Welsh 1000m peaks race death

Tragedy befell Saturdays Welsh 1000 Metre Peaks Race when a competitor sadly fell to his death near the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn. The runner has been named as 37 year old Sgt Paul Upton, a serving member of the 1st Batallion Parachute Regiment. It is thought Sgt Upton fell approximately 150 metres from the mountain and may have suffered a heart attack as a result of the fall. He was airlifted from the mountain by a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley, as neither ambulance staff nor the air ambulance could reach him. He was flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The Welsh 1000 Metres Peaks event is a 22 mile race with 8000? of climb, and runs as a point to point from the coastal village of Aber to the summit of Snowdon. The race has a long history of military participation and has a number of classes of participation including the runners category and a mountaineering category. It is not yet clear in which class Sgt Upton was competing but comments from the FRA forums would suggest Sgt Upton was in the mountaineering category.Our condolences go to Sgt Upton´s family and friends, and all those affected by this tragic accident.