THE ROC Wales 2025

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THE ROC Wales 2025
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£80 - £230
Tackle Snowdon up the toughest path and plunge into the clear waters of Abersoch Bay at THE ROC Wales. Covering 115k with 5,825 of total elevation gain with extraordinary views, this is the ultimate bucket list event!
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Sat, 10 May 2025
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Abersoch, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Abersoch LL53, UK
Start times
Saturday, 10 May 2025
THE ROC: 8:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for THE ROC Wales 2025
£80 - £230
Route information
The Welsh edition of THE ROC boasts an outstanding course, with the start, finish and post race entertainment on Abersoch's picturebook beach and the race turnaround point at Snowdon's summit!
The course starts on Abersoch's sandy beach with a 1.5k swim in the sheltered waters of the bay, which loops back to the start point.
You then head out onto the road for a 50km cycle from Abersoch into the Snowdon Massif, passing Criccieth Castle and setting a mini stage time for the CIOVITA King of Criccieth.
On arrival at Nant Gwynant (T2) you rack your bike and collect your mountain pack and head out on foot onto The Watkin Path, the most exciting and toughest route to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), the highest mountain in Wales. The first section is an 6k run up to the summit, with an elevation of 3,330ft and steep ascent at for the final kilometre. Runners have to reach the 4k checkpoint up Snowdon before 12pm (noon) to be able to continue to the summit, otherwise you turnaround and complete the race from there (receiving a slightly different medal at the finish). After reaching the peak, the second leg of the course involves a fast return run back down to transition (T3).
After their mountain run, entrants drop their mountain packs off and get back onto the bike for the 50k return bike leg back to Abersoch, absorbing the stunning scenery as you cylce through the Welsh countryside and along the coast. The event culminates with a final beach run of 1k, allowing runners to soak in the atmosphere before crossing the finish line to a lively welcome!
Drinks and Recharge Stations
  • Criccieth
  • Haford Y Llan (T2/T3)
Emergency Drinks Stations
  • 4km Snowdon Check Point
  • Snowdon's Summit
What's included
  • Bespoke ROC race medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • £1,000 of prize money and prestigious ROC trophies to the first man and woman
  • Drink and recharge stations with snacks and drinks
  • Professional Mountain Leader Marshal's
  • Post-race refreshments and snacks
  • Post-race music & beach bar
How to get there
Abersoch LL53, UK
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There is parking available close to the start/finish area and T1. It needs to be paid for to the operator (details will be in the race pack)
By Train & Bus
Pwllheli is the nearest train station to the start location, situated 6.8 miles away. From here, ride the number 18 bus (towards Mynydd Cilan), for 20 stops, alighting at Stryd Fawr. The start location is a short 5 minute walk from here.
Event day logistics
07:40 Safety Briefing
08:00 Race Starts
12:00 Snowdon 4km Cut-Off (for summit)
Please arrive 45 minutes before the race starts to prepare for the race.
Relay Teams
It is possible to enter THE ROC Wales event in teams of two or three members. Each member will compete one leg of the race, either swimming, cycling or running.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.
Race Packs
You will receive your digital Race Pack 4 weeks in advance of the race. These are only sent out via email and contain all the information and instructions you need in preparation for race day.
It also includes details of where to register and to collect your race bibs, timing tags, swim hat etc.
Registration will be open the evening before the race between 5pm and 9pm. If, for some reason, you cannot arrive until the morning of the race, you can book an emergency registration slot.
All participants must wear a wetsuit for the swim portion of the race.
Mandatory kit list for Snowdon portion of the race:
  • Full waterproof body cover of hooded jacket and trousers (taped seams is recommended)
  • Hat/buff
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle/carrier
  • High Energy Snacks
  • Foil Blanket
  • High Factor Sun Cream
Your Mountain bag, which will be checked at registration, along with your trainers and any additional items you include. Your kit will need to fit into a ROC bag provided to you with your race number on it. This will be taken to T2 at Hafod y Llan at the foot of Snowdon.
Cut-off Time
Competitors who do not reach the 4km checkpoint when heading up Snowdon by the cut-off time of 12 noon, will be instructed not to head to the summit but to turn around and finish the remainder of the course from there. You will still receive a medal when you cross the line but it will have a different ribbon to the full distance medals
This is a non-drafting event.
THE ROC Trilogy
Take on and conquer all 3 ROC locations, including Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in one year to complete THE ROC TRILOGY and take claim of the exclusive ROC Gold Print Hoodie.
Covering 300KM with a total ascent of 20,615ft including each of the highest mountains of Great Britain, this is the UK’s freshest and most progressive triathlon series challenge.
Do I need insurance to enter THE ROC?
Unless you are an affiliated member of the British Triathlon Federation you must purchase a Day License Membership at registration. This gives you third part liability insurance and will be valid on the day of your competition. It is non-transferrable.
Is there an age requirement to compete in THE ROC?
Yes, competitors must 18 and over to take part.
Will temperature determine the swim distances for the THE ROC?
Yes, in accordance with the British Triathlon Federation's rules, should the sea temperature drop below 11 degrees then a 3k trail run will replace the swim.
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