It is with deep sadness that I type this message, as we at the Ras yr Wyddfa team learn of the sad news of the loss of International Snowdon Race winner Chris Smith.
Words are sometimes worthless, but stories are valuable.
I am so proud to say how special it is to organise one of greatest and most iconic mountain races in the running world.
But much more special is the fact that I get to meet so many new faces, family members of the runners and the runners themselves, who have become friends for life.
It was a privilege to know Chris and he was so proud to have won the Snowdon Race back in 2016. He often said it was his greatest ever running achievement.
Chris was a talented, fun-loving, gentleman, yet a quiet person who dearly loved his family and always had time for a chat. He always ran with a smile, a whimper if he was in pain. But the smile was precious back in 2016 as he came to Llanberis a racer and left a champion!
On behalf of the organising crew, sponsors, runners,supporters, the running community around the world and the people of Llanberis, we send a message of condolence to Chris’ family and friends.
The loss is sadness – but the memories are a joy.
Sleep quietly Chris
Stephen Edwards and the team – Race Organiser