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.
After 8 fantastic years with more than £1M raised for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre we have unfortunately decided that the Challenge events due to take place in May 2016 have to be cancelled. This is mainly due to the Challenge organiser´s (Matt Rannamets) increasing prostate cancer health issues which makes it difficult for us to continue with the work to organise and manage the events safely. If circumstances change it may be possible to reintroduce the Challenges again in 2017.
The Web site Registration pages have therefore been removed but for the time being it will still be possible to explore the web site pages for information about the Snowdon 500 Challenge and Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge.
Some Feedback from Last Year´s 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.
In November 2014 PCRC teamed up with Kings College London and will fund a 5 year programme to design a new form of therapy to boost the immune system in prostate cancer patients. The new technology is designed to target and attach specifically to prostate cancer cells and stimulate the patient´s immune system. Because these molecules will only attach to prostate cancer cells, they won´t cause toxic side effects in other parts of the body. Over the next 5 years the team based at Kings College London will design a range of immune therapy based on this new technology and it is hoped that the research will go from the laboratory to the bedside to treat patients with prostate cancer.
This new partnership is an exciting development and funds raised by The Snowdon 500 Challenge and the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge will play an important part in taking this work forward to a successful conclusion, providing new hope for men suffering from prostate cancer.