Housebuilder Mountain Marathon 2018 FAQs

If you have any questions about the challenge before you register then the answer may well be here, and don't forget we'll give you lots more information once you have registered.

What are the dates of the challenge?

Friday 21st September - Arrival and registration at Llyn Gwynant campsite

Saturday 22nd September - Day one of challenge - 14 miles

Sunday 23rd September - Day two of challenge - 12 miles

How do we get to Snowdonia?

All teams must arrive at the camp site together in a maximum of 2 vehicles. We advise hiring a minibus and all travelling together

Do we need a support driver?

You will not need a support driver for this year's challenge as the start and finish points are at the campsite for all elements of the challenge.  However you may want to have someone to drive you to the after party after all that fresh air!

How fit do I need to be to complete the challenge?

You don't need to be super fit, but you will need to put some training in - walking up and down mountains requires stamina and endurance and it is worth getting out onto the mountains to get some practice. 

We will send you a comprehensive training schedule with some key milestones you should have reached in preparation for your challenge.  You must consult your doctor if you have any concerns about your fitness or physical ability to undertake this challenge.

How many people are in a team?

Teams should be between 4 and 6 people.  Support drivers are not required as teams start and finish all the challenges at the campsite.

Where will I be staying?

Teams will be staying in Llyn Gwynant campsite.  Each team will have a tent between them to sleep in that will have been put up before you arrive. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and roll mat with you. On the Sunday night you will need to arrange post challenge accommodation near to the After party reception and dinner which will be held at the Quay Hotel & Spa in Conwy, about a half hour drive from the campsite.

Will I actually need walking poles and a headtorch?

Yes! Every individual must have a head torch - it is an early start on both days and is possible that you will set off before sunrise and return after sunset. If you don't have a torch with you we may have to ask your team to finish the challenge early. We also ask each team to carry at least one set of walking poles between you - you will be pleased to have them if a member of your team starts to feel tired and slows you all down.

Should I carry full waterproofs?

Yes! Conditions in the mountains can change rapidly – you’ll be miserable if you get caught out and you have far to go!

Can I wear trainers?

NO! You will absolutely require boots with ankle support in a material that offers protection against the elements. Low and mid cross trainers are not allowed.

What food and drink should I take on the walk?

Full meals are not advised as you’ll be snacking constantly rather than stopping for a big lunch. Lightweight, high energy foods such as nuts, muesli bars, dried fruit and chocolate are all good hiking snacks. Every team member should also carry at least 1 litre of water – we will let you know if there are any water stations on the route in the safety briefing.

Do I need insurance?

As an event organizer, we have public liability insurance. You are responsible for obtaining personal liability insurance if you require it.


Please keep an eye on these FAQs as they will be updated and a more comprehensive list will be available in the challenge handbook.


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