Meet the brothers, Ben and Alex Towill, who are fuelling IGO’s participants Ben co-founded Silkstone Hospitality Group in 2008 and created renowned New York City eateries, The Fat Radish, Ruschmeyers, The Leadbelly and The East Pole. Prior to that, he worked for Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc. He co-authored “The Fat Radish Food […]
Experience the sprawling Snowdonia National Park on an adrenaline-high as you run and hike your way to the finish line. Cwtch up under the stars at night and gorge on scrummy Celtic grub.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 22km
ELEVATION GAIN: 700m
The IGO Feast & More
Date & Price
12 – 14 July 2019
Arrive and transfer to camp
Registration, briefing and lunch
Campfire chilli and bed
Breakfast in camp
The IGO Wales Challenge: hike/run
Evening celebrations in camp
Breakfast in camp
Yoga and hike out of camp
Transfers to Machynlleth train station
Experiences in Camp
Afternoon – lake warm-up hike
Evening – bushcraft & survival skills workshop
Falconry, archery, fitness session, yoga
Outdoor mindful yoga
NB: Some activities will be run on a first come, first served basis
Local acoustic music
Wild outdoor cooking
The IGO Feast
Snowdonia National Park
- Return transfers from Machynlleth train station
- 2 nights accommodation in bell tents (based on 4 sharing) including memory foam mattresses
- Full board. Locally sourced, organic food from Friday lunchtime to Sunday breakfast inclusive
- Wilderness skills and bushcraft workshop
- Event-specific training plan
- Fully signposted & supported route
- Medical and physio support
- Timing tracker (Competitors)
- Walking guide & sweeper as backstop
- Activities in camp
- Traditional music & entertainment
- Celebratory beer at the finish line on Saturday
- Technical t-shirt and welcome pack
- Finishers medal and wristband
- Transport to Machynlleth Airport or train station
- Personal equipment inc. sleeping bag and clothing (see kit list for full details)
- Travel insurance specific to location and disciplines (obligatory)
- Drinks at camp bar on Saturday night (cash only)
- IGO Wales cap - available to purchase at the event
Recommended airport: Liverpool or Manchester (transfers not provided)
Recommended train station: Machynlleth (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves the station at 12pm
Transfer returns to station 11:45am
Making your own way? Meeting point for event is IGO base camp – Tal-y-llyn lake at 1pm.
NB: We encourage you to be as environmentally friendly as possible with your choice of travel. Please note car parking is limited at the event meeting points.
Timings broken down: London to Machynlleth by train is 4hrs 20mins on average changing at Birmingham New Street. Machynlleth station to camp is 30 mins by road.
Stage 1: Hike and run the famous Chair of Idris in southern Snowdonia. 21 km in a loop to the top, around the ridge and back to camp.
NB: All IGO Weekend Challenge routes are designed so that the distance, the elevation gain and the disciplines ensure that the quickest IGOer would finish in around 4 hours and the seasonal hiker pace would finish in around 7- 8 hours.
It is hard to promise amazing weather, but we can promise eternal happiness from the team which will get you through any weather.
The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand-alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.
There are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities eg a burn, a loch, a lake, a river.