Snowdon 500 organiser
26-05-1946 to 17-03-2016
On Thursday 17 March 2016, Matt Rannamets, the founder and organiser of Snowdon 500 and its partner event the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge, died after a long battle with prostate cancer.
In its eight years so far, the Snowdon 500 and Welsh 3 Peaks events raised more than £1m for prostate cancer research. Matt was incredibly proud of all the event achieved, and would have wanted to pay tribute to everyone who participated in it, and everyone who volunteered to help organise it.
Matt ultimately did not win his battle with cancer, but he fought it with great courage. When originally diagnosed in 2004, he was given 3 years to live. It is testament to his resilience and tenacity, as well as to the advances in prostate cancer treatment, that he lived so much longer than that, and used those years to achieve so much.
With the money raised from Snowdon 500, the Prostate Cancer Research Centre is pioneering work that will help to ensure that men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the future can live even longer and fuller lives.
Matt would have been proud to know that he left such a legacy. And he would have hoped that others fighting their own battles with cancer would be inspired by his story to set and pursue their goals with the same determination as he did.
2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Matt Rannamets Snowdon 500 & Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, taking place over the weekend of 13th & 14th May. After the year on year success of the challenge with Matt raising over one million in total for PCRC, we have decided to build on his legacy and host the event in his memory for 2017.
Take on Mount Snowdon on the Saturday or Sunday (your choice!). If that’s not quite enough of a challenge for you, we also have the Welsh Three Peaks - Pen Y Fan, Cadair Idris & Snowdon - which you can climb over the Saturday and Sunday. To sign up or find our further information please follow the links to each individual event above.
Some Feedback from earlier Events
"Jess Finnemore .........I completed the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge and want to thank everyone that supported and looked after me on my unique journey. I enjoyed my weekend immensely and met some amazing people. Congratulations on the planning, and all the chocolate bars!"
"Simon Squirrell .......We had a great weekend and big thanks for the organisation along the way".
"Les Rowlands.... Many thanks I enjoyed the challenge tremendously and when I finished on the Sunday I felt tremendously proud to have been a participant. Thanks again for your wonderful efforts and planning it is no easy task to organise a challenge of this magnitude".
In the UK more than 30,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer annually and around 10,000 men die of this terrible disease − on average that´s at least one death every hour on every day. It´s because prostate cancer affects so many men and their families / friends that we organise the Snowdon 500 & Welsh 3 Peaks Challenges as a way of making more people aware of this killer disease and to raise the funds that are essential to support the research being carried out to find ways of improving the treatment of this killer disease and ultimately to find a cure.Click here to learn more about the work of PCRC.