In short: Great course suits all levels but don't turn up looking to shatter your PB. In full: Thanks to all who helped in the hideous weather conditions. Brass band were great playing theme from chariots of fire as I lumbered past them. Unfortunately I couldn't summon an Eric liddel type sprint finish. Might have had something to do with my specs being steamed up. At least I got to travel home with the winner of the ladies race and a pair of very squelchy trainers. I must remember to pack an extra pair next year and the sun will undoubtedly shine. Time was mince but who cares it was a good laugh. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: My First Snowdonia and 4th Marathon and the one I'd recomend above all the rest - London included. Great atmosphere both from runners, supporters and exceptional support team. One to do before you die... Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Unlike the Welsh Tourist Board advert we weren't asked to give the mud back at the end!!! In full: Just Amazing. My first marathon, but what an event! Fantastic people, fantastic organisation, incredible (!) weather. A really hard challenge but hope to be back in 2006. Thank you to everyone for putting on such a stupendous event. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Awesome ! In full: The weather at the start was hideous but helped to create an incredible atmosphere amongst all competitors with a determination to help anyone who was struggling. The Marshalls and supporters at the feed stations were brilliant with even the offer of a cuppa before the end of the race ! This is such a tough course but in such glorious surroundings and with a mind blowing descent back into Llanberis I can't wait until next year. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: A bit wet this year and i had forgotten about most of the hills In full: Might be a bit tough for a first timer given the hills but a well organised friendly event,with some nice scenery when the weathers good. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Absolutely superb In full: Coming from flatlands of East Anglia, i have enjoyed many holidays in Snowdonia, but this was the best experience by far. My first marathon for 22yrs and i bettered my last time. Probably due to uncontrolled descent into LLanberis.Weather atrocious at first, but once coming down the pass with the views and the support it was awesome.Enjoyed it better as the race went on. Miles 14 to 20 could not stop glancing at hils on right wondering how it was going to be getting up there! Coming down agian was the most fun i have had with running shoes on, cannot ever remember before hearing runners actually shouting "Wheeee" as they ran down a hill, what a memory!! Cannot wait for next year. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: cold, wet, cold... did i mention wet? In full: first half marathon, started running six weeks ago, did 2.16.23, not bad i thought, hearing jive bunny at 7 miles was a good touch, scenic through clumber not sure what running over the rubber thing was about by the gift, long stretch down past worksop college, didn't think the start was too hilly, but then was surrounded by loads of people(not so many at the end), all in all good run, will do again. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: steady climb to start, nice easy end ( shame my legs faded in the middle !! In full: Despite the weather which wasn't ideal (however it was mild) the race was scenic the marshalls extremely encouraging to the less able runners like myself, nice atmosphere throughout the race had hoped to go a little quicker but course was undulating for first 5 miles and i had been led to believe it was flat (i will get him back don't worry !)still managed 1:56 and i will come back next year please do not change the course again and i will pace myself a little better, well done Worksop Harriers AC. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Could have been a triathlon... In full: First swim out of the Nant Peris start. Then run a few big hills. Then Ski on your A**e down into Llanberis. I couldnt believe the fantastic encouragement given to any stragglers/strugglers by their fellow runners. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Fantastic scenery, abundant water stations and fun in the rain!!!! In full: My first marathon and really enjoyed it. I knew it was tough so no pressure to achieve a great time, just aiming to get round...even had time to stop and take a few photos! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Great fun, despite the rain. In full: Plus Points: Though the first four miles stuck to a main road, the rest of the run took a lovely scenic route. Unlike other comments, I didn't think it was too hilly at all, quite easy for beginners really. The marshalls were very friendly and there was a great runners eticate in operation in that people were very curtious by looking around them before making a diagnal move (unlike the GNR where you could easily be tripped up by people stopping and not thinking before stepping across your path). Loved the home stretch back into the town, it felt great to be roared on to the downhill finish. Finally, A P.B. of 1:47 made the day!
Bad Points: That 4 mile road stretch at the start wasn't expected, especially without a water station. The first station needs to be earlier & the rest need to be spaced out more so there's one at about 11 miles, the rain made it hard going and finally the start was a little porrly organised.
Conclusion: Amist for any runner, whatever your standard. Just pray for better weather! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: v. slippy & slidy at the beginning but once onto the made up track race was very good - could have been more competitors to make it a bit more challenging - best part was post race soup & sandwiches in the local & evening meal & disco - locals v.kind Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Still a great race despite course changes In full: Change of course introduced a long stretch of main road which was far less pleasant than Clumber Park. Not sure why this was done. Long queues for tiolets. Scenic, well marshalled and well signposted, with friendly atmosphere. Enjoyed it despite lack of full fitness, lack of toilets and long charge along main road.
In short: This is a great RACE not just a run - book now for 2006! - I am not related to organisers! In full: At 9 miles this is a chance to RACE for slow joggers (like me) over a challenging distance which is not a half (too far) marathon or a (too short) 10k! there are parts when you had to hold back due to the traffic, not to mention the steam locomtive - a nice touch for burning lungs at 7 miles. But who ever told me this was flat clearly has not run the same course. Good crowd all way around but dodgy band at finish. Next year bigger Mars bar please. thanks to Paddy for the lift home. Date of review: October 31, 2005