Dragon's Back Race On DVD

Report by planetFear
Tuesday 12th March 2013

A race that has gone down in racing lore was re-staged in September 2012.

The Dragon's Back Race was first held in 1992 and was considered at the time to be one of the hardest mountain races ever held, for years it was whispered that there may be a second Dragon's Back Race, but it took 20 long years for it to come to realisation. 

If the first race was considered one of the hardest ever staged then the second was going to blow that status out of the water.

The second event was once again to follow the mountainous spine of Wales but this time taking in almost every single 3000ft peak the country had to offer.

A course 300 kilometres long with 17,000m of ascent over 5 days was designed to test even the most extreme mountain runners over wild and trackless terrain. The organisers were keen to stress that this was going to be no 'trail race.'

Speaking to planetFear event director Shane Ohly stated. 'The 1992 Dragon's Back Race had lapsed into running folklore and I knew that if I wanted to avoid the same fate, I would have to document the race in a unforgettable way.'


Rich Heap of Slackjaw was assigned the huge task of filming the event, Shane said. 'I was always keen to get the race filmed as I felt that the awesome challenge of running the length of Wales, via most of the highest mountains, would make compelling viewing. I spoke with many film and television production companies before deciding to work with Rich. Right from the start, Rich really understood the nature of the challenge and realities of what filming it would entail.'

The Dragon's Back Race film premiered at the 2013 Sheffield Adventure FIlm Festival and scooped 3 awards, the DVD will be available from the start of April 2013. Check out the trailer above for a taste of what's to come. Grab your copy from the Dragon's Back Race shop.







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