
With Harlech already on the Always Aim High Events map as the location for our much loved sprint triathlon, people started to ask and we just had to deliver; if you're reading this then you have been invited to take part in the first World's Steepest Road Run!
The 6.2km route starts at the foot of the castle. As you bear round the first corner Ffordd Pen Llech looms in front of you rising over 50 metres along its 322-metre length and disappearing round its first bend like a rollercoaster that leaves you wondering what's to come. This first bend is the steepest part, but there's no rest for the wicked (or slightly crazy) as you continue to the top of the street and over the high street before finally reaching the top of Harlech with views out to the sea. Finally you can let momentum take over as you head back down through the town and past the historic castle to the finish line.
Being part of this inaugral event will be something that you will tell people about for many years to come. Held the day before the triathlon we hope to see lots of people getting involved and enjoying a weekend in beautiful, friendly Harlech.
General Entry: £20
This is a late afternoon race with a provisional start time of 17.00
What you can expect:
- A fantastic event slate coster & T-shirt for all finishers to wear with pride
- Event Village Facilities including food and drink, secure bag drop, massage and shop
- Electronic chip timing
- Web results service
- Full route marking
- The world's friendliest marshals
- Incredible support around the course
- Energy stations around course
- Event photography
- Emergency support
- Feast of food at the finish line
- Live bilingual commentary
- Exclusive discounts (at the AAH Store)