Lisa Watson on her way to a win at the 2019 Dragon's Back Race

Massive uptake of entries for 2021 Dragon’s Back Race

Waiting list set up for the oversubscribed Dragon's Back Race

Entries opened on 1 September for the 2021 Dragon’s Back Race and within 30 minutes over 300 runners from 25 countries signed up for this monumental challenge. In 12 months time they will take on what is billed as 'the toughest mountain race in the world' that includes a longer route, more climbing and a finish at Cardiff Castle.

2017 winner Marcus Scotney has entered along with last year’s female winner Lisa Watson and they will be battling with other top ultra runners all the way from Conwy to Cardiff. First timers include Newcastle (Staffs) AC’s star Michelle Buckle. Whatever their age, background or experience, all entrants will face a multi-stage challenge that will push their minds and bodies to their limits.

Michelle Buckle has an impressive running pedigree that stretches back over 30 years with victories from 5K to marathon and now ultra. She was the winning female at the 2018 Hurtwood Trail 50K and last weekend, at the Gritstone Grind where she set a new course record by over 28 minutes. Michelle has entered this race in honour of her mother who she recently lost to cancer and is fundraising for Douglas Macmillan Hospice that provided care and support at the end of her mother’s life. She has set up a JustGiving page and a target of £5,000 to raise for her chosen charity. 

The Gritstone Grind was the start of Michelle’s 12 month preparation for the Dragon’s Back Race with more races to follow.

Six days of self-navigation, tricky terrain, unpredictable weather plus an extended traverse of the Brecon Beacons await the 2021 entrants who will move mountains to earn a highly-prized dragon trophy in recognition of their achievement.   

Image courtesy of No Limits Photography

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